SCHOOL GOVERNORS

A Guide to the Work of the Governing Body

What do Governors do?

The Governing Body of a school provides strategic leadership and accountability, and is responsible for both the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards.

The Governing Body of our school has:

  • 16 Governors appointed by the Members of the Academy Trust
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 3 Staff Governors
  • 1 Governor nominated by the Local Authority
  • The Dean of Carlisle is an Ex Officio Governor
  • The Headteacher is an Ex Officio Governor

The three core functions of the Governing Body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

In real terms, this involves key actions, such as:

  • Approving the school budget.
  • Determining the school’s Admissions Policy.
  • Approving the School Improvement Plan.
  • Appointing and appraising the Headteacher.
  • Approving key policies that regulate how the school operates.
  • Ensuring that the school is compliant with legal requirements.
  • Determining employment practices as the employer of its staff.

Most importantly, the Governing Body has a key duty to monitor the work and performance of the school, by acting as a ‘critical friend’ – a source of challenge and support to the staff – working in partnership with the Headteacher. The day to day running of the school remains the responsibility of the Headteacher, not the Governing Body.

How does the Governing Body operate?

The full Governing Body holds four meetings per year – at least one per term. At each meeting, the Governing Body will go through reports from the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team, report on the work of its various committees and approve key decisions, and discuss pertinent issues relevant to the governance of the school.

“The governing body is very effective. Governors have a very good range of experience and expertise. As a result, they understand clearly about school finance, data and teaching, and closely question reports they are given. They are unrelenting in expecting students and staff to give of their best. They ensure that training and support for teachers and the quality of teaching for students help to accomplish this aim.”
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The Governing Body has six committees, who meet throughout the academic year, and whose work it is to develop the strategic direction of the school, taking key decisions to the meetings of the full Governing Body for ratification. They are:

  • Church Foundation Committee: Under the leadership of the Dean of Carlisle, this committee reviews the school’s Christian ethos, and its activities that support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural life of the school and its students.
  • Curriculum & Achievement Committee: Curriculum & Achievement Governors review developments within school regarding the curriculum, and monitor the performance of the school in terms of exam results, other key performance measures and the progress of key student groups.
  • Finance & General Purpose Committee: The F&GP Committee monitors income and expenditure patterns of the school and ensures good financial management. It also approves key expenditures and works with the Headteacher and Business Manager to create the budget for approval by the full Governing Body.
  • Pastoral Committee: The Pastoral Committee monitors the pastoral life of the school and the work of the pastoral team, ensuring that key policies are in place to meet legislative requirements and to support students in key areas such as: safeguarding and child protection, the year group system, careers guidance and work experience, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), home-school links, vulnerable groups, and uniform.
  • Premises Committee: This committee reviews the use, maintenance and development of the school grounds, site and buildings. It also reviews and monitors health and safety practices, ensuring that the school is fully compliant legally, as well as being a safe place to visit and work.
  • Staffing Committee: As the employer of the school’s staff, this committee reviews employment policies and practices, ensuring that the school is fully compliant with legislation and is a fair and equitable employer. In addition, Staffing Governors also form a separate Pay Committee, which approves staff pay scales and pay decisions, and forms panels as required to hear any pay appeals.

Transparency of Governance Information

In the interests of transparency, governing bodies are required to publish up-to-date details of their governance arrangements on the school website. Below are full details of all Trinity Governors, their roles, dates of appointment, terms of office and attendance at meetings. Any relevant business and pecuniary interests are also listed, including governance roles in other educational institutions and any close relationships with other Governors or school staff.

Senior Governors

The Chairman of Governors, who is also Chairman of the Academy Trust, Mr Armstrong, has an association with the school spanning many decades, as a pupil of the Creighton School, as a parent of past pupils at Trinity School and as a governor since the 1980s. He served as Vice Chairman for 15 years and was elected Chairman in May 2007.

 

dba--Mr D B Armstrong

Chairman of Governors

Date appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2023

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, F&GP – 4/4, Pastoral (Ex Officio) – 2/3, Premises (Ex Officio) – 2/3 and Staffing 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, F&GP – 3/4, Pastoral (Ex Officio) 1/3, Premises (Ex Officio) – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4; Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, F&GP – 4/4, Pastoral (Ex Officio) – 1/3, Premises (Ex-Officio) – 2/3 and Staffing – 2/2

 

The Vice Chairman is Mr Leach, a long-standing Governor. Mr Leach, he is a retired legal consultant and was former Managing Partner at Burnetts Solicitors. He chairs the Curriculum & Achievement and Staffing Committees. Following the resignation of Mrs Glendinning, Chair of the F&GP Committee in September 2019, he also chairs the F&GP Committee.

Mr T Leach - Appointed Governor
Mr T Leach – Appointed Governor

Mr T Leach

Vice Chairman of Governors

Chair: Curriculum & Achievement Committee, Staffing Committees and the F&GP Committee

Date appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Director of Make Print Ltd (Lettings)

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 2/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, F&GP – 3/4 and Staffing – 1/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, F&GP – 2/4 and Staffing – 1/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 2/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, F&GP – 3/4 and Staffing – 1/2

 
Very Revd Mark Boyling - Dean of Carlisle - Church Foundation
Very Revd M Boyling – Dean of Carlisle

The Very Revd M Boyling, Dean of Carlisle

Chair: Church Foundation Committee

Date appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: Ex Officio

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Director of Carlisle Cathedral Enterprises Co.

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum and Achievement – 2/2 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 1/2 and Staffing – 2/2

 

 
Mr C Jefferson - Local Authority Governor
Mr C Jefferson – Local Authority Governor

Mr C Jefferson

Local-Authority Governor

Chair: Premises Committee

Date appointed: 1 September 2013

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2021

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Premises – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Premises – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Premises – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

 
Dr W D Patterson - Appointed Governor
Dr W D Patterson – Appointed Governor

Dr W D Paterson

Chair: Pastoral Committee

Date appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, Pastoral – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, Pastoral – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2, Pastoral – 3/3 and Staffing – 2/2

 

Mrs S Glendinning, Chair of the F&GP Committee resigned from the Governing Body on 25 September 2019.

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and F&GP – 3/4

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 2/4 and F&GP – 4/4

 

The other Governors on the school’s Governing Body are:

Appointed Governors:

Mrs S Aglionby - Appointed Governor
Mrs S Aglionby – Appointed Governor

Mrs S Aglionby OBE

Committees Attended: Church Foundation and Pastoral

Date Appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to January 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 1/2 and Pastoral – 1/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2 and Pastoral – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2 and Pastoral – 3/3

 
Dr E Borlase - Appointed Governor
Dr E Borlase – Appointed Governor

Dr E Borlase

Committees Attended: Church Foundation and Pastoral

Date Appointed: 1 September 2013

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2021

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Self – GP at Brampton Medical Practice; Spouse – Finance Officer at Operation Mobilisation (a charitable organisation); 1 child in Year 12.

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Church Foundation – 2/2 and Pastoral – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Church Foundation – 2/2 and Pastoral – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 2/4, Church Foundation – 1/2 and Pastoral – 3/3

 
Mr M Carigiet - Appointed Governor
Mr M Carigiet – Appointed Governor

Mr M Carigiet

Committees Attended: Premises

Date Appointed: 1 December 2012

Current Term of Office: 4 years to December 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and Premises – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and Premises – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and Premises – 3/3

 

Mr D Carter
Mr D Carter –  Appointed Governor

Mr D Carter

Committees Attended: F&GP and Premises

Date Appointed: 1 September 2016

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Self – Director/Shareholder at Bell Park Kerridge Limited (Solicitors) and Director/Shareholder at BPK Estate Agents Limited; Spouse – Director at BPK Estate Agents Limited

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 3/4, F&GP – 4/4 and Premises – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 3/4, F&GP – 3/4 and Premises – 3/3

 
Mr T Dawson - Appointed Governor
Mr T Dawson – Appointed Governor

Mr T Dawson

Committees Attended: Pastoral and Premises

Date Appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Pastoral – 2/3 and Premises – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Pastoral – 3/3 and Premises – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Pastoral – 3/3 and Premises – 3/3

 
Mr A Hanson – Appointed Governor

Mr A Hanson

Committees Attended: Pastoral

Date Appointed: 1 January 2019

Current Term of Office: 4 years to December 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: 2 children in year groups 9 and 11 at Trinity School

 
Mr J Johnston – Appointed Governor

Mr J Johnston

Committees Attended: F&GP Committee

Date Appointed: 1 January 2019

Current Term of Office: 4 years to December 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Self – Partner at Burnetts (Law Firm)

 
Mrs K Johnston - Appointed Governor
Mrs K Johnston – Appointed Governor

Mrs K Johnston

Committees Attended: Church Foundation, Curriculum & Achievement and Staffing

Date Appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Self – None; Spouse – Non Executive Director at Cumberland Building Society and Non Executive Director at Future Money (Fund Management)

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2 and Staffing – 1/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 2/4, Church Foundation – 1/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2 and Staffing – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2 and Staffing – 2/2

 
Mrs D Libby - Appointed Governor
Mrs D Libby – Appointed Governor

Mrs D Libby

Committees Attended: Church Foundation, F&GP and Premises

Date Appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, F&GP – 4/4 and Premises – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Church Foundation – 1/2, F&GP – 3/4 and Premises – 3/3

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Church Foundation – 2/2, F&GP – 4/4 and Premises 2/3

 
Revd Canon M Manley - Appointed Governor
Revd Canon M Manley – Appointed Governor

Revd Canon M Manley

Committees Attended: Church Foundation

Date Appointed: 1 September 2011

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Director at Carlisle Cathedral and Chair of the Local Advisory Board at James Rennie Special School

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 3/4 and Church Foundation – 1/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 3/4 and Church Foundation – 2/2

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 2/4 and Church Foundation – 1/2

 
Mr S McDermott - Appointed Governor
Mr S McDermott – Appointed Governor

Mr S McDermott

Committees Attended: F&GP

Date Appointed: 1 December 2013

Current Term of Office: 4 years to November 2021

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and F&GP – 4/4

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 3/4 and F&GP – 3/4

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 3/4 and F&GP – 4/4

 
Revd. D Pitkeathly –  Appointed Governor

Revd. D Pitkeathly

Committees Attended: Pastoral and Staffing

Date Appointed: 1 September 2016

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Trustee of The Border Kirk, Trustee of Churches Together in Cumbria, Trustee of Carlisle Foodbank and Trustee of Carlisle One World Centre

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 3/4, Pastoral – 2/3 and Staffing 1/2

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Pastoral – 2/3 and Staffing – 1/1

 
Mrs L Walkingshaw Appointed Governor

Mrs L Walkingshaw

Committees Attended: Pastoral and from 1 September 2019 Church Foundation

Appointed: 1 October 2018

Current Term of Office: 4 years to September 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

 

 

Parent Governors:

Mr M Burnes - Parent Governor
Mr M Burnes – Parent Governor

Mr M Burnes

Committees Attended: Curriculum & Achievement and Pastoral

Date Appointed: 1 March 2017

Current Term of Office: 4 years to February 2021

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4, Curriculum & Achievement – 2/2 and Pastoral – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 1/2 and Pastoral – 1/1

 
Mr P Uppard – Parent Governor

Mr P Uppard

Committees Attended: Curriculum & Achievement and Premises

Date Appointed: 1 January 2019

Current Term of Office: 4 years to December 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Self – None

 

Staff Governors:

 
Dr I Barker - Staff Governor
Dr I Barker – Staff Governor

Dr I Barker

Committees Attended: F&GP

Date Appointed: 1 September 2013

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2021

Business & Pecuniary Interests: Self – Teacher, Trinity School; Spouse – Head of English, Trinity School

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 3/4 and F&GP – 4/4

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and F&GP – 4/4

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 2/4 and F&GP – 3/4

 

Mr G Edwards – Staff Governor

Mr G Edwards 

Committees Attended: Curriculum from 1 September 2019 (Pastoral up to 31 August 2019

Date Appointed: 1 May 2016

Current Term of Office: 4 years to April 2020

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Meetings 2017 to 2018: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and Pastoral – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2016 to 2017: Full Governing Body – 4/4 and Pastoral – 2/3

Attendance at Meetings 2015 to 2016: Full Governing Body – 1/1 and Pastoral – 1/1

Ms L Wedderburn – Staff Governor

Ms L Wedderburn

Committees Attended: Pastoral

Date Appointed: 1 September 2018

Current Term of Office: 4 years to August 2022

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

 

 

Ms J Hawkin – Headteacher

Ms J Hawkin

Date appointed – 1 September 2019

Term of Office: Ex Officio Governor

Committees attended: Church Foundation, F&GP and Staffing.  Ex Officio Member of Curriculum and Achievement, Pastoral and Premises.

Business & Pecuniary Interests: None

 

 

For information:

Mrs Johnston and Mr Kay were appointed as Co-Headteachers on 1 September 2014 and they retired with effect from 31 August 2019. They were both Ex-Officio Governors. Mrs Johnston attended the Church Foundation, F&GP and Staffing (Pay) Committees and Mr Kay attended the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.

 

The normal period of office is 4 years, although Governors can be re-appointed or elected again.

The work of the Governors is supported by the Secretary to the Academy Trust & Governing Body, Mrs Minns, who was appointed in September 2016.

 

The Trinity Academy Trust

The Members of the Trust are:

Mr D B Armstrong

Chairman of Governors

 

The Very Revd M Boyling

Dean of Carlisle

 

Mr J Johnson

Diocesan Board of Finance Member appointment – representing the Diocesan Board of Finance

Date Appointed: 28 November 2017

 

The Right Reverend J Newcome

Bishop of Carlisle

Date Appointed: 1 September 2011

 

The Venerable L Townend

Archdeacon of Carlisle

Date Appointed: 25 February 2017

 

When and how to contact the Governing Body

Sometimes, Parents/Carers may wish to contact the Governing Body about a school matter that is affecting them.

In all situations, please contact the Headteacher in the first instance. The Headteacher is operationally in charge of the school and can most effectively deal with any issues. The Headteacher is also a Governor and is therefore best placed to bring any strategic matters to the attention of the Governing Body.

There are also formal processes in place within school to deal with admission and exclusion matters, and complaints. Parents/Carers involved in these processes will be contacted directly by school staff and informed of how to appeal.

However, if you do still wish to contact the Governing Body directly, please contact the Secretary to the Academy Trust & Governing Body for advice and guidance: 


Mrs L Minns
Secretary to the Academy Trust & Governing Body
Trinity School
Strand Road
Carlisle
CA1 1JB
Tel: 01228 516051
Email: clerk@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

 


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Download our Financial Statements Accounts Dec 2018

Download our Financial statements ending 31 August 2017

Download our Trinity School Carlisle Financial Statements CofE Academy 2015/16

Download our Trinity School Carlisle Financial Statements 2014 – 2015


SCHOOL POLICIES

Schools are required to have policies in place covering all aspects of the life and work of the school. Many are a legal requirement and others are recommended by the Department for Education (DfE). The Governing Body, together with the Senior Leadership Team, is responsible for the constant review of policies.

Parents/carers might find it helpful to know what policies are in place at Trinity School. The main areas of interest come under the headings of Pastoral, Curriculum and Premises. In addition the school does have policies that cover Leadership and Management, Staffing and Finance. For your information you will find on this website relevant Pastoral, Curriculum, Premises and Leadership and Management Policies.