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Governors

Richard Wakefield C.E Primary is an academy within a multi-academy trust namely The de Ferrers Trust.

The de Ferrers Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and as such they are required to comply with charity law and company law.

The Trust is one legal entity with one set of Articles of Association that governs each academy within the Trust.  The Trust has a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State and then each academy has a separate Supplementary Funding Agreement.  All documents referred to throughout this page can be located below. 

Our Governance Structure

The Members

The trust consists of five members who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company.  They are often considered as the custodians of the trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the multi-academy trust.  The members have the power to appoint or remove trustees, amend the articles of association and, if necessary, wind up the multi-academy trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the members are independent of the trust board.  The members will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least on an annual basis.   

The Trust Board

The trust board has strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the multi-academy trust.  The board consists of up to  11 trustees, 8 of whom are appointed by the members.  The trustees are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leadership team, that the multi-academy trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.    The trust board will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least five times per year.

The trust board has established three sub-committees to assist them, namely the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, the Standards Committee and the Resources Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of terms of reference which can be located at the bottom of this page.  The Finance, Audit and Risk and the Standards sub-committees will meet as often as necessary, but at least three times per year.  The Resources Committee will meet as often as necessary, but at least on an annual basis.

The Local Governing Body

A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for Richard Wakefield C.E Primary Academy.  The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy's key stakeholders (our students, parents, staff and members of the community).  They will play a support & challenge role and will seek assurances on behalf of the board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to them by the trust board in accordance with the terms of reference and scheme of delegation (located at the bottom of this page).

Our chair of Governors is Mrs D Bacon. She can be contacted on dbacon.richardwakefield@deferrerstrust.com

 Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local Governing Body.  She is referred to as an ex-officio governor.  This means that she will remain a governor for as long as she is employed in his/her role as Principal.  

 

Joanne Lowe

Appointed

01 September 2021

Attendance for 2021-2022

4/4

Attendance for 2022-2023

Coming soon!

JLowe

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Employed by The de Ferrers Trust. Son attends an academy within the Trust

Bio

I started worked at our school in 2016 as the Vice Principal; in 2021 I had the privilege of securing the position of Principal for our wonderful school.  As the Principal for our school, I work closely with our Governors to provide the best opportunities for all of the children in our Academy.  I keep our Governors fully informed of our strengths and targets as we work together, maintaining our high standards and striving for excellence.

Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the board of directors.  Their term of office is 4 years.  At Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy the governance structure allows for two Board Appointed Governors.

Deb Bacon – Chair of Governors

Re-appointed

3 April 2020

Attendance for 2021-2022

4/4

Attendance for 2022-2023

Coming soon!

Deb bacon

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Employed by Central Co-operative Learning Trust, sits on the MCC for Central England Co-operative.

Bio

I am employed as the Chief Operations Officer at the Burton Co-operative Learning Trust.  Previous roles have included working for the Local Authority as a Co-ordinator within the community learning partnership strategy.  This community and partnership based work has allowed me to establish a wide network of contacts in the local area which I put to good use in supporting the School in a variety of different ways.

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected by the parents/carers of the pupils who attend Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy.  When a parent governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and carers and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.   At Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy the governance structure allows for two parent governors.

Carrie Renshaw

Appointed

04 May 2022

Attendance for 2021-2022

1/2

Attendance for 2022-2023

Coming soon!

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Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Parent of a child at Richard Wakefield C.E. Academy

Bio

To follow.

 

Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy.    When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.  At Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy the governance structure allows for one staff governor.

Justine Bramley

Appointed

06 October 2021

Attendance for 2021-2022

4/4

Attendance for 2022-2023

Coming soon!

JB

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Employed by The de Ferrers Trust.

Bio

I have been teaching at Richard Wakefield for ten years, most recently working in Upper Key Stage 2, although I have previously taught in different year groups. I have been fortunate to have a variety of professional experiences and opportunities whilst at Richard Wakefield, leading different subject areas and pupil committee groups over the years. Currently I am the Science Lead and the Educational Visits Coordinator.

 

Foundation Governor

Foundation Governors are appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education.  Their term of office is 4 years.  At Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy the governance structure allows for two Foundation Governors.

Rev. Phyllis Bainbridge

Appointed

30 September 2020

Attendance for 2021-2022

1/4

Attendance for 2022-2023

Coming soon!

 

 

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Vicar at St. Mary’s Church, Tutbury

Bio

I taught for 14 year prior to moving to Derbyshire where I gained a business qualification then started a Medico legal business.
I then trained for ordination with a further degree in Theology. After service as a curate, I undertook 3 troubles shooter vicar jobs at the request of Bishops, before being
appointed as RECTOR of the ART Benefice: Anslow, Rolleston and Tutbury parishes in Dec 2019.

Jackie Benstead

Appointed- resigned:  31 August 2022

01 September 2018

Attendance for 2021-2022

2/4

Attendance for 2022-2023

Coming soon!

Jackie

Committee Membership

None

Register of Interests

Self-employed mobile therapist.

Bio

On leaving school I undertook an electrical apprenticeship, gaining my HNC in electrical and electronics.  For more than 20 years I had the role of PCB Designer in an engineering department that designed control and communications equipment.  I became interested in complimentary therapies in the early 90’s and after completing courses in reflexology and massage, made the move to being a self-employed therapist.

 

Co-opted Governor

The governors listed above may co-opt up to two further governors to the Local Governing Body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making the governors even more efficient and effective in carrying out their duties.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years. 

 

We currently have vacancies for a board appointed governor and a co-opted governor.  If you would like to be considered or simply want further information on the role then please contact the Clerk to Governors.

 

Governors who have resigned during the last twelve-month period:

Natalie McKenna  (Co-opted Governor)

Appointed:  02 February 2021

Resigned:   26 January 2022

Attendance 2020-2021: 1/2

Committee membership:  None

Register of Interests:  Works for McKenna Flooring

Dan Williams  (Co-opted Governor)

Appointed:  10 February 2022

Resigned:   25 November 2022

Attendance 2021-2022: 4/4

Committee membership:  None

Register of Interests:  Parent of a child at Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary
Employed at The University of Derby

Sarah Moss  (Parent Governor)

Appointed:  19 November 2020

Resigned:   09 Decemeber 2022

Attendance 2021-2022:  3/4

Committee membership:  None

Register of Interests:  Parent of two children at Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary
Owner and managing director at Assignment Media Limited

Dan Williams  (Parent Governor)

Appointed:  20 October 2018

Resigned:  09 February 2022

Attendance 2020-2021:  4/4

Register of Interests:  Parent of a child at Richard Wakefield C.E. Primary Academy, Employed by the University of Derby

 

Our clerk to the LGB is Emma Cox who can be contacted by emailing:

All documents mentioned throughout this page can be found below.