Governors

Governors

Governors are volunteers who commit to working alongside the senior leadership team of the college to offer support and challenge. They come with skills and experiences which complement those of the staff in college and bring additional perspectives. They have a strategic, big picture role.

Beauchamp College has academy status, and is a member of Lionheart Academies Trust. Governors form a Local Governing Body within the Trust organisation, with some delegated responsibilities to complement the top level responsibilities held by the Lionheart Trust Board.

Beauchamp College is the founding organisation of Lionheart Academies Trust and five of the Directors of the Trust are also governors from Beauchamp College, including the Chair of the Trust.

Like all academies within the Trust, Beauchamp has its own Local Governing Body, with some delegated responsibilities to complement the top level responsibilities held by the Lionheart Trust Executive Board.

Further governance information such as annual accounts can be by clicking here.

Click here to see the day to day tasks of governance.

Contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors, Lucy Chamberlain.

Details of governance across the Trust as a whole can be found further down this page.

LUCY CHAMBERLAIN

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS

CHRIS SWAN

VICE CHAIR GOVERNOR

 

 

Beauchamp College Governors

Including terms of office

Parent Governors
(Elected by parent vote)
Staff Governors
(Elected by staff vote)
Community Governors
(Appointed by the Governing Body)
Student Governors
(Elected by the student vote)
Tajinder Jagdev
Quality Assurance Manager
January 2018 - 2022
Kath Kelly
Principal of Beauchamp College
Ongoing
Chris (Christine) Swan
Community Worker
June 2015-2019
Sahil Basra
Student
May 2018-2019
Milan Chhatrisha
Private Home Care Manager
January 2018 - 2022
Sally Wicken Associate Principal of Beauchamp College
ongoing
Lucy Chamberlain
Stage Manager
November 2015-2019
Prashant Parmar
Student
May 2018-2019
  Staff Governors (elected by staff vote) Diane Miller 
Headteacher (Retired)September 2016-2020
Caetano Capurro
Student
May 2018-2019
  Steven Theobald
Teacher 
November 2015-2019
Denise Birnie
HR Manager December 2015-2019
 
  Vacancy Ian Harris
Engineering/Sales (Retired) April 2016-2020
 
    Dushyant Tanna
Solicitor 
September 2016-2020
 
    Chris Cain
IT Support 
January 2018 - 2022
 
    Hannah Grosvenor
Wider Participation – University of Leicester 
November 2016 - 2020
 
    Salma Owen
Teacher
January 2018 - 2022
 

Previous Governors

Parent Governors (elected by parent vote) Staff Govenors (governors due to role within then college/Trust) Community Governors (appointed by the Governing Body) Student Governors (elected by student vote) Non-voting role
Kaushika Patel
December 2015 - March 2017
  Michael Rusk 
September 2016 - April 2017
 
Subhes Bhattacharyya
Professor of Energy Economics DMU
December 2015 - March 2018
  Luke Turner
Accountant
Fenruary 2017 - January 2018
 

Key Responsibilities

Governor Key Responsibilities Additional Responsibilities
Chris Swan Vice Chair of Governors Safeguarding Governor
Children In Care
Anti-bullying & E-Safety
SEND
Pay Committee
Lionheart Board Member/Director
Website
Post 16
Diane Miller Student Voice Lionheart Board Member
Pay Committee
Teaching & Learning
Dushyant Tanna Pastoral Care Lionheart Board Director
Denise Birnie   Parents
CEIAG
Steven Theobald   Health & Safety
Sahil Basra   Student Voice
Prashant Parmar   Student Voice
Caetano Capurro   Student Voice
Ian Harris Leadership & Management Training & Development Governor
Pupil Premium
Pay Committee
Lionheart Board Director
Lucy Chamberlain Chair of Govenors SEND
Safeguarding
Student Voice
Pay Committee
Sally Wicken Associate Principal  
Chris Cain   Post 16
Tajinder Jagdev   CEIAG
Milan Chhatrisha   Finance
Salma Owen   Pastoral Care
Pupil Premium
Hannah Grosvenor   Pupil Premium

Trust Organisation

The Trust Governance & Accountability Structure

The Trust currently consists of 8 schools:

Highcliffe and Riverside have a Head of School each, and also an Executive Headteacher, Chelsea Norman, who has responsibility for standards across both schools.

The CEO is also the Principal of Beauchamp College.

The Trust Board meets regularly to monitor attainment and progress, to ensure financial probity, to plan strategically for the group, and to hold the CEO and Operations Team to account.

The Trust Leadership team is made up of all senior leaders, operations directors and the QLT team and meets weekly to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the schools within the Trust.

 

Scheme of Delegation

The Trust operates under a Scheme of Delegation agreed by the Trust Board.

Trust Governance across all layers

Trust Board
Vision and ethos  |  Strategic direction  |  Risks and Opportunities   |  Overall responsibility
Hub Governing Bodies (HGB)
Finance  |  HR  |  Estates  |  IT  |  Education  |  Marketing & Business  |  Complaints & Hearings
North Hub
South & Central Hub
Cedars Academy: 11-19
Hallam Fields Primary: 4-11
Highcliffe Primary: 4-11
Martin High: 11-16
Riverside Primary: 4-11
(Humphrey Perkins to join 2019-20)
Beauchamp College: 11-19
Judgemeadow College: 11-16
Sir Jonathan North College 11-16
(Beauchamp City Sixth Form to join 2019-20 in pre-opening)
Local Governing Bodies (LGB)
Teaching & Learning  |  Pupil & Parent & Staff experience  |  Safeguarding |  Business & Community links

 

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for all governance in the trust and carries the final accountability for this. The focus of the Board is on the big picture, working with the trust Executive Team to set the overall vision for the trust, lead strategically and identify and respond to risks and opportunities.

 

Hub Governing Bodies

The schools are grouped into geographical governance hubs, which hold the schools to account and take a strategic lead on the back room services, which support the schools within their cluster. They also consider the marketing strategies of the group of schools and plan for developing effective partnerships with local businesses. They take a lead on complaints and hearings, with governors and trustees from across all 3 layers supporting panel meetings as needed.

 

Local Governing Bodies

Each school has a Local Governing Body, which holds the school to account for the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of pupils, parents and staff, the processes to ensure safeguarding, and informal links with the local community and businesses. LGBs ensure that school leaders are mindful of the school’s context and work within the overall vision of Lionheart Academies Trust.

 

Members

The Members of a trust are not involved in the practical running of the organisation and do not take part in governing body or Board meetings, except as occasional observers.

Their role is to ensure that the Board keeps its core priorities at the centre of its work – providing education for children and young people – and retains its stated ethos and values.

Members appoint some of the trustees and, in exceptional circumstances, can remove trustees who they have appointed.

 

Sponsored school: Humphrey Perkins

Where a sponsored school is in significant difficulty across all areas – teaching and learning, as well as operations – the school will not belong to a hub and the LGB will meet 5-6 times per year, with additional working groups as necessary to support the drive to improve operational aspects of the work.

Staff in the trust leadership (Chief Operations Officer, Director of Estates, etc.) will lead on strategic developments in these areas and will report to the LGB as well as directly to the Board. Discussions in the LGB and in working groups will influence the decisions that are taken at Board level.

The key focus for LGBs in this situation will always be teaching and learning, supporting the school and holding senior leaders to account as they drive up standards as rapidly as possible.

Once the school’s position is more stable, by 2019-20, the school will join the North Hub.

 

Local Governing Body: Roles and Responsibilities of LGB Governors

Membership
Meetings
Key roles
Attending
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff governor
  • Head
  • Executive Head (where appropriate)
  • 5-8 community governors
 
 
LGB meetings
  • 4 meetings per year in line with data snapshots
  • No committees
  • Working parties as needed
Trust Finance meetings
3 per year, attended by Finance Governor, Head and business manager, CEO and COO (or their representative).
Staff Health & Safety meeting – attended by one governor in secondary schools.
  • British Values & SMSC
  • Business links & careers
  • Community Links
  • Education
  • Finance & grants - Sports Premium, Year 7 catch up
  • Parent Voice
  • Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Voice
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND & Looked After Children
  • Wellbeing – staff and pupils
  • EYFS (Primary)
  • 6th form (if relevant)
  • Senior leadership team
  • Where appropriate: Hub Lead, Hub Chair, CEO, trustees
Performance Management & Pay
  • Pay Committee – agree pay on recommendation from Head following moderation by trust leadership  – one autumn meeting
  • Performance management of Head by Hub Lead, LGB Chair and CEO/external advisor
Holding the school to account for standards:
Pupil, Parent & Community
Compliance
Ambassadors & Vision
Receive reports on:
  • Development Plan updates
  • End of year results analysis
  • Data snapshots & KPIs including vulnerable groups, more able etc.
  • Information comparing school to national data
  • External quality assurance reports
  • Pupil Premium impact reports
  • Primary Sports Funding impact reports
  • Year 7 catch up funding impact reports
  • Attendance
  • Behaviour
  • Wellbeing support
First hand knowledge:
  • Learning walks linked to Development Plan priorities, mainly as part of trust reviews
  • Annual learning walk to audit safeguarding
  • Annual SEND learning walk
  • Governor links to key subjects
Ofsted:
  • Meet with Ofsted to discuss governance in this school
Stakeholder voice:
  • Parent forums & PTAs
  • School Council
  • Community networking
Pupil experience:
  • Curriculum offer – consulted on significant changes
  • Enrichment – curriculum and before/after school and holidays
  • Support school in ensuring curriculum and pupil offer match the context of the school’s community
Parents as co-educators – hold school to account for:
  • Communication with parents
  • Parent workshops re. curriculum, esafety, etc.
  • Wellbeing support
Complaints:
  • Carry out Stage 3 complaints process (meeting with Chair or another governor)
Risk:
  • Review risk register
  • Escalate concerns to Hub
Compliance – hold school to account for:
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality
  • Health & safety – fire practice reports, near misses, RIDDOR, accidents, Health & Safety audit updates
Exclusions:
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements, managed moves
  • Receive representations from parents in relation to exclusions of 5 days or more (Hub GB deals with 15 days in a term/permanent exclusions)
Local policies:
  • Agree local policies
  • Monitor implementation of trust/hub policies
 
Ambassadors:
  • Hold school to account for PR, marketing, pupil recruitment
  • Act as ambassadors for the school
  • Act as ambassadors for the Trust
  • Build positive relationship with PTA
  • Build networks with stakeholders and alumni to benefit the school and build a benevolent community
  • Build networks with businesses & useful community/education providers
  • Encourage school to engage in appropriate fundraising activities and enterprise
Vision & ethos:
  • Ensure the vision for the school matches the community context, within the wider Trust vision
  • Holding the school to account for a positive, aspirational ethos

 

Trust Board: Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees

Membership
Meetings
Key roles
Attending
  • Trustees appointed by Members based on skills
  • Primary representative (appointed based on skills)
  • Secondary representative (appointed based on skills)
  • Additional co-opted trustees as necessary to ensure robust skill set, appointed by trustees
  • Full meetings – at least 4 x per year with teaching & learning / standards focus
  • Full meetings – at least 3 x per year as Finance & Risk Committee – attended by all trustees, plus one Audit meeting per year
  • Risk Committee – one per term
  • Remuneration & Pay Committee – agreeing pay for Executive Team and Heads of School / Executive Heads. At least 1x per year.
  • Vision/Strategy meeting – annual vision and strategy workshop
  • Business, Community & Marketing
  • Education
  • Estates
  • Finance
  • HR
  • IT
  • Pupil Premium
  • Risk & Compliance
  • Safeguarding
  • COO
  • Deputy CEO
  • Director of Teaching Resource
  • Director Estates
  • Additional Exec Team / senior leaders by invitation
Vision, Policy, Risk
Education & standards
Finance
Estates, IT, H&S
HR
  • Agree trust vision and strategy including growth strategy
  • Ensure vision and ethos are effectively shared with staff, parents, pupils, community, business
  • Agree partnerships, memorandums of understanding etc.
  • Receive stakeholder voice and factor this into trust decision making
  • Hold the trust to account for PR, marketing, business links, community links
  • Agree governance model for the trust and review regularly to ensure effectiveness.

Policy

  • Agree Trust-wide policies, hold CEO / COO to account for implementation
  • Agree Admissions Policies for each school
  • Agree Scheme of Delegation
Hold trust to account for standards using:
  • Data snapshots highlighting red flags and causes for celebration
  • Data snapshots of groups (PP, EAL, LAC, disadvantaged, more able etc) highlighting red flags and causes for celebration
  • KPIs of barriers to learning (safeguarding issues, behaviour, attendance, etc.) highlighting red flags and causes for celebration
  • Agree consolidated budget
  • Agree core charge and services provided within the charge
  • Agree major extraordinary spends as outlined in the Finance Policy
  • Agree major shared procurements and leases as outlined in the Finance Policy, ensuring best value
  • Monitor the asset registers and inventories through updates from Hub Governing Bodies
Risk
  • Review trust risk register
  • Monitor effectiveness of risk register processes across the schools and hubs
  • Receive red flag reports from schools and hubs
Estates
  • Agree 3-5 year Estates plans
  • Agree major works as outlined in Finance Policy
IT
  • Agree 3-5 year IT plans
  • Agree major contracts and leases as outlined in the Finance Policy
Health & Safety
  • Top-level monitoring of  health and safety compliance, lessons learned etc.
 
  • Agree major restructuring and redundancies following approval by CEO
  • Monitor effectiveness of performance management processes across the trust
  • Performance Management of the CEO and COO by Chair, at least one other trustee and external advisor.
  • Agree changes to trust-wide HR policy, ensuring consultation as appropriate
  • Join Hub HR panels – appeal, grievance, disciplinary, etc. where necessary

 

Hub Governing Body – one per cluster of schools – Roles and Responsibilities of Hub Governors

Membership
Meetings
Key roles
Attending
  • Governors from Local Governing Bodies of Hub schools, appointed based on skills
  • 1 trustee
  • Co-opted governors bringing specific skills as needed
  • Full meetings 3 per year & additional where necessary
  • Education
  • Estates and IT
  • Finance
  • Health & Safety
  • HR
  • Marketing
  • Risk
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • CEO, Deputy CEO, Director of Teaching Resource
  • COO
  • Senior leaders from schools, as invited by CEO
  • Director of Estates
  • Directors IT, HR & Business managers as invited by COO
Marketing
  • Monitor and contribute to the marketing strategy for the Hub
Vision, Policy, Risk
Education & standards
Finance & Risk
Estates & IT
HR
  • Interpret the trust vision for the hub context
  • Agree shared staffing
  • Agree shared educational / curriculum developments, PR, enrichment activities, etc.
  • Network as a hub with other trusts, businesses, community organisations, the LA, teaching schools etc.
  • Review effectiveness of governance annually.
  • Take account of stakeholder voice and the concerns and aspirations of Hub schools
Policies
  • Agree policies specific to Hub
Risk
  • Receive risk reports from Hub schools, identify collective risks, red flag key risks to the Board
Exclusions:
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements, managed moves
  • Oversee exclusion panels, drawing on expertise from LGBs and trustees as necessary
  • Agree strategic development of curriculum across Hub schools, in line with whole trust strategy
  • Monitor data red flags
  • Monitor KPIs attendance, exclusions, SEND changes etc. across the group which red flag issues
Complaints
  • Overseeing and running complaints at Panel stage
  • Agree budgets of Hub schools on recommendation of Hub Lead, CEO and COO
  • Monitor budgets
  • Agree grant applications and spending within Finance Policy limits
  • Sign off best value where cheapest quote is not used
  • Agree major shared procurements where these are not covered at trust level
  • Monitor that insurance is in place across the Hub schools
  • Monitor cashflow
  • Monitor the asset registers and inventories
  • Monitor audit action plans
Estates
  • Recommend to Board 3 year estates plans for Hub schools, as recommended by Director Estates
  • Agree medium sized works as outlined in Finance Policy and 3 year plan
  • Monitor progress against health and safety audits
IT
  • Recommend to Board 3-5 year plans for Hub schools
  • Agree medium sized contracts and leases as outlined in the Finance Policy and 3 year plan.
  • Agree medium staff restructuring and redundancies following approval by CEO
  • Monitor effectiveness of performance management processes in Hub schools
  • Oversee Hub HR panels – appeal, grievance, disciplinary, drawing on governors from school and trustees as necessary

 

 

Governors Contact


Lucy Chamberlain
Chair of Governors
Jacqui Yeomans
Clerk to the Governors
Kath Kelly
Principal & CEO of Lionheart Academies Trust
Sally Wicken
Associate Principal