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Academy Governance

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust Governance

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust formed on 1st February 2018 when Bengeworth CE Academy changed from a Standalone Academy to a Multi-Academy Trust. On the same date, Bretforton Village School then converted to an academy and joined the new MAT too.

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust now consists of two Academies:

Bengeworth CE Academy (with two sites at Burford Road and Kings Road)

Bretforton Village School

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust is an Exempt Charity and a Company registered at Companies House, number 08943457.

There are three layers of governance:

1 THE TRUST

The Charity has four 'Members' of the Charitable Trust:: Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke, Mr Simon Hill, Mrs Julie Bourdon-Pierre, Mrs Margaret Percival.

They have oversight of the Trust and are the subscribers to the Memorandum of Association and have powers to appoint Trustees (Directors) and receive the annual audited accounts.

Below the Members there is a Board of seven charitable Trustees, who run the Trust under company law as Directors, responsible for the financial performance and added educational value that the Multi-Academy Trust provides to its schools. The Directors oversee the company business carried out by Executive Officers and make the strategic decisions for the future direction of the Multi-Academy Trust.

The MAT Board has set up a MAT Finance and Audit Committee and various other statutory and special committees, which report back directly to the Board each half term.

Each Academy within the Trust has a local School Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing the Quality of Education provided for the pupils and community, reporting back as a subcommittee of the Board of Directors.

Both Academies are led by Heads of Schools at each setting, within a Heads Executive Committee which operates collaboratively for the benefit of all the children. They work closely with the Senior Leadership Team and the Directors, sharing the same vision and values. Our Trust is committed to recognising the individual character and context of each school, aligning school efficiency and effectiveness and sharing our collective expertise to get the very best outcomes for pupils and the communities in which they live. Each school is individual, with its own identity and a history rooted within the spirit of the local community.

THE 4 SIGNATORY MEMBERS OF THE TRUST:

Phone

End of Term

Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke

(Member, Trustee and Chair)

01386 761941

07989 700038

Ongoing until resignation

Mr Simon Hill

(Diocese Member and Trustee)

07740 301965

Ongoing until resignation

Mrs Julie Bourdon-Pierre

(Member)

01386 442047

Ongoing until resignation

Mrs Margaret Percival

(Member)

07957 196094

Ongoing until resignation

CHANGES TO THE MEMBERS:

The following changes to signatory Members have taken place:

  • Mrs Margaret Percival was appointed as a Member by majority vote 1.5.18.
  • Mrs Julie Bourdon-Pierre was appointed as a Member by majority vote 1.3.18
  • Mrs Carole Thomson - retired 1.2.18
  • Mr Robert Banks - retired 1.2.18 as LA connected.

There have been no recent changes.

2 THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (DIRECTORS)

There are seven Directors of the MAT Board (also known as the Trustees) who operate at a strategic level (they are the owners of the company rather like shareholders). They are responsible for quality assuring the aims, policies and outcomes of schools within the Trust, setting and implementing the school budget, and ensuring that the curriculum is taught. The MAT Board meets at least half-termly.

THE 7 TRUSTEES or DIRECTORS OF THE MAT BOARD:

Phone

Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke (Chairman)

Term to 23.6.24

01386 761941   07989 700038

Mr Simon Hill (Diocese)

Term to 20.5.23

07740 301965

Dr Lloyd Jenkins (Vice Chairman)

Term to 24.9.24

01386 442047

Mr David Stokes

Term to 19.5.23

01386 442047

Mrs Catherine Hill

Term to 4.10.24

01386 442047

Mr Anthony Mealings

Term to 31.1.26

01386 442047

Vacancy TBC

01386 442047

CHANGES TO THE DIRECTORS:

The company changed name from 1st February 2018 from Bengeworth CE Academy to Bengeworth Mutli-Academy Trust. At that point the Board was reduced from 11 to 7 Directors.  All the Directors are founding Trustees of the Board, apart from Mr Mealings who joined in February 2018 to represent Bretforton Village School. Any changes are approved by the four Members of the Trust.

Mr Nigel Smith resigned as a Director from 22.11.2021 and there is currently a vacancy on the Board with a planned recruitment process.

There have been no other changes since Bengeworth became a MAT, giving a strong and stable Board for our Multi-Academy Trust, with a very good range of knowledge, backgrounds and a wealth of school experience.

The Directors are dedicated, supportive and forward-thinking and have worked (voluntarily) for the schools and the Trust for many years between them.

Attendance at Meetings of the Board for year 2020/21:

  • Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke   7/7
  • Dr L Jenkins 7/7
  • Mr D Stokes 7/7
  • Mr S Hill 6/7
  • Mrs C Hill 7/7
  • Mr A Mealings 7/7
  • Also Present: Mr David Coaché 7/7.

3 SCHOOL GOVERNING BODY

Each school in the Trust has a Local School Governing Body. There are eleven Local School Governors at Bengeworth (who together make up the School Governing Body), and they have responsibilities delegated to them by the Academy Trust. The School Governing Body is composed of representatives from the Church, local community, school and parents. They set targets for the school and ensure the implementation of these targets. They visit the school regularly and act as a link between parents, the Church, and the school. The Governors have regular half-termly meetings and have also formed Working Groups/Committees to focus on specific areas.

The constitution of an Academy Trust is set out in its Articles of Association which are agreed with the Secretary of State.

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust has a local School Governing Body set up for each school in the Trust.  The Directors of the MAT Board have the final responsibility for the set up and appointment of local governors at each school.

These are the Local School Governors for Bengeworth CE Academy:

 NAME

 TEL NO

 END OF  TERM

 STAFF GOVERNORS

 

 

Mrs Hayley Potter

Head of School, King's Rd

Ex-Officio

01386 442047

 Ex-Officio

Mrs Kirsty Shaw

Head of School, Burford Rd

Ex-Officio

01386 442047

 Ex-Officio

Mrs Alison French

(Appointed by Staff)

01386 442047

 10.11.24

 FOUNDATION GOVERNORS

 

 

Revd Andrew Smith

(Appointed by Diocese)

07511 029643

(office 446381)

 Ex-Officio

1.11.25

Mr Simon Hill

(Appointed by Diocese)

07740 301965      01386 247453

 20.5.23

 PARENT GOVERNORS

 

 

Mrs Catherine Hill

(Appointed by parents)

01386 442047

 4.10.24

Mrs Sarah Davis

(Appointed by parents)

07815 066665

 31.10.23

Mr Edward Fair

(Appointed by parents)

01386 442047

 31.10.23

APPOINTED GOVERNORS

 

Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke (Chairman)

(Appointed by MAT Board)

07989 700038

23.6.24

Mrs Anna Stankiewicz

(Appointed by MAT Board)

07701 078077

1.11.25

 Mrs Christine Spriggs

(Appointed by MAT Board)

07505 064417

31.1.26

TOTAL SCHOOL GOVERNORS

11

 

GOVERNOR CHANGES:

The following School Governor changes have taken place in the last year:

  • A new Appointed Governor has been approved by the MAT Board from 1st February 2022 - we welcome Mrs Christine Spriggs who joins us with a wealth of experience of governance and a strong educational background.
  • Mrs Anna Stankiewicz was appointed from 1.11.21 as an Appointed Governor and was chosen to represent our Eastern European community.
  • Rev Andy Smith was appointed as the new Diocese Foundation Governor from October 2021.
  • Mr Paul Perkins ended his term on 30.9.21.
  • Rev Mark Binney ended his term as the Diocese appointed Foundation Governor on 31.8.21.
  • Mr Edward Fair moved into the Parent Governor position from 30.9.20. (from co-opted 31.10.19).
  • Mrs Sarah Davis was appointed as a Parent Governor from 31.10.19

Attendance at School Governing Body Meetings last year 2020/21:

  • Mrs Hayley Potter    5/6
  • Mrs Kirsty Shaw       6/6
  • Mrs Alison French        5/5
  • Rev Mark Binney     4/6
  • Mr Simon Hill           5/6
  • Mrs Catherine Hill   5/6
  • Mrs Sarah Davis   6/6
  • Mr Edward Fair  4/6
  • Mr David Stokes   2/2
  • Mr Paul Perkins   6/6
  • Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke   6/6
  • Also Present: Mr David Coaché, Executive Head   5/6.

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR MAT AND SCHOOL:

David Coaché
Executive Head

 

Mrs Hayley Potter
Head of School 

Ex-Officio School Governor

Mrs Kirsty Shaw
Head of School 

Ex-Officio School Governor

Mr Andrew Martyr-Icke

Trustee, Chair of Directors and Chair of Governors

Dr Lloyd Jenkins

Director
Vice Chair of Board

 

Mr Paul Perkins


School Governor

 

Mr David Stokes


Director (Finance)
Responsible Officer

Mr Simon Hill


Trustee
Director & School Governor
(Diocese appointed)

Mrs Catherine Hill

Director
School Parent Governor

 

Mrs Sarah Davis


School Parent Governor

 

Mr Edward Fair


School Parent Governor

 

Mrs Christine Booth


MAT Business Manager
Company Secretary
Clerk to MAT Board Clerk to Governors

Mrs Alison French


School Governor

 

Mr Anthony Mealings


Director
(School Governor at Bretforton)

 

 

Committee Arrangements

For the Bengeworth MAT Board:

The MAT Board has set up the following Committees which report directly to the 7 Directors:

  • MAT Finance and Audit Committee (Chair - Mr David Stokes, Finance Director)
  • MAT Strategy Working Group
  • MAT Hearings Committee
  • MAT Appeals Committee (staffing)
  • MAT Pupil Discipline Committee (statutory)
  • MAT Head's Performance Review Panel
  • MAT Performance Management Committee.

For Bengeworth School Governing Body:

The local School Governors have regular half-termly Local School Governing Body meetings and have  the following Working Groups/Committees which report back:

  • Environment, Safeguarding, Health & Safety (Chair - Mrs Catherine Hill)
  • Achievement, Behaviour, Vision and Values (Chair - Mr Simon Hill).

Statutory Information & Accounts

Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust is a Charitable Trust and a private limited company registered at Companies House (No. 08943457) and therefore must publish audited Annual Accounts and Financial Statements every year. 

If, as a parent of a pupil attending this school, you require a paper copy of the information on this website, we shall provide this free of charge.

Annual Accounts 

Please see the links at the bottom of this page for the past three years' Annual Accounts which show that the Trust is a good ongoing concern.  The Accounts Reports give much information about the operation of the Trust and the aims and vision for the future.  There is a Trustees Report with a section on pupil outcomes and a finance section and then the auditor's report and accounts statements for the business, eg Balance Sheet, Cashflow, with notes.

Statutory Information

1.  The Trust must also publish its Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and the Supplemental Funding Agreement with the DFE and there are links to these documents below.

2 . Pay and benefits above the notifiable limit of £100,000 (including ER pension payments and taxable benefits) for employees of Bengeworth Multi-Academy Trust in 2020/21 were::

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

Trustees, Directors and Governors declare the following Interests (2021/22):

-    Mr Simon Hill works for the Diocese of Worcester and is appointed by the Diocese. The Diocese oversees our ‘Church of England' Academy and appoints one Trustee, one Director and two Foundation Governors (one of whom is the local vicar).   Mr Hill is appointed as Trustee, Director and Governor.  Mr Hill was previously a Trustee for Shine After School Club which provides after-school childcare at our school.  He is related to Mrs Claire Hill who is a Teaching Assistant here.  He is a Trustee for YMCA Worcestershire and for Young Solutions as well.

-     Mr David Coaché (Executive Head) is a Trustee of the National Rock and Pop Festival Trust and is Vice Chair of the Board of the Solihull Music Advisory Board.  He is a senior partner of Challenge Partners Network of Excellence.

-    Mrs Hayley Potter (Head of School, Kings Road) has a partner who works at Churchdown School Academy in Gloucester. 

Mrs Kirsty Shaw (Head of School, Burdord Road) is a Trustee of the Feckenham Education Endowment Foundation.

-    Mr Anthony Mealings is a Director and is the Chair of Governors at Bretforton Village School.

-    Mrs Julie Bourdon-Pierre became a Trustee of Bengeworth MAT from March 2018 and is related to a member of staff on our payroll who had already been working at our academy for a long period of time.  She is Secretary for Hawthorn Education.

Mrs Sarah Davis is a School Parent Governor and works for Wider Plan Ltd who run the Kiddivouchers scheme and the Nursery Milk Reimbursement Unit and Wider Plan Benefits.

- Mr Edward Fair is a School Parent Governor and works for Tewkesbury High School where he is also a Staff Governor. He is also a Trustee of Tewkesbury Trust.

- Mr David Stokes is a Director of the Trust and is also a Parent Governor at Blackminster Middle School and  Pebworth First School Federation.  He is a Director of HB&O Financial Services LLP in Leamington Spa.

Other Interests:   

There are no other Interests to declare, but Trustees, Directors and Governors are asked at every meeting. The Academy Trust Handbook has strict guidelines about transactions with any related parties and the regulations are always closely followed.