The Academy Trust
As an academy school, Mellor has an academy trust which is a charitable company which has overall responsible for the academy and control over the land and other assets. It has a strategic role in running the academy, but management of the school is delegated to the Members and Trustees.
As charitable companies are limited by guarantee, every trust has members who have a similar role to the shareholders of a company limited by shares. They:
are the subscribers to the trust’s memorandum of association (where they are founding members)
may amend the articles of association (the articles include a definition of the trust’s charitable objects and governance structure) subject to any restrictions in the articles or in the trust’s funding agreement or charity law
have powers to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances
appoint the trust’s auditors and receive the trust’s audited annual accounts (subject to the Companies Act).
|Member Date of Appointment|
|Mr Mike Barley 30.09.16|
Mr Andy Sokill (Chair of Governors) 01.10.11
Mrs Lynda Gwyther 30.09.16
Mr David Hoult 25.07.19
Articles of Association
Governance arrangements of the Academy are constituted under the academy’s Artciles of Association which describe the powers of Trustees (Governors), and the procedures and rules governing them. For example, as well as defining the membership of the Governing Body, the Articles set out the quorum and notice periods required for meetings. The Articles were amended and agreed through a special resolution of the Members on 2nd July 2019 when the Academy Articles of Association – DfE February 2016 version was adopted.
The Academy’s Funding Agreement DfE March 2018v7 version describes the framework in which Mellor Primary operates. Our first Deed of Variation to Funding Agreement updated the agreement to how much General Annual Grant that the Education and Skills Funding Agency and Mellor Primary agreed to be carried forward across financial years. Deed of Variation January 2019 was agreed following the update to the Articles which followed the latest DfE version at the time.
The Governing Board
The Governing Board manages the academy on behalf of the Members of the Academy Trust. The key responsibilities are to:
- ensure the quality of educational provision
- challenge and monitor the performance of the Academy
- manage the Academy Trust’s finances and property
- employ staff
Our Governing Policy can be found by following the link Governance Body Policy updated July 2018.
The trustees (also known as Governors) of the academy trust are also its company directors.
The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and should focus strongly on the three core functions of governance:
ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
The trustees must ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law, and adherence to the trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State.
Mellor’s Trustees are committed to ensuring the school serves the Mellor community by providing exceptional primary education within a caring, family atmosphere.
The Trustees have long term plans to develop the existing facilities, and keep Mellor Primary School at the forefront of education.
The board is deeply committed to ensuring accountability exists as well as acting as a ‘critical friend’ to Mellor’s headteacher.
Mr Andy Sokill
|Term of Office
01.04.19 – 31.03.23
|Mrs Lynda Gwyther||Vice Chair||01.09.13 – 31.08.20|
|Mr Jim Nicholson||Head teacher||01.10.11 –|
|Mr Tim Lowe||Co-opted Governor||01.10.15 – 30.09.23|
|Mr Bob-Humphrey-Taylor||Co-opted Governor||01.10.15 – 30.09.23|
|Mrs Kit Aldred||Co-opted Governor||01.10.15 – 30.09.23|
|Mr Matt Sharp||Co-opted Governor||08.03.19 – 07.03.23|
|Mrs Liz Hadfield||Co-opted Governor||02.07.18 – 01.07.22|
|Mr Chris Robertson||Co-opted Governor||02.07.18 – 01.07.22|
|Mrs Claire Smith||Parent Governor||01.01.14 – 31.12.21|
|Mrs Anita Bowker||Company Secretary||01.10.11 –|
Our Trustees meet termly as a full Governing Body. There are two main sub-committees – Education and Finance – who also meet termly and a number of other working groups that meet on an ad-hoc basis to deal with specific issues.
The Education Committee is responsible for monitoring the School Development Plan, the schools aims, ethos and values, target setting and academic standards, the curriculum, special educational needs, inclusion, safeguarding and behavioural issues.
The Finance Committee Is responsible for strategic financial planning, annual budget setting, financial monitoring and ensuring the school obtains value for money.
Register of Business Interests
Please click on link below to see our current Governors’ Register of Business Interests
You can contact the Governors via the school office or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org