Our Governors

The Academy Trust

The Bishop Perowne CE College (the “Academy Trust”) is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The Academy Trust’s Articles of Association are it’s primary governing documents.

The Academy Trust operates a School for students aged 11 to 16 in Worcestershire.

The Members

The Members appoint and remove Governors to ensure that the Academy Trust’s charitable objective is carried out. Members are also responsible for approving any amendments made to the Academy Trust’s Articles of Association.

The current Members are:

  • Timothy Clarke
  • Judith Pettersen
  • Michael Kitcatt
  • WDAT Corporate

The Governors

The Governors are both charity trustees (as defined in s.177 of the Charities Act 2011) and directors of the Academy Trust. Governors are bound by both charity and company law, so the terms ‘Governors’, ‘Trustees’, and ‘Directors’ are used interchangeably.

The Governors are responsible for the general control and management of the Academy Trust and are legally responsible for all statutory functions of, and the performance of, the Academy Trust. Governors must approve a written scheme of delegation of financial powers.

The Governors are responsible for the strategic development of the School.

The three core strategic 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 pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the School and making sure that its money is well spent.

Governors are also responsible for ensuring that the School meets statutory requirements with regard to Safeguarding, Health and Safety, the Curriculum and Finance.

Register of Governors

Governor Name Appointed By Start Date of Term End Date of Term
Anita Iddon
Chair of Governors
Appointed by foundation/Trust 25/09/2020 25/09/2024
Matthew Bunn Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 12/04/2019 12/04/2023
Timothy Clarke Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 27/09/2019 27/09/2023
Iris Crittenden Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 24/03/2020 24/03/2024
Tracey France
Vice-Chair of Governors
Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 09/01/2018 09/01/2022
Emma Glazzard Appointed by foundation/Trust 25/09/2020 25/09/2024
Jane Price Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/01/2021
Ruth Scotson Appointed by foundation/Trust 01/09/2021 01/09/2025
Julie Ann Smith-Rose Appointed by foundation/Trust 16/01/2020 16/01/2024
Paul Taylor Nominated by other body and appointed by GB 14/06/2019 14/06/2023

Structure of the Governing Board​

The structure of the Governing Board of Bishop Perowne CE College is:

  • 1 Headteacher (Ex officio)
  • 2 Parents Governors
  • 1 appointed by the Archdeacon
  • 7 Foundation Governors/Worcester Diocese Academy Trust (WDAT) appointed
  • Up to 2 Co-opted

The Board of Governors

The Board of Governors delegate responsibility for the day to day running of the School to the Headteacher, and hold the Headteacher to account for the performance of the School. The Board of Governors cannot delegate their accountability but can delegate some of the detailed scrutiny, oversight and decision making.

The Full Governing Body meets 6 times a year; Governing Body committees also meet as required.

The Chair of the Board of Governors is Anita Iddon.

Committees

The Board of Governors may establish committees to carry out some of its governance functions. Where this includes making decisions, those decisions will be deemed decisions of the Board of Governors. Committees must contain at least three Governors and their responsibilities will be set out in the their terms of reference.

The Governing Body has established two committees to which it delegates day to day responsibility for the oversight of various aspects of the running of the school:

Finance Committee

Initial oversight and management of the annual budget drawn up by the school; Ensures the school maintains an appropriate system of internal financial control; Agrees priorities for revenue and capital funding.

The Chair is Matt Bunn

School Improvement Committee

Primarily drives standards and performance via the analysis of the School Development Plan (SDP). The committee makes recommendations to the FGB as required.

The Chair is Anita Iddon

The Headteacher

The Headteacher has responsibility for the operation of the School.

The Headteacher is the accounting officer, having overall responsibility for the operation of the School’s financial responsibilities.

The Headteacher leads the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of the School. The Headteacher may delegate management functions to the SLT but remains accountable to the Board of Governors for the performance of the SLT.

The Senior Leadership Team

The SLT consists of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers and the Chief Financial Officer.

Business and Pecuniary Interests

General

To adhere to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, Bishop Perowne CE College is required to maintain a register of business interests. The main purpose of maintaining a register is to ensure that the Governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially.

The Nolan Committee

In May 1996, the Nolan Committee published a report on standards in public life as applicable to local public spending bodies. The report identified seven principles which should be applied in public life. These are: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. One important means by which a school may demonstrate that it is applying these principles is by maintaining a Register of Business Interests.

Register of Business Interests

The Governing Board and School personnel have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and the interests of the School. A register of business interests is maintained for both Governors and School personnel with significant financial responsibilities.

The register includes all business interests such as directorships, share holdings and other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation that may have dealings with the College. The disclosures also include business interests of relatives and other individuals who may exert influence. Bishop Perowne CE College ensures the register is up to date and complete, includes all Governors and relevant staff and in this regard signed and dated. Individual records are maintained for each governor and relevant member of staff and where there are no business interests to declare a nil return is kept.

For each governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months; a list of business and personal interests, pecuniary (financial) and non-pecuniary of the Governors and any immediate family is presented below.

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2020-2021

Name of Governor / AssociateGovernor TypeGovernor PositionCommitteesInitial Start DateStart Date for Current TermEnd DateAppointing BodyDeclared Interests
Matthew BunnArchdeacon RepresentativeSchool Improvement Committee
Finance Committee
12.04.201512.04.201912.04.2023WDATCharity Trusteeships – PCC St Stephens
Timothy ClarkeFoundationFinance Committee27.09.201527.09.201927.09.2023WDATBusinesses – T J Clarke – Barrister
Charity trusteeships – Grantham Yorke Trust
Iris CrittendenFoundation24.03.202024.03.202024.03.2024WDATNone
Tracey FranceFoundationCo Vice-Chair of GovernorsSchool Improvement Committee09.01.201809.01.201809.01.2022WDATBusiness: Dedicated to Education (D2E)
Directorship: Director of D2E (Dormant Company)
Professional Membership : Prospect Union
Holds other governor/trustee positions
Emma GlazzardCo-opted25.09.202025.09.202025.09.2024WDAT/FGBNone
Anita IddonFoundationChair of Governors25.09.202025.09.202025.09.2024WDATNone
Jane PriceEx officio (Headteacher)School Improvement Committee
Finance Committee
N/AN/AN/AEx officioNone
Ruth ScotsonFoundation01.09.202101.09.202101.09.2025WDATNone
Julie Smith-RoseFoundation16.01.202016.01.202016.01.2024WDATNone
Paul TaylorFoundationSchool Improvement Committee14.06.201914.06.201914.06.2023WDATCharity trustee of St. Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy
Former Governors
Margaret HaywoodCo-optedCo Vice-Chair of GovernorsSchool Improvement Committee
Finance Committee
31.12.201201.09.202001.09.2021WDAT/FGBBusiness: P & AM Haywood
Claire HollinsParent Finance Committee20.11.201620.11.201620.11.2020Elected by parentsNone
Mark PollardEx Officio (Headteacher)School Improvement Committee
Finance Committee
N/AN/A31.12.2020Ex OfficioNone
Iain WilliamsParent20.11.201620.11.201620.11.2020Elected by parentsGovernor at Westacre Middle School

Committee Meetings

Right to Attend

Governing Board meetings are not open to the public by right: the Governing Board can decide whether anyone who is not a Governor (other than the Clerk) may attend a meeting. Visitors are asked to leave if confidential items are discussed, except where the Governing Board has asked them to take part in a specific discussion.

The following exceptions may apply and the information would then be treated as confidential:

  1. Any matter relating to:
    • a named teacher or other person employed (or formerly / proposed) at the school;
    • a named pupil (or former pupil) at, or candidate for admission to, the school
  2. Any other matter which, by reason of its nature, the Governing Body is satisfied should be dealt with on a confidential basis.

 

When confidential matters are placed on an agenda, during the Governing Board meeting, Governors will be asked to ‘Exclude the Press and Public’ prior to the start of discussions. Subsequently, the minutes of these confidential discussions will be kept separate and not made available for inspection by anyone outside of the meeting (excluding Freedom of Information Act requests).

Minutes of Meetings

We are not required to publish our governing board minutes online. We are however required to make approved and signed minutes (including committee minutes) and any agendas and papers considered at the meeting available to any interested person for at least the current and previous 3 years . Please contact the Clerk to the Governors if you wish to inspect minutes of the Governing Board. Minutes of recent Governor’s meetings cannot be published until they have been ratified and agreed as true at the next meeting.

The exception to making minutes available is where they mention:

  • The name of any person who works (or is proposed to work) at the school
  • The name of any student at, or candidate for admission to, the school
  • Any other matter the governing board agrees should remain confidential because of its nature

Committee Meeting Attendance 2020-2021

Name of Governor / Associate Full Governing Body (FGB) School Improvement Committee (SIC) Finance Committee (FC)
Attended Potential Attended Potential Attended Potential
Matthew Bunn 4 6 5 6 1 3
Timothy Clarke 6 6 3 3
Iris Crittenden 5 6
Tracey France 6 6 6 6
Emma Glazzard 4 6
Margaret Haywood 6 6 6 6 1 2
Claire Hollins 2 2 1 1
Anita Iddon 6 6
Mark Pollard 2 2 2 2 1 1
Jane Price 4 4 4 4 2 2
Julie Smith-Rose 5 6
Paul Taylor 6 6 4 6
Iain Williams 2 2

Governors Documents

Code Description Version Published Review
GOV-01 Memorandum of Association 1.0 April 2012
GOV-02 Articles of Association 1.0 July 2013
GOV-03 Funding Agreement 1.0 May 2012
Gov-Acc2016 Accounts 2015-2016 1.0 December 2016
Gov-Acc2017 Accounts 2016-2017 1.0 December 2017
Gov-Acc2018 Accounts 2017-2018 1.0 December 2018
Gov-Acc2019 Accounts 2018-2019 1.0 December 2019
Gov-Acc2020 Accounts 2019-2020 1.0 December 2020
Gov-Acc2020a Key Issues for Discussion Document (2020) 1.0 November 2020
Gov-Acc2021 Accounts 2020-2021 1.0 December 2021

Staff

Mrs K Joiner

Clerk to the Governors