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 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 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|
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|
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.
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:
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 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
Business and Pecuniary Interests
The Nolan Committee
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 / Associate||Governor Type||Governor Position||Committees||Initial Start Date||Start Date for Current Term||End Date||Appointing Body||Declared Interests|
|Matthew Bunn||Archdeacon Representative||–||School Improvement Committee|
|12.04.2015||12.04.2019||12.04.2023||WDAT||Charity Trusteeships – PCC St Stephens|
|Timothy Clarke||Foundation||–||Finance Committee||27.09.2015||27.09.2019||27.09.2023||WDAT||Businesses – T J Clarke – Barrister|
Charity trusteeships – Grantham Yorke Trust
|Tracey France||Foundation||Co Vice-Chair of Governors||School Improvement Committee||09.01.2018||09.01.2018||09.01.2022||WDAT||Business: Dedicated to Education (D2E)|
Directorship: Director of D2E (Dormant Company)
Professional Membership : Prospect Union
Holds other governor/trustee positions
|Anita Iddon||Foundation||Chair of Governors||–||25.09.2020||25.09.2020||25.09.2024||WDAT||None|
|Jane Price||Ex officio (Headteacher)||–||School Improvement Committee|
|Paul Taylor||Foundation||–||School Improvement Committee||14.06.2019||14.06.2019||14.06.2023||WDAT||Charity trustee of St. Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy|
|Margaret Haywood||Co-opted||Co Vice-Chair of Governors||School Improvement Committee|
|31.12.2012||01.09.2020||01.09.2021||WDAT/FGB||Business: P & AM Haywood|
|Claire Hollins||Parent||Finance Committee||20.11.2016||20.11.2016||20.11.2020||Elected by parents||None|
|Mark Pollard||Ex Officio (Headteacher)||–||School Improvement Committee|
|Iain Williams||Parent||–||–||20.11.2016||20.11.2016||20.11.2020||Elected by parents||Governor at Westacre Middle School|
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:
- 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
- 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)|
|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|