The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors. They fulfil 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 effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools. Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.
The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.
You can contact any Governor or the clerk by sending a letter c/o St James’ CofE Primary School, or send an email to email@example.com
This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.
Local Schools Board
Chair of Governors:
Fr Garry has lived in Harlow for more than 40 years and has taught in schools, colleges and higher education, including the old Netteswell School, and at Harlow College, where he was Chaplain and Assistant Principal. He is presently the Church of England’s National Policy Adviser for Further and Higher Education, based in Westminster, and has a special interest in the work of chaplains in education and in pastoral care and student support. He is one of the staff at our near neighbours, St Mary Magdalene, Harlow Common, just down the road in Potter Street and has been involved in training teachers, school leaders and governors for many years.
A former primary headteacher and SIAMS (Church School) Inspector, Ann has also worked as Diocesan Schools Advisor. She brings a wealth of experience in school improvement to the Board.
A Headteacher of our local Secondary School, Stewards Academy who brings local expertise and knowledge from the Secondary Education sector.
I joined the Governing Body in November 2017 having recently retired as Headteacher of a Primary Church of England Primary School of similar size and nature to St.James’.
Although retired I still would like to be involved in education and feel I have important skills to offer.
Prior to being appointed Headteacher I worked for twenty years as a class teacher in Primary education and then took up an appointment as an education adviser to schools in Essex particularly in and around Harlow. Within this role I worked in schools supporting them to develop their practice in literacy and in developing leadership and management.
I have always loved working with the children and took on a class teacher role on many occasions during my headship and it is working with the children that I miss most. I see being a school governor is essentially about ensuring that the children are at the centre of all that we do and that we support them through our Christian ethos to become well rounded independent individuals.
Jo currently works in Adult and Family Education for Essex County Council, but was previously Assistant Headteacher of a secondary school in London, as well as a Head of Year and a teacher of English and other pastoral subjects. A parent of children attending a Vine Trust school, Jo cares deeply about improving equality of opportunity and the life chances of all children.
Becky is Head Teacher at Rivenhall CofE Primary School. She brings expertise in teaching and learning as well as having a knowledge of The Vine Schools Trust.
Governors who have left in the past 12 months:
Charlotte Bilmen – Governor
Richard Hore – Governor
Our Core Responsibilities
· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
· Holding the 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.
· Strengthening and developing the Christian character of the school.
Full LSB meetings are held twice termly but governors also visit the school to carry out their assigned roles and to join with it in celebrating success.