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Governance

What do Governors do?

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.

The role of the governing board is to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • Be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

Below is the structure of the Newton Local Academy Committee (local governing body):

Name
 
Job Title
Terms
Voting
Neil Ward
(Chair)
Co-Opted
Passenger Carrying Vehicle Driver, Westmorland and Furness Council
4 years
Yes
Allan Milne
(Vice Chair)
Co-Opted
BAE Systems
4 years
Yes
Michael Brown
Co-Opted
BAE Systems
4 years
Yes
Charlotte Cowan
Co-Opted
Newton Village Academy
4 years
Yes
June Ward
Co-Opted
Finance Officer
4 years
Yes
Lisa Metcalfe
Parent
Midwife
4 years
Yes
Paul Fussell
Parent
Director, Fussell’s Travel Service
4 years
Yes
Lisa Fell
Headteacher
Newton Village Academy
+
Yes
Clare Molyneux
Staff Governor
Newton Village Academy
4 years
Yes
Hannah Moore
Staff Governor
Newton Village Academy
4 years
Yes

Minutes from Local Academy Committee and Board meetings are available upon request. Please contact the Furness Education Trust Clerk to request these (clerk@furnesseducationtrust.co.uk).

Furness Education Trust- Members and Trustees:

Furness Education Trust comprises of five members, nine Trustee and four co-opted Trustees at Trust level.

Members are responsible for appointing and removing Trustees and hold Trust Board to account for implementing the agreed strategy.

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the running of all academies across the MAT. Trustees are responsible for the strategic oversight of the management of the Trust and also appoint the CEO and the CFO and hold them to account as well.

The authority for running each academy remains with the Headteacher and Local Academy Committee, as detailed above. This authority is defined in the scheme of delegation.

More information about the Trust governance structure can be found on our Trust website at Furness Education Trust Governance.