The nature of governance has changed considerably over recent years and especially for schools that have elected to become an Academy. Cloughwood Academy is a member of Kaleidoscope Learning Trust (KLT). The Board of Directors/Trustees of KLT is ultimately responsible for the performance of Cloughwood Academy, however, it delegates the majority of the day to day running of the Academy to the Principal and the Local Governing Board. For information on the Governance of Kaleidoscope Learning Trust, please visit: www.kaleidoscopelearning.co.uk/governance
Good corporate governance plays a vital role in underpinning the integrity and the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisation. For Cloughwood, this is assured through its Local Governing Board (LGB) of Governors. The LGB is the strategic decision-making body and vision-setter for the Academy. It plays a vital role in ensuring the best possible education for every pupil by creating robust accountability for the Principal and the senior leadership team. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the LGB undertakes regular self-evaluation.
The Local Governing Board
The Board has three main functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Academy [The Board is the key decision-making body. It sets the Academy’s strategic framework and ensures that all statutory duties are met].
- Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils and the performance management of staff. [The Principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy and implements the strategic framework and goals established by the Board].
- Setting the budget, overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure that the Academy’s assets and resources are being used efficiently and effectively. [Thus ensuring that resources are allocated in line with the Academy’s strategic priorities; that there is a clear budget forecast over at least 3 years, with opportunities identified and risks mitigated; and that the Academy has sufficient reserves to cover major changes and any risks identified in the budget forecast].
Each year the LGB produces a strategic plan which sets out the strategic direction for the Academy for the following 5 years. The plan reviews progress to date, takes account of current and anticipated changes in legislation, regulatory and budgetary matters and considers the opportunities and challenges likely to face the Academy over the 5 year period.
The current plan identifies strategic goals in the areas of Governance, Pupil Outcomes, Asset Management and Development, Human Resources and Financial Viability. These are broken down into project areas and are actioned, measured and monitored through the Academy’s Development Plan. The Principal, who is also an ex-officio member of the Kaleidoscope Learning Trust Board of Directors, implements the strategy devised by the LGB, reports back to the Board at each Board meeting and runs the day to day operations of the Academy.
Local Governing Board Members
Hannah has been a governor at Cloughwood for 15 years. She began her association with the school when she was Headteacher at Hartford Manor Primary School. Since her retirement she has retained her position on the Board of Directors and is one of the Trustees of the Academy. Hannah has specific responsibilities for Teaching and Learning and English. She is also the designated director for Safeguarding and Looked After children. Hannah can be contacted via the Academy and would be delighted to hear from parents/carers and pupils.
Richard qualified as a chemical engineer preceding a career in the chemical industry in technical, production and executive management. As a 35 year resident of Hartford, member of Hartford Parish Council for 10 years and member of the Management and Conservation team for Marshall’s Arm Local Nature Reserve, Richard is appropriately placed to provide two-way influence and guidance in terms of community liaison. He is passionate about the local area and oversees Art and Science within Cloughwood Academy.
Adrian is the Principal and ex-officio director of Kaleidoscope Learning Trust. He has 17 years’ experience of working in SEMH schools and has been Principal at Cloughwood since 2007. Adrian is truly passionate about the school and strives to improve outcomes for all the pupils. He knows the staff work hard to create a wonderful environment which helps the boys develop into young men with a true purpose in life.
Pam has maintained senior positions within the voluntary sector. She has been instrumental in managing finances for various charitable organisations and for providing certain admin services. She has also run several projects involving the local community and been accountable to boards and government funders. She was an operations manager for a large care home (also a charity) being responsible for ensuring the building was maintained, providing administrative services, meeting the various regulations and as well as making sure policies were reviewed and updated then implemented. She also worked for Age Concern (now Age UK) Derby and Derbyshire as Finance and Administration Manager.
Pam feels that the skills she has acquired over the years are all transferable and hopes these will benefit the school. She is responsible for PHSE and Citizenship. On a personal note Pam has also brought up her own family of two, along with two step children and is currently involved in fostering.
Dan was appointed as a Key Stage 2 teacher at Cloughwood in 2015. Dan came to the school with seven years’ experience of working in the primary sector, and within this time gained his PGCE and Masters degree in Educational Practice. Dan feels that with his knowledge and experience of teaching he is able to contribute towards working alongside the Local Governing Board in driving the school forward, as well as helping ensure that the education the school provides for each pupil continues to reach the high standards expected.
Rachel began working at Cloughwood Academy in June 2013 and was appointed Staff Director in September 2015. Rachel previously held a senior role in customer services and operations for a local automotive retailer; however after having children Rachel became interested in the Education Sector. Rachel had experience in both the Early Years and Primary (KS1 & 2) before moving to Cloughwood. After a vacancy became available on the Local Governing Board, Rachel decided to apply so that she could learn more about strategic direction of the school and offer her input. Rachel feels that her past experience, qualifications and desire to undertake exciting new challenges would be of benefit to the Local Governing Board.
The Board members undertake regular training including Safeguarding, PREVENT and Safer Recruitment. In addition, individual members attend training specific to their interests, roles and responsibilities.