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:

Please find below a link to the Kaleidoscope Learning Trust Structure.

Kaleidoscope Learning Trust Structure Chart
Kaleidoscope Learning Trust Members Information 2018 2019



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:

  1. 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].
  2. 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].
  3. 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].

Strategic Plan

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

Mrs Hannah Madeley Chair  (Member of KLT)

Hannah is a long-standing governor at Cloughwood Academy. 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 and is one of the Trustees of the Academy.  Hannah has specific responsibilities for English and Primary Education.  She is also the designated director for Safeguarding, Looked After Children and Pupil Premium.  Hannah can be contacted by emailing: and would be delighted to hear from parents/carers and pupils.

Mr Richard Haffenden Appointed Governor (Member of KLT)

Richard qualified as a chemical engineer preceding a career in the chemical industry in technical, production and executive management. As an established resident of Hartford, Richard served on Hartford Parish Council for many years and is a member of the Management and Conservation team for Marshall’s Arm Local Nature Reserve. Richard is appropriately placed to provide influence and guidance in terms of community liaison. He is passionate about the local area and oversees Art and Humanities within Cloughwood Academy.

Mr Adrian Larkin Ex-officio Director

Adrian is the Principal and ex-officio director of Kaleidoscope Learning Trust.  He has extensive 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.


Miss Samantha Howarth Staff Governor

Sam has been Vice-Principal and Designated Safeguarding Lead of Cloughwood Academy since January 2019. She has been teaching since April 2003 and achieved PGCPSE SENCO Award in 2007. Sam works tirelessly to support students and staff to feel empowered to achieve. In her previous role, she was SENCO and is skilled in creating bespoke plans for students with additional needs and identifying and developing alternative pathways.

Mrs Rachel Orme Staff Governor

Rachel began working at Cloughwood Academy in June 2013 and was re-appointed Staff Governor on 12th November 2019. Rachel began her career working in IT training for large organisations. Her love of teaching and learning lead to her pursuing a career in education, where Rachel gained a PGCE with QTS in Computer Science and ICT. 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.

Mr Ryan Phelps Parent Governor

 Ryan is a qualified Financial Planner and member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). He is the Managing Director of Hartford Wealth Management, situated in the local village of Hartford where he also resides with his wife and two children. As a parent of an autistic child, Ryan is a keen advocate of Special Educational Needs and is appropriately placed to assist in a number of key areas. Ryan was appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2020 and is passionate about giving back to the local community he lives and works in.  

Mrs Barbara Murphy Governor

Barbara’s background is in language teaching and learning, thus encouraging a belief that diverse backgrounds and cultures enrich children’s curiosity about the world around them.

Barbara has taught and worked in teacher training and has also spent several years with the Assessment Department of Cambridge University. She is also a retired teacher/examiner and is a Senior Marriage Officer/Registrar at CWaC.

Now living locally, and with a personal interest in involvement within the community, Barbara hopes to contribute to the Academy’s enthusiasm for learning.


Please find below a link to meeting information for the Cloughwood Academy Local Governing Body.

Cloughwood Academy Local Governing Body Information 2018 2019


Director Training

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.

The Clerk to the Directors can be contacted on