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Structure of Governing Body and Register of Interests

Governance Structure

Chalfont St Peter Church of England Academy as an Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Trust has two layers of governance:

  • the Members, who operate at a strategic level with ultimate control over the direction of the Academy Trust, and
  • the Governors (often referred to as the Directors or Trustees) with responsibility for day-to-day management and operation of the Academy Trust.

 

The Members

The functions of the Members of the Academy Trust include: overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company, taking part in Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings, appointing some of the governors and signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report. They have the power to amend the Articles of the company and, ultimately, to remove the governors.


Overall, Members usually have much more limited practical involvement in the management of the academy than the governors.


The Members are:

  • The Bishop of Oxford
  • The Archdeacon of Buckingham
  • The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education
  • The Chair of Governors

 

The Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for setting general policy, adopting an annual plan and budget, monitoring the Academy’s expenditure of budgets, making decisions about the direction of the Academy, capital expenditure and staff appointments. The Governors have delegated components of their responsibility to three committees: Administration, Curriculum & Ethos, and Finance.

 

The Administration Committee is chaired by Mr David Tuddenham and is responsible for admissions, appeals, personnel matters, health & safety, building matters and general administration.

 

The Curriculum & Ethos Committee is chaired by Mrs Sheila King and makes decisions on matters relating to the educational provision at the Academy including monitoring/reporting progress. It also ensures that as a designated Church of England education provider, the religious character of a broad and balanced curriculum is maintained in accordance with the principles, practices and tenets of the Church of England.

 

The Finance Committee is chaired by Dr Jackie Brown, who replaced Mr Tim Mears in this role in September 2016, and is responsible for contributing to the formulation of the Academy’s development plan, monitoring the annual budgets, forecasts and variance of expenditure. It also ensures all external reporting is adhered to for bodies such as HMRC, Companies House, Department of Education, Educational Funding Agency, Teachers Pension, Local Government Pension Scheme, etc.


The Full Governing Body meets half-termly, as do each of the committees.


Details of the Members and Governors who have served in the last 12 months from 1st September 2015 are as follows:

 

Governor

Term of office

Method of appointment

Relevant business and pecuniary interests

Mrs Nicola Alburg
Appointed: 01/9/2015

4 years

Elected by staff

None

Mr Michael Baxendine
Appointed: 1/5/2015 (second term)

4 years

Member appointed

None

Dr Jackie Brown
Appointed: 18/11/2014

4 years

Elected by parents

None

Mr Jeff Harrison
Appointed: 14/2/2014

4 years

Member appointed

None

Mr Simon James
Appointed 9/9/2015

4 years

Member appointed

Member of Rotary Club of Misbourne Matins (contributes financially to some school activities)

Mrs Sheila King
Appointed: 1/10/2013

4 years

Member appointed

None

Mr Tim Mears
Appointed: 1/5/2015 (second term)

4 years

Member appointed

None

Rev Charles Overton
Appointed: 1/5/2015 (second term)

4 years

Member appointed

None

Mrs Timea Phillips
Appointed 9/9/2015

4 years

Member appointed

None

Mr David Tuddenham
Appointed: 18/11/2014

4 years

Elected by parents

None

Mrs Elizabeth Underwood

 

Ex officio

Husband – Supplies PE coaching services to the Academy
Son – Employed as a cleaner at the Academy

Mrs Sally Valentine
Appointed: 01/9/2015

4 years

Elected by staff

None

Mr Malcolm Whittall
Appointed: 1/5/2015 (second term)

4 years

Member appointed

None
NB Also a Member of the Academy Trust

Mrs Caroline Wiggins
Appointed: 1/5/2011
Resigned 12/10/2015

4 years

Member appointed

None

 

Attendance at meeting in the last academic year (1 Sept 2015 – 31 August 2016)

 

Full Governing Body

Governor

Meetings attended

Out of a possible

N Alburg (Staff governor)

6

6

M Baxendine

5

6

J Brown

6

6

J Harrison

3

6

S King

6

6

T Mears (Vice Chair)

5

6

C Overton

4

6

D Tuddenham

5

6

E Underwood (Head and accounting officer)

6

6

S Valentine (Staff governor)

5

6

M Whittall (Chair)

6

6

C Wiggins

0

1

 

Administration Committee


Governor

Meetings attended

Out of a possible

Jeff Harrison

4

6

David Tuddenham (Committee chair)

6

6

Elizabeth Underwood

6

6

Malcolm Whittall

3

6

Caroline Wiggins

0

6

 

Curriculum & Ethos Committee

Governor

Meetings attended

Out of a possible

Nicola Alburg

5

6

Michael Baxendine

4

6

Sheila King

6

6

Charles Overton

5

6

Timea Phillips

6

6

Elizabeth Underwood

6

6

Sally Valentine

5

6

 

Finance Committee


Governor

Meetings attended

Out of a possible

Jackie Brown

6

6

Tim Mears (Committee chair)

5

6

Elizabeth Underwood

6

6

Malcolm Whittall

2

6

Simon James

3

4

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