Statutory Governance Information

The Trust is required to publish a range of information related to its governance arrangements.

Please find below the relevant information.

Members – membership details

Mr. Graham French – Member and former parent governor and chair of Cleves Cross board of Governors. Graham is an IT specialist and works both nationally and internationally. He took on the role of director in the Trust’s formative stage and now continues as a member of the Trust.

Mr. Anthony Chapman – A member of the Cleves Cross Board of Governors since its formation. Anthony was an active member of the LGB and has always taken a keen interest in the development of school. He is keen to ensure that we strive to provide the best possible education for the children in our community – both at Cleves Cross and other schools in our area when required.

Mrs. Christine Hall – A member of the Cleves Cross Board of Governors and an active member of our local community. Christine is chair of the local residents association and develops projects such as Neighbourhood Watch for the residents. She is keen to continue developing the cross-generational work that is so important for all of our citizens – young and old!

Liz Parker-Berry – Liz is a lifetime resident of Ferryhill, and attended Ferryhill Grammar Technical School (now FBEC) She gained a B.Ed from Durham University in 1980 and spent the next 28 years teaching science in a secondary school in Middlesbrough. She completed her Masters at York in 1992. In 2009 she moved to Durham University training teachers and is currently an Assistant Professor

Mrs Leigh Lockey

Trustees – membership details
Trustees – attendance information

Board and Committee membership / meeting attendance 2023-24

Board Meetings

 DirectorsBoard of Trustees
Meeting Dates
16/10/2318/12/235/2/2413/5/248/7/24
Alison Lazenby  
John Muir  
David Walker  
Sarah ClasperApologies  
Janet Forster- JonesResigned  
Paul Farrow  
Kevin WilsonApologiesApologiesResigned  

 

Finance Risk & Audit Committee

DirectorsMeeting dates
15/11/235/12/2313/3/2420/6/24
Alison Lazenby 
John Muir 
Janet Forster- JonesApologies- 
Sarah ClasperNot on CommitteeNot on Committee 
David WalkerNot on CommitteeNot on CommitteeNot on Committee 
Paul FarrowApologies 
Kevin WilsonApologies- 

 

Performance & Outcomes Committee

 

Directors

Meeting dates
9/10/2330/1/242/5/24
Alison Lazenby 
John Muir 
David Walker 
Sarah Clasper 
Janet Forster JonesNot on Committee--

 

Pay Review Committee

DirectorMeeting Date
20/11/23
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
Janet Forster Jones
Sarah Clasper

Board and Committee membership / meeting attendance 2022-23

Board Meetings

 DirectorsBoard of Trustees
Meeting Dates
10/10/2212/12/226/2/2322/5/2310/7/23
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
David WalkerA
Sarah Clasper
Janet Forster- Jones
Stephen Gowland-Resigned--
Paul FarrowNot yet appointedNot yet appointed
Kevin WilsonNot yet appointedNot yet appointedNot yet appointed

 

Finance Risk & Audit Committee

DirectorsMeeting dates
29/11/225/12/2221/3/2322/6/23
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
Janet Forster- JonesApologies
Sarah ClasperApologiesNot on Committee-
David WalkerNot on Committee--
Paul FarrowNot yet appointedNot yet appointed
Kevin WilsonNot yet appointedNot yet appointedNot yet appointedApologies

 

Performance & Outcomes Committee

 

Directors

Meeting dates
4/10/2223/1/2315/5/23
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
David Walker
Sarah Clasper
Janet Forster JonesNot on Committee-
Stephen Gowland-ApologiesResigned

 

Pay Review Committee

DirectorMeeting Date
14/11/22
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
Janet Forster Jones
Sarah Clasper

Board and Committee membership / meeting attendance 2021-2022

Board Meetings

 DirectorsBoard of Trustees
Meeting Dates
4/10/2113/12/217/2/2223/5/2211/7/22
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
David Walker
Charles OakleyApologies
Sarah ClasperApologies
Leigh LockeyüResigned---
Tony Short-Resigned---
Janet Forster- JonesNot yet appointedNot yet appointedNot yet appointedApologies
Gary NormanNot yet appointedNot yet appointedNot yet appointedApologies
Stephen GowlandNot yet appointedNot yet appointedNot yet appointedAppointedApologies

 

Finance Risk & Audit Committee

DirectorsMeeting dates
13/12/2121/3/2227/6/22
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
Charles OakleyApologies
Sarah Clasper
Janet Forster- JonesNot yet appointedNot yet appointed

 

Performance & Outcomes Committee

 

Directors

Meeting dates
20/9/2124/1/225/5/22
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
David Walker
Sarah Clasper

 

Pay Review Committee

DirectorMeeting Date
15/11/21
Alison Lazenby
John Muir
Charles Oakley
Sarah Clasper

Meeting Attendance 2020-21

The table below shows attendance across the meeting structure during the academic year 2020-2021.

 

MAT Board of Directors

KEY
✓     Attended meeting
A/A  Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N/A  Did not attend
X      Not a member of the committee

Together Learning Partnership: Attendance Register 2020 / 2021 – Board of Directors

21/9/2016/11/2014/12/201/2/2115/3/215/7/21
Mrs A Lazenby
Mr J Muir
Mr D WalkerAppointedA
Mrs L LockeyA
Mr C OakleyAppointedAAA
Mrs S Clasper
Mr T ShortAAAA
Ms G Newby

 

Together Learning Partnership: Attendance Register 2020 / 2021 – Finance Committee Committee

Directors14/12/20
Mrs A Lazenby
Mr J Muir
Mr T ShortA
Mrs L Lockey

 

Together Learning Partnership: Attendance Register 2020 / 2021 – Staffing Committee

Governor16/11/20
Mrs A Lazenby
Ms G Newby
Mrs S Clasper
Mr TShortA

Meeting Attendance 2018-19

The table below shows attendance across the meeting structure during the academic year 2018-2019.

 

MAT Board of Directors

KEY

✓     Attended meeting

A/A  Apologies sent and accepted by meeting

N/A  Did not attend

X      Not a member of the committee

Name8/10/1829/11/18
Pay Review
4/12/18
Audit
4/12/1825/1/1925/3/1920/5/1915/7/19
John Muir
Alison Lazenby
Sara Clasper
Glenys Newby
Leigh Lockey
Steve LeighN/AA/AResigned 25/3/19
Helen AndrewsN/AResigned 13/10/19
Tony ShortAppoined 20/5/19
Andy LouthAppointed 20/5/19

KEY
✓   – Attended meeting
A/A   – Apologies sent and accepted by meeting
N   – Not a member of the committee
X  – Did not attend

 

Directors Meeting Attendance 2017-18

 Board Attendance
5/10/2017
Pay Review Committee
Meeting
20/10/2017
Board Attendance
30/11/2017
Board Attendance
25/01/2018
Board Attendance
26/03/2018
Board Attendance
21/5/2018
Board Meeting
16/7/2018
Holly ThompsonA/A N/AN/AN/AN/A 
John Muir
Alison Lazenby 
Sara GlasperA/A
Helen Andrews
13/10/18
 A/AA/A
Leigh Lockey A/A
Glenys Newby
Steve Leigh
28/3/18
    

 

Directors Meeting Attendance 2016-17

 Board of Directors
14/09/16
Extraordinary Meeting Board of Directors
19/10/16
Board of Directors
13/12/16
Board of Directors
24/03/17
Board of Directors
06/07/17
Finance and General Purpose Committee
01/03/17
Finance and General Purpose Committee
29/06/17
Mrs Alison Lazenby
(CEO)
Mrs Pauline Foster   
Mrs Leigh LockeyA/A
Mrs Glenys NewbyA/A
Mrs S Clasper    A/A
Mrs Helen Andrews
(Chair)
  
Mr Graham FrenchA/ANNA/A 
 
Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests

Directorships/Partnerships/Employment with Business

Name of TrusteeName of BusinessNature of BusinessNature of InterestDate interest began
Sara ClasperDurham UniversityHigher EducationEmployed as Senior Legal Officer 
John MuirEveryday Care & SupportSocial Care CharityVice ChairOctober 2017
Alison LazenbyApproach TooCommunity Interest CompanyDirectorAugust 2015
Janet Forster-JonesSwoop LimitedBusiness ConsultancyOwner/ Managing Director2000
Kevin WilsonVenator Materials PlcChemical ManufactureEmployedOctober 2012
Paul FarrowHM TreasuryGovernmentEmployeeApril 2023

 

Trusteeships and Governorships at other educational institutions & charities

Name of TrusteeName of BusinessNature of BusinessNature of InterestDate interest began
Sara ClasperShincliffe Juniors FCYouth FootballClub Secretary & Coach 
John MuirRotary Club of PontelandCharitable ClubTrustee & TreasurerJuly 2020
David Walker

Horizons Specialist Academy

Brighter Academy Trust

Tudhoe Learning Trust

IRIS Learning Trust

Barnes Infant Academy Trust

Education

Trustee

Trustee

Member

Trustee

Trustee

Sept 2019

May 2022

February 2022

Sept 2022

July 2023

Scheme of Delegation

Scheme of Delegation – February 2022 

This Scheme of Delegation has been adapted from the NGA Decision Planner for Governing Bodies, and modified into a RACI matrix. The Board of Directors are accountable in law for all major decisions about the  Academy Trust and its future. However, this does not mean that they are required to carry out all the work  themselves. Very many of the tasks can and should be delegated to individuals and committees. It is vital  that the decision to delegate a task/responsibility to an individual is made by the full Board of Directors and  recorded in the Scheme of Delegation – without such a formula, the individual/committee has no delegated  authority to act. 

  • The Board of Directors is responsible for the strategic direction of the Academy Trust.
  • Committees can be given delegated authority to make decisions, monitor, evaluate and review  particular plans, policies and targets. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), supported by school  leaders in the Trust, plays the major role in formulating plans, policies and targets to bring to the  Board of Directors or its committees for discussion prior to approval and adoption by the Board of  Directors. 
  • The CEO is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Trust, and is  accountable to the Board of Directors. Each Head Teacher, in consultation with the CEO, has this  responsibility for their own school. 
  • Although decisions may be delegated, the Board of Directors remains accountable for any decision  made under delegation. 

Overall, Directors will ensure that they comply with company and charity law and will be responsible and  accountable for the strategic priorities of the Trust. They will: 

  • Approve and monitor the Trust’s Strategic Plan  
  • Monitor schools’ targets for pupil progress and attainment 
  • Approve and monitor the schools’ budgets within the Trust budget as a whole 
  • Monitor the impact of schools’ improvement plans 
  • Ensure efficient and effective financial management and value for money 
  • Ensure the that the Trust schools comply with the Trust’s object of providing a broad and balanced  curriculum  
  • Regularly review the Trust Scheme of Delegation and act in accordance with it Local Governing Bodies 

The Directors believe that the best results will be achieved when each school LGB receives a level of  autonomy appropriate to its specific circumstances. Local Governing Bodies of each school are, through  the scheme of delegation, responsible for the following core functions: 

  • Helping develop, then reviewing and monitoring the school improvement plan 
  • Monitoring and reviewing progress and attainment for all pupils 
  • Monitoring the approved budget spending against the plan, including the use made of pupil premium  and sports funding  
  • Monitoring and reviewing the curriculum for all pupils 
  • Ensuring the specific needs of their school, pupils and community are represented in the development of  trust plans and policies 

The Board of Directors will be supported by three director committees. These committees will be responsible  for developing and finalising plans and reviewing relevant topics in depth, though the final accountability for decisions will stay with the full board. 

Performance and Outcomes 

This Committee will assist the Board on matters relating to the Trust’s; curriculum development,  educational performance and outcomes. Included within its scope will be: 

  • Quality of teaching and learning and its impact on pupil standards and progress, behaviour and  personal development 
  • End of key stage performance in statutory assessments  
  • How well the Trust and schools compare locally, nationally and with those in similar contexts.
  • Holding Executive leadership to account for the educational performance of the Trust, its pupils, and the  performance management of its staff. 
  • Monitoring and reviewing staff and pupil wellbeing 

  

Finance, Risk & Audit Committee 

This Committee will assist the Board in its on-going oversight of the Trust’s arrangements for budgeting,  financial planning, financial performance and financial reporting in respect of both revenue and capital  activities and the associated resource planning. It assesses the scope and effectiveness of the systems  established to identify, manage and monitor financial and non-financial risks to the Trust via  the Risk Register. It also maintains an oversight of the Trust’s governance, internal control, financial  reporting and value for money frameworks to establish levels of compliance throughout the Trust. 

The Committee ensures regularity and propriety in use of the Trust’s funds, and helps to achieve economy,  efficiency and effectiveness – thus ensuring that the Trust provides value for money in the use of the public  funding it receives. 

Staffing / Pay Review Committee 

This committee will recommend for Board approval any pay progression decisions for all staff in line with  the Pay Policy and legal requirements, based on recommendations received from the CEO . It will also  recommend for Board approval any pay progression decisions for the CEO based on recommendations  from the School Improvement Partner in their support of the CEO’s Performance Review 

The table below sets out the major areas of responsibility and how they should be delegated to the following  levels of organisation structure: 

Level 1: Full Board of Directors 

Level 2: A committee of the Board of Directors  

Level 3: Local Governing Body 

Level 4: CEO  

Level 5: Head Teacher 

Level 6: Trust Business Manager 

The RACI chart is laid out to specify how the following functions will be managed. 

R = Responsible = The person who performs the work. There must be one “R” on every row, no more and  no less. “R” is the only letter that must appear in each row. 

A = Accountable = The person ultimately accountable for the work or decision being made. Use this letter  where appropriate, but not to excess – only when a key decision or task is at hand. There can be from zero  to one “A’s” in each row, but no more than one. 

C = Consulted = Anyone who must be consulted with prior to a decision being made and/or the task being  completed. There can be as many “C’s” as are appropriate in each row. 

I = Informed = Anyone who must be informed when a decision is made or work is completed. There can be  as many “I’s” as are appropriate in each row. 

There is also space for comments relevant to the Board of Directors:

Area

Function 

Responsible 

Accountable 

Consulted 

Informed

Level Comments

Bd

Com

LGB

CEO

HT

TBM

BudgetsTo approve the first formal budget plan  each financial year C

Reviewed and  

recommended by FRA committee

To approve budget revisions within 5%  variance of annual budget, by major  spending categoryR
To approve budget revisions more than  5% variance of annual budget, by major  spending categoryC
To monitor monthly expenditure by  School HT to review & report to  LGB
To monitor monthly expenditure across  TrustTBM to review and report  to FRA committee
To establish a charging and remissions  policy One trust policy with local  variations
To establish financial delegation limits Financial value for money  protocols to be adhered to as  per Financial Handbook
To enter into contracts less than £2000 AR C
To enter into contracts less than £5000 AR C
To enter into contracts above £5000 C
Performance  managementTo formulate and review teacher  appraisal policy R
To appoint the panel to carry out the  appraisal of the CEO AR
To appoint the panel to carry out the  appraisal of the head teacher. Recommended by CEO

To carry out appraisal of other  

teachers. 

C
PayTo put in place a pay policy Reviewed and recommended  by Staffing committee
To make pay decisions in line with the  pay policy and legal requirements C

Recommendations from  

Head/CEO to go to Staffing  Committee

To plan and approve chief executive  pay decisionsR

 

Area FunctionLevel Comments

Bd

Com

LGB

CEO

HT

TBM

StaffingAppoint selection panel for chief  executive officer AR
Appoint selection panel for head  teacher and deputy head R
Appoint selection panel for other  members of the senior leadership team ARLGB recommends
Appoint other teachers HT and CEO review
Appoint non-teaching staff R
Dismissal of CEO/Head Teacher AR
Dismissal of Head Teacher AR C
Suspending CEO AR
Suspending Head Teacher R
Suspending staff (except head/CEO) AR
Ending suspension (head/CEO) AR
Ending suspension (except head) AR CEO recommends to Board
Setting the overall staffing structure C

Recommendations from  

HT/CEO, reviewed by P&O  before Board approval

Determining dismissal payments/ early  retirement CEO Recommend to Board
To produce and maintain a central  record of recruitment and vetting  checks for schoolsR
To produce and maintain a central  record of recruitment and vetting  checks for TrustR
Establish and review procedures for  staff discipline, conduct and grievance. AR
CurriculumEnsure National Curriculum (NC)  taught to all pupils. R

CEO and HT organise  execution of agreed  

National Curriculum

Approve each academy’s Curriculum  Intent statement R HTs recommends to P&O  committee before final  board approval
To consider any disapplication for  pupil(s) AR
Establish and review a Relationships  and Sex Education Policy where the LGB must decide whether to teach sex  education and ensure that parents are  informed of their right to withdraw their  children. R

 

Area FunctionLevel Comments

Bd

Com

LGB

CEO

HT

TBM

Religious  

Education

Responsibility for ensuring that  

provision of RE meets statutory  requirements and/or the requirements  of any trust deed.

RHT manages provision  and reviews with LGB

Collective  

Worship

To ensure that all pupils take part in a  daily act of collective worship in line  with statutory requirements.A

Extra 

curricular  

provision

To decide whether to offer additional  activities and what form these should  take C
To put into place the additional services  provided AR
To decide whether to stop providing  additional activities. C

Discipline/  

exclusions

To review the use of exclusion and to  decide whether or not to confirm all  permanent exclusions and fixed term  exclusions where the pupil is either  excluded for more than 15 days in total  in a term or would lose the opportunity  to sit a public examination. A
Exclusion below 15 days in any one  termAR

Discipline/  

exclusions

To produce a set of written principles  for the behaviour of pupils across the  Trust.C
To draft the content of the school  behaviour policy and publicise it to  staff, students and parents.R
AdmissionsTo consult annually before setting an  admissions policy C
Admissions: application decisions AR
To appeal against LA directions to  admit pupil(s) 

R

Premises &  insurance All insurances R

Proposed by TBM and  reviewed by FAR ,  

before final approval by  Board

 

Area FunctionLevelComments 

Bd

Com

LGB

CEO

HT

TBM

Health &  

safety

To ensure a health and safety policy  and procedures are in place. R
To ensure that health and safety  regulations are followed H&S managed by HTs  and overseen by LGB
Whistleblo wingTo ensure a health and safety policy  and procedures are in place. R

School  

organisation

To publish proposals to change  category of school AR
To alter the times of school sessions  and to vary the dates of school terms  and holidays as suggested by LA Proposed by CEO and  approved by Board
To ensure that school lunch nutritional  standards/School Food Regulations are  met (if in your Funding Agreement) AR
To establish a data protection policy  and review it at least every two years. R
Maintain a register of pupil attendance AR

School  

organisation

To ensure provision of free meals to  those pupils meeting the criteria,  including Universal Infant Free School  Meals. AR
Information  for parentsTo establish, publish and review a  complaints procedure. R
To establish and publish a Freedom of  Information scheme and ensure the  school complies with it. R
Area Function Level Comment

 

Bd

Com

LGB

CEO

HT

TBM

Board/LGB  procedures
To appoint (and remove) the chair and  vice-chair of LGB R
To appoint and dismiss the clerk to the Board or LGB AR
To set up a register of directors and  governors’ business interests R
To approve and set up a director’s and  governors’ expenses scheme R
To regulate the LGB procedures AR
MATTo consider the sponsorship of any  schools who are identified by the DfE to  join the Trust AR C
To consider requests from other  schools to join the Trust AR C
To consider requests for a school to  leave the Trust AR

Inclusion  

and equality

To establish and review a special  educational needs (SEN) policy. CEO develops with input  from LGB

To establish and publish annually an  ‘Equality information and objectives  statement’ and review equality  

objectives every four years.

CEO develops with input  from LGB
To designate a ’responsible person’ for  children with SEN

R

C
To designate a ’responsible person’ for  looked after children 

R

C
To establish an accessibility plan and  review it every three years. R
To establish and review annually a  child protection policy and relevant  procedures.R
TLP Trustees Combined Register of Business Interests

 

Together Learning Partnership

Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 2022 / 2023

Directorships/Partnerships/Employment with Business

Name of Trustee

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date interest began

Sara Clasper

Durham University

Higher Education

Employed as Senior Legal Officer

 

John Muir

Everyday Care & Support

Social Care Charity

Vice Chair

October 2017

Alison Lazenby

Approach Too

Community Interest Company

Director

August 2015

Janet Forster-Jones

Swoop Limited

Business Consultancy

Owner/ Managing Director

2000

Kevin Wilson

Venator Materials Plc

Chemical Manufacture

Employed

October 2012

Paul Farrow

HM Treasury

Government

Employee

April 2023

 

Trusteeships and Governorships at other educational institutions & charities

Name of Trustee

Name of Business

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Date interest began

Sara Clasper

Shincliffe Juniors FC

Youth Football

Club Secretary & Coach

 

John Muir

Rotary Club of Ponteland

Charitable Club

Trustee & Treasurer

July 2020

David Walker

Horizons Specialist Academy

Brighter Academy Trust

Tudhoe Learning Trust

IRIS Learning Trust

Education

Education

Education

Education

Trustee

Trustee

Member

Trustee

Sept 2019

May 2022

February 2022

Sept 2022

 

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