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Governors

The Fernwood Academy Trust

With effect from 1st May 2011 the school converted to Academy status, which brought about a number of changes in the governance arrangements at the school. The Fernwood Academy Trust was established, a charitable company limited by guarantee, the object of which is to advance, for the public benefit, the education of pupils and develop a school offering a broad and balanced curriculum.

The appointed members of the Trust are:-

  • Mr A Hunt
  • Mr P Irons
  • Mr C Gregory
  • Mr A Ishaque
  • Mrs E Jackson
  • Mrs A Smart-Gosrani

The Academy Trust Governing Body

The Governing Body manages the Fernwood School (Academy) on behalf of the Trust. This places many duties and responsibilities on the Governing Body, the key ones of which are summarised below:-

  • Ensure the quality of educational provision
  • Challenge and monitor the performance of the Academy
  • Manage the Academy Trust’s finances and property
  • Appoint and employ staff
  • Health and Safety
  • Act as the Admissions Authority

The Governing Body comprises 19 members, appointed in the following categories:-

  • 7 Parents
  • 5 Community
  • 2 Partnership
  • 1 Local Authority
  • 4 Staff

The Governing Body is also able to appoint up to 3 Co-opted Governors.

Appointments to membership are usually for a period of 4 years and the Chair and Vice-Chair are appointed on an annual basis. The Academy Trust and Governing Body are supported by its Company Secretary and Clerk, Mr Paul Robinson, email  p.robinson@fernwoodschool.org.uk.

Current membership is as set out below:-

  • Mr Paul Irons (Chair) (Partnership Governor, appointed by the Governing Body, period of office expiring 31/08/21) (see notes 1,2 & 3)
  • Mrs Edwina Jackson (Vice Chair) (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 21/11/17) (see notes 1 & 3)
  • Dr Shamim Ahmad (Co-opted Governor, appointed by the Governing Body, period of office expiring 20/09/20) (see notes 1)
  • Mr Steve Battlemuch (Community Governor, appointed by the Governing Body, period of office expiring 31/01/21) (see notes 1)
  • Mr Winston Davidson (Local Authority Governor, appointed by Nottingham City Council, period of office expiring 31/08/18) (see notes 2)
  • Mrs Rosemarie Hudlin (Community Governor, appointed by the Governing Body, period of office expiring 04/02/18) (see notes 3)
  • Mr Andrew Hunt (Chair of Finance Committee, Community Governor, appointed by the Governing Body, period of office expiring 01/10/21) (see notes 2)
  • Mr Assim Isahaque  (Chair of Admissions Committee, Community Governor, appointed by the Governing Body, period of office expiring 06/12/20) (see notes 3)
  • Mr Neil Jackson (Staff Governor, elected by school staff, period of office expiring 25/05/19) (see notes 2)
  • Mr Alexander Young (Staff Governor, period of office expiring 28/02/21)
  • Mrs Tracy Rees (Head Teacher) (see notes 1,2 & 3)
  • Ms Amanda Smart-Gosrani (Chair of Pupils Committee, Community Governor, elected by Governing Body, period of office expiring 02/02/20) (see notes 1 & 3)
  • Mr Christopher Gregory  (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 17/03/2020) (see notes 2)
  • Mrs Karen Shale (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 17/03/2020) (see notes 1)
  • Mr Stephen Deadman-Corsie (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 17/03/2020) (see notes 2)
  • Mrs U Afzal (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 08/05/2021) (see notes 1 & 3)
  • Mr R Burnet (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 08/05/2021)
  • Mr M Blatchly (Parent Governor, elected by parent/carers, period of office expiring 08/05/2021)

Currently there are 2 vacancies on the Governing Body – Parent Governors (0) Partnership Governors (1) Staff Governor (1).

Notes

(1) Member of Pupils, Staff and Operations Committee

(2) Member of Strategic, Financial Planning and Audit Committee

(3) Member of Admissions Committee. Membership of Pupil Discipline and other Staffing Committees is determined when these Committees are required to meet.

The Governing Body usually meets twice per term and is supported by a Committee structure of a number of Committees (including, Pupils, Staff and Operations, Strategic, Financial Planning and Audit, Admissions and Pupil Discipline) which meet on a termly basis. Mrs Rees, Head Teacher, presents written reports to these meetings. In addition to attending meetings Governors are able, if they wish, to undertake what are known as Link positions in areas where they may have a special interest, for example, Special Educational Needs or taking part in interviews for the appointment of staff. Governors are also offered training that is appropriate to their role over the course of their membership.

The Governing Body is always keen to respond to any requests about how it operates and receive any expressions of interest for future membership. In this connection, contact can be made with the Chair or the Clerk, c/o the school or as indicated above.

All governors and members complete business and pecuniary interest forms on an annual basis. The current register is available here.

The record of governors’ attendance at meetings may be accessed in the appropriate sections of the Financial Statements which can be found below.

Scheme of Delegation

Some aspects of the delegation of responsibilities are referred to in the preceding paragraphs of this section of the website. For clarity, delegation arrangements can be summarised as under:-

Academy Trust – a small group of Members who must act in accordance with the objectives set out in the Trust’s Articles of Association. The Trust sets the strategic direction of the Academy. As a single converter Academy the Trust has generally only met to date to hold its Annual General Meeting when the appointment of Members, approval of the statutory financial accounts for the year in question, the contents of the report of the external auditors and the appointment of auditors have been determined.

Governing Body – As a single converter Academy, Governors are Directors of the Company and the Governing Body manages the Academy on behalf of the Trust. Save for those few matters that are reserved for the Trust the Governing Body is responsible for deciding all other matters, subject to the delegation arrangements referred to below

Delegation from the Governing Body – at its first meeting each academic year the Governing Body establishes a Committee structure and approves the terms of reference of those Committees. The current Committee structure is available here.

Academy Finances

The Fernwood Academy Trust make publicly available the following documents regarding the financial health of the academy.

Financial Statements (2016)

Financial Statements (2015)

Financial Statements (2014)

Financial Statements (2013)

Head Teacher – Mrs T A Rees
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