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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:-
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:-
The Governing Body comprises 18 members, appointed in the following categories:-
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, Mrs Sue Law, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current membership is as set out below:-
Currently there are 2 Parent Governor vacancies on the Governing Body.
(1) Member of Pupils and Personnel Committee
(2) Member of Financial, Audit and Risk Committee
(3) Member of Admissions Committee. Membership of Pupil Discipline and other Staffing Committees is determined when these Committees are required to meet.
(4) As an employee does not participate when Audit matters are discussed at Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
The Governing Body usually meets twice per term and is supported by a Committee structure of a number of Committees (including, Pupils and Personnel and Finance, Audit and Risk) which meet on a termly basis. The 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 in all previous years may be accessed in the appropriate section of the Financial Statements which can be found below. Further detail on such attendance for the 2019/20 year is available here.
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 – the new Governing Body Scheme of Delegation for 2020/21 is available here.