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Academy Trust Governors


An academy trust is a charitable company set up to run an academy and is responsible for the strategic direction of the academy. Academy trusts have 2 layers of governance: the members of the trust and the board of governors. At Cawston Grange Primary School the board is called the Full Governing Body (FGB) and they meet once or twice a term. Some functions are delegated to two committees, Finance, Premises and Personnel and Curriculum and Standards. There may also be ad hoc working groups from time-to-time, like during the academy consultation and conversion process.


Members -The members are similar to shareholders and have ultimate control over the direction of the academy trust. They ensure the charitable company achieves its objectives, sign off the financial accounts and annual report, and appoint some of the governors.


Governors - The governors are responsible for the 3 core strategic functions (strategic direction, holding school leaders to account for educational performance and overseeing the financial performance of the school). A governor of an academy trust is a school governor, a company director and a charity trustee. At Cawston Grange Primary School we use the term Governor. They also ensure compliance with charity and company law and the academy trust’s funding agreement. Governance is a process of collective decision making.


Our governors bring a wide range of skills and experience to the table ranging from accountancy to education to industry. The FGB comprises of the Headteacher, staff, parents and representatives of the community or people co-opted onto the FGB because of a particular skill, e.g. finance. The term of office for governors is four years.


Governors attend regular training to effectively carry out their duties and keep up-to-date of educational and governance matters. We communicate with our stakeholders via a tri- yearly newsletter.

 Simon Dean - Academy Trust Chair , Parent Governor 

Since moving to Cawston in June 2013 I have really come to value the community and feel it is a great place to live and bring up my young family.  As a parent governor I currently have one child at the school but am hoping to have all 4 at the school in the coming years.  I have run a Recruitment and Careers Company for the past 10 years and have been able to help and support over 5,000 people in to work and accredited learning during this time.  As a genuine people person I am looking forward to my role as the governor responsible for engaging parents and the local community and I look forward to meeting with many more of you in the coming years.

Glenn Garrett -  Vice-Chair, Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee - Co-opted Governor

I was elected as a co-opted governor in 2014 and work with my fellow governors to promote a school environment where all pupils receive the best education possible from the school. I have lived in Cawston since 2010 and am a father of two school age children. As a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in the Gas and Electricity industry I have experience of a wide range of governance matters and helping to ensure that wise decisions are made.

Sue McGonagle, Headteacher and Governor (ex officio)
* Governor since 2002

* Sit on Curriculum and Standards Committee and Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee

* Experienced governor having served on four schools' governing bodies.

Jo Lower - Deputy Headteacher/ Staff Governor representing teaching staff

I have been a member of the governing body since September 2012. In addition to my class teaching responsibility, I also lead in the areas of SEN and Assessment.  I sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Mary Gill - Parent Governor

I have lived in Cawston since 2013 but have lived in Rugby all my life. I have two sons, one of whom goes to the school and the other we hope will join him when he's old enough. I am a Business Analyst for a Professional Body, and have been a local Parish Councillor. I am the governor who looks particularly at how SEN pupils and those receiving the Pupil Premium are catered for to ensure they are able to achieve the very best they can.

Charlotte Hancock - Support Staff Governor

I previously worked for 17 years in a variety of management roles at Peugeot Motor Company, before commencing work as a Learning Assistant at Cawston Grange Primary in 2012.  I currently have a daughter in Year 6 and both my sons have also attended the school. I believe my experience in industry and my working knowledge of the school will help to support the work of the governing body.

Chris Allen

Currently I am a Senior Relationship Manager at NatWest Commercial and Corporate Bank. My specialisms include the public and private Education sector alongside Manufacturing and Pharmacy groups. I provide businesses with strategic support and structure new loan facilities for businesses up to £50m turnover along with managing the day to day relationship. I graduated from Loughborough University in 2013 with a 1st Class Honours BSc Degree in Economics.

I live with my Wife and young daughter in Cawston, and when I am not spending time with my family I enjoy cycling, where at the weekends you may find me around Draycote Water. 

I was elected Governor in 2018 and also sit on the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee. I look forward to being able to bring some of my experience to the finance side of the school along with supporting the local community.

Dean Harrison

Originally from Yorkshire, I moved to Cawston in 2016 with my wife and son who currently attends nursery. I work as a Policy & Assurance Manager for Network Rail and hold a professional qualification in Risk Management. I have been a member-appointed governor since March 2018 and sit on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee.  I am responsible for ensuring that the Board of Governors is appropriately trained and has the necessary skills available in order to provide effective governance.

Rebecca Chislett








Financial Accounts 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2014

Value for Money Statement 2013 - 2014

Articles of Association