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.
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. 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.
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.
Jo Jarman - Academy Trust Chair / Community Governor
I am a Chartered Accountant with many years of running my own successful accountancy practice. I have lived in Cawston since 2007 but I have lived in the Rugby area for most of my life. I was a Trustee of a local Charity for many years, only resigning to take up a full-time post as finance manager at the same organisation.
Brett Butler - Academy Trust Vice-Chair / Parent Governor
I am an IT Service Delivery Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, where I have worked for over 17 years. I am relatively new to Rugby and Cawston, having moved into the area in 2011 with my wife and daughter. However, we have settled in quickly and are extremely glad we made the move and love the area, people and facilities. I currently have a daughter in Penguins and enjoy supporting the school's PTA.
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.
Ruth Hooton - Parent Governor
Ruth is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 20 years experience in the Electricity Supply Industry, she has worked in a wide variety of roles that she draws on to support the Governing body. She has both worked in and led teams; supported strategy development at Board level; developed and written engineering policy and works in an industry with a strong focus on health and safety.
Glenn Garrett - Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee - Co-opted Governor
I was elected as a co-opted governor in 2014 and look forward to working 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 pre-school age children. As a Chartered Accountant with over 15 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.
Neil Taylor - Chair of Curriculum Standards and Parent Governor
I have been an elected parent governor for around 5 years. I have lived in Cawston since 2004 and have two daughters who attend the school. As a trustee and a member of the governing body I work alongside others to promote a positive school environment and assist the school with its growth and development. As an educational professional myself I use my expertise to understand the challenges faced in education and ensure Cawston Grange Primary is an establishment where all pupils receive the best education possible.
Melanie Green - Parent Governor
I have worked as a teacher and musician for nearly 20 years with a brief period in the army as a Guards' Musician performing for state occasions. I am the governor who represents Young Carers in school.
Sarah Geddes - Co-opted Governor
I am a qualified English teacher (specialised in SEN) but currently work at Cawston Community Hall as Facilities Manager. I have lived in Cawston since 2004 and am a mum of 4 (one son with additional needs). I am also chair of a special needs school's local advisory board and an LAB member of another. I have a daughter in the School.