Governance

Governance Statement

The four key functions of the Governing Board are to;

  • ensure clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction;
  • hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • oversee the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent; and
  • ensure that the voices of school stakeholders are heard.
     

Effective governance is essential for the health and success of any organisation.  The key strategic priorities of the school drive the agenda of the Governing Board and Committee meetings and as Governors, we support and challenge the Headteacher by gathering views and asking questions. The role is strategic rather than operational.

Strategic decisions rooted in and influenced by the voices and views of our stakeholders go a long way to ensuring that the Governing Board develops a better understanding of how Sunbury Manor School is operating on the ground and how close we are to achieving our vision. Opening and maintaining channels of communication between stakeholders facilitates good decision-making.

We believe that for the Governing Board to engage with our stakeholders effectively and meaningfully, we need to be visible within school. It is for this reason, that Governors:

  • attend Student Council meetings, to hear the voice of our students;
  • attend events within school, to meet and listen to our Parents;
  • go into school, in our role as Link Governors, to listen to and support our staff.

As an Academy Trust, we must comply with the ‘Academies Trust Handbook’ as a condition of the schools funding agreement.  It provides an overarching framework for the implementation of effective financial management and other controls, consistent with our obligations as a publicly funded body.

Governance Framework Diagram

GOVERNANCE FRAMEWORK DIAGRAM    amended Jan 2022

Governing Body Members

Brikitta Batten (Staff Governor)

Brikitta joined the Governing Board in September as a Staff Governor. Brikitta has been teaching at Sunbury Manor since 2011, starting off as a covering supervisor and is now Head of Citizenship Studies.

Emily Benwell (Parent Governor and Link Governor for English)

Emily joined the Governing Board in December 2014. Emily works as part of a Technology Leadership team in the Telecoms Industry.

Sarmila Bhal (Parent Governor and Link Governor for MFL and Attendance/Anti-Bullying)

Sarmila joined the Governing Board in January 2020 and has a son at the school. Sarmila has a law degree and enjoys combining being self-employed with being a stay at home Mum. She has extensive governor experience at other schools.

Chris Burch (Trust Governor and Link Governor for ICT/Computing and Technology)

Chris joined the Governing Board in March 2012 with a special interest in all things IT related.

Josh Burkmar (Trust Governor and Link Governor for Maths)

Josh joined the Governing Board in March 2021. He is a Chartered Accountant in the wealth management industry, with a focus on financial performance

Chiara Crichard (Clerk and Company Secretary)

Chiara is a qualified Solicitor. After a career break to bring up her 3 children, Chiara joined Sunbury Manor in 2012 as an Exam Invigilator and Library Assistant; she became Clerk to the Governors in September 2014.

Allan Cottle (Staff Governor)

Allan is a Deputy Headteacher at Sunbury Manor. He joined the school straight from University in 1998 as a teacher of Geography. Since then, he has undertaken a wide range of leadership and management responsibilities across the school. He has also worked in an 11-18 school in Hounslow. Allan’s main responsibilities at the current time is managing academy finance, school expansion and business matters.

Jo Cloake (Trust Governor and Link Governor for SEND and for Child Protection and Safeguarding)

Jo joined the Governing Board in July 2019 and has two children at the school. Jo is a Solicitor.

David Evans (Trust Governor, Chair of Governors and Link Governor for Music and PE)

David joined the Governing Board in May 2013 following his retirement from a busy and successful career in Human Resources and Management. As well as his wealth of business knowledge David has a keen interest in education and giving the ‘next generation’ the best possible start in life.

Jayne Fenton-Hall (Staff Governor and Link Governor for Training)

Jayne joined the Governing Board in September 2019 as a staff governor. Jayne has been teaching ICT and Computing at Sunbury Manor since 2012 and is Head of ICT and Computing.

Sandra Flint (Trust Governor and Link Governor for Art, Photography and Drama)

Sandra initially joined the Governing Board over 15 years ago as a Parent Governor, when her children Rachael and Andrew attended the school. Sandra lives and works locally for her family’s firm and is now enjoying being a Granny.

Laura Glover (Trust Governor and Link Governor for Business Studies)

Laura joined the Governing Board in September 2020. She is a Public Transport Business Manager in the finance industry, with a particular focus on strategic management. 

Margi Lamey (Trust Governor, Vice Chair & Link Governor for Humanities and PSHE)

Margi joined the Governing Board in 2010. Margi was Head of 6th Form at St George’s College and a physicist of many years teaching experience. Margi previously worked for the Civil Service as a Scientific Officer. She has also been an ISI School Inspector.

Mark McCartney (Trust Governor and Link Governor for Science)

Mark joined the Governing Board in July 2017. He is a Chartered Engineer and works as a Project Manager for an Engineering and Technical Services Company.

Michelle Prentice (Headteacher)

Michelle has previously held leadership roles in two London schools and one in Brighton and Hove.

Throughout her teaching career, she has been committed to ensuring the highest standards

of teaching, safeguarding, child protection, pastoral care and SEND provision in her

leadership roles.

Emma Redfern (Parent Governor and Link Governor for Citizenship)

Emma Joined the Governing Board in January 2020 and has a daughter at the school. She is an HR Professional working in Social Care, with a keen interest in employee relations and opportunities for all.

Louise Warren (Trust Governor)

Louise joined the Governing Board in September 2021. She works in early phase drug development for a Pharmaceutical Company.

Aysha Wilson (Associate Governor)

Profile to follow

 

Governor Information Table 2020/21

 

NAME OF GOVERNOR AND CHAIR/VICE CHAIR (WHERE APPROPRIATE)

 

 

CATEGORY OF GOVERNOR AND CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE 2020 - 21

 

FULL GOVERNING BOARD AND FORUM MEETINGS ATTENDANCE 2020 -21

David EVANS

  • Chair of the Governing Board
  • Member of the Academy Trust
  • Chair of the Resources (and Audit) Committee

 

Trust Governor

01.06.21 - 31.05.25

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Pay Committee: 1/1

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Margaret LAMEY

  • Vice Chair of the Governing Board
  • Member of the Academy Trust
  • Chair of the Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee

 

Trust Governor

01.08.18 - 31.07.24 (extended term for succession planning purposes)

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation Committee: 3/3

Pay Review Panel: 0/0

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Sarmila BHAL

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

Parent Governor

22.01.20 - 21.01.24

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Christopher BURCH

  • Member of the Academy Trust
  • Vice Chair of the Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee

 

Trust Governor

17.09.19 - 16.09.23

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee

Pay Review Panel: 0/0

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Joshua BURKMAR

  • Member of the Academy Trust

Trust Governor

Appointed 01.03.21

31.03.21 - 28.02.25

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 2/2

 

Attended: 2/2

Forum sessions: 1/1

Jo Cloake

  • Member of the Academy Trust
  • Chair of the Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee

 

 

Trust Appointed

09.07.19 - 08.07.23

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Allan COTTLE

 

 

 

Staff Governor

18.05.18 - 17.05.22

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Louise DUNCAN

Headteacher

Ex Officio

Retired 31.08.21

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 0/3

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 1/3

 

 

Jayne FENTON-HALL

 

 

Staff Governor

25.09.19 – 24.09.23

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum session: 3/3

Sandra FLINT

  • Member of the Academy Trust
  • Vice Chair of the Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee

 

Trust Governor

19.04.18 - 18.04.22

 

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 2/3

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 1/3

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Emily FLIPPANCE

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

Parent Governor

12.02.19 - 31.12.22

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 2/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions:3/3

Laura GLOVER

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

Trust Governor

22.09.20 - 21.09.24

 

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 2/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Debby JOHNSON

 

Staff Governor

20.06.19 – 19.06.23

 

Retired 31.08.21

 

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 2/3

Tobi MAYOMI

  • Member of the Academy Trust *

 

Trust Governor – *Resigned 22.09.20 - 31.01.21

 

Associate Governor

01.02.21 - 31.12.22

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 0/1

Attended: 2/2

Forum sessions: 3/3

 

 

Attended: 2/2

Mark MCCARTNEY

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

Trust Governor

11.07.21 - 31.08.23

 

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and community Committee: 3/3

Pay Committee: 1/1

 

Attended: 3/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Emma REDFERN

  • Member of the Academy Trust

Parent Governor

22.01.20 - 21.01.24

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 2/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Pay Committee: 1/1

 

Attended: 3/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Chris WEBBER

  • Member of the Academy Trust*
  • Vice Chair of the Resources (and Audit) Committee*

 

Parent Governor – *Resigned 20.09.20 - 11.01.21

 

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 0/1

Pay Review Panel: 0/0

Attended: 0/2

Forum sessions: 0/1