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.

Mrs Emma Redfern - Chair of Governors

Email: eredfern.gov@sunburymanor.surrey.sch.uk

Governance Framework Diagram

Sunbury Manor School Academy Trust 2023 -2024

Governors diagram

Sunbury Manor School Trustees

Brikitta Batten (Co-opted Trustee – Staff – Head of Year 11)

Brikitta joined the Governing Board in September 2021 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.

Sarmila Bhal (Member Appointed Trustee and Link Governor for Computing)

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.

Josh Burkmar (Member Appointed Trustee and Link Governor for Health & Safety, Business Studies, Maths and Statistics)

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

Mike Hayter (Member Appointed Trustee)

Mike joined the Governing Board in September 2022 as an Associate Governor and is a former pupil at Sunbury Manor School. He is the Head of Performing Arts and a member of the Extended Leadership Team at Chertsey High School.

Margi Lamey ( Member Appointed Trustee – Vice Chair, Joint Link Governor for Humanities – Geography, History, RE and Citizenship, Creative Arts – Drama, Photography, Art, Music and Student Voice)

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 served as an ISI School Inspector.

Stephen Leach (Associate Trustee )

Steve joined the Governing Board in January 2023. Steve is a former student who now has a child at Sunbury Manor School.

Steve is an experienced business leader and has most recently helped set up a charity, which supports some of the local communities’ most at risk young people to turn their lives around and engage back into education or employment. In his spare time, Steve is the Chairman and Director of the local community Rugby Club, Staines RFC.

Fiona Lockhart (Member Appointed Trustee and Link Governor for Pupil Premium and Disadvantaged Children)

Fiona joined the Governing Board in June 2023. She is a solicitor working in London and lives in Sunbury with her husband and young daughter. Fiona studied English Literature and History at University, before converting to Law. She is passionate about education for all young people.

Emma Redfern ( Member Appointed Trustee, Chair and Link Governor for English and MFL, Safeguarding)

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.

Callum Stevenson (Member Trustee and Joint Link Governor for Humanities – Geography, History, RE and Citizenship)

Callum joined the governing board In April 2023. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor, specialising in technology enablement for finance and tax teams globally.

He grew up in the local area and is very keen to help children get the best out of their education and give back to the local community.

Louise Warren (Member Appointed Trustee and Link Governor for Science)

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

Aysha Wilson (Member Appointed Trustee and Link Governor for PE, Extra Curriculum, Duke of Edinburgh, SEND and Student Voice)

Aysha joined the Governing Board in April 2022. She is an HR professional within the technology sector and a recent graduate from the University of Kent, with a degree in Biology. Aysha decided to become a Governor, as she was committed to ensuring young people have the quality of education, together with the support to thrive and build confidence.

 

Governor Information Table 2023 - 2024

 

 

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

 

 

CATEGORY OF TRUSTEE AND CURRENT TERM OF OFFICE

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP AND ATTENDANCE 2022 - 23

 

FULL GOVERNING BOARD AND FORUM MEETINGS ATTENDANCE 2022 -23

David Evans

  • Trustee co opted trustee

Co opted Trustee

24.01.23 – 31.12.23

*End of term of office 31.12.23

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Pay Committee 

 

Margaret LAMEY

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

 

Member Appointed Trustee

12.01.23 - 31.07.24

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Brikitta BATTEN

 

 

Staff Observer

(Maternity Leave – May 2022 – August 2023)

N/A

Attended: 0/0

Forum sessions: 0/0

Sarmila BHAL

 

 

Member Appointed Trustee

24.01.23 - 23.01.27

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 1/3

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 0/1

 

 

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

Christopher BURCH

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

N/A

N/A

AGM: 1/1

Joshua BURKMAR

  • Chair of the Resources (and Audit) Committee

 

Member Appointed Trustee

12.01.23 - 31.07.25

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

 

Attended: 3/4

Forum sessions: 2/3

Lisa CANNON

 

 

Staff Trustee

24.01.23 – 31.08.23

*End of Term of Office 31.08.23

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 2/2

Self – Evaluation Committee: 2/2

 

Attended: 3/4

Forum: 2/3

Jo Cloake

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

12.01.23 - 31.07.23

*End of Term of Office 31.07.23

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 2/3

Attended: 2/4

Forum sessions: 2/3

Jayne FENTON-HALL

 

 

Staff Trustee

24.01.23 – 31.08.23

*End of Term of Office 31.08.23

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 1/1

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 1/1

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

 

Attended: 2/4

Forum session: 2/3

Sandra FLINT

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

N/A

N/A

AGM:1/1

 

Fiaz JANJUA

Parent Trustee

7.11.23 -31.08.27

   

Stephen LEACH

 

 

Associate Trustee

24.01.23 – 23.01.27

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 0/2

Attended: 3/3

Forum: 0/1

Clare PITTS

Parent Trustee

7.11.23 -31.08.27

   

Fiona STEVENS nee LOCKHART

 

Member Appointed Trustee

07.06.23 – 06.06.27

N/A

Attended: 1/1

Forum: 0/0

 

Mark MCCARTNEY

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

Member Appointed Trustee

12.01.23 - 31.08.23

*End of Term of Office 31.08.23

 

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

 

 

 

 

Attended: 3/4

AGM:1/1

Forum sessions: 1/3

Virginia PIPE

  • Member of the Academy Trust

 

N/A

N/A

AGM: 1/1

Michelle PRENTICE

 

 

 

Headteacher

Ex Officio

 

 

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 2/3

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

 

Emma REDFERN

  • Chair of the Governing Board

Chair of the Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee

Member Appointed  Trustee

24.01.23 - 23.01.27

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 3/3

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Pay Committee: 1/1

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum sessions: 3/3

  • Tessa REED

Parent Trustee

7.11.23 -31.08.27

   

Callum STEVENSON

 

 

Member Appointed Trustee

25.04.23 – 24.04.27

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 1/1

Attended: 2/2

Forum: 1/1

Louise WARREN

 

 

 

Member Appointed Trustee

12.01.23 – 31.08.25

 

Self-Evaluation and Improvement Committee: 3/3

Attended: 4/4

Forum: 3/3

Aysha WILSON

 

 

Member Appointed Trustee

12.01.23 – 18.04.26

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

Pay Committee: 1/1

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum: 2/3

Bonnie WONG

Member Appointed Trustee

12.01.23 – 31.08.26

*Resigned 31.08.23

 

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 2/3

 

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum: 3/3

James WOODS

 

 

 

Staff Governor

24.01.23 – 31.12.23

* End of term of office 31.12.23

Resources (and Audit) Committee: 0/3

Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Community Committee: 3/3

 

Attended: 4/4

Forum: 2/3

 

 

 

 

NB: Terms of Office were amended upon the adoption of the new Articles of Association on 12.01.23