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Governors

ALAMEDA MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACADEMY TRUST STRUCTURE 2019/20

 

 

ACADEMY TRUST

MEMBERS

Chair of Governors

 

 

 

 

Mr Simon Ratcliffe

Co-Vice-Chairs of Governors

 

 

 

Mrs Julia Rooney &

Miss Amy Smith

Chair of Strategic Development Committee

 

 

Mr Simon Ratcliffe

 

 

Chair of Resources

 

 

 

 

Miss Amy Smith

Chair of Curriculum and Standards

 

 

Mrs Julia Rooney

Chair of Pay Committee

 

 

 

 

Mr Simon Ratcliffe

 

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Maxine Warner

 

TRUSTEES/GOVERNORS

Community

Parent

Staff

Headteacher

Dr Chloe Apicella

Mr Simon Ratcliffe

Ms Claire Cannon

Miss Maxine Warner

Mr Tony Barkell

Mrs Julia Rooney

Mrs Emma Eames

 

Mr Carl Field

Mrs Sarah Warrington

1 vacancy

 

Mrs Helen Moore

 

 

 

Mr Tobias Shepherd

Up to 3 appointed vacancies

 

 

Miss Amy Smith

 

 

 

 


As an Academy, Alameda School Governors are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the school. We are responsible for ensuring that the school is run in accordance with the Articles of Association and the Funding Agreement with the Department for Education

Governors

 

Term end date

Governor Roles

Resources

Curriculum, Standards Community

Pay

Strategic Development

Ms Claire Cannon

Staff Governor

03.03.23

 

 

X

 

 

Mrs Emma Eames

Staff Governor

27.11.21

 

 

X

 

 

Mr Carl Field

Community Governor

10.07.22

Chair, Pupil Premium, Year 7 Catch Up, Maths, Lower Schools link

 

X

 

XCH

Mr Simon Ratcliffe

Parent Governor

28.09.20

Chair Resources Committee, Safeguarding link (shared), Health & Safety link (shared), Financial metrics and tracking link

XCH

 

X

X

Mrs Julia Rooney

Parent Governor

12.11.19

Co- Vice Chair, Chair Curriculum, Standards & Community Committee, HT PM Review Committee, English link

 

CHAIR

X

X

Miss Amy Smith

Community Governor

27.09.21

Co- Vice Chair, Safeguarding link (shared) Health & Safety link (shared), GDPR & website compliance link

X

 

 

X

Miss Maxine Warner

Headteacher

N/A

 

X

X

 

X

Mrs Sarah Warrington

Parent Governor

27.09.21

Teaching & Learning link, Parental feedback & communications link (shared)

 

X

 

 

 

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do. Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The Alameda governing body has a key role in monitoring the work of the school and ensuring that the leadership of the school is effective in ensuring that all children are making the best progress possible, that they are safe and that the academy has a clear strategic direction. Ultimately we deliver the vision “that Alameda is an inspiring and dynamic learning environment where all individuals are valued and everyone has the opportunity to achieve their best”.

As an academy governor we act as the critical friend to the headteacher and the senior leadership team, and provide support and challenge.

The key responsibilities of the governing body include:

• ensuring the quality of educational provision

• challenging and monitoring the performance of the academy

• ensuring good financial health

• supporting the SLT in selection & management of staff

The individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

• discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.

• set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.

• set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.

• monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.

We have worked collaboratively with the staff and leadership to develop the schools’ aims and values:

·         Engaging with and supporting the school’s values

·         Achieving our best in everything we do

·         Collaboration & Community

·         Preparing for Change

The Governing Body meets at least once every term.

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Community Governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff.  All governors have equal status.

The body consists of the following members;

Chair of the Governing Body

Simon Ratcliffe: Simon has lived in Maulden for 18 years and has a son at Alameda.  Simon became a parent governor in 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Premises, Pay and Personnel Committee as well as being the governor responsible for Health & Safety and Safeguarding.  With an MA in Psychology and a background as a Chartered Accountant, Simon works with a number of organisations both large and small as a Board Advisor to assist in shaping the strategic direction of these organisations.  He is also a licensed rugby coach and coaches both at Ampthill Rugby Club and Maulden Lower School.

Community Governors:

Carl FieldCarl Field is a as a community governor. He has 2 daughters.  The youngest started year 5 at Alameda in September 2018 while her sister has now moved on to Redborne. He has 9 years experience of governance at Maulden Lower School and Alameda Middle School. His background is in engineering, he is a chartered engineer with an MBA but now works for Citizens Advice.

Tobias Shepherd: Tobias lived in Flitwick for eight years before moving to Husborne Crawley in October 2019 and has a son who started in year five at Alameda in September 2018. In 2007 he first became involved in apprenticeship training programmes; gaining experience through a number of roles since that time until his last post as Curriculum Manager. In October 2018 Tobias became an External Quality Assurer for an Awarding Organisation; bringing experience of compliance auditing to the Governor team. In his spare time he is a semi-pro musician and can still be found behind a guitar and microphone in various settings.

Chloe Apicella: Chloe Apicella has lived in Ampthill for 8 years and has two daughters at Alameda, plus another at lower school. Although she has not volunteered as a school governor before, she acted as Chair of the Board of Directors for Ladybird Forest Pre-School for 3 years. Chloe is a teacher at a local upper school and sixth form; enabling her to bring both a parent and teacher perspective to the Governing team.

Parent Governors:

Julia Rooney: Julia has been a parent governor at Alameda since 2015, although in total she has 11 years’ experience of school governance in three different schools. She has one child at Alameda and two more at Redborne. Julia’s background is in project management, strategy and process improvement and she currently works at a local school as Assistant Data Manager. She is Vice Chair of governors and also chairs the Curriculum and Standards committee.

Sarah Warrington: Sarah has been as a parent governor at the school since 2017.  She is a member of the Curriculum and Standards committee.  She is also the Teaching and Learning governor for all non-foundation subjects. Her previous background includes working for HSBC for over 10 years as a Customer Service Manager then a Project Manager in London.

Sarah is currently a self-employed Project Manager in the construction industry working with over 30 builders in the Herts, Beds and Bucks Area.

For the past six years she has volunteered at Russell Lower School as a parent helper. This involved attending numerous trips with the school as well as classroom work.  She has gained a good understanding of the everyday working of a classroom and the challenges they face.

Being a governor at Alameda is both rewarding and fulfilling, we are always pleased to receive comments and observations from parents. In order to facilitate this, any of the governors can be contacted via the school.

We welcome enquiries about joining the governing body and are constantly looking for new governors to diversify our membership in terms of age, skills, life experience and ethnicity. We are also keen to maintain our representation of parents of students.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the School Office.

  1. Articles of Association
  2. Attendance 2018-19
  3. Code of Conduct for Governors Oct 2019
  4. The Companies Act 2006
  5. Declaration of Interest 2019-20
  6. Funding agreement
  7. Governor Visits Guidance 2018-19
  8. List of Governers 18.11.19
  9. Memo of association front cover
  10. Memo of association pg 1
  11. Register of Interests 2018-19
  12. Standing Orders - 2017-18
  13. Terms of Reference - Complaints 2019-20
  14. Terms of Reference - Curriculum & Standards 2019-20
  15. Terms of Reference - HR Related 2019-20
  16. Terms of Reference - Pay 2019-20
  17. Terms of Reference - Pupil Discipline 2019-20
  18. Terms of Reference - Resources 2019-20