The Hope Learning Trust, York is a company limited by guarantee and a charitable trust. Responsibility for the academies that make up the trust and for the funds granted by Parliament for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees. These Trustees are also the Directors of the company. Trustees are also members of sub-committees, namely Standards Committee, Resources Committee and Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee. Much of the work of the Board is delegated to a separate committee for each academy, known as a Local Governing Committee (LGC).
The Trust recognises the significant contribution that excellent local governance can make towards raising standards. In order to assist this, the Trust provides support to LGCs with governor recruitment, selection and training. It ensures that LGCs are well trained and supported by the central team. LGCs recommend their budgets for approval to the Trust. As well as providing a range of services including school improvement, ICT, HR, project management, communications and legal advice, the Trust also provides strategic oversight of financial control and strategy through the Main Trust Board Finance and Audit Sub Committees.
Governance is a crucial element in ensuring our children and young people get the best education and that they are able to thrive. It can be a complex and daunting process but we ensure our governors are trained and equipped to support their schools to the highest standards.
There are three key elements which governors are responsible for, which include:
As a Trust, we are there to support and develop highly effective local governance.
If you would like to apply to become a governor on one of our LGCs, please contact us via the Contact page or contact the school directly.
The Board will consist of a minimum of three Members including the Chair of the MAT Trust Board. Members, with the exception of the Chair of the MAT Trust Board, do not sit on the Trust Board. The Members meet three times a year, plus an extraordinary AGM to receive the annual report and accounts.
Members are the custodians of the governance of the Trust. They constitute the top governance tier, but have limited powers and have a largely hidden role in terms of the running of the Trust. The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association.
Meet six times a year
Meet seven times a year
Meet five times a year
The Board will consist of a minimum of six Directors including a Chair of The Board and a Vice Chair. Other Directors are appointed based on the skills and attributes they are able to contribute to the Trust, subject to the Members appointing the majority of the Directors. Skills represented on The Board must include a combination of finance (qualified accountant), HR, Business, primary and secondary education skills and Church schools skills. The Board meet five times a year, plus one extraordinary meeting to receive accounts. The term of office for all Directors is four years. The Secondary Heads and the Primary Heads each nominate a representative to attend Trust Board meetings.
The Board has three sub-committees: a Standards Committee, a Resources Committee (Resources Committee includes the functions of a pay committee and an audit committee) and a Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee.
The Local Governing Committees will consist of a maximum number of Governors (9, 11 or 13) depending on the size of the school. These LGCs will consist of differing structures dependent upon the status of the former school, i.e. Community, VA or VC schools. All Governors will have a four year term of office with the exception of the Headteacher/Principal. Some of our schools have a joint LGC, led by the same Chair.
Full detail about each LGC can be found on the individual school’s website. Including:
(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations.)
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
Members of Hope Learning Trust York 2020-21
Mr Tony Myers – Chair of Hope Learning Trust, York
Mr Martin Barnes – Representative of the Diocese of York Education Trust
Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost, the Dean of York – Representative of the Archbishop of York
Right Reverend Dr John Thomson, the Bishop of Selby – Representative of the Archbishop of York
The following meetings have been scheduled for 2020-21:
Wednesday 16th September 2020
Wednesday 4th November 2020
Wednesday 9th December 2020
Wednesday 20th January 2021
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Wednesday 19th May 2021
Wednesday 21st July 2021
Those accepting the office of Governor or Trustee will need to be mindful that the role does require a significant level of commitment. Governors and Trustees will be expected to regularly attend meetings, for the full duration whenever possible. Regular non-attendance can lead to eventual disqualification. In addition, Governors and Trustees are expected to prepare for meetings by reading all papers beforehand.
Barlby High School
Chair of Governors: Paul Cannovan
Click here for a link to the Barlby High School Local Governing Committee
George Pindar School
Chair of Governors: Alan Richards
Click here for a link to the George Pindar School Local Governing Committee
Chair of Governors: Alan Richards
Click here for a link to the Graham School Local Governing Committee
Manor Church of England Academy
Chair of Governors: Andy Richardson
Click here for a link to the Manor CE Academy Local Governing Committee
Vale of York Academy
Chair of Governors: Patrick Looker
Click here for a link to the Vale of York Academy Local Governing Committee
Baldersby St James Primary School
Chair of Governors: David Judson
Click here for a link to the Baldersby St James Primary School Local Governing Committee
Burton Green Primary School
Chair of Governors: Judy MacDermot
Click here for a link to the Burton Green Primary School Local Governing Committee
Forest of Galtres Methodist and Anglican Primary School
Chair of Governors: Susan Van Hout
Click here for a link to the Forest of Galtres Methodist and Anglican Primary School Local Governing Committee
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Chair of Governors: John Wilkinson
Click here for a link to the Poppleton Ousebank Primary School Local Governing Committee
Chair of Governors: Judy MacDermot
Click here for a link to the Skelton School Local Governing Committee
Please see below for the attendance registers for the LGCs:
|Name of Trustee||Nature of any business interests including details of the company or organisation||Date of start of interest||Details of governor membership at another school or academy||Details of any relationship between trustee and member of Trust staff (eg spouse)|
|Mr Ian Thomson||Eothen Homes, Trustee||November 2006||N/A||N/A|
|York Community Church, Trustee||May 1994||N/A||N/A|
|Mr David Judson||NONE||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Mr Andrew Simpkin||Portakabin Group (Construction Industry) Head of Product Delivery||August 1988||N/A||Wife employed at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School|
|Mr Tony Myers||NONE||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Ms Karen Osborne||NONE||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Dr Julie McGonigle||Emmanuel Schools Foundation Director of Teaching School||January 2018||N/A||N/A|
|St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney Director of Strategic Improvement||January 2018||N/A||N/A|
|Mrs Olivia Seymour||Asst Director of Education, Diocese of York||January 2009||N/A||N/A|
|Mrs Philippa Gowland||Employed by City of York Council||February 2009||N/A||N/A|
|Mr John Kesterton||Field Officer Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). Part time employee of Trade Union which will include members amongst senior staff of schools in the Trust||01/09/2010||Chair of Governors at Clifton Green Primary School||N/A|
Nature of interest
Helen Winn is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust under a Service Level Agreement
Date of start of interest
Helen does not have a governance role at another educational institution and she does not have a relationship with any member of the Hope Learning Trust York MAT (staff or Trustee).
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