Our schools                
Our schools                
Manor CE Academy
Barlby High School
George Pindar School
Graham School
Vale of York Academy
Baldersby St James Primary School
Burton Green Primary School
Forest of Galtres Primary School
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Skelton Primary School
A SHARED VISION

Governance

Governance

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 SIAMS 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:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its children and young people; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As a Trust, we are there to support and develop highly effective local governance.

Hope Learning Trust Governing Board Structure

Members' Board

The Board will consist of a minimum of five Members including the Chair of the MAT Board. Members, with the exception of the Chair of the MAT Board, do not sit on the MAT Board. The Members meet three times a year, plus an extraordinary AGM to receive the annual report and accounts.

Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Board – The Board

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 two sub-committees: a Standards Committee and a Resources Committee (Resources Committee includes the functions of a pay committee and an audit committee). 

Standards Committee

Meet six times a year

Resources Committee

Meet seven times a year

Church School Scrutiny Committee

Meet five times a year

Local Governing Committees (LGCs)

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 Head of School.

Head of Schools Committee

Chairs of LGCs Committee

Resources

Local Governing Committee Handbook

The Seven Principles of Public Life

(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.)

Selflessness
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.

Integrity
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.

Objectivity
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.

Accountability
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.

Openness
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.

Honesty
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.

Leadership
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Members

Members of Hope Learning Trust York 2019-20

Mr Tony Myers
Mr Martin Barnes
Right Reverend Dr Jonathan Frost
Representative of the Archbishop of York

Calendar of Trustee meetings

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2019-2020:

Wednesday 23 October 2019 at Vale of York Academy
Wednesday 11 December 2019 at Vale of York Academy
Wednesday 15 January 2020 at Vale of York Academy
Wednesday 11 March 2020 at Vale of York Academy
Wednesday 20 May 2020 at Vale of York Academy
Wednesday 15 July 2020 at Vale of York Academy

Attendance at meetings

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.

Download the Attendance Register for Full Trust Board and sub-committee Meetings 2018-19
Download the Attendance Register for Full Trust Board Meetings 2017-18
Download the Attendance Register for Resources Committee 2017-18
Download the Attendance Register for Standards Committee 2017-18
Download the Attendance Register for Church School Scrutiny Committee 2017-18

Local Governing Committees

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: Malcolm Dawson, OBE
Click here for a link to the George Pindar School Local Governing Committee

Graham School
Chair of Governors: Malcolm Dawson, OBE
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: Alex Little
Click here for a link to the Baldersby St James Primary School Local Governing Committee

Burton Green Primary School
Chair of Governors: Stephen Cooke
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: Mandy Bowers
Click here for a link to the Poppleton Ousebank Primary School Local Governing Committee

Skelton School
Chair of Governors: Judy MacDermot
Click here for a link to the Skelton School Local Governing Committee

Trust Board Register of Business Interests 2018-2019