Queen Elizabeth’s Girls' School converted to academy status on the 1 August 2011.
It reconstituted on the 24 April 2018 to bring the school in line with the Government’s latest recommendations for academies. (The relevant documents can be found below as attachments)
The Board of Trustees meets five times a year.
It has a Finance and Premises Committee which meets four times a year.
Members hold an AGM annually.
There is also a Pay Committee and an Admissions Committee.
Structure of Governance:
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Governance structure and lines of accountability
The academy trust board of trustees delegates responsibility for the day-to-day running of the academy to the principal. The trustee board will hold the principal to account for the performance of the academy. The principal in turn holds other members of the senior leadership team to account by line managing them.
The principal will report to the board on the performance of the academy, although this will be supplemented by the monitoring of trust board committees and individual trustees with any delegated responsibilities.
The principal is performance managed by the trust board.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Role of the Members:
The members appoint trustees to ensure that the trust’s charitable object is carried out and so must be able to remove trustees if they fail to fulfil this responsibility. Accordingly, the trust board submits an annual report on the performance of the trust to the members. Members are also responsible for approving any amendments made to the trust’s articles of association.
While members are permitted to be appointed as trustees, in order to retain a degree of separation of powers between the members and the trust board, and in line with DfE expectations, not all members should be trustees. Under model articles employees are not allowed to be Members.
The role of trustees:
The academy trust is a charitable company and so trustees are both charity trustees (within the terms of section 177(1) of the Charities Act 2011) and company directors.
The trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the trust, and in accordance with the provisions set out in the memorandum and articles of association and its funding agreement, it is legally responsible and accountable for all statutory functions, for the performance of the trust, and must approve a written scheme of delegation of financial powers that maintains robust internal control arrangements. In addition, it must carry out the three core governance functions:
- Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Hold the executive to account for the educational performance of the trust and their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Oversee the financial performance of the trust and make sure its money is well spent.
The board of trustees has the right to review and adapt its governance structure at any time which includes removing delegation.
The role of trust board committees
The Academy Trust of Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School has a Finance & Premises Committee to which the board delegates financial scrutiny and oversight.
The trustees may also delegate responsibilities to other committees or to individuals as appropriate.
The membership (at least three trustees) and responsibilities of board committees are set out in the committee’s terms of reference.
The role of the senior executive leader
The principal has the delegated responsibility for the operation of the trust.
The principal is the accounting officer so has overall responsibility for the operation of the academy trust’s financial responsibilities and must ensure that the organisation is run with financial effectiveness and stability; avoiding waste and securing value for money.
The principal leads the senior leadership team (SLT) of the academy trust. The principal will delegate management functions to the SLT and is accountable to the trust board for the performance of the SLT.
If the principal is also a trustee they are entitled to participate in votes and committees of the Board of Trustees.
Further details of the board can be found in the Trustees’ Handbook (see below).
The chair of the board of trustees is Rebecca Hanley. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to complain please refer to the Complaints Policy which is in the policy section of the website under “About Us”.
Current Members of the Governing Board
Ashley Braganza - Governing Board Member
Alison Davis - Governing Board Member
Royden Gothelf - Governing Board Member
Debbie Lane - Governing Board Member
Dr Susan Cottam - Governing Board Parent Trustee - term ends 18/11/2019
Rebecca Hanley - Chair - Governing Board Parent Trustee - term ends 18/11/2019
Alan Jenner - Vice Chair, Governing Board Parent Trustee - term ends 23/10/2018
Penelope Martin-Smith - Governing Board Co-opted Trustee - term ends 12/12/2020
Uzo Nwamu - Governing Board Co-opted Trustee - term ends 12/12/20
Rebecca Peer - Governing Board Parent Trustee - term ends 12/12/2020
Hannah Ross - Governing Board Co-opted Trustee - term ends 29/01/2022
Carrie Scott - Governing Board Co-opted Trustee - term ends 29/01/2022
Violet Walker - Headteacher