Stockland CofE Primary Academy Trust – Governance 

Stockland is structured in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles of Association. The governance model is a two-tiered structure, with members and governors. The term ‘Governor’ is interchangeable with ‘Director’ and ‘Trustee’.



The Trust comprises 5 members. The members are accountable to the DfE and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and remove the governors. The members include a representative from the Diocese of Exeter (EDEN). Members who are independent of the governors provide challenge and scrutiny to the Board.


Governors in the academy trust are directors of the company and trustees of the charity. They set the strategic direction for the academy and are accountable to the Secretary of State for its performance. This is set out in a legal document known as the ‘funding agreement’

The Board of Governors has three core functions:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it’s pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Full Board of Governors meets six times a year: the first meeting in the autumn to elect the Chair and approve the terms of reference and membership of the committees and their delegated powers.  The 'Scheme of Delegation'  sets out the delegated powers between the committees and individuals involved in the governance and operation of the Academy Trust. It is the key document defining which functions within the Academy Trust have been delegated and to whom. It provides a systematic way of ensuring members, governors, committees and executive leadership are clear about who has responsibility for making which decisions in the trust. 


Terms of Reference - Full Governing Board

Scheme of Delegation



There are three committees of the Governing Board with delegated powers. The terms of reference and delegated powers for each of the committees can be viewed below. 

  • The Resources Committee meets twice a term
  • The Teaching & Learning committee meets twice a term
  • The Pay & Performance committee meets twice a year


Terms of Reference - Resources Committee

Terms of Reference - Teaching & Learning Committee

Terms of Reference - Pay & Performance Committee


Summary of Governor Information

Members of the Trust



Date appointed

Date stepped down

Business Interests

 Simon Peniston-Bird The Chair of the Governing Board 02.10.19   Director – Holt Estates

Alan williams

The Vice Chair of the Governing Board



Spouse is employed by the school

Paul Taylor The Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee 02.10.19   None 
Toby Bateman The Chair of the Resources Committee 2.10.18  


Bateman Rural Assoc

EDEN Representative

EDEN Corporate Member

31.10.16   None


Governing Board 





Type of Director

Appointing Body




Simon Peniston-Bird Community Governor Members Chair 02.10.18-01.10.22 Resources
Sarah Thompson Parent Governor Elected by Parents   28.03.17 - 27.03.21 Resources
Kathryn Lowther Parent Governor Elected by Parents   28.09.17 – 27.09.21 Teaching & Learning

Clive Hellawell


Ex officio



Teaching & Learning, Resources

Toby Bateman

Co-opted Governor



26.07.18 - 25.07.22

Resources, Pay & Performance

Alan Williams


Governing Board

Vice Chair

09.02.16 – 08.02.20

Teaching & Learning

Rozanne Bulmer


Diocese of Exeter


11.02.16 – 10.02.20

Teaching & Learning

Claire West Staff Members   29.04.19 - 28.04.23 Teaching & Learning
William Gilmour-White Parent Governor Elected by Parents   28.09.17 - 27.09.21 Resources
Simon Peniston-Bird Community Governor Members   02.10.18-01.10.22 Resources
Paul Taylor Parent Governor Elected by Parents   14.05.19 - 13.05.23 Teaching & Learning
David Webb Community Governor Members   10.07.19 - 09.07.19 Resources
Governors no longer standing          
Revd Simon Holloway Ex Officio Diocese of Exeter   23.07.19  
Caroline Maddams Parent Governor Elected by Parents   28.10.18 - 10.05.19  
Caroline Ainsworth Staff Governor Elected by staff   Stood down 26.03.19  
Phyllis Manning Foundation Governor Diocese of Exeter   Stood down 16.08.18  
Katharine Hamshere Parent Governor Elected by Parents   Stood down 24.07.18  
Kim Bruce Community Members   Stood down 2.07.18  
Julia Hamilton Staff Elected by staff    Stood down 7.02.18  


Company Secretary:  Veronica Dower

Like all academy trusts, Stockland is governed by its Articles of Association and the Funding Agreements entered into with the Secretary of State. Copies of these documents can be viewed by clicking the links below.

The trust's annual report and audited accounts for the year to August 2018 are available to download below.

Articles of Association 

Annual Report & Accounts 2018

Governors' Code of Conduct

Supplemental Funding Agreement 2011



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