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 / Directors
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:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- 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.
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
Summary of Governor Information
Members of the Trust
|Member||Position||Date appointed||Date stepped down||Business interests|
|Simon Peniston-Bird||The Chair of the Governing Board||02.10.19||Director – Holt Estates|
|Paul Taylor||The Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee||02.10.19||None|
|David Webb||The Chair of the Resources Committee||02.10.18||None|
|EDEN Representative||EDEN Corporate Member||13.10.16||None|
|Name||Type of Director||Appointing Body||Office||Term||Committees|
|Simon Peniston-Bird||Community Governor||Members||Chair||02.10.18 – 01.10.22||Resources|
|Clive Hellawell||Principal||Ex officio||Teaching & Learning, Resources|
|Stephen Wilks||Foundation||Governing Board||26.02.20 – 25.02.24||Teaching & Learning|
|Rozanne Bulmer||Foundation||Diocese of Exeter||11.02.16 – 10.02.20||Teaching & Learning|
|William Gilmour-White||Parent Governor||Elected by Parents||28.09.17 – 27.09.21||Resources|
|Paul Taylor||Parent Governor||Elected by Parents||Chair of T&L||14.05.19 – 13.05.23||Teaching & Learning|
|David Webb||Community Governor||Members||10.07.19 – 09.07.23||Resources|
|Celine Peniston-Bird||Parent Governor||Elected by Parents||05.02.20 – 04.02.24||Teaching & Learning|
|Sally-Ann Dewhurst||Staff Governor||Governing Board||06.11.20 – 05.11.24||Teaching & Learning|
|Governors no longer standing||Stood Down|
|Toby Bateman||Co-opted Governor||Board||28.04.21|
|Claire West||Staff Governor||Staff||27.03.20|
|Kathy Lowther||Parent Governor||Elected by Parents||07.01.20|
|Sarah Thompson||Parent Governor||Elected by Parents||07.01.20|
|Revd. Simon Holloway||Ex officio||Diocese of Exeter||23.07.19|
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 2020 are available to download below.