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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:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its 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

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

Governing Board

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.

Articles of Association
Annual Report & Accounts 2020
Annual Report & Accounts 2019
Annual Report & Accounts 2018
Governors’ Code of Conduct
Supplemental Funding Agreement 2011
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