Our School Governors
With the formation of our Multi-Academy Trust, the Tarka Learning Partnership, Trustees became increasingly responsible for the multitude of roles previously overseen by the school’s / academy’s Local Governing Body.
As a newly established, pioneering 21st Century School in our Trust, we are planning to explore a different form of school governance, in the form of an Academy Advisory Board, where we are able to retain a true voice from parents, staff and the community.
Our current Chair is the Chair of the Tarka Learning Partnership Trustees Graham Cockell.
Tarka Learning Partnership
c/o Roundswell Community Primary Academy
The Key Roles of our Academy Advisory Board (AAB) will be:
To advise/act as a critical friend to the Head Teacher
To advise the Board of Trustees about local issues they need to consider that affect the academy through Chairs group of to a nominated Trustee
Represent the interest of the Academy community in the running of the Academy
Represent the Academy in its community
The main purpose of these roles is to enable AABs to be able to express and act on local views and issues – views of parents and the community etc. One of the key purposes of an AAB is to ensure that the Academy is a good expression of what and who TLP and the Academy is in the local community. Therefore, these roles are about ensuring that the TLP and School ethos is “lived” out in the Academy on a day-to-day basis.
The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the AAB undertakes:
it acts as a key link between the Academy, parents and local community; (through a termly meeting structure);
it supports the work of the Academy in the community;
it supports the Head Teacher and Academy Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Academy Improvement Plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the TLP/School ethos remains at the heart of the Academy community;
it supports Academy first committee processes and Trust appeals processes
it offers challenging but positive and proactive support to the Head Teacher
it is directly involved in TLP review processes and in particular the ISIP to support the review of the school
The AAB’s role will not be to “manage” the Academy as such. This is already done through the Board of Trustees.
Therefore, the AAB will not required to take decisions on staff or financial matters affecting the Academy.
The AAB Members will have an understanding of strategic issues that impact on the Academy, and be updated on them regularly by the Head Teacher, but will not be required to have direct responsibility for them. Instead our AAB should be in a position to assess the impact of our Academy locally; how it is contributing to the local community, how it is relating to local families and how it understands local issues. This in turn, will enable the AAB to contribute effectively to decisions which may require AAB involvement.
As the Board of Trustees takes responsibility for educational standards, legal compliance and financial viability, our AAB will then have the time to explore how the TLP/School ethos is being understood and expressed in the way the Academy operates. The views of AAB Members, as a parent, member of staff or as part of the community is vital in this discussion.
The Constitution of the AAB
The planned constitution of the AAB, will be a minimum of 5 members to a maximum of 9. The Headteacher will be ex-officio.
At least 30% of Members will be staff, 30% parents and 30% from the community.
If you have any interest in becoming one of our AAB Members, please contact Emma Stubbs, School Business Manager.