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Five Acres High School

Governance

Five Acres High School is an academy the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with the sole purpose of maintaining and developing academy schools to provide comprehensive and inclusive education for the public benefit. You in can find out more about the governance of the Trust on the Trust website here.

The Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust have overall legal responsibilities for all the schools in the Trust, but they delegate powers and responsibilities with respect to the governance of each school to its governing body and headteacher. The governing body is formally called a 'Local Governing Body', and is a committee of the Board of Trustees that reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees under a Scheme of Delegation of governance functions.

The governing body is responsible for the strategic leadership of the school, for oversight of the school's financial and academic performance, and for holding the Headteacher and the school's senior leadership to account. 

Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the school's various stakeholders and to bring a range of skills and experience to the governing body:

  • Trust governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
  • A parent governor has to be a parent of a student at the school at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students.
  • Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.
  • A staff governor must be employed by the school as a member of teaching or non-teaching staff and is appointed following a ballot of all teaching staff and/or non-teaching staff as appropriate. 
  • The Headteacher is a governor ex-officio. 

All governors except the Headteacher serve for a term of office of four years, but can be reappointed. 

Governors act collectively as the governing body and work closely with the Headteacher and senior Leadership Team of the school. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school. 

As well as attending governing body meetings, governors serve on governing body committees, take part in governor briefings and development activities, visit the school and meet school staff, attend and engage in a range of school activities. 

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, including the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Local Governing Body. 

Chair of Governors: Mike Cooper
Contact: tdeighton@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk (Clerk of Governors)

Lead (or link) governor roles on governing bodies

Lead Governor for SEND, Education Standards: Ann-Marie Karadia
Lead Governor for Finance & Community and Student Engagement: Richard Brackston
Lead Governor for Safeguarding: Tracy Brooke
Lead Governor for Curriculum and Character Education: Jason Griffiths
Lead Governor for HR & Staffing & Wider engagement and opportunities: Emma Kear
Lead Governor for Destinations: Hannah Trezise
Lead Governor for Behaviour & Attendance: Sasha Davidson
Lead Governor for Estates: Mike Cooper

The Trust is required to maintain a register of interests for governors and non-trustee members of governing body committees, you can see the declarations of relevant interests of the governing body here.

For further information, or to contact the governing body, please email the clerk to the governing body:
Email: tdeighton@greenshawlearningtrust.co.uk.

You can also contact the chair of the governing body, by emailing the clerk to the governing body as above.

Official documents for the Trust can be found hereTrust policies can be found here.