Governance

Governance

LEAP Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is also (under the terms of the Academies Act 2010) an ‘exempt charity’, i.e., it has charitable status but is exempt from registering with the Charity Commission due to it being accountable to the Department for Education (DfE).

Effective governance is key to our success. Transparent, empowered, assured governance, in keeping with the Trust’s values, is hard-wired into our constitution and in our ways of working.

All Academy Trusts have two layers of governance – Members and Trustees. Some (like LEAP) choose to have a third, i.e., Local Governing Bodies (LGBs).

To view more detailed information about the Trust’s governance model, please click here.

LGBs are delegated responsibility by the Trust Board.   Each LGB is, in effect, a committee of the Trust Board.

Consistent with the Trust Board’s role Trust-wide, LGB’s are responsible for the following core areas in respect of the Academy which they oversee:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction at Academy level and with reference to the Trust
  • Holding the leadership to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils
  • Awareness of finances to ensure that money is spent well and in line with school improvement priorities
  • Engaging with stakeholders

They undertake a vital role in contributing to the work of LEAP Multi-Academy Trust to ensure high standards of achievement and “Achieving Excellence” for all children and young people in education within the Trust’s Academies.

If you wish to know more about becoming a Governor on the Local Governing Body, please contact the Lead Governance Professional via email info@leap-mat.org.uk

Our Governors are:

Jill Wormleighton, CHAIR

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Chair: Curriculum, BASW.
  • Link Roles: Safeguarding, Joint Chair SEND/DA, Personal Development.
  • Committee Member: Health & Safety, Careers, Personal Development, Quality of Education, Sixth Form
  • Term of office: 05.05.19 – 04.05.22

I have worked in Education for many years – Teacher, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant (TA), School Business Manager (SBM), in Infant, Primary and Adult and have been involved with Governing Bodies as Clerk, Finance Governor, Vice Chair and Chair in all different schools.

I am passionate about ensuring that every child has the right to have the best quality education and for all to have the opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to equip them for their life ahead. I bring experiences in Administration, Accounts, Education and Community Work to my role as a Governor. I chose Eckington school as I recognise the potential and challenges for this school in my area.

Jill Wormleighton, CHAIR

Nicholas Melson

  • Ex-officio, Principal
  • Appointed: 01.09.20
I became the Principal at Eckington Academy in September 2020.
Nicholas Melson

Janet Dakin, Vice Chair

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Link Governor for Attendance and Behaviour
  • Committee Member: BASW, Careers, Health & Safety
  • Term of office: 05.05.19 – 04.05.22

I have served the school for 14 years. I am a retired Advanced Nursing Practitioner and I worked in the NHS for 42 years.

My motivation to work as a Governor is driven by my desire to witness current and future generations of students at Eckington School to explore and develop their potential in a safe and happy learning environment.

My experience as a Nurse equipped me with substantial knowledge in all aspects of life. I have previously mentored students in school through the mindfulness ethos with positive results. I feel my strengths lie in pastoral care communicating and working with students post pandemic in a pastoral setting to promote well-adjusted young people for life beyond school.

Janet Dakin, Vice Chair

Phil Johnson

  • Co-Opted governor
  • Link Governor: Personal Development (Assist on Focus Groups – Safeguarding)
  • Committee Member: BASW, Curriculum, Health & Safety, Pay & Progression, Behaviour
  • Term of office: 01.09.21 – 31.08.24

Having taught at Eckington School for 29 years, mainly as a Maths teacher but latterly as a Leader of Student Development (LoSD)/Head of Year (HoY), I was delighted to be asked to join the governing body upon taking early retirement. I see this as an opportunity to work with pupils, their parents/carers, staff, fellow governors, the community, and the LEAP trust to make Eckington School even more welcoming, inclusive, and successful for all.

Julie Meiner

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Joint Link Governor: SEND, PP/DA, Behaviour
  • Committee Member: BASW, Curriculum, Quality of Education
  • Term of office:10.11.21 – 09.11.25

I am a co-head teacher at Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre.

I believe very strongly about ensuring that every child has a right to a first-class education no matter where they live, what circumstances surround them or what challenges they may face. I enjoy working alongside a team of people that also share the same philosophy as myself.

Julie Meiner

Laura Moor

  • Staff Governor
  • Co-ordinator for Careers Committee
  • Term of office: 01.01.21 – 31.12.23

I began my teaching career at Eckington School as a trainee teacher in the Business Department, and secured my permanent role at Eckington at the end of that year. 22 years later I am still here.

My current role in school is Careers Lead, and Associate Assistant Principal with responsibility for Character Development alongside other SLT members.

My passion lies in supporting students to be the best versions of themselves they can possibly be. To allow them to be exposed to experiences and support so that when they leave our school, they are ready for the world around them and they can live happy and successful lives. I hope my role as staff governor can support the school to make continuous improvements to the benefit of our students and the wider community it serves.

Professor Richard Phillips

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Committee Member: Curriculum, Sixth Form, Personal Development, Careers
  • Term of office: 01.09.21 – 31.08.24

I am a relatively new governor, having taken up this role in September 2021.

I believe in education at all levels and for everyone who wants it. As a professor of Geography at the University of Sheffield, I am also interested in getting to know communities in the Sheffield region. I would like to help inspire and support young people from all backgrounds to continue learning when they leave school, whether that means going to university or learning in other ways.

Timothy Vernon

  • Parent Governor
  • Link Governor: Sixth Form, Quality of Education
  • Committee Member: Curriculum, Pay & Progression
  • Term of office: 07.11.21 – 06.11.25

I have two children at Eckington, so obviously have a vested interest in the performance of the school. I attended Eckington between 1991 and 1997, after sixth form I went to University to study Sport Science. I now work as a researcher at Sheffield Hallam University where my main interests are in enhancing physical activity opportunities for children and young people, and particularly in the quality of physical education.

My role as a governor is to check and challenge the school leadership and help ensure the school is doing all it can to help pupils and staff optimise their learning and enjoy their time at the school.

Chris White

  • Parent Governor
  • Chair of Health & Safety
  • Committee Member: BASW, Curriculum, Pay & Progression, Careers, Quality of Education
  • Term of office: 01.01.21 – 31.12.23

I wanted to volunteer some time to support a community project. This seemed like somewhere I could use my skills to have a positive impact. I worked in a professional services / student support role in higher education for 9 years, and I’m a qualified health and safety professional.

Chris White
Leavers in last 12 months
Sally-Anne Warren- Ames
14.05.21
Gillian Parker, Co-opted Governor
08.09.21
Sarah Newton, Parent Governor
06.11.21
David MacDougall, Co-opted Governor
01.12.21
Megan Wynne, Staff Governor
11.04.22
Leavers in last 12 months
Sally-Anne Warren- Ames
14.05.21
Gillian Parker, Co-opted Governor
08.09.21
Sarah Newton, Parent Governor
06.11.21
David MacDougall, Co-opted Governor
01.12.21
Megan Wynne, Staff Governor
11.04.22

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Our Local Governing Body

An Academy’s Local Governing Body (LGB) undertake a vital role in contributing to the work of LEAP Multi-Academy Trust to ensure high standards of achievement and “Achieving Excellence” for all children and young people in education within the Trust’s Academies.

Governors currently appointed on the LGB at Eckington School are:-

  • Jill Wormleighton (Chair) – Co-Opted Governor
  • Jan Dakin (Vice Chair) – Co-Opted Governor
  • Philip Johnson – Co-Opted Governor
  • Julie Meiner – Co-Opted Governor
  • Laura Moor – Staff Governor
  • Richard Phillips – Co-Opted Governor
  • Tim Vernon – Parent Governor
  • Christopher White – Co-Opted Governor
  • Megan Wynne – Staff Governor

Governors make a significant contribution to holding Academy Principals to account for the educational performance and success of Academies.  As part of the role a Governor will:-

  1. Attend:-
  • Termly full LGB meetings and contribute to discussions regarding the Principal’s Termly Report [including a budget position summary update]
  • Termly associated LGB Committees
  1. Strategy & Leadership
  • Follow the strategic objectives of the Trust/Academy and ensure progress towards those strategic objectives is reviewed
  • Review the Academy Improvement Plan / Ofsted Action Plan / Key Performance Indicators to ensure progress is made
  • Contribute to the self-evaluation process for the relevant Academy
  • Adhere to policies regarding compliance (regulatory) relating to specific areas outlined (eg Trust Complaints Policy/Procedure)
  • Adhere to Trust requirements relating to the LGB
  1. Participate, as appropriate, in the following LGB Committees, for which separate terms of reference apply:-
  • Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Committee
  • Student Behaviour, Attendance, Safeguarding & Well-Being Committee
  • Pay Progression Committee
  1. Participate in the following:-
  • Support the Academy Principal by monitoring the school’s performance
  • Support the Academy Principal in staff recruitment
  • Ensure school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well
  • When required, serve on panels of Governors (eg student exclusions, staff grievance/disciplinary matters etc)
  • Championing staff, students, parents/carers and the local community and by participating in Staff, Student, Parent Voice sessions
  • Celebrate students’ achievements and success

Contact for the Local Governing Body is via – info@leap-mat.org.uk

If you wish to know more about becoming a Governor on the Local Governing Body and to see current vacancies, please visit the Local Governing Body Vacancies page on the LEAP Multi-Academy Trust website.

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