The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors. They fulfil the three core functions of governance:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Board’s work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools. Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.
The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.
This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.
Local Schools Board
The Board acts as a committee of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust Board of trustees/directors. Currently this is made up of:
Mrs Tosca Boothman – Chair (appointed 01/09/20 until 01/09/24)
Mr Dan Hardman ( appointed 01/09/20 until 01/09/24)
Mrs Claire Holdaway ( appointed 01/09/20 until 01/09/24)
Mrs Lisa Dale (appointed 01/09/20 until 01/09/22)
Mrs Diane Fawcett (appointed 01/09/20 until 01/09/22)
Mrs Karen Jones (Headteacher)
All Governors may be contacted through the school office:
Chair of Governor – Mrs Tosca Boothman
Safeguarding Governor – Mrs Tosca Boothman
Clerk to the Governors – Mrs Sally Morris
Attendance Record of Governors
Governors have excellent attendance at meetings and we have never cancelled a meeting because it was not “quorate” (the number of governors needed to ensure that legal decisions can be made). See the school website for details of individual governors’ attendance at meetings.