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Advisory Board

Welcome to Leighfield Primary School’s Advisory Board

At Discovery School Academy Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance and oversight, the Board has delegated governance function to be carried out through committees, locally through each school Advisory Board and through the central executive team.

The School Advisory Board has a key role in influencing the direction of the school by offering their experience and expertise to strengthen the decision-making process to support the strategic development of the school and ensure it is meeting the needs of the children. The functions of the Advisory Board are set out in the Trust Scheme of Delegation which sets out the requirements of the Trust and details where the Trustees delegate governance functions locally.

The Advisory Board consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.

School Advisory Board Members: 2020-21

Name Position Held
Sarah Eaton Head Teacher
Emma Speirs Chair of Advisory Board and Parent member
Term of Office: 1.2.18- 31.1.21
Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21 1/1
Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-20 4/4
Business interests declared 18.11.19: teacher at Catmose Federation since 2017 and Director RSAcademics since 2004.
Miranda Jones
Community member
Term of Office: 18.11.19-17.11.22
Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21 1/1
Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-20 3/4
Business interests declared 21.9.20: Business Development Manager, Rutland Garden Village since September’20; Rutland County Councillor (ward member for Uppingham) since May’19.
Barry Reid Community member
Term of Office: 4.2.2020-3.2.2023
Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21 1/1
Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-20 2/2
Business interests declared 7.9.2020: Partner/general manager of FGM food brokers since 1990 and Trustee of Citizens Advice Rutland since 2009.
Harry Durham Community member
Term of Office: 4.2.2020-3.2.2023
Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21 1/1
Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-20 3/4
Business interests declared 23.9.2020: mother employee at Parkland Primary School; partner employee at Discovery trust
 

Elizabeth Garden

 

Parent member
Term of Office: 12.11.19-11.11.22
Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21 0/1
Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-20 2/4
Business interests declared 7.9.20: invigilator at Uppingham School.
Vicky Craven Staff member
Term of Office: 1.2.17- 31.1.21
Attendance at FGB meetings 2020-21 1/1
Attendance at FGB meetings 2019-2020 4/4
No business interests declared 29.9.20.

 

Scheme of Delegated Authority

 Scheme of Delegation 2020-21

 Governance Strategy V3 September 2019

 Discovery Schools Academy Trust Website

Get in Touch

If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting the Head of Governance, Helen Stockill: hstockill@discoveryschoolstrust.org.uk

You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Emma Speirs, directly at espeirs@dsatleighfield.org or via the Trust Clerk

Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk clerk@discoveryschoolstrust.org.uk

Further information can be found on the Discovery Schools Academy Trust Website here