Governance

[Updated 16/07/2020]

This page provides you with you information about Elmlea Schools’ Trust Governance Structure including Elmlea Junior School Local Governing Body.

Governance

In July 2019, Elmlea Schools’ Trust was founded. Within the Trust are Elmlea Infant School and Elmlea Junior School. Both schools exist on the same site and all our Elmlea children stay with us for seven years as they move from Reception through to Year 6. It was a logical step for our two schools to be formally joined under one Trust.

Our aim in joining was to offer a seamless journey for our children and their families from Reception to Year 6.  Our journey towards this has been accelerated by the appointment in January 2020 of an Executive Headteacher, Lorraine Wright, as headteacher of both schools. The Members and Trust Board and Joint Local Governing Body ensure our governance is strategic. Our staff teams are outstanding and together we are united in our determination to provide the best educational experience we possibly can to every child who attends Elmlea Schools.

The joint Local Governing Board (“LGB”), is responsible for, subject to the provisions of a Scheme of Delegation (SoD), the academic achievement of the pupils and safeguarding across the schools.  The Chair of Elmlea Junior School Local Governing Body is Gareth Beynon, the Chair of the Elmlea Infant School and Elmlea Schools’ Trust Joint Local Governing Body is Nick Hester.

Gareth Beynon, Chair of Elmlea Junior School Local Governing Body

Gareth lives locally and is married to a teacher and has a daughter.  He works in education as the headteacher of Chew Valley secondary school.  He has worked in various schools in Surrey including a spell working with teacher training before relocating to the West Country and spending twelve years in a senior leadership role at Clevedon School.  He enjoys running regularly (slowly!) and following a range of sports.

Nick Hester, Chair of the Joint Local Governing Body

As an Elmlea parent, Nick was very pleased to join the team of Elmlea Infant School Governors in 2014. In July 2019 Nick was appointed as a Trustee on the newly formed Elmlea Schools Trust, Board of Trustees. His day job for more than twenty years is as a co-owner of a local recruitment consultancy and he brings that experience to his role on the Board of Trustees, as Chair of the Elmlea Infants School Local Governing Body. Nick is also a football coach at Rockleaze Rangers Under 8’s and enjoys the odd game for the Elmlea Dads football team.

Full information about Elmlea Schools’ Trust governance arrangements are available in the document above, including the structure and names of all Members, Trustees and local governors.

Elmlea Schools’ Trust

As a charity and company limited by guarantee, Elmlea Schools Trust (the “Company”) is comprised of and governed by:  A set of ‘Articles of Association’.  Members who guarantee the liabilities of the Company and review the strategic direction.  A Board of Charitable Trustees (the “Trustees”) who are responsible for, and oversee, the management and administration of the Company and the academies run by the Company.  The Operations, Audit and Risk and Staffing Committees which are responsible for ensuring the highest standards in terms of finance, personnel, premises, health and safety, compliance, services and risk management so that these all contribute fully to maintaining the highest standards and accelerating pupil progress across the Academy Trust.  The joint Local Governing Board (“LGB”), is responsible for, subject to the provisions of a Scheme of Delegation (SoD), the academic achievement of the pupils and safeguarding across the schools.

In July 2019, Elmlea Schools’ Trust was founded. Within the Trust are Elmlea Infant School and Elmlea Junior School. Both schools exist on the same site and all our Elmlea children stay with us for seven years as they move from Reception through to Year 6. It was a logical step for our two schools to be formally joined under one Trust.

Our aim in joining was to offer a seamless journey for our children and their families from Reception to Year 6.  Our journey towards this has been accelerated by the appointment in January 2020 of an Executive Headteacher, Lorraine Wright, as headteacher of both schools. The Members and Trust Board and Joint Local Governing Body ensure our governance is strategic. Our staff teams are outstanding and together we are united in our determination to provide the best educational experience we possibly can to every child who attends Elmlea Schools.

Elmlea Schools’ Trust – Academy Key Information

Elmlea Schools’ Trust

Complaints Procedure – Summary for Parents/Carers

If you have a concern or complaint

We would like you to tell us about it. We welcome suggestions for improving our work in our schools. Be assured that no matter what you want to tell us, our support and respect for you and your child in school will not be affected in any way. Please tell us of your concern as soon as possible. It is difficult for us to investigate properly an incident or problem that happened some time ago.

What to do first

Most concerns and complaints can be sorted out quickly by speaking with your child’s class teacher.

If you have a complaint that you feel should be looked at by the Executive Headteacher in the first instance you can contact her straight away if you prefer. It is usually best to discuss the problem face to face. You may need an appointment to do this and can make one by ringing or calling into the school office. You can take a friend or relative to the appointment with you if you would like to.

All staff will make every effort to resolve your problem informally. They will make sure that they understand what you feel went wrong, and they will explain their own actions to you. They will ask what you would like the school to do to put things right. Of course, this does not mean that in every case they will come round to your point of view, but it will help both you and the school to understand both sides of the issue. It may also help to prevent a similar problem arising again.

What to do next

If you are not satisfied with the teacher’s initial response to your questions or concerns (or with the Executive Headteacher’s initial reaction if she has already been involved) you can make a formal complaint to the Executive Headteacher. This should be made in writing, using the form included in the Elmlea Schools’ Trust published Complaints procedure.

If your complaint is about an action of the Executive Headteacher personally, then you should refer it to the Chair of the Board of Trustees.  You can contact him via the Clerk to Trustees (email: clerktotrustees@elmleaschoolstrust.com)

You may also find it helpful at this stage to have a copy of the full statement of the Trusts’ Complaints Procedures as this explains in detail what procedures are followed. This is available from either Elmlea Infant or Elmlea Junior school office or on both school websites.

The Executive Headteacher will ask to meet you to discuss the problem. Again, you may take a friend or someone else with you if you wish. The Executive Headteacher will conduct a full investigation of the complaint and may interview any members of staff or pupils involved. You will receive a written response to your complaint.

If you are still unhappy

The problem will normally be solved before it reaches this stage. However, if you are still not satisfied you may wish to contact the Chair of the Board of Trustees to ask for a referral of your complaint to a Board of Trustees Complaints Panel. It will then be heard by a group of three trustees who have no previous knowledge of the problem and so will be given a fresh assessment. You may be invited to attend and speak to the panel at a meeting that the Executive Headteacher will also attend. The Trust Complaints Procedures explains how these meetings operate.

Further Action

Complaints about school problems are almost always settled within schools but in exceptional cases it may be possible to refer the problem to an outside body such as the Department for Education. Again, there are more details about this in the Trust Complaints Procedure.

Link to Elmlea Schools’ Trust Complaints Procedure: