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The Governing Body

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The academy’s Governing Body is proud to be part of the progress that the Academy is making and is committed to the success of the Academy for the future.

The Governing Body is a group of volunteers organised within the Education Act 2012 and the Regulations associated with that Act that came into force in 2012 and 2013.

 

The Governing Body has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, aims, ethos and  strategic direction;
  • Seeking to ensure the educational performance of the Academy and all of its pupils; and
  • Oversight of the Academy’s financial performance, use of resources and performance management

These functions are exercised via the Governing Body.

 
The Governing Body oversee and approve the Academy Improvement Plan and within that Plan have identified particular areas of focus for evaluation and review. These are clearly identified in the Plan and inform the forward plan of Governing Body. There are regular meetings of the full Governing Body, together with frequent meetings between members of the Governing Body responsible for key areas and members of the Academy. These meetings, and these contacts, create a calendar of the Governing Body’s work; a full record of those meetings and contacts is maintained.

These key documents are:

  • The Academy Improvement Plan
  • The Trust and LGB meeting dates

The Governing Body also has a number of statutory duties, for example the safeguarding of pupils, employment within the academy and complaints procedures. Finally, the Governing Body is – as all Governing Bodies are - subject to inspection by OfSTED and the Governing Body’s performance is part of the Leadership and Management comments in subsequent reports.

 

The Governing Body’s work

Behind all this formality are the relationships between members of the Governing Body and those working in and supporting the Academy – including students, parents as well as staff. These relationships are based on trust and openness and a shared view of the Academy’s aim and how that shared view is formed. This has produced systems of reporting from the Academy, knowledgeable governors who fully understand what is being done and settings where there are frank discussions about the Academy’s strategic direction, policy decisions and the development of educational practice. This means, for example, that details of examination results are reviewed, policies intended to improve behaviours for learning are considered and key indicators such as RAISEonline reports and attendance and exclusion data are poured over.

The Governing Body is directly involved in the hard decisions that the Academy has to make, especially when resources are so clearly being limited – and also in the Academy’s self-evaluation processes that have been an important a part of the Academy’s success.

 

The Governing Body's membership

The names of the members of the Governing Body follow, together with a brief pen portrait of each of them that note their Governing Body work.

In addition, the Governing Body is supported by a Clerk, Rebecca Miles. Rebecca is not a voting member of the Governing Body.

Chair of local governing body

Name Appointed by From To
Joy Allman Appointed by GB/board 01/05/2017 30/09/2020

 

Local governors

Name of governor

 

Appointment type

 

Appointed by

 

Responsibilities

 

Term of office start

Term of office end

Sara-Jayne Fletcher

Principal

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Principal

- Pupil Premium

- Year 7 Catch Up Funding

23/08/2017              

23/08/2022

Joy Allman

Community (Chair)

LGB

- Chair of LGB

- Quality of Education (Implementation, Curriculum, Assessment)

01/10/2016              

31/12/2020

Luciano Sepede

Staff

LGB

- Attendance

01/10/2016              

30/09/2024

Miranda Cannon

Community

LGB

- Finance

- Health and Safety

01/10/2016              

30/09/2020

Rakesh Naik

Community

LGB

- Safeguarding

01/10/2016              

30/09/2020

Dawn Jotham

Community

LGB

- Behaviour and Attitudes

24/06/2019              

24/06/2023

Donna Hatcher

Parent

LGB

- SEN/LAC/PLAC

- Wellbeing/personal Development

07/08/2019              

07/08/2023

Heather White

Parent

LGB

 

09/03/2020

09/03/2024

Eleanor Shaw

Community

LGB

 

01/09/2020

31/08/2024

 


About the Governors

Joy Allman

Governor Type:
Academy Governor

Date Appointed:
1 October 2016

Term of Office: 4 Years

Appointment Ceases:
30 September 2020

Joy has over 30 years experience in education, having taught in both schools and in the Post-16 sector.  Her subject specialisms included ICT, Business and Teacher Training. Joy also has a wealth of educational management experience including: Programme Area Manager at Henley College Coventry and Curriculum Manager (Quality & Students) at Leicester College, and the Vice Principal for Curriculum at Gateway Sixth Form College.  Her main focus is the development of teaching, learning and assessment and ensuring that the curriculum provided meets the needs of all students, preparing them to progress either on to further/higher education or employment.  Joy’s interests include travel, walking and socialising with friends and family.

Other Business Interests

None.

Miranda Cannon

Governor Type:
Academy Governor

Date Appointed:
1 October 2016

Term of Office: 4 Years

Appointment Ceases:
30 September 2020

Miranda is a Director with the City Council where her responsibilities include communications, human resources and governance. She has been a governor at Babington for a number of years arising from a desire to put her knowledge and skills to use in a way which will help the achievement of children and young people in the city.

Miranda is the Health & Safety Governor. 

Other Business Interests

Leicester City Council - Director

Rakesh Naik

Governor Type:
Academy Governor

Date Appointed:
1 October 2016

Term of Office: 4 Years

Appointment Ceases:
30 September 2020

Rakesh is a teacher/manager with a breadth of experience in behaviour change, safeguarding, learner finance and tutorial management across whole institutions. He currently heads up the Pastoral provision at Regent College and is the safeguarding lead there. Rakesh is passionate about the impact of educational research and in particular how schools and colleges can, and have, narrowed attainment gaps with learners who have faced the most disadvantage.

Rakesh is also the Safeguarding Governor.

Other Business Interests

Regent College - Head of Progress

Luciano Sepede

Governor Type:
Academy Governor

Date Appointed:
1 October 2016

Term of Office:
4 Years

Appointment Ceases:
30 September 2020

I have been a teacher for forteen years, twelve of those here at Babington. After beginning my working life as a journalist, I entered education with the principal hope of improving the scholastic achievement of young people. I have watched Babington grow enormously during the last decade and I have hopefully played a small part in the school’s considerable success. As an English teacher, I have had the privilege of working with many fantastic colleagues, but the ultimate honour has been helping our students progress, sometimes way beyond expectations.
Away from school, three things dominate my life: family, friends and football. I also enjoy travelling and class myself as a cultured film buff and highly knowledgeable music fan!

Other Business Interests

None

More information

Further governance information such as annual accounts can be found on the Learning without Limits Academy Trust website.

Learning without Limits Academy Trust Website