The TSAT Governance Model is different to the way a governing body in a non-Academy or traditional school undertakes governance.
Essentially, there are two elements to the governance of the TSAT Academies – local governance that is delivered via the Academy Advisory Board (AAB) and regional governance, delivered via the Regional Governing Bodies. Each Regional Governing Body is linked to an Executive Principal; this means that there are three Regional Governing Bodies: Portsmouth, Medway Secondary and Medway Primary. The Board of Directors is the final decision making body which sits above the Regional Governing Bodies.
Local Governance – The Academy Advisory Board
The AAB consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, or academy staff, with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 9 people. A member of the Regional Governing Body may also sit on the AAB if required.
The TSAT Board has established five key roles for Academy Advisory Boards:
- To advise/act as a critical friend to the Principal;
- To advise the Regional Governing Body about local issues they need to consider that affect the academy;
- Represent the interest of the Academy community in the running of the Academy;
- Represent the Academy in its community;
- Provide support to the Principal in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy.
The main purpose of these roles is to enable AABs to be able to express and act on local views and issues – views of parents and the community etc. One of the key purposes of an AAB is to ensure that the Academy is being a good expression of what and who TSAT is in the local community. Therefore, these roles are about ensuring that the TSAT Ethos is “lived” out in the Academy on a day to day basis.
The five roles translate specifically into the following tasks that the AAB undertakes:
- it acts as a key link between the Academy, parents and local community;
- it supports the work of the Academy in the community;
- it supports the Principal and Academy Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the Academy Development Plan and other relevant plans, ensuring that the TSAT ethos remains at the heart of the Academy community;
- it helps on the ground with the implementation of certain Academy policies;
- it offers challenging but positive and proactive support to the Principal;
- it regularly reviews the Academy’s performance in relation to the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).
The Regional Governing Bodies
The Regional Governing Bodies consist of a group of eight people who are elected onto the Board for a period of 4 years. This is a skills-based governing body, with people who have skills in Business/Legal, Finance, HR, Estates and Health and Safety, Marketing/ Communications and Education. Each Executive Principal will be a member of the relevant RGB and the CEO is an ex-officio member. The key responsibilities of a Regional Governing Body are:
- The day to day oversight of the running of the regional academies;
- Carrying out the MAT’s vision policies and priorities;
- Holding local academy leadership to account for school academic perormance, quality of care and provision;
- Overseeing and monitoring the effectiveness of local strategies;
- Seeking value for money and ensuring resources are applied appropriately at regional academy level;
- Supporting the Board in relation to proper use of funds and delivering high quality educational provision;
- Liaise with the Academy Advisory Boards.
For more information about the Trust’s governance please visit the TSAT website.
Medway Secondary – RGB Members & Business Interests
Medway Secondary governs Rochester Grammar School, Holcombe Grammar Schooland The Victory Academy.
|Role||Member||Business Interests||Appointed By||Appointment Date||Stepped Down|
|Legal & Compliance||Michael Bailey (Chair)||
Appointed governor of Thomas Aveling
Chair Richard Watts Charities
Trustee – Foord Almshouses charity
Trustee – Council of Friends of Rochester Cathedral
Livery company – London Painter/Stainers
|Appointed by foundation/Trust||01/01/2016|
|Education 1||Glenn Atkinson||
Trust Adviser/Schools Partner at The Howard Academy Trust
LGB Chair at Delce Academy
Director at The Castle Trust
|Appointed by GB/board||30/11/2017||18/04/2018|
|Education 2||Thabisile Hollingsworth||None||Parent appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates||29/03/2017|
|Finance||Brian Mohabir||None||Elected by parents||01/01/2016|
|HR||Amanda Savage||Operations Director for a MAT in Maidstone. The MAT comprises of two Secondary schools, although they are no competition to any of the Medway Secondary‘s due to location and intake.||Appointed by foundation/Trust||01/01/2016||15/10/2018|
|Management||Adeola Olagundoye||None||Appointed by GB/board||12/04/2018|
|Premises and H&S||Mark Eley||Appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates||29/03/2017||19/12/2017|
|Premises and H&S||Kaye Bettey||None||Appointed by GB/board due to no election candidates||12/04/2018|
|Communication & IT||Denise Dimmick||None||Appointed by foundation/Trust||01/01/2016|
|Gwynn Bassan||None||Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal||01/01/2016|
Isambard Brunel Centre Ltd
Teapot Row Management Company
Director of Thinking Solutions for Education Ltd
|Ex-officio foundation governor (appointed by foundation by virtue of the office they hold)||01/01/2016|
Trustee of Nucleus Arts/The Halpern Charitable Foundation
Trustee of Arthur Ingram Trust
Chair of Medway Cultural Education Partnership (with Royal Opera House Bridge)
|Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal||01/01/2016|
|Clare Brinklow||None||Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal||01/07/2017|
|Stuart Gardner||Foundation Governor at St. Mary‘s Church of England School, Ashford.||Appointed by foundation/Trust||01/01/2016|