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Archbishop Sentamu Academy
Aspire Academy
Barlby High School
Burton Green Primary School
Compass Academy
Forest of Galtres Primary School
George Pindar School
Graham School
Manor CE Academy
Newland St John’s CE Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Skelton Primary School
St James’ CE Academy
Vale of York Academy
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Governance

Governance

The Hope Sentamu Learning Trust is a company limited by guarantee and a charitable trust.

Responsibility for the academies that make up the trust and for the funds granted by Parliament for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees.

These Trustees are also the Directors of the company. Trustees are also members of sub-committees, namely Standards Committee, Resources Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee.  Much of the work of the Board is delegated to a separate committee for each academy, known as a Local Governing Committee (LGC).

The Trust recognises the significant contribution that excellent local governance can make towards raising standards. In order to assist this, the Trust provides support to LGCs with governor recruitment, selection and training. It ensures that LGCs are well trained and supported by the central team. LGCs recommend their budgets for approval to the Trust. As well as providing a range of services including school improvement, ICT, HR, project management, communications and legal advice, the Trust also provides strategic oversight of financial control and strategy through the Resources Committee and the Audit Committee.

Governance is a crucial element in ensuring our children and young people get the best education and that they are able to thrive. It can be a complex and daunting process but we ensure our governors are trained and equipped to support their schools to the highest standards.

There are three key elements which governors are responsible for, which include:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the leadership to account for the educational performance of the school and its children and young people; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

As a Trust, we are there to support and develop highly effective local governance.

If you would like to apply to become a governor on one of our LGCs, please contact us via the Contact page or contact the school directly

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Hope Sentamu Learning Trust Governing Board Structure

Members' Board

The Board will consist of a minimum of three Members.

Members do not sit on the Trust Board. The Members meet three times a year, plus an extraordinary AGM to receive the annual report and accounts.

Members are the custodians of the governance of the Trust. They constitute the top governance tier, but have limited powers and have a largely hidden role in terms of the running of the Trust. The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association. 

Standards Committee

Meet five times a year

Resources Committee

Meet six times a year

Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee

Meet five times a year

Audit and Risk Committee

Meet three times a year

Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Board – The Board

The Board will consist of a minimum of six Directors including a Chair of The Board and a Vice Chair. Other Directors are appointed based on the skills and attributes they are able to contribute to the Trust, subject to the Members appointing the majority of the Directors. Skills represented on The Board must include a combination of finance (qualified accountant), HR, Business, primary and secondary education skills and Church schools skills. The Board meet six times a year, plus one extraordinary meeting to receive accounts. The term of office for all Directors is four years. The Secondary Heads and the Primary Heads each nominate a representative to attend Trust Board meetings.

The Board has four sub-committees: a Standards Committee, a Resources Committee (Resources Committee includes the functions of a pay committee), Audit and Risk Committee and a Distinctiveness and Personal Development Committee. 

Local Governing Committees (LGCs)

The Local Governing Committees will consist of a maximum number of Governors (9, 11 or 13) depending on the size of the school. These LGCs will consist of differing structures dependent upon the status of the former school, i.e. Community, VA or VC schools. All Governors will have a four year term of office with the exception of the Headteacher/Principal. Some of our schools have a joint LGC, led by the same Chair.

Full detail about each LGC can be found on the individual school’s website. Including:

  • LGC meeting dates 
  • Information about a governors role and how to become a governor
  • The names of governors who have served in the last 12 months 
  • Full names of all serving governors and the responsibilities of the LGC, when they were appointed and which body appointed each governor
  • Details of how to contact the Chair 
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests of each governor

Resources

The Seven Principles of Public Life

(Originally published by the Nolan Committee: The Committee on Standards in Public Life was established by the then Prime Minister in October 1994, under the Chairmanship of Lord Nolan, to consider standards of conduct in various areas of public life, and to make recommendations.)

Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

Integrity
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

Objectivity
In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

Honesty
Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

Leadership
Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Calendar of Trustee meetings

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2021-22:

Wednesday 15th September 2021

Wednesday 3rd November 2021

Wednesday 15th December 2021

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Wednesday 16th March 2022

Wednesday 25th May 2022

Wednesday 20th July 2022

Attendance at meetings

Those accepting the office of Governor or Trustee will need to be mindful that the role does require a significant level of commitment. Governors and Trustees will be expected to regularly attend meetings, for the full duration whenever possible. Regular non-attendance can lead to eventual disqualification. In addition, Governors and Trustees are expected to prepare for meetings by reading all papers beforehand.

Download the Attendance Register for the Full Trust Board and sub-committee meetings:

Local Governing Committees Business Interests & Attendance Registers

Archbishop Sentamu Academy
Chair of Governors: Susan Teal
Click here for a link to the Archbishop Sentamu Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Aspire Academy
Chair of Governors: Lynn Benton
Click here for a link to the Aspire Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Barlby High School
Chair of Governors: Alan Richards
Click here for a link to the Barlby High School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Burton Green Primary School
Chair of Governors: Judy MacDermot 
Click here for a link to the Burton Green Primary School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

The Compass Academy
Chair of Governors: Lynn Benton
Click here for a link to the Compass Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Forest of Galtres Methodist and Anglican Primary School
Chair of Governors: Susan Van Hout
Click here for a link to the Forest of Galtres Methodist and Anglican Primary School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

George Pindar School
Chair of Governors: Alan Richards
Click here for a link to the George Pindar School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Graham School
Chair of Governors: Alan Richards
Click here for a link to the Graham School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Manor Church of England Academy
Chair of Governors: Andy Richardson
Click here for a link to the Manor CE Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Newland St John’s CE Academy
Chair of Governors: Neil Sanderson
Click here for a link to the Newland St John’s CE Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Chair of Governors: John Wilkinson 
Click here for a link to the Poppleton Ousebank Primary School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Skelton School
Chair of Governors: Judy MacDermot
Click here for a link to the Skelton School Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

St James’ CE Academy
Chair of Governors: Pat O’Brien
Click here for a link to the St James’ CE Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Vale of York Academy
Chair of Governors: Patrick Looker
Click here for a link to the Vale of York Academy Local Governing Committee
(including Register of Business Interests and Attendance records)

Trust Board Register of Business Interests 2021-22

Name of TrusteeNature of any business interests including details of the company or organisationDate of start of interestDetails of governor membership at another school or academyDetails of any relationship between trustee and member of Trust staff (eg spouse)
Mr Ian ThomsonEothen Homes, TrusteeNovember 2006N/AN/A
York Community Church, TrusteeMay 1994
Mr Andrew SimpkinPortakabin Group (Construction Industry) Head of Product DeliveryAugust 1988N/AWife employed at Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Mr Tony Myers (Chair)NoneN/AN/AN/A
Mrs Philippa GowlandEmployed by City of York CouncilFebruary 2011N/AN/A
Ms Karen OsborneNoneN/AN/AN/A
Mr Peter DuffieldDirector of Age UK Hull & East RidingOver 5 yearsWalkington Primary School (Governor)N/A
Director & Company Secretary of Kingsbridge Careworks CIOOver 10 years
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Director)Over 5 years
Brighter Future Learning Partnership MAT (Trustee)Over 2 years
Child Dynamix Charity (Trustee)Over 5 years
Northern Academy of Performing Arts (Trustee)Over 9 years
The Rotary Club of Hull (Director)Over 6 years
Institute of Chartered Accountants (Council Member)Over 4 years
Alison SmithDiocese of York employeeSeptember 2014Weaverthorpe / Micklefield, STAR MAT, Elevate MAT, Ebor MATN/A
Jane LewisTogether People (Director)October 2014Archbishop Holgates CE AcademyN/A
Restore (York) Ltd (Trustee)April 2018Kingswood Parks Primary School
Tang Hall Big Local CIO (Trustee)2014
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Director)2018
York Community Church (Trustee)Nov 1993 - Jan 2020
Fred OwenRSPCA Hull & East RidingSeptember 2021N/AN/A
Army Cadet ForceJanuary 1991

Members Register of Business Interests 2021-22

Name of TrusteeNature of any business interests including details of the company or organisationStart date of interestDetails of governor membership at another school or academyDetails of any relationship between trustee and member of Trust staff (eg spouse)
Mr Andrew Smith (DBE Representative)Director of DBE Services – a Consortia of Northern Dioceses providing building/school improvement support2016Member – Ebor MAT, Dales
MAT, Galileo MAT, The
Education Alliance, Elevate
MAT, STAR MAT,
Collaborative Learning
Trust, Pathfinder MAT,
South York MAT
N/A
Trustee of the National Society – Governance of the Church of England Education Office2019
Director of Diocese of York Educational Trust (DYET)2016
NAHT2006
The Right
Reverend Paul
Ferguson, Bishop
of Whitby
(Archbishop of
York
Representative)
DBE Services (Educational Trading Company) (Director & Chair)2008N/A
York Diocesan Board of Finance (ex-offico Director)2001
Diocese of York Educational Trust (Director & Chair)2013
Dales Academic Trust (Member, Director & Chair)2013
Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (Member)2014
Ebor Academy Trust (Member)2016
Pathfinder Academy Trust (Member)2014
Together Middlesbrough & Cleveland (Director & Chair)2017
York St John University (Director)2017
Westcott House, Cambridge (Trustee & Chair)2018
Methodist Chapel Aid (Director)2021
Lindy Illingsworth (DYET Representative)Tadcaster Bridge Project, Trustee2022Diocese of York Education Trust
Bereavement Volunteer, Cruse Support2020
Member of Parish of Marston Moor1990
Member of Parish of Rural Ainsty2020
Reverend Canon Michael Smith (Dean and Chapter of York Minster Representative)Council Member of Friends of York Minster2022Foundation Governor, Archbishop Holgate’s School
Member, York Diocesan Leadership Team & Archbishop’s Council2022
York Minster Mystery Plays Board, Trustee2016
St Williams College Enterprises Ltd, Director2013
Friends of York Minster Council Member (non-voting)2013
The Fellowship of the Maple Leaf, Trustee2006
Residentiary Canon York Minster2013
Acting Dean of York2022
Director, York Minster Enterprises2013
St Williams College Trust, Trustee2013
York Minster Fund, Trustee2022

CEO/Trust's Accounting Officer's Register of Business Interests 2021-22

Nature of interest
Helen Winn remains the Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer of the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (SALT) until SALT has been officially closed, pending the final accounts

Date of start of interest
01/09/2020

Helen does not have a governance role at another educational institution and she does not have a relationship with any member of the Hope Sentamu Learning Trust MAT or the Sentamu Academy Learning Trust (staff or Trustee).