How We Govern

School governors and trustees have three core functions:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well
spent

Governance at NCEA Trust

Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

The structure is made up of Members, Trustees and two committees; Finance and General Purposes (FGPC) and Academy Standards and Improvement (ASIC). Terms of Reference for the two committees are given here.

 

The Members, Trustees and Committees are given below:

Rachel Scheffer Appointed by Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Dennis Handley Representing the Bishop of Newcastle
Peter Robinson Representing Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
Rory Wilson Appointed by Newcastle Diocesan Board of Education
in consultation with Northumberland Estates
John Brearley Chair of Governors

John Brearley Chair, Member appointed
Richard Bishopp Member appointed
Alex Cox Member appointed
Jim Lang Member appointed
John Marshall Vice Chair, Member appointed
Stephen Purvis Member appointed
Natalie Fountain Member appointed
Paul Johnson Member appointed
Mina Munns Member appointed
Martin Browell Parent elected
Jeff Hope Co-opted
Marc Kelly Co-opted
Alan Hardie CEO and Ex-officio

Stephen Purvis Chair
Alison Alden CFO (non-voting)
John Brearley
Alex Cox
Alan Hardie CEO/Accounting Officer (non-voting)
Marc Kelly
Jim Lang

Richard Bishopp Chair
Natalie Fountain
Alan Hardie CEO
John Marshall

John Marshall Trustee (Chair)
Richard Bishopp Trustee
Dave Cookson  NCC
Alan Hardie Trustee and CEO
Jeff Hope Trustee
Mina Munns Trustee
Stephen Purvis Trustee
Paul Rickeard Director of Education, Newcastle Diocese
Rachel Mays English specialist support

Governance at Bishop’s Primary School, Castle School and Duke’s Secondary School

The NCEA Trust Board have agreed to form Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) for Bishop’s Primary School and Castle School.  What this means is that Bishop’s and Castle will now each have a governing body which will focus on the individual school.  The LGBs will be accountable for their decisions to the Trust Board.

Duke’s Secondary School
In order to secure rapid improvement for Duke’s School, Trustees have appointed an Academy Improvement Board which meets monthly.

 

Contact:

The Chair of the Board of Trustees, John Brearley, may be contacted by email at governor@ncea.org.uk or in writing:
The Board of Trustees
c/o Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust
Josephine Butler Campus
Academy Road
Ashington
NE63 9FZ

Alternatively, Trustees may be contacted via Lesley Dalby, Governance Manager, on 01670 816111 ext 368