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 Governors.

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

At the beginning of September 2019, there were two Trust committees; Finance, Operations and Risk (FORC) and Achievement and Standards (ASC). In May 2020, Trustees agreed that with the introduction of local governing boards to Bishop’s, Warkworth and Castle Schools in September 2019, the ASC should disband. The NCEA Endowment Trust (ET) is a registered charitable trust.

How our Governance structure works

There are local governing bodies for Bishop’s Primary, NCEA Warkworth Primary and Castle Schools and an Academy Improvement Board for Duke’s Secondary School. The Terms of Reference for the local governing bodies are held within the Scheme of Delegation.

Key Documents

Our Members, Trustees and Committees

Click the tabs below to find out who our Members, Trustees and Committee members are.

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

Richard Bishopp Member appointed
John Brearley Chair, Member appointed
Martin Browell Parent elected
Rowan Brown Member appointed
Alex Cox Member appointed
Alan Hardie Ex-officio
Jeff Hope Co-opted
Paul Johnson Member appointed
John Marshall Vice Chair, Member appointed
Rachel Mays Member appointed
Mina Munns Member appointed
Stephen Purvis Member appointed

Stephen Purvis Chair of FORC
Alison Alden Chief Financial Officer (non-voting)
John Brearley
Alex Cox Chair of Endowment Trust
Alan Hardie CEO/Accounting Officer (non-voting)
John Marshall

Disbanded in May 2020

Richard Bishopp Chair
Natalie Fountain
Alan Hardie CEO
Marc Kelly
John Marshall

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

John Marshall Trustee (Chair)
Richard Bishopp Trustee
Dave Cookson  Commissioner for Secondary Education, Northumberland County Council
Alan Hardie Trustee and CEO
Jeff Hope Trustee
Mina Munns Trustee
Stephen Purvis Trustee
Paul Rickeard Director of Education, Newcastle Diocese
Rachel Mays Trustee

The Trustees agreed to form Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) for Bishop’s Primary School and Castle School.  What this means is that Bishop’s and Castle Schools each have a governing body which focuses on the individual school.  The LGBs are accountable for their decisions to the Trust Board.  The first meetings of the LGBs took place in the spring term 2020.

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.