Governance

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • 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 effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility School Governance Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between one and four schools.  St Andrew’s CE Primary School has a Governance Board which is unique to it.  The functions delegated to the Governance Board or to the Headteacher can be seen on the Scheme of Delegation in the Downloads section below.

The key principle is that the two Boards and Executive Leaders will each support different aspects of governance so that the overall responsibilities of the Vine Schools Trust Board are all covered effectively. The structure is set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

Full NamePositionNature of Interest/position or relationship e.g. directorship, shareholder, trustee, husband/wife etcCompany Directorships and Charitable trusteeships details of all companies and charitiesMembership of professional bodiesAny other conflictDate
Catherine ShergoldChair – Vine Trust AppointmentNoneNoneNoneNone17/10/2023
Louise Gurney Member – Vine Trust AppointmentNoneNoneNoneNone30/10/2023
Carole Theobald Member – Vine Trust AppointmentNoneNoneNoneNone08/02/2024
Antony Jopen Member – Vine Trust Appointment NoneNoneNoneNone05/04/2024
Emma Flin Member / HeadteacherNoneNoneNoneNone01/11/2023
Sarah HoughtonMember / Deputy HeadteacherNoneNooneNoneNone16/11/2023