The role of the Local Governing Body (LGB) is determined by the Scheme of Delegation and is set out in the Governance Handbook. Link Governors have specific responsibilities for different areas of work within the schools and they:
- Liaise with the appropriate member(s) of staff
- Visit the school with the purpose of gathering information concerning their area of responsibility and to increase their knowledge of the School
- Regularly report to the Local Governing Body, the Link Trustee or, whichever the LGB deems most appropriate, on developments/Progress within their area of responsibility
- Raise the profile of the area of responsibility when related matters are considered by the LGB
- Attend training as appropriate
- Monitor the work of the school via action plans and evaluations and
- Any items which individual governing bodies may wish to include
The ESPRIT Multi Academy Trust Local Governing Board consists of the following Governors
Alison Moore – Chair of Local Governing Body
Michelle Chadwick – Trustee and Vice Chair of Local Governing Body
Local Governing Body
Chair of Local Governing Body
Alison is in her third year of being a Governor having joined the Local Governing Body in 2015. When she started she was link governor for Safeguarding, Child Protection and Children in Care for Northwood Broom and Hamilton Infants. Alison became the Chair of Governors as the schools converted to the ESRPIT MAT and welcomed Grove Junior School to our family; Alison is also now the link governor for Teaching and Learning. Alison’s background has always been working with children and young people (Young Carers, The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust and Children Centres) and she currently works within the Education and Skills Team at the City Council, and work with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). These roles have enabled Alison to gain significant experience of managing large numbers of multi-disciplinary staff across various sites, and she believes that her knowledge of Business, Finance, HR, Education and Safeguarding can contribute to our fantastic ESPRIT Multi Academy Trust. Being the Chair of Governors means that Alison meets each Academy Principal at least twice every half term to discuss all matters relating to the schools, and as link governor for teaching and learning she comes into each school each half term to carry out a learning walk, review the teaching and learning plans and look at the progress our children are making. Alison is married, lives locally and likes to garden – She’s also just taken on an allotment. She became a governor because she is passionate that the children within our local communities get the best possible start in life through a great education in a happy, caring and safe environment. Alison’s ambition for this year is to ensure increased accessibility and visibility of governors to children and parents; so look out for them!
Vice Chair of Local Governing Body and Trustee
Michelle has previous experience as Chair of Governors at Grove Junior School - completing EHT's annual appraisal, annual review of staffing structures and Safeguarding lead. As Chair of Governors, she provided support to other Governors and new Governors via skills analysis to identify gaps in skills. Michelle joined the Trust in 2017 and is the Deputy Chair for the ESPRIT Local Governing Body supporting safeguarding. Michelle manages the Police Boxing Club and has raised approximately £300,000. As a PCSO she successfully works collaboratively with a number of stakeholders, completing risk assessments as part of her daily routine and analysis of crime statistics. Having spent several years as a Governor, Michelle felt taking the next step to become a Trustee would allow her to help ensure the children within the local community receive the best education and support network they possibly can.
Dionne first became a Governor when her eldest daughter attended Hamilton Academy back in 2010 and has had the privilege of working with children, staff and fellow Governors throughout this time on our journey to outstanding. Dionne is a link Governor for Teaching and Learning and Inclusion and therefore visits the Academies on a regular basis. Dionne is a mum of three girls, each of whom she is incredibly proud of. Her eldest daughter attends secondary school, her middle daughter attends Grove Academy and her youngest daughter attends Hamilton Academy. They are each very different in their personalities, interests and aspirations but all equally as special. Dionne has worked as a teacher within our city since 2002 these roles have included working as a class teacher across the whole of the primary age range from nursery to Year 6, Nurture class teacher, EAL teacher and inclusion teacher. This experience has allowed her to gain an understanding of how to enable better life changes and improve outcomes for children. It is Dionne's belief that our children learn to be kind and caring individuals with high aspirations and a confidence which allows them all to shine. She feels privileged to be part of our community academies, making a difference and spreading a little MAGIC.
Academy Principal – Northwood Broom Academy
Shirley has worked in education all her life, in a variety of roles. She taught for 6 years before becoming a Literacy Consultant for the Local Authority. This was a dream role for her, as English has always been her passion, and it was a real privilege to work with a wide range of schools, which gave her a real insight into school improvement. This role later developed into a Primary Strategy Consultant, where Shirley worked more broadly. Both roles involved her writing and delivering CPD, working with and challenging Senior leaders, analysing data, plus supporting schools through modelling best practice. Shirley then went back into school as a Deputy Headteacher and a few years later became Head of School. During these roles, she has gained experience of HR, Safeguarding, strategic planning and the leadership and management of a staff team. When Shirley returned to work in a school, after working for the Local Authority for 12 years, she was shocked to see how much more disadvantaged the lives of some pupils had become. On a daily basis, she sees examples of pupils whose learning suffers because of their deprivation and dysfunctional home-life. Many of these pupils have so little, and it’s so far from what her own children have that she is passionate about improving their lives as much as we can. These improvements can only happen if the strategic leadership and management of the school is strong and being a governor gives her an opportunity to use her skills and experience to ensure that standards, provision and outcomes continue to improve for the children in her care. All children deserve the best start in life and Shirley wants to be a part of making that happen.
Maxine is a parent governor at Hamilton Academy and link Governor for Facilities. As link Governor she has taken an active part in the life of the Academies, visiting the site and office teams as part of her link role. Maxine supported the Site Manager in his first year of employment at the Trust and has been part of a number of interview panels to support the appointment of new staff. Maxine has two children, one who attends Hamilton and the other Excel Academy and has 11 years experience working within a school environment as both a finance assistant and a school secretary.
Academy Principal – Hamilton Academy
Yvonne qualified as a teacher specialising in Early Years in 2002. She taught in both Nursery and Reception for 8 years, six of which as the Early Years lead in the school. During this time, Yvonne became an Early Years moderator and a lead teacher for phonics. Both of these roles gave her an insight in supporting and helping to develop others in their roles. In April 2010 she became an Early Years consultant for the Local Authority. This involved supporting teachers and private nursery providers in improving practice including delivering CPD for Early Years practitioners and supporting the delivery of phonics training. During this time, she really missed the children, so in September 2011 Yvonne went back into school as an Assistant Headteacher with the responsibility for leading Early years and Key Stage 1. Yvonne's teaching was then based in Year 1 and 2. In 2014 she became a Deputy Headteacher and 2017 became a Head of School. During her more senior leadership roles she has gained experience of HR, safeguarding, strategic planning and the coaching, leadership and management of a staff team. During my time as an Early Years consultant she really missed working with the children. Yvonne missed the pride, joy and happiness feeling she had when she was surrounded by children in the classroom, knowing she was making a difference to them. Going back into school gave Yvonne the opportunity to make sure there were no hidden children in the class and made her strive to ensure every child reached their potential through exciting experiences. Now that she is Academy Principal and a governor it ensures that this is not just in one class but across the school. She can use her passion and drive to ensure provision, standards and outcomes improve for all children in our care. No child will be invisible.
After Katie graduated from Staffordshire University in 1996 with a BA Honours degree in Geography, she started teaching in Stoke on Trent and later moved to the West Midlands where she taught in a large 11-18 school in West Bromwich. Katie moved to Birches Head Academy as an Assistant Headteacher; was promoted to Deputy Headteacher and in 2018 was successfully appointed to Headteacher. Katie provides a strong link to secondary education.
Verity is a fully qualified teacher of the Royal Academy Of Dance and the Imperial Society Of Teachers Of Dancing. She has been teaching dance for 18 years from 6 months of age up to adults and is also a qualified aerobics, gym and spin instructor and hold a first aid certificate. Verity’s role as a dance teacher sees her entering students for exams, choreographing for shows and festivals, teaching workshops and chaperoning at events. Verity is part of the parent forum at Northwood Broom Academy and helps to run The Early Words Together Scheme. More recently she became a member of the parent forum at Grove Junior Academy where her daughter attends. Verity joined the Local Governing Body In 2018 as Parent Governor and isthe Link Governor for Sports Premium. Verity is married with one child and owns a lethargic, sleepy but handsome cat. Verity believes it is a privilege to be able to teach children, to see them learn and grow. She feels very passionate about sport, art, music, reading and writing and thinks it is important that all children are given an equal opportunity to express themselves. Verity loves to help and support others whenever she can and pass on any knowledge and ideas.