Meet Our Governors
In accordance with the Kite Academy Trust's governance structure as defined in its Articles of Association, Sandringham Infant & Nursery Academy has a local advisory body, known as an Academy Council. The Academy Council is formed of Governors who volunteer their time to ensure the very best outcomes for all children at the academy and bring a breadth of experience and skills.
An Academy Council is constituted as follows:
1 Academy Head
1 Staff Governor
2 Parent Governors
4 Local Community Governors
The Academy Head is automatically a Governor by virtue of their position. Two Parent Governors are elected by parents of the academy and the Staff Governor is elected by employees of the academy. Local Community Governors are co-opted as necessary to provide the skills and experience needed by the Academy Council. In addition, the Academy Council may appoint other persons as Associate Academy Council Members to address any specifically identified skill gaps or to support any particular challenges that they may be facing. With the exception of the Academy Head, Governors serve a four year term and are eligible for re-appointment (subject to an election where necessary for Staff and Parent Governors). The positions of Chair and Vice-Chair are elected, and Portfolio Holders nominated, by the Governors on an annual basis.
The Academy Council meets a minimum of four times during the academic year. The primary purpose of the meetings is to review and discuss the Portfolio Monitoring Reports, identify any areas of risk to be reported to the Trust Board, and consider the medium and long-term strategic development of the academy.
The role of the Academy Council is:
• To ensure that the academy provides the highest possible level of education for all children;
• To ensure the safety and welfare of children and staff;
• To both support and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Academy Head;
• To ensure that the leadership of the academy have high expectations for all children, including those with special needs;
• To ensure the curriculum is ambitious with appropriate breadth for all children in the academy;
• To ensure the Academy Improvement Plan delivers improvement;
• To ensure risk is both managed and reported to the Trust Board;
• To monitor the operation of the academy and to challenge constructively as needed
• To ensure that the academy has effective and appropriate systems and procedures in place;
• To monitor the designated Portfolios and review, discuss and report the findings
• To be accountable to stakeholders (Board of Trustees, parents, pupils, staff and local community)
Governors work in collaboration with the Academy Head and staff to monitor five specific areas (Portfolios) of the academy - Safeguarding, Achievement, Curriculum, Community and Finance. The responsibility for monitoring each Portfolio is allocated to one Governor and, through agreed monitoring activities, the Portfolio Holder gains evidence at first hand of what happens in that area of the academy. Monitoring mainly involves talking to children and staff, visiting classrooms to see learning in action, and examining children’s work books and other documentary material. Governors also take the opportunity to talk with families at Parents’ Evenings. The current COVID-19 restrictions mean that Governors are not able to visit the academy during the school day, however they continue to monitor by remote means (email, phone, virtual meetings).
Across the Trust, Academy Council Governors are invited to represent Portfolio Holders at Trust Board Committee meetings and work in collaboration with other Academy Councils to support the improvement, development and success of each academy in the Kite Academy Trust. Training opportunities for Governors are provided by the Kite Academy Trust.
For statutory Governor information and meeting attendance for the 2019-2020 academic year, please click here.
For information regarding the governance structure of the Kite Academy Trust, please click here.
Minutes of Academy Council meetings are available on request. Please contact the Academy Head in the first instance.
For any other information, or if you would be interested in becoming a Governor, please contact email@example.com
Our Academy Council Governors:
Karen Findlay (Interim Chair)
Karen joined the Academy Council in June 2020. She lives locally and has 3 children who all had a fantastic start to their education at Sandringham. Karen is a Management Consultant within the consumer goods industry and has been involved in school governance for 15 years (many of those years at Sandringham when her children were younger). Karen is also a Trustee of the Kite Academy Trust.
Shane Barclay (Vice Chair)
FINANCE PORTFOLIO HOLDER
COMMUNITY PORTFOLIO HOLDER
Alison has been with Sandringham since 1999 and is currently the Otters Class Teacher in Year One. She lives locally and has two children who were educated at Sandringham. Alison has been a Governor since 2008. During Alison’s time at Sandringham she has been involved with the building of the two lodges, the library, the acquisition of Little Badgers Nursery and the conversion to an Academy.
CURRICULUM PORTFOLIO HOLDER
Chris lives locally and has two children. The eldest is at Sandringham and the other at Little Badgers Nursery.
SAFEGUARDING PORTFOLIO HOLDER
Balraj joined as a governor in Summer 2019. She lives locally, has two daughters, one of whom completed her education with Sandringham in July 2020 and the other started reception in September 2020. She has worked in the Energy business for ten years.
ACHIEVEMENT PORTFOLIO HOLDER
Keith joined the Academy Council in March 2020. He lives locally with his wife and two children, the eldest of whom completed his education with Sandringham in July 2020. Keith has over 17 years experience working in Change Delivery for a major Energy Supplier.
Gina has been on the Senior Management Team since joining Sandringham in 2005. Gina was appointed Deputy Head in 2012 and currently teachers in Year Two.