Bridge Schools Trust has three tiers of governance.
The Members and the Board of Trustees are required by the Article of Association.
The Members guard the values and ethos of the Trust; and monitor the activities of the Trust to ensure it is providing best value for children, parents, and the wider community.
The Trustees set the strategic direction for the Trust; hold the Trust to account for the outcomes of children and oversees the work of the executive officers.
The Local Governing Body uses their local knowledge of our school community to constantly reflect on the educational and holistic outcomes for children. In some cases, LGBs support a number of schools. The governors have delegated responsibilities as described in our Governance Scheme of Delegation.
“The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. “ (Governance Handbook, Department for Education (DfE 2017)) School governors support a school to run effectively.
A strong Local Governing Body ensures robust debate, which in turn leads to better educational outcomes for children. At Bridge Schools, we understand the importance of local knowledge of schools in the community, which is why we value LGBs and invest time to support governors in their role.
Our Local Governing Bodies use their local knowledge of our school communities to constantly reflect on the educational and holistic outcomes for children. The governors have delegated responsibilities as described in our Governance Scheme of Delegation.
Governance and Management are two integral parts of Bridge Schools - neither is more important than the other – nor can either exist on its own.
Management are responsible for the day to day running of the schools.
Governance focuses on overseeing how effectively this is carried out and influences areas like strategy and planning, a vision for the future, and any expansion of the Trust.
The majority of our LGBs have responsibility for more than one school. We currently have eight governing bodies across our 14 academies:
If you wish to find out more about local governance or volunteer to become a governor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria has over 15 years of governance experience – Finance & Personnel, wellbeing and safeguarding, standards and curriculum. She is a former Chair of large primary school. Has experience in early years’ development and education, strategic development, planning and management.
Maria has been involved in the development and implementation of strategic partnerships for community and family development programmes, a representative for the community and voluntary sector on the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership in Plymouth. She also has management experience within public, voluntary and private sector.
Sally is Head of Financial Accounting at Plymouth University. She has over 18 years accountancy experience in business and higher education sector. She is a Company Secretary and has governance experience in nursery and primary education. Sally holds professional qualifications to include ACIS, FCCA.
Jane is a Business Relationship Manager for Scomis Devon County Council ICT Support Service Team for Schools. Jane was previously at Cornwall Learning as lead consultant for e-safety, CEOPS Ambassador & SWGfL 360 e-Safety Mark Assessor.
She has a wealth of experience from being Chair of South West Grid for Learning. Jane is qualified to Level 3 Safeguarding and Child Exploitation. She also is a consultant in personnel and staffing structures, disputes and mediation.
Rebecca is a Parish Support and Schools Advisor for Diocese of Truro. She also supports with voluntary sector community development work and holds a degree in law.
Adrian Massey is an experienced leader with 30 years in education, working in 6 different schools in two counties. He has successfully improved 3 Primary Schools as Head Teacher, one small rural school and 2 large urban schools and has experience of leading a school from an Ofsted grade of inadequate, to outstanding in all areas. Also lead last school from requires improvement to an Ofsted grade of good with outstanding features.
Adrian became a DfE recognised sponsor and founded Bridge Multi Academy Trust in 2013 which now has 14 schools, 2 of which are sponsored schools, managing almost 400 staff and over £11m of public funds. Adrian is an Accredited Local Leader of Education and a School improvement consultant. Adrian also worked as an Ofsted Inspector for 6 years.
With 17 years as a management consultant and lead Ofsted inspector Judith also has a wealth of experience in the nuclear industry and science projects in education. She has been involved in the voluntary service principally as a magistrate for 18 years being Chair of the family courts and was a Governor at Musgrove Park Hospital and member of the commissioning board for a new hospital.
National Leader of Education and Executive Headteacher of nationally recognised ‘Outstanding’ Devon School.
Julia has had 20 years’ experience of clerking at both primary and secondary schools and has recently completed the NGA Level 3 Certificate in the Clerking of School and Academy Governing Boards.
A retired business manager with 26 years' experience in IBM, possessing extensive services expertise in complex, high risk contracts, Cheryl has experience of negotiating service levels, resource and contractual terms with executive management. She was responsibility for the risk management process across the IBM services portfolio and development of an integrated governance process with business line executives. Since retirement Cheryl also held position as Vice Chair of Governors of a small rural community school in Cornwall.
Cheryl has experience of leading and motivating large teams of people. She is highly regarded as a mentor of a wide range of professionals and was a secondary school Maths Teacher for a number of years.
Representative for the Diocese of Truro Board of Education (Askel Veur is The Diocese of Truro’s Academies Umbrella Company).
Keith Howdle has enjoyed over 40 years working in education as a teacher and subsequently 5 successful primary headships of schools facing difficulty. Keith has worked across Cornwall and latterly at Sebright in Hackney. He has successfully managed mergers of larger schools into one organisation and worked as an educational consultant to bring about the best outcomes for children.
John has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the university sector. John has overseen large scale acquisitions and mergers between colleges, polytechnics and universities, latterly as Deputy Vice Chancellor of Salford University. John has used his skill in strategic planning and financial planning to ensure the highest performing terms are in place to achieve the best outcomes for students’ futures.
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