Governance

Governance

LEAP Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is also (under the terms of the Academies Act 2010) an ‘exempt charity’, i.e., it has charitable status but is exempt from registering with the Charity Commission due to it being accountable to the Department for Education (DfE).

Effective governance is key to our success. Transparent, empowered, assured governance, in keeping with the Trust’s values, is hard-wired into our constitution and in our ways of working.

All Academy Trusts have two layers of governance – Members and Trustees. Some (like LEAP) choose to have a third, i.e., Local Governing Bodies (LGBs).

To view more detailed information about the Trust’s governance model, please click here [add link to LEAP Governance page]

LGBs are delegated responsibility by the Trust Board.   Each LGB is, in effect, a committee of the Trust Board.

Consistent with the Trust Board’s role Trust-wide, LGB’s are responsible for the following core areas in respect of the Academy which they oversee:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction at Academy level and with reference to the Trust
  • Holding the leadership to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils
  • Awareness of finances to ensure that money is spent well and in line with school improvement priorities
  • Engaging with stakeholders

They undertake a vital role in contributing to the work of LEAP Multi-Academy Trust to ensure high standards of achievement and “Achieving Excellence” for all children and young people in education within the Trust’s Academies.

If you wish to know more about becoming a Governor on the Local Governing Body, please contact the Lead Governance Professional via email info@leap-mat.org.uk

Our Governors are:

Sam Brookes

  • Co-opted Governor and Chair
  • Term of office 12.10.20 – 11.10.23
  • Responsibilities: Safeguarding
  • Committees: Pay/CTL/BASW/Parent & Student Voice

As a parent of two children at DHS, I joined the governing body in 2016 intrigued to learn about its role in shaping the future for our students. Being a former teacher, I had experience of governors in interview situations and on school trips, but I’ve discovered there are so many more opportunities for involvement than I’d imagined. I’m privileged to be the link on Safeguarding as I’m passionate about children’s well-being and see first-hand the positive impact the team has on students’ lives. I’m also involved in the voice sessions, making certain the school listens to the views of all its stakeholders to ensure we uphold fairness, honesty and accountability throughout.

Sam Brookes

Michael (Mike) Davidson

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Responsibilities: Attendance
  • Committees: BASW
  • Term of office:10.12.21 – 09.12.24
Michael (Mike) Davidson

Rob Knight

  • Parent Governor
  • Responsibilities: Q of E (Intent, Implementation, Impact) Leadership & Management
  • Committees: Staff Voice/Pay/CTL
  • Term of office:01.02.21 – 31.01.24
Rob Knight

Debbie McShane

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Responsibilities: SEND, Quality of Education, impact (Data)
  • Committees: Chair of the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Committee
  • Term of office:10.12.21 – 09.12.25

I retired in 2020 having been teaching for 32 years. During this time, I had a number of roles and finished my career as a headteacher in a large secondary school in Sheffield. Previously I had worked at Dinnington High School as Associate Principal and when there was a vacancy within the governing body, I felt I would like to support the school with my range of experiences and personal knowledge of the school.

Debbie McShane

Frank McShane

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Responsibilities: Behaviour, Quality of Education, intent and implementation
  • Committees: Vice Chair and Chair of the Behaviour, Attendance, Safeguarding and Well-being Committee
  • Term of office: 07.09.21 – 06.09.24

Having been a teacher for 35 years I retired in 2018 and after a short break decided I wanted to maintain my links with education. I am especially interested in the pastoral area having been a head of year for many years. I had links to Dinnington High School through a number of staff and when the opportunity arose, I felt this was the perfect role for me to be able to support the school utilising my areas of experience.

Frank McShane

Clare Quigley

  • Staff Governor
  • Responsibilities: Sixth form
  • Committees: CTL
  • Term of office:01.01.21 – 23.12.23

I am an ICT Officer, looking after the IT needs of all staff and students in the Academy. I am part of a Team of six people across the Trust, so while I usually work alone, if there are any jobs that need an extra person I have people I can call on to help.

No two days are ever the same, I can be called upon to do anything from changing a printer cartridge, to troubleshooting a complicated piece of software. My job means I am a frequent visitor to every area of the Academy, and meeting staff and students in every Department.

Clare Quigley

Roy Savory

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Responsibilities: Health & Safety
  • Committees: CTL
  • Term of office:01.09.19 – 31.08.22

Samuel (Sam) Stevens

  • Staff Governor
  • Responsibilities: Personal Development/Careers
  • Committees: CTL
  • Term of office:01.01.21 – 31.12.23
Samuel (Sam) Stevens

Rebecca Staples

  • Ex-officio Governor
  • Date appointed: 01.12.16
Rebecca Staples
Leavers in last 12 months
David Farrah, Co-opted Governor
01.07.21
Carol Morton, Co-opted Governor
31.08.21
Sandra Wingfield, Co-opted Governor
31.08.21
Mark O Donovan
04.10.21
Kerry Whearty
28.10.21
Leavers in last 12 months
David Farrah, Co-opted Governor
01.07.21
Carol Morton, Co-opted Governor
31.08.21
Sandra Wingfield, Co-opted Governor
31.08.21
Mark O Donovan
04.10.21
Kerry Whearty
28.10.21

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