Hogsthorpe Primary Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Helena BrothwellTrust Senior Link
Ellis JacklinDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
Ellis was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 7 January 2016 and is currently serving his third term of office as Chair after being re-elected by his fellow governors. He became a governor as he wanted to gain more understanding on how Governance worked 'behind the scenes' in schools. Ellis is also a Trustee of a local Multi Academy Trust and was previously a governor at his children's school. At Hogsthorpe, he has been assigned the link responsibility for Safeguarding. Ellis has worked in Education for over 9 years after starting an IT career from the age of 18 as an IT Operator. He has worked as a Senior Engineer, Systems Development Lead, Regional IT Manager and his current position is Head of IT & Data for a large Multi Academy Trust. Ellis is proud of managing a team of Central Data and IT professionals delivering an outstanding service to 34 Academies right across the country. The team ethic that has been built is solid and he is immensely proud to lead them. Ellis enjoys visiting local beaches and walking with his family.
Claire MainwaringDRET Appointed Governor
Claire was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 18 March 2021. She has been working in schools for a number of years, both within Lincolnshire and out of Lincolnshire. Claire is a governor at two other primary schools and enjoys the idea of helping schools to achieve the best for their students. She is an experienced teacher at a large Secondary school in Lincolnshire and has a very good understanding of the current educational situation. Claire is studying towards her Masters in Education. Due to her experience she will be able to act as the Critical Friend, challenge and support the academy. Claire has two daughters at home and so much of her time, while not working or being a governor, is spent with them and their out of school activities. She is involved in many community groups linked to her daughters' activities.
Allison starting working for the Trust in 2021. She is currently the Senior Administrator at Hogsthorpe Primary Academy and started clerking in April 2022. She was originally from London where she worked mainly in leisure, hospitality and also the education sector in both state and independent schools. She is a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language and also a qualified reflexologist, giving treatments in her spare time. Allison enjoys dog walking, darts, baking, crafting and spending time with her partner, friends and family.
Danielle StoreyStaff Governor
Danielle was appointed a Staff Governor on 5 October 2012. She decided to become a governor to share her passion for the academy with others, and to work alongside like-minded individuals who are striving to improve the education and nurturing environment of the academy. Danielle is the Assistant Principal at the academy. She has a deep understanding of the academy, its demographics and the needs of their children, which she hopes is conveyed at every meeting. Danielle's interests include Reading, walking and camping.
Shane AshfordAppointed Governor
Shane was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 12 May 2022. He wanted to become a governor to help to improve the life chances for all children. He has over 10 years' experience serving as governor and is currently Vice Chair at a local Secondary Academy within the Trust. He brings a good level of challenge to the ASC. He brings a good level of challenge to the ASC. Shane was formally a Retail Store Manager for a National Health, Beauty and Home Retailer but is now working for a local Food Production Company which has given him a view of the opportunities in different sectors.Â He has knowledge of the workplace in both a management and non-management capacity. His interests and passions include spending time with his family and Ten Pin Bowling.
Helen CurtisParent Governor
Helen was appointed a Parent Governor on 2 December 2021. She has three daughters who attend the academy. Helen was a Probation Officer for nearly 20 years and has worked with a wide variety of people in various settings. This work has given her a great insight into how the foundations of education can have so much impact on how a person develops in later life. In addition, Helen has a wide variety of knowledge around safeguarding issues which she can bring to the governor role. She is aware of how important the academy can be in supporting families with these issues. She also has a great deal of experience in writing reports, carrying out risk assessments and giving recommendations for improvement. Her first and most important passion is her family. They love to take their dogs walking on the beach. Helen also loves to cook and grows her own vegetables.
May PattinsonAppointed Governor
May was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 12 May 2022. She is also currently serving as a Staff Governor at Charles Read Academy. May has first-hand experience teaching in schools since 2017- in a variety of contexts (majority EAL for example), in different NC subjects, in range of years (Year 1- Year 8), with a range of abilities (GaT, SEN, EHCP) and Ofsted ratings (Requires Improvement to Outstanding)- so she appreciates the challenges in overseeing curriculums and educational performances governors face, but is keen to work positively, collaboratively and critically to provide opportunities for a balanced education for the students to prepare them for the next phase of their learning.Â May enjoys baking, reading, and going on family walks with the dogs.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding - Ellis Jacklin
Contacting a Governor
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Scheme of Delegation
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Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.
Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?
We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.
If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What skills, experience and commitment are required?
Governors attend six Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings a year (this may vary slightly depending on the academy) and are asked to support and enrich the academy in a range of other ways including:
- Undertaking school visits outside Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings.
- Taking on a ‘link’ governor role, liaising with academy staff and other governors on areas such as safeguarding, special educational needs and other academy priority areas.
- Sitting on panels related to the school, eg, appeals, complaints, exclusions.
- Participating in the Trust’s governor training and development programme.
We are looking for local people who would be committed to supporting the Trust’s goals. You need time, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to support these academies to be the best they can for their communities. A programme of induction, training and support is provided and expenses are covered. The Academy Scrutiny Committee role outline can be found here.
How does governance work at DRET?
At DRET, the Academy Scrutiny Committee provides support and challenge to the Principal in ensuring every child makes good or better progress and that the Academy is achieving targets and continually improving. To maximise the ability of the local governors to focus on this key area the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to set strategy or policy, manage financial resources, staff performance and pay, Health and Safety or many of the other areas traditionally associated with a maintained school governing body as these issues are dealt with at Trust level. This means that governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – pupil progress, school outcomes and aspirations.
The Academy Scrutiny Committee consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, academy staff, Trust staff and Diocesan members. Each Academy Scrutiny Committee normally consists of 11-15 governors creating a balanced group of experience, skills and connections to support the academy in achieving exceptional performance.
In summary, the key responsibilities of the Academy Scrutiny Committee are:
- Understanding and promoting the Trust’s and the Academy’s vision and ethos.
- Scrutiny and challenge of achievement of targets, school improvement and pupil outcomes. Escalation of any concerns to the Trustees via the Executive.
- Supporting and facilitating parental and community engagement.
The difference between a DRET Academy Scrutiny Committees and a traditional school Governing Body
By comparison to a traditional school Governing Body:
- The Academy Scrutiny Committee’s role is not to “manage” the Academy. This is done through the Trust’s executive management structure (ie Principal, Regional Directors, Executive Management Team) and the Trust Board. Therefore, the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to take decisions on staff or financial matters affecting the Academy. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee Member you should have an understanding of strategic issues that impact on the Academy, and be updated on them regularly by the Principal, but you are not required to have direct responsibility for them. Instead the Academy Scrutiny Committee should be in a position to assess the impact of the Academy locally; how it is contributing to the local community, how it is relating to local families and how it understands local issues.
- As the Executive Management and Trust Board takes responsibility for setting educational standards, legal compliance and financial viability, the Academy Scrutiny Committee then has the time to scrutinise and challenge achievement of targets and school improvement, investigate the standards on the ground, to see how they are working, and explore how the Trust ethos is being understood and expressed in the way the Academy operates. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee member, your view as a parent, member of staff or as part of the community is vital in this discussion.