Governance

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Board’s work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

Tosca Boothman (Trust Appointed)

Tosca Boothman has worked across schools in Southend, Essex and Hertfordshire providing independent advice and support. She has been a Governor for 13 years at a large Infants School (which acquired academy status in August 2011), four of which were as Chair of Governors. She has a wealth of experience serving on several IEBs across Essex. Vice Chair of Essex School Governors’ Association and a member of the South Essex Children’s Partnership Board. Director/Trustee of an Academy Trust since its inception in 2014. The MAT is currently responsible for four primary schools in Mid/South Essex.

Sarah Lane Cawte

Sarah relocated to Burnham-on-Crouch in 2017, from Wiltshire, where she served as a Local Authority Governor of a community primary school for 7 years. At the beginning of her career she taught in both secondary and primary schools, but then moved into the charity sector, currently working as Education Officer for the Free Churches Group. Much of Sarah’s current work involves engaging with Government policy in education, and she is an active member of the Department for Education’s Faith Providers Group, and of the Religious Education Council for England and Wales, for which she chairs the Governance Committee. She has a particular interest in Religious Education and Collective Worship, and is a member of Essex SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education), having been Chair of Swindon SACRE for a number of years.

Rev. Peter Begley (Trust Appointed)

‘After working for 20 years in London developing Apprenticeship programmes across the UK in different areas of finance such as Banking, Insurance, Accountancy and Investments, I received a call to ministry. I studied a degree in Theology with St. Mellitus College and then served a four year Curacy in Leigh on Sea. During my time in Leigh on Sea, I also studied an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission. Education is close to my heart and I believe is transformational, so I am keen to work in this role within school and communities.’

Paul Hughes (Trust Appointed)

Ruth Everett (Trust Appointed)

Governor’s Attendance

2017-18 Governor Attendance (Executive Board)