Welcome to Camborne Science and International Academy’s Governance

The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Roger Penwarden. Roger brings to this role the benefit of a lifetime in business, together with thirty years of experience working with young people in the Air Cadet Organisation. The task of the Governing Body is to work as part of the whole school team, often acting as a ‘Critical Friend’ to ensure that every new student joining us will benefit from the best possible experience throughout their student life here. At whatever point each student finally leaves us, we endeavour to ensure that they have been able to make the most of every opportunity available to them and take with them a broad experience and the highest level of formal qualifications they could possibly hope to achieve. The Governing Body is a three-tiered structure, made up of Members, Trustees and Governors (Local Governing Board). There will be a maximum of 5 Members, a maximum of 7 Trustees and up to 12 Governors. Our Trustees and Governors come from many different walks of life bringing their individual skills and experience to assist the school in achieving its aims and objectives, ensuring the very best education is available to students in our Academy family. We were delighted with our last Ofsted inspection report which supports the views held by the team in that we have a wonderful community feel to our establishment, culminating in excellent opportunities for our young people to flourish.

Our motto, ‘Learning to be Extraordinary’ is truly fulfilled in all that we do here.

The role of our Trustees & Governors

Through their representation of the wider school community (this includes the parents, school staff and other members of that community), Trustees & Governors help the school improve and provide the best possible education for the pupils. They will have many skills and qualities including:

  • An ability to respect confidentiality.
  • An interest in education.
  • Communication skills.
  • An ability to absorb information.
  • Tact and diplomacy.
  • An ability to work as part of a team.
  • A commitment to equal opportunities.
  • An open mind.
  • A willingness to undertake training.

What Trustees Do

Governing bodies are expected to play three key roles – they provide a strategic overview, they act as a critical friend to the school and they ensure accountability. By working strategically, the governing body helps to provide the best possible education for the pupils of the school. Through working as a corporate body with a clearly defined division of responsibilities between the head teacher and the governors, the governing body:

  • Helps to set standards and targets for performance for the school.
  • Has an overview of the curriculum.
  • Helps to set policies for itself and the school.
  • Delivers effective planning including planning the delivery of financial, personnel and post-inspection duties.

By being a critical friend, the governing body establishes an effective working relationship with the headteacher through having a clear division of duties delivered through effective meetings. This will help the governing body to:

  • Know the school
  • Have an effective scheme of delegation between the governing body and the headteacher and the governing body and its committees.
  • Monitor and evaluate attainment, achievement and the delivery of policies and plans.

To ensure accountability, the governing body will receive regular reports from the head teacher and will provide information to the Children’s Services Authority (CSA), Educational Funding Agency (EFA) and the parents on a regular basis by:

  • Publishing a school profile.
  • Publishing a school prospectus.
  • Producing a post-inspection action plan.
  • Publishing annual audited accounts.

A Trustee’s Commitment

Trustees are expected to:

  • Support the aims and objectives of the school and promote the interests of the school and its pupils within the local community.
  • Attend meetings of the local governing body and its committees. The Trustees may meet twice every term and its committees may meet once or twice every term, and the Local Governing Board may meet once or twice a term.
  • Attend the school on a regular basis through a planned programme of visits.
  • Recognise that they and the governing body are accountable for their actions.
  • Act as a member of the governing body and not as an individual with personal interests.
  • Keep informed about developments within the school.
  • Attend training to increase knowledge, skills and ability to deliver their duties and responsibilities.

What help is available to Trustees & Governors?

  • The head teacher and colleagues on the governing body are best placed to support fellow Trustees & Governors and provide them with essential information about the school and the governing body’s role within the school. This should include:
  • The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) Guide to the Law.
  • Details of the school, its staff and its recent performance and assessment information.
  • Details of the governing body including minutes, dates of meetings, committee structure and terms of reference.
  • The most recent school profile (annual parents report for maintained nursery schools only), school development plan, Ofsted inspection report and school prospectus.
  • Details of training opportunities.

How to become a Trustee and/or Governor.

  • All Trustees, with the exception of the Principal whose office will stand for the duration of their employment as Principal, have a term of office of four years. Subject to remaining eligible any Trustee may be re-appointed or re-elected. Members are appointed by existing Members from within the Governing Body.
  • Parent Governors are appointed by election. All parents of pupils registered at the Academy are eligible to stand as a candidate for the position of Parent Governor where a vacancy exists.
  • Staff Governors may be appointed through such processes which the Members determine to be appropriate. Staff Governors are members of the Academy’s staff and will not exceed one third of the total number of Governors.
  • Co-opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Body where a need for particular expertise and skills has been identified (for example relevant experience in finance, business or higher education). They can be co-opted by any Governors who have not themselves been co-opted on to the Board.

Governance Structure

The organisational structure of the Multi Academy Trust consists of three levels: The Members, the Trustees and the Local Governing Board, of which it is the Members’ and Trustees’ responsibility to oversee the organisational aims of the Academy. The Members of the Trust comprise the signatories of the Memorandum (the Founder Members) and any further subscribers to the Memorandum as appointed. The Members meet annually to determine the strategic direction of the Academy and to review progress against its strategic objectives. There are also regular Trustee meetings along with Local Governing Board meetings. The Trustees have a remit for decision making for the Finance, Premises and Audit Scrutiny Committee. The Local Governing Board has the remit for overseeing the Personnel and Curriculum Committee along with the Policy Committee. Trustees are also assigned specific areas of focus aligned to the management of the Multi Academy Trust, or specific teaching department links. The Trustees are also the Directors of the Charitable Company for the purposes of company law and act as the Trustees for its charitable activities.

Governors 2016/17

Name Overall Remit Status
Roger Penwarden (Chair of Trustees) Teaching and Learning Member Trustee
Ian Kenworthy (Staff Governor) Principal Trustee (Ex-Officio)
Andrew Wetherelt (Vice Chairperson) Progress & Attainment, Pupil Premium, VI Form and Nexus Member Trustee
John Weedon Member Trustee
Clare Harvey (Chair of Governors) Behaviour and Attendance Governor
Nicola Burgess (Vice Chair of Governors) Governor
Patricia Knights Staff Governor
Amanda Mugford (Chair of Audit & Scrutiny) Trustee
Charlotte Styles Numeracy & Literacy Governor
Timothy Johns Governor

Policy Committee

The committee consists of at least three governors plus the Vice Principal or Assistant Principal responsible for policies. The purpose of the committee is to ensure that all CSIA policies are reviewed and recommended to the Trustees, in line with statutory requirements, and to review and consider non-statutory policies and recommendations for further policies as deemed necessary.

Audit Scrutiny Committee

The purpose of the Audit Scrutiny Committee is to receive and approve the annual budget, to ensure that the financial governance of the CSIA Trust remains strong, to manage, maintain and recommend improvements in respect of the school premises and grounds and to ensure that adequate audit procedures are adopted and complied with in accordance with both current statutory requirements and best practice. The committee is also responsible for matters relating to health & safety, and reviewing all risks contained within CSIA’s Risk Register (as recommended by the Academies Financial Handbook).

Documents available for inspection

The papers and minutes of the meetings of Camborne Science and International Academy Governing Body and its committees are available to any member of the public wishing to view them. Certain items which are sensitive and are deemed confidential by the Principal/Chair/Vice Chair of Governors are not available. Papers and minutes may be seen during normal school opening hours. Requests for access should be made with the minimum of 7 days’ notice to the Clerk to the Governing Body, Tyra Fox. She may be contacted through the school reception. A record of requests will be maintained, including the name and address of the person seeking the papers/minutes.

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