Hello - my name is Pat Jackson and as Chair of the local governing body I would like to welcome you to the Governance page of the Discovery Academy, where you can find out more about the important role that governance plays in the operation of the academy
The Discovery Academy is one of several schools who are part of a Multi Academy Trust called the College Academies Trust, (CAT) sponsored by Stoke on Trent College. The CAT was created to establish a network of schools in the City of Stoke-on-Trent that provide excellent academic tuition and outstanding vocational experiences for young people. As a sponsor, Stoke-on-Trent College has a large degree of control in setting and implementing the strategic vision and the school improvement plan for the academy schools in the Trust.
The CAT holds ultimate responsibility for all statutory obligations, accountability and decisions regarding the running of each individual academy in the Trust. However, the CAT delegates some of the operational decisions to local governing bodies (LGBs) to enable a more localised and focused control, though it retains legal responsibility for standards across all academies in the multi academy trust. It gives due regard to any recommendations and guidance received from the LGBs and recognises their valuable contribution. Further information on the CAT can be found at the following link: www.academiestrust.co.uk
What does the Local Governing Body do?
Although the LGBs are constituted in an advisory capacity to the College Academies Trust Board of Directors, they play a vital and fundamental role of raising attainment and achievement in each academy through:
- Monitoring the academic performance of the academy – including critical and detailed analysis of data. Questioning and challenge are crucial to ongoing improvements
- Holding managers to account
- Supporting academy students and staff
How often does the Local Governing Body meet?
The local governing body generally meets five times per academic year to monitor the academy’s performance. A small number of additional meetings may also be held to review specific areas in the academy, if required.
Interested in becoming a Governor at the Discovery Academy?
The Academy is keen to involve people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. We strive to have a diverse and representative local governing body, working together to make a real difference to the learning experiences and opportunities available to our learners. If you would like more information on becoming a governor at the Discovery Academy please contact the Clerk to the local governing body, Maxine Bagshaw in the first instance on mobile no: 07912 218771 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Governor positions are voluntary and no remuneration is paid. Reasonable travel expenses can be reimbursed.