Thorp Academy

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Academy Council

Thorp Academy Council

The Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust (NET). Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of NET (NET governance details and scheme of delegation can be found by clicking here but some of the work of the Board is delegated to the Academy Council (the Governors of the Academy).

Some Governors are appointed by the Trust whilst others are elected by parents or carers of students at the Academy or by staff.

Each academy, or a group of academies across a close geographical area, has local governance arrangements in the form of an Academy Council. The Academy Council is a sub-committee of the Board. The role of the AC is to carry the Trust's vision, values, policies and priorities forward, provide internal assurance and, in addition, to develop the local community and employer links.

The Academy Council is made up of governors who are expected to question, challenge and support the academy's leadership.

Each of the above bodies have detailed Terms of Reference which set out their roles and responsibilities and function. The authority of each group is controlled by the Board via the Scheme of Delegation.

The role of the Northern Education Trust Board of Directors/Trustees

The role of the Trustees mainly involves strategic oversight across the Trust, governance, contractual relationships with third parties and setting the Trust's vision and policies.

The Trustees are responsible for:

  • Compliance with all statutory regulations and Acts of Parliament governing the operation of the academy, including health and safety.
  • Compliance with the provisions of the Funding Agreements.
  • Compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook.
  • Setting the risk management strategy, reviewing the strategic risk profile, considering strategic risks in the context of future Trust planning and decision making and reviewing the effectiveness of the risk management arrangements.

The Trustees delegate responsibility to the Chief Executive Officer for:

  • Appointment of the Principal at an academy.
  • The determination of the extent of the services provided to the academy by the Trust and how the costs should be allocated.
  • Determination of the educational targets of the academy.
  • Determining any additional financial and reporting targets for the academy.
  • Determination of any statutory policies and procedures for the academy and other policies and procedures as the Trustees deem necessary to fulfil their responsibilities.
  • Identifying resources to effectively and efficiently implement the risk management strategy.
  • Reporting regularly to the Trust Board on the performance of its academies and conduct the performance management of the Principals.

Seven Principles of Public Life

The Board and Academy Councils and their members will, at all times, uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life, known as the Nolan Principles. They are:

  • Selflessness Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.
  • Integrity Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.
  • Objectivity In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.
  • Accountability Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
  • Openness Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands it.
  • Honesty Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.
  • Leadership Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

Thorp Academy Council Membership

Chair & Vice Chair

Name Position
Mrs Julie Kelly Chair of Thorp Academy Council, Sponsor Governor
Mr Ian Scott Vice Chair of Thorp Academy Council, Parent Governor

Sponsor Governors

Mr Charles Thoburn Sponsor Governor
Mr Danny Meek Sponsor Governor
Mr Chris Stevenson Sponsor Governor
Mrs Janice Gibson Sponsor Governor
Mrs Tracey Barker Sponsor Governor
Mrs Avril Armstrong Sponsor Governor

Staff Governors

Mr Robert Tarn Chief Executive Officer - By virtue of position
Mr Andrew Jordon Executive Principal - By virtue of position
Mrs Karen Hailes Principal - By virtue of position
Mrs Marie Nesbitt Teaching Staff Governor
Mrs Gill Grant Support Staff Governor
Mr Jim Gaff Northern Education Trust Governor

Clerk to the Academy Council (non-voting)

Mrs Deborah Park Clerk to the Academy Council

Any correspondence for the Chair of the Academy Council should be addressed to: Mrs J Kelly c/o Thorp Academy, Main Road, Ryton, Tyne & Wear. NE40 3AH

Competency Framework for Governance

Northern Education Trust Governance

Articles of Association

Governor attendance and schedule of meetings 2015-2016

Governor attendance and schedule of meetings 2016-2017

Scheme of Delegation - Updated February 2019

Academy Council Terms of Reference

Academy Council Meeting Schedule and Training record

To see funding agreements and annual reports please see the Northern Education Trust website

Declared Interests of Academy Council Members

Mrs Bailey is also a Governor at Parkhead Primary School

Miss Armstrong is also a Governor at Emmaville Primary School

Mr Andrew Jordon is also a member of the Academy Council for:- Dyke House College and Manor Academy as Executive Principal. Mr Jordon is also a Governor of University Technical College South Durham.

Mr Rob Tarn is also a member of the Academy Council for all Northern Education Trust academies by virtue of his position as Chief Executive Officer as per the scheme of delegation.

Declarations of Business Interests

Andy Sutton

Avril Armstrong

Andrew Jordan

Charles Thoburn

Chris Stevenson

Danny Meek

Marie Nesbitt

Daniel Tucker

G Wright

Janice Gibson

Ian Scott

Joanna Macaulay

Julie Kelly

Karen Hailes

Rob Tarn

Tracey Barker

Pete Fox

Jim Gaff