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Local Governing Board and Regional Hub Board

Each of our academies are governed at a local level either by their own Local Governing Board (LGB), or by a Regional Hub Board (RHB).  RHBs govern a number of academies within a geographical footprint. 

Our RHBs and LGBs have extensive powers of delegation.  We aim to develop strong, accountable governing bodies made up of highly skilled, well-informed, well-trained governors to ensure that our schools meet the needs of their pupils and wider community, and that leaders receive strong support and challenge to help them continuously improve.

We are very fortunate to have a wide range of knowledge and expertise within our governing bodies and a group of people who are passionate about serving their community as well as strengthening and supporting their schools.

Ali Brabner is Chair of Manshead C of E Academy.

Joan Bailey, CBE is Chair of the our Eastern RHB (Roxton, Caldecote and Churchfield Academies). 

Sue Howley, MBE is Chair of Our Western RHB (Totternhoe, Kensworth and Thomas Whitehead Academies).

In line with the Trust’s published scheme of delegation each Local Governing Board or Regional Hub Board will work to:

  • Make recommendations to the DSAMAT Board about the development of provision at a local level.
  • Provide effective oversight for each of the DSAMAT academies for which it is responsible.
  • Provide direct governance, oversight, support and challenge to the academy and its headteacher.
  • Ensure effective safeguarding.
  • Ensure compliance with all governance responsibilities.
  • Support academies in a way that ensures improvement and promotes high standards of educational achievement with the context of the Trust’s Christian ethos
  • Support the DSAMAT Board in the execution of its duties

Strong governance is critical to the ongoing development of our academies.  We are always keen to hear from people who have the commitment and drive to help our academies develop and deliver their strategic visions.  If you are supportive of our vision and culture, and want to explore governance with us, we are keen to hear from you.

What does a DSAMAT Academy Governor do?

Governors are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day work of the academy – it’s strategy, vision and values, policies, budgeting and staffing.  Governors work with the headteacher and staff to ensure that the academy provides excellent education to children and runs as effectively as possible.  They play a vital role in maintaining the ethos and culture of the academy, and ensuring that these reflect the values of the Trust and the Church of England.  Governors also keep the Trust Board in touch with the academy’s successes and challenges.

Our governors are asked to commit to attending governing body meetings (about two a term) which consider issues such as setting the academy vision, financial planning and scrutinising educational outcomes.  They are also involved in the academy community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and staff, and keeping in touch with parents’ views.

Governors bring a wide range of skills, expertise and experience to the governing body.  Governors do not have to have experience in education. People with knowledge of business, the law, premises management or human resources, for example, can help transform the running of an academy and use their experience to develop academy leadership.  Equally, those with a previous experience of governance or education can help bring new approaches and perspectives to a governing board.  What is important is a governor’s dedication to working as part of a team to make an academy a great place where staff enjoy their work and children learn and progress to be the best that they can.

We are keen to identify people with the skills, time, commitment and energy to join our governing bodies.  The Trust will provide support and development to all new governors.