Bishop Ramsey converted from a single academy trust to a multi academy trust in July 2016 and changed its name to ‘Bishop Ramsey Church of England Academies Trust’. More details about the conversion along with copies of our governance documents i.e. Funding Agreements and Articles of Association, can be found on the ‘Academy Status’ page of the website (in the ‘About Us’ section) - please click here to open this page in another window.
At present we have one academy in the Trust, Bishop Ramsey, but hope to welcome more schools or academies into our community in the future. We are also working towards opening a new secondary school in the Hillingdon Borough, Bishop Arden Church of England School, following approval by the Department of Education in September 2016 to move to the pre-opening stage. You can keep up to date with developments on this by visiting the Bishop Arden website www.bishopardenschool.org
Structure of Governance in the Trust
The nature of the Trust as a company intending to run multiple academies means there are many governance and management layers. The rules about how any academy trust should be run are set out in a legal document called the Articles of Association, and in a multi academy trust delegation to academies and their local governing bodies within that Trust is set out in a Scheme of Delegation, a document that is prepared and agreed by the Trust Board. However as our Trust has been set up to include many types of academy school, with or without a designated religious character, in terms of the membership of any local governing body (LGB), which forms part of the Scheme, this will vary dependent on the academy or school’s original status and character. Therefore membership of the LGB will be discussed with any school or academy that wishes to join the Trust and agreed subject to the Articles of Association. The Scheme of Delegation gives a fuller outline of the governance structure and details on the roles and responsibilities of those who contribute to the governance of the Academies and the Trust itself. Our Scheme is currently being finalised by the Trust Board and will be published on this page as soon as possible. In the meantime a summary explanation of the governance roles can be found below.
The “Members” of the Trust are equivalent to shareholders of a trading company but as the Trust is charitable with no power to distribute profit to shareholders, the Members are best viewed as guardians of the constitution, changing the Articles if necessary and ensuring the charitable object (as set out in the Articles) is fulfilled. They have a limited governance role and no day to day management responsibilities. The Members are chosen in accordance with the Articles of Association.
The corporate management and both “trustee” and “director” responsibility for the Trust is vested in the “Trustees”, who will be trustees for charity law purposes and company directors registered with Companies House. The Trustees are personally responsible for the actions of the Trust and the Academies and are accountable to the Members, the Secretary of State for Education and the wider community for the quality of the education received by all pupils of the Academies and the expenditure of public money. The Trustees are required as trustees and pursuant to the Funding Agreements to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of the quality, safety and good practice of the affairs of the Trust. The Trustees meet as a board of Trustees, generally known as the “Trust Board”. All Trustees have the same responsibility to act in the best interests of the Trust and the Academies, irrespective of their role on the Board i.e. whether appointed in an executive capacity, or nominated by one or more of the Academies.
The Trustees oversee the management and administration of the Trust and the Academies run by the Trust and delegate authority and responsibility to others, including executive officers and individuals who are locally based who can undertake the day to day management and governance of the Academies. The Trust Board will continue to have the necessary strategic and legal oversight of the Trust and will monitor all activities; determining the strategic direction of the Trust, assessing the performance of the Academies and establishing and reviewing the policies and practices governing the life of the Academies.
The Trust Board has the power to delegate certain powers and functions to separate committees to be known as Local Governing Bodies for each academy and may establish any other committee e.g. a Finance Committee for the whole Trust.
Local Governing Bodies
Each academy’s ‘Local Governing Body’ derives its power from the Trust Board. Like the Trustees on the Trust Board, the individuals (the ‘Governors’) serving on a Local Governing Body are also responsible for fulfilling a local governance role, in conjunction with a “Principal” (Executive Headteacher, Headteacher or Head of School, as the case may be), who is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy or Academies (as appropriate). The Trust Board will also delegate management responsibility directly to the Principals, who will report primarily to the Local Governing Body but subject to the oversight exercised by the Trust Board.
The Local Governing Bodies may, subject to the agreed Scheme of Delegation, establish any sub-committee or working group to advise and inform the Governors to support them in their decision making.
Governance personnel & information
We will be publishing more details about the Trust’s Governance arrangements and personnel very soon but in the meantime you can find the names of our Members, Directors and Local Governing Body members below. Having not long converted from a single academy trust to a multi academy trust there is at present an overlap of membership between the Trust Board and the Local Governing Body (LGB) of BR however we are working on recruiting more governors for the LGB in order to allow the members of the Trust Board to step down from the LGB and focus on fulfilling their more strategic role and oversee the whole of the Trust’s activities.
At the bottom of the page you will find a copy of the Trust's Register of Interests for 2015/16, Governors' attendance at meetings in the 2015/16 academic year and the Trust’s PSC (Person with Significant Control) Register. The first document will be updated soon and published here.
Bishop Ramsey CE Academies Trust
Inigo Woolf, Chief Executive, London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS)
Revd Peter Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden
Fr Simon Evans, Vicar of St Martin’s Church, Ruislip
Revd Daniel Norris, Headteacher of Holy Trinity CE Primary School, Northwood & Executive Headteacher of St Jerome Bilingual Church of England Primary School, Harrow
Christine Gentle, Chair of the Trust Board
Christine Gentle, Chair of the Trust Board
Andrew Wilcock, Chief Executive Officer of the Trust (CEO)
Karen Ball, Director
Helen Dimmock, MBE, Director & Vice Chair of the Trust Board
Paul Jarman, Director
Mark Kimsey, Director
Liz Richardson, Director
Alison Straszewski, Director
Local Governing Body for Bishop Ramsey CE School
Foundation & Trust appointed governors:
Christine Edwards, Chair of the LGB
Councillor Catherine Dann
Deborah Wiseman (Teaching Staff)
Jackie Hoey (Support Staff)
Directors also currently serving on the LGB:
Helen Dimmock, MBE, Vice Chair of the LGB