Bishop
Ramsey

A Christian Learning Community

    About Us

    Governance

    Bishop Ramsey CE School is part of the Veritas Educational Trust.  Details about the Trust, including copies of our governance documents i.e. Funding Agreements and Articles of Association, can be found on the 'Veritas Educational Trust' page of this ‘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 board (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.  A summary explanation of the governance roles can be found below.

    Members
    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.

    Trustees/Directors
    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 Boards for each academy and may establish any other committee e.g. a Finance Committee for the whole Trust. 

    Local Governing Boards
    Each academy’s ‘Local Governing Board’ derives its power from the Trust Board.  Like the Trustees on the Trust Board, the individuals (the ‘Governors’) serving on a Local Governing Board 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 Board but subject to the oversight exercised by the Trust Board.

    The Local Governing Boards 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

     

    Members of Veritas Educational Trust

     

    Information about our Members is contained in the table below.  Members of Veritas Educational Trust are appointed for life unless their appointment as a Member of the Trust is by virtue of another office that they hold, for instance the Chair of Trustees.   The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year can be accessed further down this page and contains details of our Members' interests.

    Name  Appointed by Appointment Start Date Date Stepped Down

    The Right Reverend Pete Broadbent

    Founding Member 01.08.11  

    Mr Inigo Woolf

    Founding Member 01.08.11  
    Reverend Daniel Norris Members 01.02.16  
    Mrs Helen Dimmock Trust Board 31.01.18  
    Father Simon Evans Founding Member 01.08.11 07.06.17
    Mrs Christine Gentle Trust Board 01.09.16 20.12.17

     

    Trustees of Veritas Educational Trust

     

    Information about our Trustees is contained in the table below.  Trustees of Veritas Educational Trust are appointed for a four year term of office unless their appointment as a Trustee is by virtue of another office that they hold, for instance the Chief Executive Officer.   The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year can be accessed further down this page and contains details of our Trustees' interests.  If you wish to contact the Chair of Trustees, please email companysecretary@bishopramsey.school

    Name & Position Appointed By Appointment Start Date Appointment End Date / Resignation

    Mrs Helen Dimmock

    (Chair of Trustees)

    Members 01.09.16 31.08.20

    Mr Andrew Wilcock

    (Chief Executive Officer)

    Ex-officio NA NA

    Mrs Karen Ball

    Members 01.09.16 31.08.20

    Mrs Elizabeth Richardson

    (Vice-Chair of Trustees)

    Members 01.12.16 30.11.20

    Mrs Alison Straszewski

    (Chair of the Finance, Resources & Audit Committee and  Chair of the Pay Committee)

    Members 01.12.16 30.11.20
    Mrs Cathy Gower Members 27.11.17 26.11.21
    Mrs Sue Vale Members 27.11.17 26.11.21
    Mr Jonathan Chu Members 07.01.19 06.01.23

    Trustees who terms of office have ended:

    Mrs Elisabetta Barone Members 01.09.18 15.01.19
    Mr Mark Kimsey Members 01.09.16 16.07.18
    Mr Paul Jarman Members 28.10.16 17.07.18
    Mr Edward Stothard Members 13.02.18 05.03.18
    Mrs Christine Gentle Members 01.09.16 20.12.17

     

    Governors of Bishop Ramsey School's Local Governing Board

     

    Information about our Governors is contained in the table below.  Governors of Bishop Ramsey School's Local Governing Board are appointed for a four year term of office unless their appointment as a Governor is by virtue of another office that they hold, for instance the Head of School.   The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year can be accessed further down this page and contains details of our Governors' interests.  If you wish to contact the Chair of Governors, please email contactthegovernors@bishopramsey.school.  The Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests for the current academic year and the meeting attendance record for the Local Governing Board and Committee meetings can be accessed at the bottom of the page.

     

     

    Name & Position Appointed By Appointment Start Date Appointment End Date / Resignation

    Mrs Christine Edwards

    (Chair of Governors)

    LDBS 01.01.17 31.12.20

    Mr Steve Bristowe

    (Chair of Finance & Resources Committee)

    LDBS 01.09.16 31.08.20
    Mrs Catherine Dann LDBS 01.09.16 31.08.20
    Ms Jackie Hoey School Staff 29.09.16 28.09.20
    Mrs Debbie Wiseman School Staff 29.09.16 28.09.20

    Mrs Carey Betson

    (Chair of the School Community Committee)

    LDBS 07.10.16 06.10.20

    Mrs Rebecca Garton

    (Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of the Learning, Teaching and Achievement Committee)

    LDBS 09.11.16 08.11.20
    Mr Bola Ogbe LDBS 05.12.16 04.12.20
    Mr Christopher Western Trust Board 16.04.18 15.04.22
    Councillor Ian Edwards Trust Board 20.09.18 19.09.22

    Robbie Brown

    Associate Member

    (Head Boy)

    School 05.09.18 31.05.19

    Rosie Castle

    Associate Member

    (Head Girl)

    School 05.09.18 31.05.19
    Governors and Associate members whose terms of office has ended  
    Mr Nick Samuels Trust Board 02.05.17 23.11.18
    Ms Catherine Smith Trust Board 04.07.18 19.02.19

    Mr Andy Lunnon

    Acting Deputy Headteacher

    School 06.09.17 21.07.18
    Mrs Hazel Moloney LDBS 01.09.16 29.03.18

    Mrs Leena Solanki

    Associate Member

    LGB 16.03.17 15.03.18

    Mr Kannan Sivanathan

    Associate Member

    LGB 19.07.17 18.07.18

    Mark Armstrong

    Associate Member

    (Head Boy)

    School 05.09.17 31.05.18

    Anna Thompson

    Associate Member

    (Head Girl)

    School 05.09.17 31.05.18

     

    Veritas Educational Trust Register of Interest 2018 - 19

     

    The Right Reverend Pete Broadbent

    Organisation Type of Business Nature of Involvement Date Interest Began
           
           

    Mr Inigo Woolf

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    Reverend Daniel Norris

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    Helen Dimmock

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    Local Governing Board Register of Interest 2018 - 19