Governance Structure

Our school is part of the Pontefract Academies Trust (PAT).

The PAT was created under the provisions of the Academies Act 2010, as amended by the Education Act 2011. Its structure of governance is constituted under the Articles of Association. The Trust is an exempt charity by virtue of the Charities Act 2011.

The Funding Agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Trust sets out the terms and conditions on which grant is made. The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of grant are met. As part of this process the Trust is required to have in place appropriate arrangements for sound governance, financial management, securing value for money and accounting, and for using public funds for the purposes for which they were intended by Parliament.

This Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its schools. This does not mean the Trust Board is required to make all the decisions itself. Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to School Governance Committees, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees. The Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved and is summarised below:

School Governance Committee (SGC)

Name Category/Role Appointed By From To
E Shepherd Chair of SGC Trust Board 06/10/2017 05/10/2021
D Wilkin School Governor Trust Board 08/05/2017 08/05/2019
J Franklin-Smith Executive Director of Secondary Education Ex-officio 01/05/2018 Not applicable
J Cross Head of School Ex-officio 01/09/2018 Not applicable
L Dale School Governor Trust Board Appointed Parent 19/03/2018 18/03/2022
M Engstrom School Governor Trust Board Appointed Parent 19/03/2018 18/03/2022
R Gibbins School Governor Trust Board 01/09/2018 31/08/2022

SGC Current register of business interests

Role Name of business or organisation/educational organisation Nature of business or organisation Nature of interest Date of appointment of acquisition Date of cessation of interest
E Shepherd Chair of School Governance Committee None declared
D Wilkin School Governor None declared
J Franklin-Smith Executive Director of Secondary Education None declared
J Cross Head of School None declared
L Dale School Governor Carleton High School Education provider Children in school 30/01/2017 and 03/09/2018
M Engstrom School Governor Engsmar IT Solutions IT Managing Director 01/11/2014 N/A
Carleton High School Education provider Children in school 19/10/2015
R Gibbins School Governor None declared

SGC Membership & Attendance Summary 2017/18

From To Appointed By Meetings attended Out of a possible
E Shepherd (Chair) 06/10/17 05/10/21 Trust Board 5 6
D Wilkin 08/05/17 08/05/19 Trust Board 7 7
J Franklin-Smith 01/05/18 N/A Ex-officio 1 1
J Cross 01/09/18 N/A Ex-officio 0 0
L Dale 19/03/18 18/03/22 Trust Board Appointed Parent 1 2
M Engstrom 19/03/18 18/03/22 Trust Board Appointed Parent 1 2
R Gibbins 01/09/18 31/08/22 Trust Board 0 0
Left within the last 12 months:
H Bolton 01/04/13 31/08/18 Ex-officio 6 7
A Eastell 04/12/17 31/08/18 Trust Board 1 3
J Gough 08/05/17 31/08/18 Trust Board 6 7
J Craig 08/05/17 04/03/18 Trust Board 5 5