BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Governance & Delegation:

Emmanuel Schools Foundation (“the Trust”) is legally accountable for every school in the Trust. The CEO is accountable to the Trust for the performance and delivery of the whole organisation. The CEO is advised by the Executive Team who are responsible for finances and resources, and the learning and academic progress of all students. Bede Academy currently has in place a local governing body provided by the Trust. The Principal, supported by the LGB, is the vision-holder and driving force responsible for achieving excellence for those in school which he leads and manages. The Chair of the Local Governing Body (LGB) and LGB members have delegated responsibility to discuss and act as ‘critical friends’ in carrying out governance functions to achieve the excellence in all areas of school life.

The processes of decision-making and lines of delegated accountability are set out in the Scheme of Delegation which can be found here.

Any letter intended for the Chair of Governors should be addressed to:
Miss C Taylor, Company Secretary, Trinity House, Sixth Avenue, Blyth, NE24 2SY

01670 545111 – option 2

enquiries@bedeacademy.org.uk

C/O Christine Taylor, Company Secretary, Trinity House, Sixth Avenue, Blyth, NE24 2SY

THE GOVERNING BODY

Governance

Mrs Lucy Cooke

Chair

Date Of Appointment: 27/11/2018 Responsibility: EYFS/Primary, Quality Of Education & Extra-Curricular. Lucy graduated from Staffordshire University with an honours degree in German and History.

Governance

Mr Steven Grant

VICE CHAIR

Date Of Appointment: 05/02/2021 Responsibility: Community & Stakeholder Engagement. Having begun his teaching career in South Tyneside, he joined the Emmanuel College English team in September 1993. He has subsequently worked in a variety of roles, particularly related to Pastoral Care. He is now enjoying the role of governor at Bede Academy, actively engaging with members of the community to help build up productive links that will benefit students.

Governance

Mrs Patricia Cox

Local Governor

Date Of Appointment: 27/11/2018 Responsibility: SEND, Safeguarding, Behaviour, Attitudes & Personal Development. Patricia Cox has lived in the North East for almost forty years, she returned to work from living and working in the Middle East, in the banking sector. Pat returned to the workplace firstly with the Department of Trade and Industry, then with a leading children’s charity.

Governance

Rev Ian Flintoff

Local Governor

Date Of Appointment: 25/11/2020 Responsibility: Ethos, British Values, People & WellBeing. Ian Flintoft has been Vicar of St Bede's Newsham and St Mary's Horton since October 2019, and Area Dean of Bedlington Deanery since January 2023. He is also a governor of Newsham Primary School.

Governance

Mr David Greenshields

Local Governor

Date Of Appointment: 15/06/2022 Responsibility: Curriculum / Quality of Education  / Staff Development. David started his teaching career with the Emmanuel Schools Foundation at Emmanuel College as a trainee in 2007. Since then he has held roles as Teacher of Religious Education, Pastoral Head, Head of Religious Education and Assistant Vice Principal.

Governance

Mr Nick Oates

Local Governor

Date Of Appointment: 13/10/2023 Responsibility: Sixth Form Careers. Nick is an entrepreneurial Business Leader, a Chartered Engineer, and Chartered Director with experience within the Energy, Marine and Construction industries. He has over 25 years industry experience, holds an MSc in Engineering from Robert Gordon University, and has won various industry awards including the Institute of Directors, new Director of the Year.

Governance

Mr Paul Parkin

Local Governor

Date Of Appointment: 05/12/2023 Responsibility: Staff Development/Attitudes & Behaviour

Governance

Mr James Crowther

Local Governor

Date Of Appointment: 06/02/2024 Responsibility: TBC. Having begun his teaching career in South Tyneside, he joined the Emmanuel College English team in September 1993. He has subsequently worked in a variety of roles, particularly related to Pastoral Care. He is now enjoying the role of governor at Bede Academy, actively engaging with members of the community to help build up productive links that will benefit students.

MEET THE TEAM

Governance

Mr A Thelwell

Principal

Governance

Mrs N White

Principal (Primary)

Governance

Mr D Warburton

Finance Director

Governance

Mrs C Taylor

Company Secretary

PROCEDURES

The Board of Trustees appoints each governor after the completion of a skills audit to ensure a full comprehensive cohort of governors.

The term of office is for a duration of four years after which a Governor may be re-elected.

The Declarations of Interest for the governing body can be found below.

Governance functions are delegated to the Local Governing Body (“LGB”) by the ESF Board.  The details of the delegation are contained within a scheme of delegation which can be found in the Governance section of the ESF website.

The governing body convenes at least twice per term, focusing on curriculum and standards once a term, and finance and resources once a term.

Governor attendance at Local Governor Board meetings can be found in the attached document.

GOVENOR ATTENDANCE

DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please complete the form below and send it back to us.

ESF Application Form – member, trustee or local governor

Governor – If you are applying to join a particular school within the Foundation.
Trustee – If you are applying to join Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

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