Governance is a key element of the leadership and management of the Trust itself and of the schools individually and collectively. Please click here to see our Governance Structure.
The Trust (itself accountable to DfE) is the body to whom schools are directly accountable. It delegates autonomy to each Local Governing Board/Body (LGB) or School Improvement Board (SIB) according to the Scheme of Delegation.
The Trust Board is made up of experts in UK and international education as well as private sector professionals with a wide range of commercial experience and expertise. In keeping with our vision we also place an emphasis on attracting Trustees who have backgrounds and networks in Sport and the Arts. The Board acts as guardian to the Trust vision, and ensures that progress towards its fulfilment is underpinned with the highest standards of compliance with our regulators so that public funding is very well-used.
Serving as a governor in a GST school requires a commitment to the seven principles of public life and to a code of conduct which puts the school and its pupils at the centre. GST governors meet formally every thirteen weeks (i.e. once every school term) and much of the real work is done between these meetings, through Working Groups and individual contributions to the school’s life according to each governor’s skills and the needs of the school.
The role is very different from that of a governor in a Local Authority school, recognising that the Head is the school’s Chief Executive and the Board is there to advise, support and challenge through appropriate channels and to evidence the impact that governance is having on the school’s progress. As in the world of non-executive directors, GST governors are expected to bring their skills to bear and to work in co-operation and collaboration with the staff team, the whole Local Governing Body and the Trust to bring about rapid and sustained improvement for the pupils they serve.
The Trust is responsible for the appointment, performance management and professional development of the Heads, though the LGB’s work has a vital role to play in highlighting and evidencing the impact that the Head and governors are making through their termly meetings. Through their work in and for the school, governors come to know the school community and to be well-informed about its performance, able to talk about it confidently and accurately to the Trust, to Ofsted, to parents and to interested local groups.
We very much appreciate the work that governors do and the part they play in the success of the schools they serve and indeed of the Trust. We hope that governors find reward in the impact they make on young lives and their individual experience of the living reality of the GST motto: Proud Traditions Wide Horizons High Achievement.
The North Warwickshire Improvement Board is:
Anne Powell – Chair
Carrie Clare – Executive Head of Park Lane and Race Leys
Carrie joined Park Lane Primary & Nursery School as Head in April 2018. After starting her teaching career in 1998 she quickly progressed through Senior Leadership. As school partnerships grew, Carrie became Executive Head of a federation of schools and the founder of a small Multi- Academy Trust. Carrie has a strong belief that the children should be at the heart of all decisions made by school leaders. She recognises that children only get one chance at Primary Education and this inspires her vision and values. Carrie believes that school to school support and strong partnerships are essential to maximise the educational opportunities for children and communities.
A published poet, Graham began his teaching career in 2003, with his school leadership roles beginning in 2009. Graham initially joined Willow Brook in 2014, was appointed Head of School in Summer 2015, and is now Head of Lammas School & Sixth Form. Graham has a career to date that includes extensive school improvement and development and he has an absolute commitment to driving forward improvements in provision for all children. His work in the field of CPD illustrates his commitment to the ethos that investment in staff is vital.
Justin has leadership experience in primary and secondary schools as a Head, Executive Head and School Improver. A maths specialist, he has a keen interest in pedagogy and curriculum innovation and since joining GST, he has worked with schools to make sustainable step changes in outcomes and to speed their journeys to Griffin Great. Justin believes in developing ambitious and dynamic learning cultures by creating inspiring environments, where everyone feels a sense of belonging and pride. A former professional dancer and musician, Justin plays the French horn with a London Wind Band and a semi-professional London Orchestra.
Lisa has extensive teaching and leadership experience in both primary and secondary education, and across two continents. In her recent roles, as a Headteacher, Senior Leader and School Improver, she has contributed to schools’ rapid progress to outstanding. Lisa has a Masters in Applied Educational Leadership and Management and is dedicated to ensuring that all children are successful, both within the curriculum and in the world beyond their school.
Charlotte has had over 19 years of experience in education, both inner city London and south Wales, and has a deep understanding that quality teaching and learning, and putting the pupils at the heart of every initiative, is the way to support progress, achievement and, ultimately, improve children’s life chances.
Kevin is an experienced school Governor who has served as a local Governor and as a member of the North Warwickshire Board. Kevin is committed to ensuring that the pupils in a Griffin school receive a rich and varied curriculum. His knowledge of the business sector brings experience and expertise to his role as a Governor.
Anne Powell – Chair
Anne is a music graduate who found her vocation in teaching in the least affluent communities in East London. As a primary Head and then Executive Head, Anne has led and supported rapid and sustainable improvement journeys in several GST schools, primary and secondary. Her leadership saw two long-term underperforming schools speed from special measures to confidently outstanding. The first GST Head to become the CEO on the strength of her record, Anne presides over the further realisation of the Trust’s vision. She is driven by a belief that good exam outcomes are the corollary of a great education and not its sole focus.
Clerk – Tracey Headley
Address of Chair:
Park Lane Primary School, Park Lane, Nuneaton, CV10 8NL