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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.

Local Academy Board

Role of the Local Academy Board

Consilium is a Multi-Academy Trust with a family of eight schools across the North West, North East and Yorkshire.  Within each school a Local Academy Board has been established.  Local Academy Boards (LAB’s) may also be known at other Trusts as ‘Academy Committees’, ‘Local Governing Boards’ or ‘Local Advisory Committees.

Each LAB is composed of different members, usually two Parent places are within the Board.  Parent members are elected through a process which is defined in a key document called the ‘Articles of Association.’

Parent Trustees and Parent LAB members play an important role within the board.  The role is to support the Trust itself and provide insight on behalf of other parents of students who attend the school.  A key function of the LAB is to engage meaningfully with all parents and carers as a whole.  

The Trust Board determines the level of delegation or responsibility which is to be passed to the Local Academy Boards.  This is subject to review on a yearly basis and responsibilities can be added or removed dependant on how well the Trust Board feel that the LAB is managing.  Local Academy Boards are a formal and important part of the governance of Consilium Academies and the contributions of members are very much valued by the Trust Board.  Some of the typical areas which are covered at local level may be;

  • Support of the efficient and effective operation of the Trust and its policies
  • Support and challenge (where appropriate) to the school leaders
  • Share issues and risks with the Trust Board if necessary
  • Scrutiny of reports which may be supplied by school leaders or members themselves
  • Provide a meaningful link with the community, parents and the students of the school, sharing feedback with the Board, regarding challenges but also to celebrate successes
  • Provide feedback to the Trust Board in relation to policies and practices which are personal to the school, (policies which are delegated to the LAB are identified in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Hearing appeals and grievances.
  • Forming policy on the academy’s curriculum and collective worship.
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline.
  • Making sure academy buildings are welcoming and safe.
  • Setting and monitoring the academy’s aims and policies.

LAB membership and details:

Newly appointed members:

  • Christopher Fairs: Appointed governor 02 Mar 2021 until 1 Mar 2025
  • Mrs Punam Khaira O’Driscoll: Appointed governor 01 Feb 2021 until 31 Jan 2025

Should you need to contact Senga Kean, our Chair of the LAB, please do so using the Academy address.

Leavers 2021

Name

Governor Type

First Appointed

From

To

Leaving Date

Mr Jon Sinclair

Appointed governor

28 Feb 2020

28 Feb 2020

27 Feb 2024

2 Jul 2021

Mrs Joanne  Bainbridge

Parent governor

28 Feb 2020

 

 

2 Jul 2021

Mr Tom  Scott

Appointed governor

30 Jan 2019

30 Jan 2019

29 Jan 2023

23 Jul 2021

Mrs Sue  Hamilton

Headteacher

1 Jan 2019

 

 

7 Oct 2021

LAB Membership

Name Member Type Term From Term To Roles
Derek Austwick

Headteacher

    Head teacher – Ex Officio
Mr Christopher Fairs

Appointed member

02 Mar 2021 1 Mar 2025  
Mrs Senga Kean

Appointed member

02 Oct 2019 1 Oct 2023 Chair
Mrs Punam Khaira

Appointed member

01 Mar 2021 28 Feb 2025  
Mrs Kelly Oakland

Staff (Teaching) Member

20 Nov 2020 19 Nov 2024  
Mrs Amanda Robson

Parent member

07 Dec 2020 6 Dec 2024  
Dr Craig Stewart

Appointed member

10 Dec 2020 9 Dec 2024  
Mrs Vanessa Winspear

Appointed member

16 Jul 2019 15 Jul 2023 Vice Chair
Miss Lisa Robertson Staff (Non Teaching) Member 21 Oct 2021 20 Oct 2025  

 

Declarations of Interest

Name

Lead Role

Business or Other Interests

Other Governor Roles

Senga Maria Kean

Local Academy Board Chair

None

None

Vanessa Winspear

Local Academy Board Vice Chair

None

None

Punam Khaira

Local Academy Board Member

Environment Agency

None

Craig Stewart

Local Academy Board Member

Durham University

None

Amanda Elizabeth Robson

Local Academy Board Member

None

Co-Opted Governor

Usworth Colliery Primary

Christopher Fairs

Local Academy Board Member

HR & Governance Partner at Berry Education Ltd

Governor

All Saints Primary School (Thirsk)

Kelly Oakland

Local Academy Board Member

None

None

 

LAB Meetings and Attendance

Meeting Schedule and Attendance 21-22

  07.10.21 09.12.21 10.02.22 23.03.22 26.05.22 14.07.22
Derek Austwick Attended Apologies        
Christopher Fairs Attended Apologies        
Senga Kean Attended Attended        
Punam Khaira Attended Apologies        
Kelly Oakland Attended Attended        
Amanda Robson Attended Attended        
Craig Stewart Apologies Attended        
Vanessa Winspear Attended Attended        
Lisa Robertson Not yet appointed Attended        

 

Last years attendance can be found below.