Cygnus Academies Trust

Governance

Trustee and Governor Information Pack

 Our Governance Statement and Attendance

Register of Interests

Governance Structure

Members

Members are the custodians of the governance of Cygnus Academies Trust.

Members are appointed by the rest of the Members Board.

The Members hold an Annual General Meeting and meet as required throughout the year.

Bola Ojo
Stuart Doubleday 
Jane Orsborne

Trustees

 The Members have appointed a Board of Trustees.

The trustees are responsible for:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the trust

  • Holding senior leadership to account

  • Overseeing the trust’s financial performance

Trustees are ultimately responsible and accountable for the trust. It is up to them to make sure the trust is compliant with its charitable objectives, but also with company and charity law.

Ryan Clifford

Chair of Trustees

Link Trustee for Whistleblowing & GDPR

Finance, Risk & Audit Committee

Sandra Herbert

Vice-Chair of Trustees

Link Trustee for Health & Safety

Chairs' Education Forum

Lucy Childs

Chair of Chairs' Education Forum

Link Trustee for Safeguarding

Ashish Majithia Chair of Finance, Risk & Audit Committee
Jane Platt Finance, Risk & Audit Committee
Sebrina Dawes Chairs' Education Forum
Danielle Lewis-Egonu Chief Executive Officer
To enquire about any Trustee vacancies at Cygnus Academies Trust, please contact governance@cygnus.org.uk and a member of the Governance Team will be able to tell you all about the role of a Trustee. Should a vacancy become available at Cygnus, you will be informed and you can put yourself forward. Please also visit Inspiring Governance or Governors for Schools to learn more about why Trusts and their schools need volunteers like you and the benefits and rewards of becoming a Trustee.

Governors

Local Governing Committees have the responsibility of holding school leaders to account and ensuring their school follows the trust's strategic direction.

The Local Governing Committees meet termly to monitor how the school is progressing against its stated objectives.

The Governors at our schools are diverse and have a variety of skills and backgrounds. They work closely with the Headteachers to ensure high-quality learning is accessible to all of our children, according to their individual needs. This is achieved by monitoring the children's results and learning progress, ensuring the school is a safe and welcoming environment, and delivering within the confines of the school's budget.

Our Governors all share the same purpose: to support and challenge the Headteachers to ensure that our schools deliver a curriculum that gives our children the skills and abilities needed to succeed in a challenging and fast-moving world, delivered in a safe, holistic and enjoyable way that encourages our children into a lifetime of learning.

Chair of Governors for each school:

Dartford Bridge Community Primary School Paul Langridge
Gravel Hill Primary School Kevin Fox
Greenlands Primary School Mel Shackleton
Manor Community Primary School Ashlene Peltier & Kerry Williams
Royal Rise Primary School Mel Shackleton
The Brent Primary School Louisa Stevens
Westgate Primary School Louisa Quarterman
Upland Primary School Alison Scott

Details of all our Governors can be found on the individual school websites:

Dartford Bridge Community Primary School

Gravel Hill Primary School

Greenlands Primary School

Manor Community Primary School

Royal Rise Primary School

The Brent Primary School

Westgate Primary School

Upland Primary School

To enquire about governor vacancies at any of our schools please contact governance@cygnus.org.uk.

A member of the Governance Team will be able to tell you all about the role of a school governor.

Should a vacancy become available at any of our schools you will be informed and you can put yourself forward.

Please also visit Inspiring Governance or Governors for Schools to learn more about why schools need volunteers like you and the benefits and rewards of becoming a Governor.