The Thomas Hardye School Governance
Local Governing Body
Foundation Governors: 4
Staff Governors: 2
Support Staff Governor:
Mr Mike Faulkner
Parent Governors: 1
Ms Joanna Stoker
Mr Anthony Moore (Chair)
Mrs Rachel Turberville-Smith
Head Teacher: 1
Mr Nicholas Rutherford
There are currently 14 Governors.
Terms of Office
- David Prince - 14.06.2022 - 13.06.2026
- Hilary Over - 09.12.2020 - 08.12.2024
- Hugh Griffiths - 12.02.2020 - 11.02.2024
- Jo Stoker - 18.12.2020 - 17.12.2024
- Matt Bewley - 01.12.2022 - 30.11.2026
- Mike Faulkner - 25.11.2020 - 24.11.2024
- Nick Rutherford - Ex Officio
- Nick Thornley - 10.02.2021 - 09.02.2025
- Rachel Turberville-Smith - 11.05.2022 - 10.05.2026
- Ross Cumber - 08.03.2023 - 07.03.2027
- Tony Moore - 11.11.2020 - 10.11.2024
- Zoe Hopkins - 08.11.2023 - 07.11.2027
- Eva Lewis - 08.11.2023 - 07.11.2027
- Tom Horsington - 08.11.2023 - 07.11.2027
Clerk to the Governors
Mrs Vicky Smyth
More about Wessex Multi Academy Trust Governance
WMAT has three layers of governance. This is to ensure robust leadership, full accountability and to meet the requirements of the Memorandum, Articles of Association and Funding Agreements, which are statutory documents entered into with the Secretary of State for Education. The three layers are: Members, Trustees/Directors and Local Governors. The governance roles are all unpaid, voluntary roles.
Members: The Members are accountable to the Department for Education and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and/or remove Trustees. There are five Members of the WMAT and they presently meet termly with the AGM taking place in January.
Trustees/Directors: The Directors set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of schools within it. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. The Directors are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience and fulfil the four core governance functions:
- Ensuring the clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the Chief Executive Officer to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils and the performance management of its staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and making sure its money is well spent.
- Ensuring the voice of stakeholders is heard.
The Scheme of Delegation details the powers delegated to the different bodies involved in the governance of the MAT and sets out who is responsible for making which decisions within the Trust. WMAT presently has seven Directors that meet monthly during term time.
Local Governing Body: Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors. The LGB is made up of community representatives and elected parent and staff representatives, with the skills and experience that enable them to support the Directors and Headteachers by adding local context and challenge. This is to ensure that each school offers the very best provision. The LGB have governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board of Directors for their particular school via the Scheme of Delegation and are accountable to the Trust Board of Directors.
Executive Leadership Team: The Executive Leadership Team are the operational management team of the MAT, employed to ensure excellent education and effective deployment of resources for all schools within the MAT.
Meeting Attendance 2023/24
N.B. Value for money statements are incorporated in Financial Statement & Reports documents from 2015 onwards.