Trustee Impact Statement 2022

 

The Trust Board at Selwood Academy plays a strategic role in the management and leadership of our school. There is a consistent strong focus on the three core features of school governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of the staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its allocation money is well spent.

 

Vision, Ethos and Strategic Direction

Selwood Middle School converted to Academy status in 2011 and has a unique position as the only Anglican / Methodist Middle School in the country. Trustees maintain the distinctly Christian ethos of our school which is closely associated with the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Methodist Council. Our core Christian values of Hope, Community, Wisdom and Joy underpin every decision that we make.

 We are instrumental in holding the school vision of creating a safe, happy and enriching environment where all aspire to thrive, achieve and celebrate success together. We promote the dignity and wellbeing of every child and staff member and ensure they flourish in the course of their journey with us.

Selwood Academy has been running successfully for over ten years as a Single Academy Trust. Following recent government directives trustees are now actively seeking to work with a family of schools known as a multi-academy trust (MAT). Our target is to find a suitable partner, to match our vision and ethos, within the next two years We continue as a member of the Frome Learning Partnership. (FLP) to foster educational links within the town.

Trustees have recently updated the Articles of Association that govern the school and have reappointed a restructured board. The members are now separated from the Trust Board to provide more accountability. There are 8 Trustees on the Board, with two committees, Quality of Education and Resources (audit and risk).

The Academy maintains the profile of the school within the local community and have been the first school in Frome to offer taster days for prospective pupils in year 4, opening up the opportunity to try the school before joining in year 5.

 

Educational Performance

What impact has the Trust board of Selwood Academy made on the outcomes for pupils and the welfare of staff and pupils?

  • The Key priority is to Improve the progress pupils make through an exceptional quality of education.

The list below provides an outline of initiatives over the last few years.

Retention and Recruitment

Trustees appointed the new Head teacher, Daniel Jeffries in January 2021.Under his leadership the school has revised the curriculum, introduced forest school lessons and adopted a fortnightly timetable. This has enabled additional classes to be funded in KS2 allowing a reduction in class sizes where it would make the most impact on results, ie in Maths and English. It allows greater flexibility to offer a wide range of subject choices with specialist teachers for most subjects.

David Findlay has been appointed Deputy Head teacher from Easter 2022, with Andy Owens assisting for the interim period. Trustees support the retention and recruitment of a fully trained teaching staff and appreciate that staff are our most precious resource and their well- being a priority.

Performance Management

Trustees have a robust staff appraisal system in place to ensure a high quality of teaching. The Head Teacher’s Performance Management Panel are aided by an external advisor appointed by the Trust. This year Sir Brian Hooper was appointed SIP advisor.

 

School Improvement

The Ofsted Report in 2017 rated the Academy as ‘Good’.

The SIAMS inspection in 2019 rated the Academy as ‘Outstanding’

 Trustees strive to maintain educational standards and the strong Christian Ethos of this dual Foundation school.

Trustees believe high quality feedback from the SIP will drive up standards within the school using a Rapid Improvement Plan. Trustees have set ambitious targets at KS2 to achieve best ever results in English and Maths. Academy performance data is regularly reviewed at the Quality of Education committee. The aim is to achieve a percentage of both SEND and disadvantaged pupils that are at, or above age- related expectations, exceeding the national average. Investing in new exercise books in September 2021 promotes pride in pupil’s written work. Regular constructive feedback marking from staff enables pupils to reflect on their learning and understand how to make improvements.

Link Trustees visit the school at regular intervals to develop knowledge of subject areas to be able to effectively challenge the senior leadership team. Written reports are fed back to the Trust Board to triangulate SLT Reports and external audits.

 

Behaviour, Attendance and Exclusions.

The Trust board supports and upholds high standards to maintain good order and discipline to ensure a quality of learning experience and positive relationships. The Relationships for Learning Policy outlines expectations and consequences. The new Compass Room was opened in September 21 and has proved effective in regulating behaviour without loss to curriculum time.

Attendance target for 21-22 is set at 96%.

Trustees are working towards a zero- exclusion school. Exclusions show a downward trend over the last two years.

All children now eat lunch in the dining hall. Our current caterers, Cleverchefs, provide healthy meals from the school canteen. Other pupils bring their own packed lunches. Eating together promotes good manners, friendship and sociability. It frees up classroom space for other uses and reduces extra cleaning.

The school provides a wide range of after school clubs.

 

Safeguarding

Trustees have a thorough oversight of a system that is effective and robust. The Academy undertakes Safer Recruitment and the Safeguarding Trustee ensures all systems are regularly monitored and checked by regular site visits and meetings with the DSL, Andy Ellett. Safeguarding is a standing item at all of our meetings. The Academy has recently applied for a CIF bid to improve the overall security of the school site by increasing the level of perimeter fencing.

 

Financial Performance

What impact has the Trust Board made on the financial performance of the school?

Trustees were successful in achieving the creation of a 3-G pitch on the site in 2019, which benefits pupils and the wider football community. Our target is to continue to increase revenue by maximizing the use of the pitch as well as revenue from all other sustainable lettings, for community use, of the school premises.

Following ESFA guidance the Academy retains a revenue reserve equivalent to one month’s salary costs. We also retain a sinking fund associated with the 3-G pitch, to cover renewal at the end of an estimated 10- year life cycle.

Trustees monitor the cash flow at monthly review meetings which include the forecast of outrun. Careful decision making and principles of best value continue to keep the Academy a going concern.

Pupil premium, sports premium and year 7 catchup funding are displayed on the school website. This funding is reviewed and evaluated at committee to ensure government grants are spent effectively.

 

Training

Trustees have access to a number of different external training providers to enable them to be fully aware of current educational issues. The Academy accesses training from NGA, National College, MAST, Diocese of Bath & Wells and SSE. Skills audits enable the trust Board to operate with an appropriate range of skills to effectively challenge Academy leaders.

 

Covid

Trustees have maintained a meeting cycle during the pandemic moving to virtual meetings using MS Teams. This was noted at the last financial audit.

 

Clare Cardnell, Chair of Trustees

Emma Hardy, Clerk to Trustees  ehardy1@educ.somerset.gov.uk


Rev Graham Slingo

Currently on sick leave

Role:

Ex-Officio Methodist Foundation Trustee

Committee(s):

The Quality of Education Committee

Appointed by:

Methodist Circuit

Date of appointment: 13/11/18

Term of office: n/a

Business and Pecuniary interests:

Pending

 

Mr Richard Phillips

Following redundancy in 2000, I decided to give something back to the community. I have been a Selwood Trustee for 21 years. One of my two daughters attended Selwood. I now have four granddaughters.

  • I spend 2 hours on Monday morning devoted to assisting pupils with reading skills.
  • I worked for 38 years in Brewing production management till redundancy, then 9 years in Administration.
  • I have been involved in charity fund raising with Frome Lions for 21 years.
  • Pension Scheme Trustee for 26 years.
  • Trustee Frome Wesley Methodist Church
  • Oher interests are Frome 3A, bowls, cricket, walking, allotment and railway steam engines.

Role:

Methodist Foundation Trustee                                            Chair of Resources Committee

Committee(s):

Resources

Appointed by:

Frome Methodist Circuit

Date of appointment:15/09/15

Term of office: 4 years
Business and Pecuniary interests: Trusteeships: Frome Lions Club, Wesley Methodist Church, Frome, Pubmaster Pension Scheme

 

Mrs Laura Su

I have a daughter attending Selwood and wanted to get further involved in supporting the Academy and children to develop and thrive through my role as a Parent Trustee. I have an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and my research on EAL and dyslexia won a special commendation by the British Council for its impact on English language teaching.

I am also parent to a child with special educational needs who attends a very specialist educational setting. This experience has granted me a deep academic and emotional understanding of the importance of supporting children in education as individuals.

I am currently involved with a national autism charity to provide a range of support and information for autistic individuals and their families in Somerset.

Role:

Associate Parent Trustee

Committee(s):

Quality of Education Committee

Appointed by:

Trustees

Date of appointment: 01/09/21

Term of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests:

None

 

Ms Joy Gamble

I am a Parent Governor and have 2 daughters at Selwood. I am an Educational and Child Psychologist and worked in a local authority in Wales for many years before moving to Frome in 2018.  I now have a specialist role with a particular focus on Trauma  and Attachment. I hope that my skills, experience and passion to understand the needs of pupils who struggle will add to those of the existing Trust Board

Role:

Parent Trustee

Committee(s):

The Quality of Education Committee

Appointed by:

Parents

Date of appointment: 12/02/19

Term of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests:

Director of DDP Connects UK CIC

 

Mrs Clare Cardnell

I am the current Chair of Trustees at Selwood Academy. I have been a Trustee of the school since 2007 and attend both committees.


As Chair of Governors from 2007 – 2017, I oversaw the transfer of the school to a Single Academy Trust and have led the school through three Ofsted and SIAMS inspections.


I am a retired Maths teacher having taught at schools in Warwickshire, Lancashire and Somerset. I have lived in Frome for 30 years and have three sons who attended Frome schools.


I firmly believe in the value of Education, respecting the individual needs of every child that attends this school. I strive to maintain and develop an Academy that allows all pupils to thrive during their four years at this vibrant Middle school in Frome.

Role:

Chair

Committee(s):

Resources and The Quality of Education Committee

Appointed by:

Members

Date of appointment: 06/07/17

Term of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests:

None

 

Mrs Kyrstie Kirkwood

I have been a trustee since October 2012, first as a Parent trustee and now as a Community trustee. Both my sons attended Selwood Academy. My youngest son is at Frome College and my older son is away at university. I am Chair of Teaching and Learning committee and the Pupil Premium link trustee. I am a qualified primary teacher with an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability. Together with this interest I am passionate about Selwood supporting all children through a broad, balanced curriculum which gives all the opportunities to be the best they can in life.

Role:

Community Trustee / Safeguarding Trustee

Chair of The Quality of Education Committee

 

Committee(s):

The Quality of Education Committee

 

Appointed by:

Members

 

Date of appointment:18/12/16

Term of office: 4 years

 

Business and Pecuniary interests:

None

 

 

 

Mrs Linda Puttock

I moved to Frome 38 years ago.  All three of my children attended Frome College and two of those children also attended Selwood. 

 I was trained as a Legal Secretary and when I came to Frome I worked for some years at Daniel Cruttwell.  While in this job I learnt a great deal about Frome and its people.   By a series of circumstances I then came in contact with an Educational Psychologist who wished to start a private practice in the area.  I became her PA and helped her set up the practice.  I found this job very rewarding and I enjoyed having contact with teachers, parents and children and I very soon became fascinated by how even very minor difficulties could affect the learning process.   

 I am an active member of the Church of England and feel that I am very much in tune with the vision and core values of the school, having a passionate belief that every child of whatever ability should be in an environment where they can be proud of their achievements. 

 Since retiring I have become a member of the Frome Society for Local Study, and enjoy visiting and learning about places of interest in the area.  I also enjoy walking and pottering in the garden. 

Role:

Foundation Trustee

Committee(s):

Resources

Appointed by:

Members

Date of appointment: 01/04/21

Term of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests:

None

 

 

Mr Damon Hooton

Biography Pending

Role:

Anglican Foundation Trustee

Committee(s):

Resources

Appointed by:

Bath & Wells Diocese

Date of appointment: 25/02/20

Term of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests:

Pending

 

Mr Paul Acres

This is my first position as a Parent Trustee and I am excited to start work helping Selwood to be the best Academy it can be.  I attended Selwood from 1992-1996, my mother worked at the school for a number of years and now my daughter is starting in September so I fully understand the school.

 

I am a Senior Operations Manager for the Ministry of Defence and I hope to use the skills and tools that I have developed to good effect on any task I am given to improve the school.

Role:

Community Trustee

Committee(s):

Resources 

Appointed by:

Trustees

Date of appointment: 31/03/22

Term of office: 4 years

Business and Pecuniary interests:

None

 

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