Governors

Governors

Our Governance Structure
The Pingle Academy is an academy within a Multi-Academy Trust namely The de Ferrers Trust.
The de Ferrers Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and as such they are required to comply with charity law and company law.
The Trust is one legal entity with one set of Articles of Association that governs each academy within the Trust.  The Trust has a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State and then each academy has a separate Supplementary Funding Agreement.
PDF links to all documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page.
The governance structure is divided into three layers: Trust, Board and Local Governing Body.

trustgovdiagramThe Trust
The Trust will always have a minimum of 3 members who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company.  They are often considered as the custodians of the Trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Multi-Academy Trust.  The members have the power to appoint or remove directors, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the Multi-Academy Trust.  To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the Trust has a majority of independent members.
To see a list of the Trust’s members please click here

The Board of Directors
The board of directors have strategic oversight and ultimate responsibility for all of the management decisions within the Multi-Academy Trust.  The board consists of at least 9 directors, 5 of whom are appointed by the members.  The directors are appointed purely on a skills basis.  The board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through their governance structure and leadership team, that the Multi-Academy Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds and for the quality of provision.
The board of directors has established two sub-committees, namely The Audit and Risk Committee and The Policy Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference.
PDF links to all documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page.
To meet the directors please click here

The Local Governing Body
The board of directors has made the decision to establish a Local Governing Body (LGB) at each academy within the Trust.  A Local Governing Body (LGB) has been established for The Pingle Academy.  The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities.  They play a support & challenge role and will hold senior leaders to account for the academic performance and quality of care and provision for this academy.  They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to it by the board of directors in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.  Such decisions will include seeking value for money and ensuring that resources are applied appropriately at academy level.  They will also support the board in relation to the proper use of funds and delivering high quality education provision.
The Local Governing Body has established one sub-committee, namely The Pay Committee.  The Pay Committee operates with its own set of Terms of Reference. All documents referred to are located at the bottom of this page.
Our Chair of Governors is David Baker who can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors by emailing: clerk@pingle.derbyshire.sch.uk
Our Clerk to the Local Governing Body is Fiona Harvey, who can be contacted by emailing: clerk@pingle.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

Meet our Local Governing Body

Ex-Officio Governor
The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local Governing Body.  She is referred to as an ex-officio governor. This means that she will remain a Governor for as long as she is employed in her role as Principal.

Vivien Sharples
viven-sharplesAttendance for 2016/17: 2/2
Committee Membership: None
Register of Interests: None
Bio:  I have been Principal since May 2013.  The Academy has seen many improvements.  I am passionate about meeting the needs of every student and ensuring that all students are the best that they can be. I am very proud of our inclusive community where we have Oxbridge entrants as well as students with severe learning difficulties and disabilities.

 

Board Appointed Governors
Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the board of directors.  Their term of office is 4 years.

David Baker – Chair of Governors
Appointed:
1 May 2017
dbakerAttendance for 2016/17: 2/2
Committee Membership: Pay Committee
Register of Interests: None
Bio:  After graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in maths and computer science I became a teacher at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth.  I worked there for 32 years, the last 10 as Headteacher.  I now work as an independent education consultant and tutor at Nottingham University working with trainee teachers.  I am also involved in writing maths text books.  I have been a Governor at Pingle since September 2013 and became Chair in September 2016.

Clair Dyche cdyche
Appointed: 
1 May 2017
Attendance for 2016/17: 1/2
Committee Membership:  None
Register of Interests:  None
Bio:  As a parent of a student at The Pingle Academy I have a vested interest in ensuring the academy offers an excellent learning environment for children.  As a university senior lecturer, I am educated, inquiring, methodical, organised and reliable.

 

Gary Thompson – Vice Chairgovgt
Appointed:
1 May 2017
Attendance for 2016/17: 2/2
Committee Membership: None
Register of Interests: None
Bio:  I have work for Jaguar Land Rover for 30 years and currently have a daughter in Year 12, who started at The Pingle School in Year 7.  As a Parent Governor, my experience in working for Jaguar Land Rover helps me to bring to the Governing Body my knowledge from a business perspective.  Also fostering for the local authority for 10 years helps in the understanding of children in care.


Preeya Buckley

Appointed:
1 September 2017
Attendance for 2016/17:  N/A
Committee Membership: Pay Committee, Safeguarding
Register of Interests:  Employee of the Local Authority
Bio:  Having spent most of my career in the FE and Skills sector, I have a range of skills and experience which I will bring to the governing body, particularly in strategy, self-assessment, curriculum development, inspections and monitoring quality assurance and performance to raise learner achievement.  I am currently a Quality & Performance Manager for Skills & Employability at Staffordshire County Council.

 

 

Parent Governors
Parent Governors are elected by the parents/carers of the students who attend The Pingle Academy.  When a parent governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and carers and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.

rkirklandRichard Kirkland
Appointed: 
25 May 2017
Attendance for 2016/17:  1/2
Committee Membership:  None
Register of Interests:  None
Bio:  I have been married for 19 years with one son at Pingle.  I have worked at Nestle since 2007 and have been in my current position as a compliance coach from 2013.  Previous to this I worked in pharmaceuticals and food supplements for 18 years – a total of 28 years in the food industry.  I studied Food Science, graduating in 1992.  I have also worked as a volunteer in various subjects at several organisations in the local area – in particular at Pingle with the music group.


cwarrenCarl Warren

Appointed:  25 May 2017
Attendance for 2016/17:  1/2
Committee Membership:  Pay Committee
Register of Interests:  None
Bio:  I became a member of Local Governing Body in May 2017.  My background is in Engineering & Maintenance, and I have worked at the Toyota car plant since 1992. My key roles are project management, statutory responsibilities in the work place, budget planning, cost control, energy and managing outside contracts.  I am the father of two children, whom both attend Pingle, with one in KS3 and one in KS5.  Throughout my life, I have never lived more than 1 mile from Pingle, so I have a very good affiliation and understanding of the local community.

 

Staff Governor
The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at The Pingle Academy.  When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at The Pingle Academy and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years.

Mark Hurstgovmh
Appointed:
9 May 2017
Attendance for 2016/17: 1/2
Committee Membership: None
Register of Interests: None
Bio:  I have been employed at the Academy for over 8 years and have lived in the Swadlincote area for most of my life. I am a great believer in the community and spend most of my spare time volunteering by supporting community groups and other projects. I am passionate about ensuring that the Academy is continually positioned to allow every student to reach his or her full potential. I am delighted to be able to be representative of my colleagues, both teaching and support staff, on the Governing body.

 

Co-Opted Governors
The Governors listed above may co-opt up to four further Governors to the Local Governing Body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making the Governors even more efficient and effective in carrying out their duties.  Co-opted Governors have a term of office of four years.  

We currently have two vacancies for co opted governors.  If you would like to be considered or simply want further information on the role then please contact the Clerk to the Governors.

 

Eddie Broadheadgoveb
Appointed:  17 May 2017
Attendance for 2017/18: 1/1
Attendance for 2016/17:  2/2
Committee Membership:  None
Register of Interests:  None
Bio:  I have previously volunteered as a Governor in two Derbyshire schools. I am now retired from Derbyshire County Council where I worked for 37 years as a teacher, School Improvement Adviser and 14-19 Manager. I am also currently a Governor at Burton and South Derbyshire College.  It is my hope that I will be able to make a positive contribution to the Governing Body of The Pingle Academy and in so doing, enhance the learning experience of all students.

Della Spaldinggovds
Appointed:  17 May 2017
Attendance for 2017/18: 0/1
Attendance for 2016/17:  1/2
Committee Membership:  None
Register of Interests:  None
Bio:  I have recently rejoined the Governing Body after a beak of 3 years but previously served 2 terms as  a Parent Governor.  My relationship with Pingle began at 11 when I joined as a secondary school student.  My own children have had a successful journey through their years at Pingle and my current foster children are also attending.  I have worked within the education system for many years, firstly in primary working with children with special eduational needs and later in secondary school in the autism advisory service.  I have been a foster carer for the last 8 years and also work with school advising them on children in care so I hope the experience I have gained in these areas can help in my role as Governor at The Pingle Academy.

 


Annual Report and Financial Statements

To access the Annual Report and Financial Statements please click here
All documents mentioned above can be found by clicking on the words, which will open a PDF document.

Articles of Association
Master Funding Agreement
Supplementary Funding Agreement
Terms of Reference for the LGB
Terms of Reference for the Audit and Risk Committee
Terms of Reference for the Pay Committee
Terms of Reference for the Policy Committee
Scheme of Delegation