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Key Information

Key Information (Last Updated January 2019)

Alexandra Park School became a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) at the beginning of January 2017.  MATs are state-funded organisations that are responsible for running one or more schools.  The name of the MAT is the New River Trust (NRT).  New River Trust MAT is responsible, currently for running one school, Alexandra Park School (APS).  MATs are directly accountable to the Department for Education (DfE), with whom they have a Funding Agreement.

The governance structure for New River Trust includes the ‘Members’ (the NRT has a total of 5) and the ‘Board of Trustees’ (up to a total of 10).  The Members and Board of Trustees must ensure that they are compliant at all times with their Articles of Association.  The Articles of Association are agreed between the MAT and the DfE. The Articles of Association for the NRT, which are based on the DfE Model Articles, are available here.

The governance arrangements and delegated authorities that have been put in place at New River Trust are outlined in full within the Trust's Scheme of Delegation. The Board of Trustees have also developed a Governance Handbook for the Trust which provides a useful overview of these arrangements in summary form.

What do Members of the NRT do?

The Members of a MAT are responsible for making sure that the MAT acts within its constitutional powers.  They have the right to amend the Articles of Association and they are responsible for agreeing appointments to the Board of Trustees.  

The Members of the NRT are:

  • Shelia Daley
  • Steph Gold
  • Nigel Scott
  • Rachel Wells
  • Gloria Wyse

Brief biographical details of the Members are available here.

What does the NRT Board of Trustees do?

The NRT Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Trust, holding the Chief Executive of the Trust to account and for ensuring the MAT's financial probity.  Academy Trusts are also charitable companies and the Trustees are company directors and must comply with company law requirements. Terms of reference for the Board of Trustees are included in the New River Trust Scheme of Delegation.

NRT Trustees are appointed by the NRT Members.

Current NRT Trustees are:

  • Jamie Scott (Chair)
  • Steph Gold (Vice-chair)
  • Jackie Beer
  • Costi Karayannis
  • Jackie Oldham
  • Lindsay Pinnick
  • David Stout
  • Rachel Wells
  • Michael McKenzie (Chief Executive Officer)

Brief biographical details of the Trustees are available here.

The Board of Trustees has created three sub-committees, the Finance & Audit Committee, the Risk Committee and the Personnel Committee.

The Finance & Audit Committee retains strategic oversight and monitors estates, audit and finance matters on behalf of the Board of Trustees.  The Finance & Audit Committee is responsible for recommending the NRT's annual budget for adoption by the Board of Trustees and for recommending the annual financial statements for approval by the Board of Trustees and review by the Members. The Terms of Reference for the NRT Finance & Audit Committee are included in the New River Trust Scheme of Delegation

The current Members of the Finance & Audit Committee are:

  • Nigel Scott (Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee, APS Local Governor)
  • Steph Gold (Trustee)
  • Karin Harrison (APS Local Governor)
  • Jamie Scott (Trustee)
  • David Stout (Trustee)
  • Michael McKenzie (Trustee and Chief Executive Officer)

The Risk Committee reviews Risk and Risk Management on behalf of the Board of Trustees, reporting on it's findings for approval by the Board of Trustees. The Terms of Reference for the NRT Risk Committee are included in the New River Trust Scheme of Delegation

The current Members of the Risk Committee are:

  • Jamie Scott (Chair of Risk Committee, Trustee)
  • Nigel Scott (Chair of Resources Committee, APS Local Governor)
  • Lindsay Pinnick (Trustee)
  • Michael McKenzie (Trustee and Chief Executive Officer)

The Personnel Committee retains strategic oversight and review of HR and personnel policy and procedure on behalf of the Board of Trustees. The Terms of Reference for the NRT Personnel Committee are included in the New River Trust Scheme of Delegation

The current Members of the Personnel Committee are:

  • Jackie Beer (Trustee, Chair of the Personnel Committee)
  • Steph Gold (Trustee)
  • Jackie Oldham (Trustee)
  • Rachel Wells (Trustee)

Alexandra Park School is a school within the New River Trust.  The New River Trust will appoint a Local Governors' Advisory Group (up to a total of 11 people) for any school within its Trust.  All Local Governors' Advisory Groups include elected Parent Governors and Elected Staff Governors.  The Headteacher of the school serves on its Local Governors' Advisory Group.

What do Local Governors' Advisory Groups do?

Local Governors' Advisory Groups (LGAGs) provide focused governance for the New River Trust at a local level, i.e. for their own school.  The LGAG for Alexandra Park School monitors the key performance indicators of the school, and acts as a critical friend to the Headteacher, providing challenge where appropriate. Local Governors also act as ambassadors for the school.  The terms of reference of New River Trust Local Governors' Advisory Group are included in the New River Trust Scheme of Delegation.  

The current Local Governors for Alexandra Park School are:

  • Uzma Hamid-Dizier (Chair of Local Governors, Appointed Local Governor*)
  • Karin Harrison (Appointed Local Governor*)
  • Lynwen Jones (Elected Parent Local Governor)
  • Jackie Oldham (Trustee, Appointed Local Governor*)
  • Frank Reynolds (Elected Parent Local Governor)
  • Nathan Richardson (Elected Teaching Staff Local Governor)
  • Nigel Scott (Appointed Local Governor*)
  • Melissande Box (Elected Support Staff Local Governor)
  • Akua Gee (Appointed Local Governor*)
  • Michael McKenzie (Headteacher of APS and Chief Executive of NRT)(Appointed Local Governor*)

*Appointed Governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees

Brief biographical details of APS Local Governors are available here

Alexandra Park school is currently seeking applications for role of Local Governor. For more information or apply, please refer to the Local Governor role description here.

 

Trustees and Local Governors must complete annually a Register of Interests. The Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Third Party Transactions and the Register of Interests are available via the links listed under Downloadable Items, below.

The Clerk to the Board of Trustees is Emma Bell.  Any communications to the Chair of the Board of Trustees, or any questions about governance, should be addressed to Emma in the first instance. Emma can be contacted at ebell@alexandrapark.school. If you'd like to talk to us about a concern, please refer to the school information section of the website.

A complete List of Members, Trustees and Governors who have served within the last 12 months including their terms of office and attendance at meetings during 2018-19 can be found here.

Downloadable items

New River Trust Vision and Values
Articles of Association
NRT Policy on Conflicts of Interest
NRT Members Register of Interests Jan 2019
NRT Trustees Register of Interests Jan 2019
APS LGAG Register of Interests Jan 2019
NRT Memorandum of Association
NRT Scheme of Delegation and Terms of Reference
NRT governance decision-making framework (Scheme of Delegation Appendix 7)
NRT Governance Handbook


Financial Statements Alexandra Park School and New River Trust

APS 2013APS 2014APS 2015NRT 2016, NRT 2017, NRT 2018


Funding agreements

Funding agreement 2011
Variation to funding agreement 2013
Variation to funding agreement 2016
Variation to funding agreement 2017


Past years governance attendance records

2016-2017 School year 
2017-2018 School year

 

Trading disclosure: Alexandra Park School is part of the New River Trust, a charitable company, registration number 07708890 (England and Wales)