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    The Academy Trust and The Governing Body

    Contacting the Governors

    The governors can be contacted via Miss Bhogal (Directors' PA) on 01335 343685 extension 1714 or via email bhogal@queenelizabeths.derbyshire.sch.uk


    QEGS is a Phase 2 Academy School which is a publicly funded independent school that provides a first class free education. The school is independent of the Local Authority but still has an important part to play in the local community and will continue to work closely with all the Partner Primary Schools. As the school is independent of the Local Authority it is able to make its own decisions on things like the education it delivers, on how it spends the budget allocated to it and what services it would like to purchase back from the Local Authority.

    What an Academy Trust is and what they do.

    The Academy is run along similar lines to a Company and all the Governors have had to be registered at Companies House as Directors of The Academy. The Academy Trust is a charitable company responsible for the running of The Academy and has control over the land and assets of the company. It has a strategic role in running The Academy but leaves the day-to-day management of The Academy to the Senior Leadership Team.

    How the Academy Trust is made up.

    The members of The Academy Trust are the Headteacher, the Chair of Governors, and the Chairs of the three committees. At the present time these positions are named as the Headteacher, The Chair of Governors, the three chairs of the Standing committee’s and the Business Manager.

    The Full Governing Body

    The Governing Body consists of a number of committees;

    • Achievement and Standards: Tasked with monitoring tracking and evaluating rates of progress by all students and ensuring that a broad and balanced curriculum is available and accessible to all students.

    • Student and Staff Well-Being: Tasked with monitoring tracking and evaluating behaviour, attendance and general well-being of all students. Ensuring Safeguarding is complied with and managed effectively for Students and Staff and monitoring performance of staff and other HR matters .

    • Resources: Tasked with monitoring and evaluating the school budget to ensure best value for money is achieved in areas of expenditure and ensuring that the school grounds and buildings are fit for purpose to deliver a good educational experience for both the students and staff.

    Matt Atkins Staff

    Matt Atkins

    Is a Staff Governor (Teaching). Matt has been on the Governing Body since 2010 and has worked at the school since 2005. He is a Geography teacher and the KS5 Progress Leader.

    Employed by and Position Held: KS5 Leader at QEGS

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Helen Baker Parent

    Helen Baker

    Helen is a parent governor with two daughters at the school. She is a chartered accountant and has worked with many businesses in both practice and industry. She used to be a governor at Ilam primary school and was the chair of governors there for 4 years when previously living in Staffordshire. She has lived in Ashbourne since 2008 and owns a retail business, Stepping Stones Shoes, in town. Helen was Recently appointed as Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Student and Staff Well-Being Committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Owner at Stepping Stones Shoes in Ashbourne

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Mick Betteridge Foundation

    Mick Betteridge

    Is a Foundation Governor for the Old Trust. He attended QEGS as a student and his now grown-up children also attended the school. He is retired but was previously a teacher in both secondary and junior schools.

    Employed by and Position Held: Retired

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Marcus Caton Foundation

    Marcus Caton

    Marcus Caton is a foundation governor.

    Employed by and Position Held: Teacher/Head of Sixth Form at The Long Eaton School

    Other Positions Held: Parent Governor at Osmaston Primary School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Jeanette Hart Community

    Jeanette Hart

    Is a Community Governor representing the QEGS Partnership Schools. Jeanette has been the Headteacher of Osmaston CE (VC) Primary School since 1999 and is also Chair of the Dove Valley Primary Schools Association. Prior to this she was a Deputy Headteacher in two large inner-city primary schools in Derby. Jeanette attended QEGS as a pupil and the two of her four children are students here.

    Employed by and Position Held: Headteacher – Osmaston Primary School

    Other Positions Held: Governor at Osmaston Primary School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Max Jeffery Co-opted

    Max Jeffery

    Max Jeffery is a Chartered Engineer, who heads one of JCB’s manufacturing businesses. He attended QEGS as a student and lives locally. He is married with two children, one of whom is now attending QEGS and the other is at a local primary school. Originally nominated by JCB, he has been a Governor for the past 5 years and has recently been appointed Chair of Governors.

    Employed by and Position Held: General Manager at JCB Landpower Ltd

    Other Positions Held: Trustee of Futures Foundation (Fundraising group linked with the JCB Academy)

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Anne Martin Principal

    Anne Martin

    Mrs Martin became head teacher in 2012. She attends all Governor Meetings, Standing and Sub Committee Meetings. Mrs Martin is also on the Academy Board.

    Employed by and Position Held: Accounting Officer & Governor

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Paul Oakes Foundation

    Paul Oakes

    Paul is a Foundation Governor representing the Old Trust. He has three daughters, two who have studied at QEGS and have since gone into Further Education and one daughter remaining. Paul attended QEGS as a student and has spent 30 years in the construction industry, the past 20 of them in site management.

    Employed by and Position Held: Contracts Manager – Darfish Ltd Construction & Development

    Other Positions Held: Committee Member on The Old Ashburnian Society

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Roger Palmer-Clark Parent

    Roger Palmer-Clark

    I have three children at QEGS, currently in Year 8 & Year 12. I work for Rolls-Royce and have been employed in various IT related roles in Derby & Germany over the last 25 years. I was formerly a parent governor at Brailsford Primary school, then Osmaston Primary school.

    Employed by and Position Held: Civil Aerospace IT at Rolls Royce PLC

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Geraldine Pond Church Appt

    Geraldine Pond

    Geraldine Pond is the church appointed governor and sits on the Student and Staff Well-Being committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Derby Diocese – Director of Vocations

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Colin Smith Parent

    Colin Smith

    Colin is a parent Governor and has 3 children who have studied at QEGS and one son remaining. He has been a co-opted Governor at Parkside School for many years.

    Employed by and Position Held: Rolls Royce – Group President

    Other Positions Held: Governor at Parkside Junior School

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Hereward Tresidder Community

    Hereward Tresidder

    Is a governor of 7 years standing whose children have now moved on from QEGS. He is an accountant who works with various businesses as a financial manager and has lived in Ashbourne for 16 years. He is also the Chair of the Resources Committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Self Employed Financial Management Consultant

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Rob Tuck Staff

    Rob Tuck

    Rob Tuck is a staff governor (non teaching), who has been working at the school since 2007. He is the school's Creative Technologist.

    Employed by and Position Held: Creative Technologist at QEGS

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Claire Ward Parent

    Claire Ward

    Claire has lived in Hognaston for 12 years and has 2 girls at QEGS in years 7 and 8. Claire has worked with Children and Young People with severe learning disabilities for 19 years, and is currently working in a Further Education Department in a Special School in Derby.

    Employed by and Position Held: Derby City Council - Teaching Support (SEN)

    Other Positions Held: Secretary of D Ward Developments Ltd

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Richard Watson Parent

    Richard Watson

    Richard Watson is a parent governor and sits on the Achievement and Standards committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Detective Constable – Derbyshire Constabulary

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None

    Keith Wesley Foundation

    Keith Wesley

    Keith is a Foundation Governor of the Old Trust. Keith was a teacher at QEGS from 1978 to 2008 before retiring and was Head of Maths for 18 years. His daughter, step-son and daughter attended QEGS, all continuing their education at University and are now pursuing their chosen careers. He is the Chair of the Achievement and Standards Committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Retired

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: None

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None


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