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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.

    Governor Vacancies

    Parent Governor

    The QEGS Local Governing Body are seeking to appoint a Parent Governor for September 2017.

    Parent Governors are elected by parents or carers of registered students attending the academy at the time of the election. They do not have to stand down if their child leaves the academy but may do so if they wish.

    Interested parties should complete an application, the selection process will include:

    • Complete and submit an application form;
    • Informal interview with the Headteacher and Chair of Governors;
    • Final selection based on an informal interview and/or election (all parents/carers with children at the academy are eligible to vote).
    If insufficient parents/carers stand for election, the QEGS Local Governing Body can appoint Parent Governors and may remove an appointed Parent Governor from office.

    To apply for this position, please fill in the attached application form and send to:
    Miss S Bhogal, Clerk to QEGS Local Governing Body - bhogal@qegs.email

    Closing date: 12pm on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

    The Governors

    Matt Atkins Teaching 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 Co-opted (Chair of Governors)

    Helen Baker

    Helen was elected as a parent governor in 2014. She is a chartered accountant and has worked with many businesses in both practice and industry. She has lived locally since 1999 and owns a retail business, Stepping Stones Shoes, in Ashbourne. Helen was elected as Chair of Governors to QEGS in 2017. She has previously been a governor at Ilam primary school.

    Helen is the Chair of the Resources Committee and the Chair of Governors.

    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

    Duncan Ballard Church Appt

    Duncan Ballard

    Duncan moved to Ashbourne to be Rector of the Ashbourne Group of Churches and Area Dean of Carsington at the beginning of 2017. He studied Pure Physics at Sheffield university and began his working life with the National institute for the Blind, later setting up his own company working with deaf blind adults and children. His then became a vicar, studying at Llandaff in Cardiff, and now enjoys life immensely with his wife and three dogs, terrorising the local walkers! Duncan is also Governor of Clifton primary school, and has a special interest in disability, looked after children, and everyone on the edges of society. The Rev Duncan Ballard is a Church Appointed Governor.

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    Marcus Caton Foundation

    Marcus Caton

    Marcus is a Foundation governor representing the Old Trust. Originally from Australia, Marcus married an old Ashburnian and now lives locally with his wife and three children who all attend a local primary school. Marcus has worked in education for over 20 years and currently is the Head of Sixth Form at The Long Eaton School.

    Marcus is the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

    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

    Scott Garrity Head of Academy (Principal)

    Scott Garrity

    Mr Garrity is now in the 21st year of his career in education which has included teaching and leading teams in Merseyside and Cheshire, eventually arriving at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Ashbourne Derbyshire, in 2002. Following a succession of promotions he was appointed as Head of Academy in February 2016. He feels proud and privileged to lead QEGS in the next chapter of its journey. Mr Garrity attends all Governor Meetings, Standing and Sub Committee Meetings.

    Employed by and Position Held: Head of Academy at QEGS

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    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

    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

    Colin Smith Parent

    Colin Smith

    Colin is a parent Governor and has 3 children who have studied and left 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

    Claire Ward Parent

    Claire Ward

    Claire lives in Hognaston and has 2 daughters at QEGS. Claire is a Social Worker and has worked in Special School Education for over 20 years. Her current role is to manage a Family Support Team for an organisation called Umbrella, who support families of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

    Claire is the Chair of the Wellbeing Committee.

    Employed by and Position Held: Umbrella - Lead Information, Advice and Family Support Worker

    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 at QEGS and sits on the Wellbeing committee. Prior to QEGS, from 2004 he was a parent governor at both Parkside and Osmaston primary schools and was Vice Chair of Governors at Osmaston from 2009-2014. He is a Retired Detective Constable with the Derbyshire Constabulary and continues to work in a staff role at Police Headquarters.

    Employed by and Position Held: Retired Detective Constable – Derbyshire Constabulary

    Other Positions Held: None

    Personal relationships with staff at QEGS: Yes

    Financial Interests: None

    Hospitality: None


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