Governance Structure

We have been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1st April 2021.

The levels of governance within NEAT include:

Each level of governance has clear accountabilities to ensure we have significant separation roles.

The relationship between the different levels of governance is represented in a chart.

St. Hild's Monitoring Committee
Constitution

Some of the functions that would usually be delegated to the Local Governing Committee will initially be carried out by a Monitoring Committee for St. Hild’s comprising:

  • Roger Alston, NEAT non-executive director/trustee (Chair)
  • Nichola Brannen, NEAT non-executive director/trustee 
  • Paul Rickeard, Director of Education, Newcastle and Durham Diocese

We publish profiles of each of our Non-executive directors/trustees 

Over time the functions carried out by the Monitoring Committee will be transferred to the Local Governing Committee for St. Hild’s and the Monitoring Committee disbanded.

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St. Hild’s Local Governing Committee

Constitution

The initial constitution of the St. Hild’s Local Governing Committee is:

  • two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE) in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity, West View, Hartlepool
  • two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE) in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of St. Hilda’s, Hartlepool
  • one nomination made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education (DDBE) in consultation with the Deanery Synod, Hartlepool
  • the minister of Holy Trinity, West View or St. Hilda’s (ex officio)
  • two parent members
  • one staff member
  • the headteacher (ex officio)

With the exception of the headteacher and staff members, all local governing committee members are volunteers although they may claim expenses under certain circumstances.

The terms of office of all governors are four years, except:

  • any co-opted governors where the term of office is one year
  • ex-officio appointments which are based on the person holding a particular office and continue as long as the person remains in post.”

St. Hild’s Local Governing Committee Members

Jo Campbell (Chair of Local Governing Committee)
Foundation governor nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC Holy Trinity, West View.
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board on 12.11.21: Term of office to 11.11.25
Declared interests: Emmanuel Schools Foundation employee at Christ's College, Sunderland (since April 2022)

Vacancy
Foundation governor nominated by DDBE in consultation with Deanery Synod, Hartlepool

Vacancy
Foundation governor nominated by DDBE

Sarah Clasper
Parent governor
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board on 06.07.21: Term of office to 05.07.25
Declared Interests: Hartlepool Borough Council employee (since September 2018)

Rev. Steve Edge
Foundation governor nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC St. Hilda’s.
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board on: 06.08.21: Term of office to 05.08.25
Declared Interests: Diocese of Newcastle employee (since November 2020)

Tracey Gibson
Headteacher
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board - Ex-officio role
Declared Interests: NEAT Academy Trust employee (since April 2021)

Rev. Roz Hall
Minister of Holy Trinity, West View.
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board - Ex-officio role
Declared Interests: Diocese of Durham employee (since June 2007)

Sarah Lake
Staff governor
Elected by staff at St. Hild’s Church of England School on 29.05.21: Term of office to 28.05.25
Declared Interests: NEAT Academy Trust employee (since April 2021)

Marie McIntosh
Foundation governor nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC Holy Trinity, West View.
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board on 27.07.21: Term of office to 26.07.25
Declared Interests: None

Cheryl Parker
Foundation governor nominated by DDBE in consultation with PCC St Hilda’s.
Appointed by NEAT Trust Board on 27.07.21: Term of office to 26.07.25
Declared Interests: None

Michael Robson
Parent governor
Elected by parents on 20.09.21; Term of office to 19.09.25
Declared Interests: North Yorkshire County Council employee (since March 2003)

Sarah Stock
Co-opted by St. Hild’s Monitoring Committee on 14.07.21: Term of office to 13.07.22
Declared Interests: NEAT Academy Trust employee (since April 2017)

Former Local Governing Committee members in the last 12 months:

Father Graeme Buttery
From 16.07.21 - 28.01.22

Meetings

We publish our meeting dates for the current school year.

The 2021-22 meeting dates for the Local Governing Committee and Monitoring Committee are below:

St. Hild’s Monitoring Committee:

Tuesday 28th September
Wednesday 8th December
Friday 18th February
Tuesday 29th March
Wednesday 11th May
Wednesday 13th July

Becoming a local governing committee member

Some members are elected by parents and staff, others are nominated by the local governing committee for approval by the trust board or co-opted directly by the local governing committee. The role is voluntary, although individuals are entitled to claim expenses in line with the trust's Director and Local Governor Expenses Policy.  

Videos of some of our trustees and local governing committee members talking about their experience of governing within NEAT on our YouTube channel

Our leaflet on 'Becoming a local governor for NEAT' below will tell you more about what is involved:

If you'd like to find out more about becoming a local governing committee member in the NEAT family of schools then please contact us.

Leaflet - Becoming a local governor for NEAT
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Governance Documentation

Articles of Association

These are the written rules which explain the roles and responsibilities of both the members and the directors of NEAT and how the charitable company is run.

You can view the articles on our trust website.

Local Governing Committees of other academies in NEAT

NEAT publishes information about other local governing committees

Code of Conduct

NEAT aims to work to the highest standards of governance at all levels of the organisation.

There is a Code of Conduct for Directors and Local Governing Committee Members.

All individuals involved in governance personally agree to operate according to the Code upon appointment and then on an annual basis.

The Code itself is reviewed at least annually.

Scheme of Delegation and Committee Procedures

The Scheme of Delegation sets out the decisions that the trust board has delegated to the Local Governing Committee and the St. Hild's Monitoring Committee.

St. Hild’s. Scheme of Delegation

The Committee Procedures set out the constitution, membership and arrangements for the Local Governing Committee and the St. Hild's Monitoring Committee. 
Committee Procedures

The trust board reviews these at least annually.

Funding agreements

The funding agreements between the Secretary of State and NEAT provide the framework in which we operate as a mixed multi academy trust.

We publish our funding agreements on the trust website.

Annual Report and Accounts

NEAT has an accounting reference date of 31st August each year.

Our annual report and accounts for the latest financial year are published on the trust website.

You can view the information we publish on the Companies House website which includes a company overview, filing history and key people.

Contact our Governors

You can get in touch with any of our governors via the school office or by using our school contact page.

You can also contact Suzanne Hendey, Head of Governance and Policy via the NEAT Academy Trust (NEAT) office on 0191 2284091, or via the NEAT contact page

Key Information

We publish a wide range of information about all levels of governance within NEAT: