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The Governing Board at Bolder Academy.

The role of the Governing Board at Bolder Academy is determined by the Department for Education to:

  • Ensure clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students, and the performance management of staff.
  • Oversee the financial performance of the Academy, making sure its money is well spent.

In practice, this means that, together with the Headteacher, governors are responsible for making sure Bolder Academy provides a high-quality education for students. They also ensure the requirements of the Academy’s 2018 Funding Agreement with the Department for Education are met.

Furthermore, Governors’ responsibilities include:

  • Appointing the Headteacher.
  • Taking decisions on matters such as performance, targets, Academy policies and development plans.
  • Monitoring the impact of policies and overseeing the Academy budget and staffing.
  • Drawing on their knowledge and experience to provide support and challenge for the Headteacher.
  • Hearing appeals from students and staff and considering complaints.
  • Asking searching questions whilst respecting the position of the Headteacher as the professional leader of our Academy.
  • Celebrating the Academy’s successes and ensuring it continuously improves.

The Governing Board Structure.

The Governing Board meets six times a year, with a meeting held each half-term.

Bolder Academy Trust Structure and Membership September 2021

When complete, the Governing Board will consist of nine governors (directors/trustees):

  • Five appointed by the Members.
  • The Headteacher.
  • Two elected parents.
  • One elected staff governor.

Governors are appointed for a term of four years, and are then subject to re-appointment or re-election, depending on the governor role type. Appointments are made in line with the Articles of Association. 

There are currently eight governors (4 appointed by Members, one elected by staff, two elected by parents, plus the headteacher) and a Clerk to the Board:

Andrew Dodge (Chair), Rob Collie (Vice-Chair), Victoria Eadie, Eileen Sheedy, Birinder Tember, Frances Heaphy, Jo Killingley, Wendy Smith, Heidi Swidenbank (Headteacher), Rebecca Wilson (Clerk to the Governing Board and Company Secretary).

You can find more information on the governors and members HERE. 

Governors and Members Appointments and Pecuniary Interests Nov 2020

2017 11 23 Company Change of Name

2014-03-10 Memorandum

The Trust and its Members.

Bolder Academy is also known as a Trust and Bolder Academy Trust is the name registered at Companies House. The Trust has three Members.

The role of a Member is separate from the role of a Governor. The Members do not meet as frequently and do not play a role in the strategic direction or the day-to-day management of Bolder Academy. They have responsibility for a small number of significant decisions that are detailed in the Articles of Association. Their main role is to appoint some of the governors/directors and ensure the accountability of the Governing Board.

The three Members are:

  • Victoria Eadie (CEO Tudor Park Education).
  • Caroline McKay (Headteacher Ivybridge Primary School).
  • Euan Ferguson (Headteacher Isleworth & Syon School).

Some more reading.

Log of Formal Complaints Nov 2020 

Bolder Academy Trust Articles of Association 

Original Funding Agreement 

Bolder Academy Signed Annual Accounts 2019-20 

Employees Salary Declaration:

The following extract from the statutory accounts for the year ended 31st August 2020, shows the number of employees whose benefits exceeded £100k (excluding the Trust’s own pension costs):

In the band £100,001  - £110,000 1  
In the band £110,001  - £120,000   1