Mr Tim Fisher
Mr James O’Neill
Mrs Helen Radcliffe
Mrs Hanne Barton – Member appointed
Mr Mike Butler - Chief Executive
Mrs Kathryn Stevenson - Director of Finance and Operations
Mr Laurence Job - Member appointed
Mr James O’Neill (Chair) – Member appointed
Mrs Helen Radcliffe - Member appointed
Cllr Heather Scott - Member appointed
Mrs Shirley Welsh - Member appointed
Mr Raman Sanghera - Member appointed
The ESC has recently been temporarily disbanded. Their roles are being carried out by the Academy Monitoring Group (AMG)
Beaumont Hill Academy Monitoring Group
Terms of Reference
Purpose of the group:
To monitor progress against the Academy’s Post-Ofsted Action Plan (POAP) and to validate evidence of the impact of actions taken.
To oversee and, where appropriate, determine any other activity aimed at moving the Academy from an Ofsted judgement of ‘Inadequate’ towards an Ofsted judgement of ‘Good’.
The Group will scrutinise the actions in the Academy Post-Ofsted Action Plan, ensuring they are aligned to the recommendations in the Ofsted report. It will challenge the Principal and leaders in the Academy to take actions that will directly address, at pace, the issues Ofsted and other independent reviews (e.g. review of Governance, RSC visits, review of Safeguarding) highlight.
Following the Ofsted outcome three ESC members have resigned from the Committee and it is not viable in its current status.
Additionally, and exceptionally, the Trust’s Board of Directors has temporarily dissolved the Education Standards Committee (ESC) and suspended the Scheme of Delegation for the Beaumont Hill Academy ESC (tasked with supporting and challenging the Academy to deliver the best possible standards of education to its students). The Academy Monitoring Group will subsume the role of the ESC in the short to medium term. The Board will make a decision about how and when to re-establish the ESC in due course, taking into account any recommendations provided by the AMG.
Hanne Barton – Trust Director with SEN Focus
Mike Butler – Chief Executive of the Education Village Academy Trust (Chair)
Kit Dixon – ESC member (parent representative - awaiting clearance)
Karen McCarron - ESC member (parent representative)
Phil North – Co-opted Trust Support and Resources Committee member (HR Manager in the DfE)
Heather Scott – Trust Director and ESC member
Chris Ashford - Safeguarding Link (awaiting clearance)
Also in attendance
Gemma Elysee – Senior Assistant Headteacher, Beaumont Hill Academy (Maternity Leave)
Jenny Nimmo - Senior Leader, Beaumont Hill Academy
Caroline Green – Principal of Beaumont Hill Academy
Adrian Lynch – Deputy Principal, Beaumont Hill Academy
Alana Mackenzie – Governance Support and Development Officer / Clerk to the AMG
Steve Nyakatawa – Interim Head of Education, Darlington Borough Council
Term of office
Membership of the Group will last until the Board of Directors considers it has achieved its objective and no longer needs to meet. The Board has suggested the Group is likely to be required for between six and twelve months.
The Group will be accountable, and report progress, to the Board of Directors.
A report will be provided at scheduled Board meetings and in-between during meetings between the Chief Executive and the Chair of the Board (fortnightly).
If required, Group members should be available to meet with the HMI conducting any Monitoring Visit.
The Group will review its purpose, role and functions following the first Ofsted monitoring visit (due 3-6 months after the inspection). It will provide a report to the Board of Directors.
Ways of working:
The Group will adopt a shared approach to hold the Academy Leadership to account at meetings. Some Group members will lead on specific areas such as Safeguarding, Pupil Premium or any other priority identified in the Ofsted report or during the course of meetings, linking with relevant Academy leaders.
The Group may convene sub-committees to scrutinise a particular issue or subject. Any sub-committee would report back into the wider Group.
The frequency of meetings will be determined by the Group at its first meeting but in the first instance should be monthly. Meetings will be held at the Education Village.
The Trust will provide a Clerk who will prepare an Agenda in collaboration with the Chair. Any member of the Group can suggest an agenda item or, if the matter is too late to be included in the agenda, can ask for it to be tabled as an item of other business at the start of the meeting.
The Clerk will prepare papers and circulate them ahead of each meeting.
The Clerk will draft minutes of each meeting for approval at the next.
The minutes will be made available to any stakeholder or interested person outside of the Group on request to the Clerk.
Sharing of information:
The Group will proactively share information with:
· The Board of Directors via the Chair
· Academy staff via the Principal
· Parents and carers via newsletters and the Academy website
· The LA and the RSC are represented on the Group and will feed back to their organisations via their own internal processes.
The Group may consider providing updates or reporting progress to other forums (e.g. local media) either exceptionally or as a matter of course.