Our Governing Body

What do school governors do?

The Local Governing Body works in line with the requirements of the Cockburn Multi Academy Trust board at Cockburn John Charles. Its role is to help the establishment fulfil its main aim, to provide the best possible education for all of its students with a rapid and sustained Transformation to Excellence. For further details of our Governors please see: 

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Are you enthusiastic about education?
Do you have time to spare?
If so then you may be just the person we need

We are looking for committed people to join Cockburn Multi-academy Trust (Cockburn MAT) as Trustees and Governors. We have a number of vacancies in the Trust and would welcome applications from people with experience in:

  • Finance (Accountant, Finance Manager etc)
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Health and Safety (H&S officer, union rep etc)
  • Capital projects management

The Local Governing Bodies are made up of parent, staff, and co-opted governors. The recruitment process initially requires you to complete an application form available here.

The next stage is the completion of a skills audit, to allow the Governing Body and Trust Board to understand your skill set. The final stage is an interview.

The Local Governing Body operate at a strategic level and are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school/academy. They are responsible for both the conduct of the school/academy and for the promotion of high standards.

They carry out this role by; ensuring that the school/academy works efficiently and effectively towards achieving the Vision and that the school/academy provides a high-quality education for its pupils. This is done by building a thorough knowledge of the school/academy and its community, by both supporting and constructively challenging the school/academy, and by ensuring accountability and compliance.

The Cockburn MAT Board Trustees have overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all work of Cockburn MAT including the establishing and running of academies.

Governors and Trustees need not be experts in the field of education. What they do need is an interest in the school/academy and in the welfare of its pupils, together with the time and willingness to get involved. The skills you have can be very useful to the Trust.

Governors and Trustees also need ‘soft skills’ – the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question and to make connections between different types of information.

For further information please contact Sharon Burns, Chief Operating Officer, on burnss@cockburnmat.org in the first instance.

Please see the parent governor letter for more information

Mr David Gurney

CEO Cockburn MAT

Term of Office 01/04/18 – 31/03/22

Register of Interests: CEO of Cockburn MAT.

Mrs Siobhan Roberts

Head of School

Term of Office 01/04/18 – 01/09/50

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

Adrian Cobbledick: Chair of Governors

Parent Governor

Term of Office as Chair of Governors 06/03/19 – 31/08/22 resigned

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

Cllr Angela Gabriel

Community Representative

Term of Office 01/04/18 – 31/03/22 resigned

Register of Interests: Elected Member of LCC

Mrs Vanessa Norton

Staff Governor

Term of Office 02/10/18 – 01/10/22

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

Angus Kinnear

Community Representative

Term of Office 01/09/18 – 31/08/22 resigned

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

Richard Lake

Parent Governor

Term of Office 16/10/18 – 15/06/22 removed due to non-attendance

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

Marilyn Stimpson 

Parent Governor

Term of Office 15/10/18 – 26/08/2021 resigned

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

Cllr Judith Blake

Community Representative

Term of Office 01/04/18 – 06/05/2021 resigned

Register of Interests: No interests to declare.

 

Dominic Bascombe

Community Representative

Term of Office 14/10/21 – 14/10/24

Register of Interests: No interests to declare

 

Julia Pope

Community Representative, Safeguarding Governor

Term of Office 28/04/2022 – 28/04/2026

Register of Interests: No interests to declare