The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust (DCVST) is looking for Governors to join our dedicated and visionary Schools Governance Boards.

The Vine Schools Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) set up by the Diocese of Chelmsford. We are a family of Church of England primary schools located throughout Essex and Thurrock. Our vision is to serve our local communities by providing excellent education rooted in our Christian values. Learn more about the Trust, here.

As a Governor on your school Governance Board you will:
• Be an advocate of the Trust Board so that pupils and schools will flourish in a place where the Trust and School vision and values are translated into action
• Provide support and challenge to school leaders
• Know each school well through focused monitoring to gain assurance of school progress and policy in action which will inform decision making

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13th July 2023 at 12.00pm. Interviews will be conducted w/c 17th July 2023.

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors. They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools. Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

Local Schools Board Membership and Declaration of Business Interests – from 1sts January 2023

NameRoleResponsibilityAppointed ByDate of AppointmentEnd of TermBusiness DeclarationFamily Declaration
Charlotte LittleChairSafeguarding / Quality of Education
Trust01/01/202326/04/2025The vines trust -Governor – Been governor for south east hub since 2017. Currently Chair

The vines trust Director – Vice Chair Appointed Director February 2021

The Appleton school Governor – Vice Chair

The vines trust Governor Local schools Board Member for Tendring Hub. Currently Chair

ESGA Executive Committee Member

Southminster TIB TIB

Gemma SmithVine Head / Deputy
Church School Effectiveness
Lucy TurnerEducationalist
Andi JonesMember & Vice ChairComplianceTrust01/01/2023Resigned 18/04/2024NoneWife is the Headteacher of another school in the trust.
Mark Carter-TufnellHeadteacher – Mistley Norman and St Osythn/aEx-Officio by Virtue01/01/2023n/aNone
Diane FawcettHeadteacher – St Andrews’sn/aEx Officio by Vitrue01/09/2019n/aDirector of Mid Tendring Essex Partnership TrustNone
Gemma MillsParent Governorn/aTrust01/09/2023Resigned 10/11/2023NoneNone
Lucie LevettSchool Governorn/aTrust01/09/202331/08/2027NoneNone
Claire EpsomGovernorn/aTrust01/09/2023Resigned 30/10/2023NoneNone
Phillip HoltonHeadteacher at Two Village and Mistley Normann/aEx-Officio by Virtue01/09/2023n/aNoneNone
Sarah BrysonHeadteacher at Two Village and Mistley Normann/aEx-Officio by Virtue30/10/2023n/aNoneNone
Gary RyallParent Govenorn/aTrust10/01/202409/01/2028NoneChildren attend the school
Malcolm WainfordSchool Governor16/02/202415/02/2028
Emma Somers10/01/202409/01/2028

Local Schools Board Meeting Attendance From 1st January 2023

Charlotte LittleChairAttendedAttendedAttended
Gemma SmithVine Head/Deputy
Lucy TurnerEducationalist
AttendedApologies acceptedn/a
Andi JonesMemberAttendedAttendedApologies Accepted
Mark Carter-TufnellHeadteacher – Mistley Norman and St OsythAttendedAttendedAttended
Diane FawcettHeadteacher – St Andrew’sAttendedAttendedAttended
Gemma MillsParent GovernorAttendedResigned 10/11/2023n/a
Lucie LevettSchool GovernorAttendedAttendedAttended
Claire EpsomGovernorApologies acceptedResigned 30/10/2023n/a
Philip HoltonHeadteacher – Two Village and Mistley NormanApologies acceptedApologies acceptedn/a
Sarah BrysonHeadteacher – Two Village and Mistley NormanStarted 30/10/2023AttendedAttended

Policies linked to governance at St Andrew’s can be found here in the Information Hub under Policies.