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.
|Name||Role||Responsibility||Appointed By||Date of Appointment||End of Term||Business Declaration||Family Declaration|
|Charlotte Little||Chair||Safeguarding / Quality of Education||Trust||01/01/2023||26/04/2025||The 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 Smith||Vine Head / Deputy||Church School Effectiveness||Trust||01/01/2023||28/09/2024||None||None|
|Andi Jones||Member & Vice Chair||Compliance||Trust||01/01/2023||20/05/2023||None||Wife is the Headteacher of another school in the trust.|
|Mark Carter-Tufnell||Headteacher – Mistley Norman and St Osyth||n/a||Ex-Officio by Virtue||01/01/2023||n/a||None||None|
|Diane Fawcett||Headteacher – St Andrews’s||n/a||Ex Officio by Vitrue||01/09/2019||n/a||Director of Mid Tendring Essex Partnership Trust||None|
|Gemma Mills||Parent Governor||n/a||Trust||01/09/2023||31/08/2027||None||None|
|Lucie Levett||School Governor||n/a||Trust||01/09/2023||31/08/2027||None||None|
|Phillip Holton||Headteacher at Two Village and Mistley Norman||n/a||Ex-Officio by Virtue||01/09/2023||n/a||None||None|
|Sarah Bryson||Headteacher at Two Village and Mistley Norman||n/a||Ex-Officio by Virtue||30/10/2023||n/a||None||None|
|Gemma Smith||Vine Head/Deputy||Attended||Attended|
|Lucy Turner||Educationalist||Attended||Apologies accepted|
|Mark Carter-Tufnell||Headteacher – Mistley Norman and St Osyth||Attended||Attended|
|Diane Fawcett||Headteacher – St Andrew’s||Attended||Attended|
|Gemma Mills||Parent Governor||Attended|
|Lucie Levett||School Governor||Attended||Attended|
|Claire Epsom||Governor||Apologies accepted|
|Philip Holton||Headteacher – Two Village and Mistley Norman||Apologies accepted||Apologies accepted|
|Sarah Bryson||Headteacher – Two Village and Mistley Norman||Started 30/10/2023||Attended|
Policies linked to governance at St Andrew’s can be found here in the Information Hub under Policies.