Local Governing Committee

Local Governing Committee

The Governor's role at Holyrood
"The role of the Governor is largely a thinking and questioning role, not a doing role."

As a member of the largest voluntary body in the UK, school governors have three core functions in order to provide the highest standards of education:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and ensuring financial probity.

The Governors at Holyrood attend a Local Governance Committee (LGC) meeting at least once a term and in addition some serve on one or more of the committees that advise the Board of Trustees in specific areas, for example:

  • Finance and General Purposes 
  • Education Standards
  • Pay and Performance
  • Admissions.

Governors have the facility and responsibility to visit the Academy to witness its day-to-day activities, in order to assess and understand the progress made and to monitor issues identified within the Academy Improvement Plan. These visits are arranged in conjunction with the relevant members of the Senior Leadership Team and are structured in a way that is not disruptive to the Academy’s daily activities.

Governors of Holyrood Academy as at April 2018

Name Term of Office
Pearl Barnes 23/04/2018
Peter Chapple 07/12/2017
Alison Collins 18/04/2018
Matt Collins 03/04/2017 
Banah Crook 18/04/2018
Mac Davison (Chair) 03/04/2017 - 02/04/2021
Jonathan Farey  03/04/2017 - 02/04/2021
Anna Flindell 18/04/2018
Pauline Lamond 03/04/2017 - 02/04/2021
Jason Swarbrick 07/11/17 - 06/11/2021
Kate Yamada 18/04/2018

Full information regarding Governors at Holyrood Academy can be found by visiting Edubase.

Becoming a Governor at Holyrood Academy
The Academy is currently looking for others to join the Governing Body. If you would like to express an interest or find out more about the role please contact Tina Coles, VLT Company Secretary, at the Academy.  Please specify any relevant experience and skills that you would be able to bring to the role.

How to get in touch with Governors
Should you wish to get in touch with any of the Governors, please contact Tina Coles (VLT Company Secretary) in the first instance. You can email using the link below or write or telephone the Academy.

Mrs T Coles - VLT Company Secretary

Vector Learning Trust (VLT)
The Vector Learning Trust officially began operation as a Multi Academy Trust on April 3rd, 2017. The aims of the Trust are very simple and are based around the following three themes:

• Achievement

• People

• Quality

The raising of student achievement is central to our purpose and drives everything we do. We push our students to achieve the very best they can academically and we also recognise the importance of wider curricular activities with an extensive trips and visits programme and an emphasis on excellence in areas such as Sport, Music and Drama.

We like to put our people first and this begins with our students but also extends to our staff, our parents and our wider community.

We believe that sometimes less is more. We concentrate on getting the basics right and will only do things if we can do them in a way that adds real quality to the experiences of our students.

The Trust is currently made up of Holyrood Academy in Chard and Axe Valley Academy in Axminster. Holyrood has recently been awarded National Support School Status and has gained Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ status on its last two visits. The Trust is ambitious and hopes to encourage more schools from the South Somerset and East Devon area to work within it in the near and long term future.

As a Trust our intention is to provide outstanding education for the communities we serve and to increase the life chances of the young people we teach. Although we rightly concentrate on the achievement of our students we are already finding that working in such a collaborative way is presenting tremendous personal and professional development opportunities for our staff.  

Details regarding Vector Learning Trust Trustees/Directors can be found via Companies House.

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Contact Details

01460 260100
Holyrood Academy Zembard Lane, Chard,
Somerset, TA20 1JL

Holyrood Academy is a part of the Vector Learning Trust. Vector Learning Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in England and Wales number 07341523 and an Exempt Charity.
Registered address: Zembard Lane, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1JL