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Holsworthy Area Cluster Governing Body


Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Holsworthy Area Cluster, as part of Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust consists of Holsworthy Community College, Bradford Primary School, Bridgerule Primary School and Black Torrington Primary School.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Holsworthy Cluster Governing Board

There is a Local Governing Board for the schools within the Holsworthy Area Cluster.


The Local Governing Board has three core functions:


1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;


2. Holding the Heads of School / Primary Lead to account for the educational performance of the

Cluster Schools and their pupils; and


3. Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure that money is well spent.


The Governors recognise that the Head of School / Primary Lead are responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the cluster schools and the implementation of the curriculum.


The Co-Chair of Governors are Kate Scrivener and Ken Watson.  The Local Governing Board meets once every half term; between these meetings Governors visit the schools and focus on their core functions through the work of the committees. Governors visit the schools regularly as part of their role in the monitoring of the School Improvement Plans. Feedback on all visits is given to the Local Governing Board at meetings and this allows all Governors to be kept informed about progress, and also to be aware of any concerns that need to be addressed.


There are 17 positions on the Local Governing Board: the Head Teacher (HCC), the Primary Lead and one other staff Governor, two foundation Governors, two parent Governors and up to ten co-opted Governors. The Local Governing Board is supported by a Clerk.


Governors are appointed or elected as follows:


The Staff Governor is elected by the staff. The Foundation Governors are appointed by the Exeter Diocesan Board of Education. The Parent Governors are elected by the parents. Co-opted governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees from the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust


The Local Governing Board may also appoint associate members.


The Local Governing Board is supported by two committees, both with delegated power; the Resources Committee and the School Improvement Committee. The Resources Committee is responsible for matters connected to finance, including monitoring the use of pupil premium funding, premises, health and safety, personnel and our links with the local community. The School Improvement Committee monitor and evaluate teaching and learning, safeguarding, pupil welfare, standards and behavior, provision for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Both committees report to the Local Governing Board every half term.


In addition there is a Pay and Performance committee, which meets three times a year and a Headteacher appraisal panel, which also meets twice a year. Both have delegated powers.


Each individual School has an Ethos Committee that meets to ensure that the MAT’s Values, Vision and Aims are embedded in the actions and activities of the school. Furthermore, for a Church School this responsibility will include the values of the Church of England whilst for a non-Church School it will include the Co-operative Values set out in the MATs Statement of Intent.


If you would like to know more about Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, please go to https://www.dartmoormat.org.uk/


Contacting the Governing Board
If you would like to contact the Local Governing Board or feel you have skills and experience to contribute as a Governor please email Mrs. Claire Haggas on clerk@hcc.devon.sch.uk