Governing Body

As part of the Vale Academy Trust, the Larkmead community is overseen by its Local Governing Body, whose role – delegated and supported by the Trust – is to set targets for the school, to monitor and challenge progress and to make sure that the school is accountable to key groups of people with an interest in its work.  As well as the Head Teacher, the Local Governing Body includes elected representatives of parents & carers and the schools teaching and non-teaching staff, together with representatives of the local community appointed by the Vale Academy Trust.

The governing body brings a wide range of skills or viewpoints, and actively encourages input from our students, parents & carers, staff and the wider community.  The Local Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school, but the kind of friend who knows the school well enough to ask challenging questions about what the school is doing.

Local Governing Body – Register of Interests September 2017 – 2018

The composition of the LGB is as follows:

7 governors appointed by the Directors
1 Headteacher (ex-officio)
2 staff member
3 parents

Name & Governor ResponsibilitiesAppointing Body & Term of Office
2016-2017 LGB record of attendance
Nature of Declared InterestsDate Disclosed
CHRIS HARRIS

Headteacher

Finance, Estates & Premises
01/09/2005 – Ex-Officio

6 of 6 meetings
VAT employee01.09.2005
Partner is employed by the VAT at Larkmead9.2008
IAIN LITTLEJOHN

Chair of LGB

Board of Directors
01/01/2017 – 31/12/2020

6 of 6 meetings
Director/owner of Change Audit (Consultancy)06/09/2006
HESA LTD - Director02/2017
ATOM Science Festival – Trustee/Director10/2017 (pending)
Wife is employed as a teacher at St Helen’s and St Katherine’s School2010
Wife employed at Larkmead School teaching for one year09/2017
Friends of Abingdon09/2017
GEOFF PALMER

Vice Chair of LGB

Finance, Estates & Premises
Teaching & Learning
Board of Directors
01/01/2017 – 31/12/2020

5 of 6 meetings
Advanced Personnel Ltd, Luton, Consultant Employee22/03/2017
Principal Business Analyst, Oxford University Press22/03/2017
Shareholder of Geoffrey R Palmer Ltd (IT Consultancy)01/10/1991
Member of C of E Anglican Church07/2000
KEVIN HAWKINS

Finance, Estates & Premises
Parent
26/01/2017 – 25/01/2021

4 of 6 meetings
Regional Asset Manager & Investment Director of Kajima Partnerships Ltd04/10/2013
Director & Asset Manager of Blue 3 Ltd (property investment. Management)04/12/2013
Director & Asset Manager of Kajima Healthcare Bicester Ltd01/08/2014
Director & Asset Manager of Ealing Schools Partnerships Ltd07/11/2013 to 12/05/2015
Director & Asset Manager of HLR Schools Ltd08/02/2017
Partner is owner and managing director of Muse Communications Ltd (public relations consultancy)31/07/2008
Parent of pupils at Larkmead School09/2011
ELLIE BALL

Student Welfare & Safeguarding (Chair)
Teaching & Learning
SEND & PP
Board of Directors
01/01/2017 – 31/12/2020

6 of 6 meetings
Spouse is a Director & Senior Pastor of Abingdon Vineyard Church (Christian Charity)2006
Senior Pastor at Abingdon Vineyard Church2006
Parent of pupil at Larkmead School2010
JOLYON HOLDSTOCK

Teaching & Learning (Chair)
Parent
26/01/2017 –25/01/2021

5 of 6 meetings
Employee of Oxford Gene Technology01/04/03
Member of Outdoor Traders (sporting)01/12/13
DAVID LEVER

Finance, Estates & Premises (Chair)
Board of Directors
01/01/2017 – 31/12/2020

6 of 6 meetings
Employee of Wood PLC (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler)01/07/12
Licensed Lay Minister – Church of England1993
Parish of North Abingdon – membership of Leadership Team1990's
CAROLE LUSHINGTON

Student Welfare & Safeguarding
Safeguarding
Board of Directors
01/01/2017 – 31/12/2020

4 of 6 meetings
Director of DNLMS Ltd T/A TaxAssist Accountants18/02/2006
Shareholder – DNLMS Ltd12/06/14
Membership – Abingdon Rugby Club2002
LAURA READStaff
09/07/2015 –08/07/2019

4 of 6 meetings
Employee (Teacher) of Larkmead School, Vale Academy Trust01/09/2014
LUCY HUTTON

Student Welfare & Safeguarding
Parent
15/03/2017 – 03/05/2021

2 of 3 meetings
Employee of Ricardo – AEA LTD14/04/1992
Parent of a pupil at Larkmead School09/2014
JULIE EDGE

Student Welfare & Safeguarding
Teaching & Learning
Most Able
Safeguarding
Board of Directors
27/03/2017 – 26/03/2021

3 of 3 meetings
None
VacancyStaff
VacancyBoard of Directors

Governors’ who have stepped down in the past 12 months

Name & Governor responsibilitiesAppointing Body & Term of Office 2016-2017 LGB record of attendanceNature of declared interestsDate Disclosed
DAN ONIONParent - 4 Years until 04/05/2017 - Stepped down on 04/05/2017Director of Thomas Merrifield Estate Agents01/1997
NICK REGAARDStepped down on 26/01/2017
TERRY GRAHAMStepped down on 26/01/2017
ROB BEALEStepped down on 26/01/2017