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Our role, as Trustees

Is to ensure that the high expectations and standards of our Academies are maintained.  We achieve this by acting as a “critical friend” and providing appropriate challenge and support to the Associate Principals and their staff.   We are responsible for overseeing leadership, setting targets for school improvement, monitoring progress and improved outcomes for pupils, assisting in the development of strategy, setting and agreeing budgets and priorities for spending, providing a safe and secure environment in which pupils can flourish and ensuring current legislation is embedded in our day to day activities.

The full Board of Trustees meets termly as do the Audit and Finance Committees.  The Pay & Personnel Committee meets once per annum to review staff pay awards and on an ad hoc basis to deal with personnel issues as necessary.  All Trustees undergo a DBS check on appointment and receive training throughout their term of office to enable them to undertake their roles effectively.

A full list of Trustees can be found under “Our Team” section of the website.

I hope enjoy your journey through our website and if you wish to learn more about our work please contact Sherri Hawkins, Company Secretary.

Yours sincerely,

Pat Marchiori, RSADipTefla
Chair of Trustees



Mrs P Marchiori Mrs P Marchiori. Chair of Trustees and Member
RSA Dip TEFLA, Chair of Trustees – retired Academic principal fro a local language school, currently working for Cambridge ESOL as an inspector. Member of the Schools’ Forum and the Admissions’ Forum representing the catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. Co-opted member of the Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Panel.
Mr R Smith Mr R Smith. Trustee and Member
Chair of Audit Committee and finance expertise – qualified Inspector of Taxes, specialising in Corporation Tax. Moved into management in 2010 and currently leads a compliance team dealing with enquiries into VAT, PAYE, income and corporation taxes. Local Councillor for 15 years, profile includes vice chair of the LA, chair of the Education and Life- long Learning Scrutiny Review Panel, education portfolio and Leader of the Council.
Mrs M Bramford Mrs M Bramford. Trustee and Member
Began career in retail, moved on to public service and returned to retail before giving up work to be a full-time mum. Ran her own B&B business and is now a special needs escort for Bournemouth Borough Council.
Mrs C Sard Mrs C Sard. Vice Chair of Trustees
Previously a legal executive for a London firm of solicitors for 10 years. Now employed as a higher level teaching assistant at a local selective secondary school.
Mr N Smith Mr N Smith. Trustee
Chair of Finance Committee – qualified solicitor in 1988, became Partner in 1992 and in 1999 took up as Managing Partner of large law firm in the Bournemouth area. Responsible for financial, risk and change management and regulatory compliance.
Mrs B Catling Mrs B Catling. Trustee
A member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, working in local government HR setting since 1996. School governor since 1999, with experience in both primary and secondary phases.
J Badger 2 Mr J Badger. Trustee
A volunteer and support worker in a variety of schools, working with children from primary through to sixth form.
l-parker Mrs Louise Parker. Trustee
Has worked in financial services since 1994.  Previously a Market Research Manager for a large Financial Services organisation.  Now a self-employed bookkeeper and mortgage administrator.  Louise is also a Member of the Audit Committee.

Audit Committee

Mr R Smith Chair of Audit Committee
Mrs C Sard
Mrs L Parker

Finance Committee

Mr N Smith Chair of Finance Committee
Mrs M Bramford
Mrs B Catling

Parents’ Information

Favourite Rhymes

Baa, baa, black sheep Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. One for the master, one for the dame, And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.