Meet Our Local Academy Board
Consilium is a Multi-Academy Trust with a family of eight schools across the North West, North East and Yorkshire. Within each school, a Local Academy Board has been established. Local Academy Boards (LAB’s) may also be known at other Trusts as ‘Academy Committees’, ‘Local Governing Boards’ or ‘Local Advisory Committees'.
Each LAB is composed of different members, usually two Parent places are within the Board. Parent members are elected through a process which is defined in a key document called the ‘Articles of Association.’
Parent Trustees and Parent LAB members play an important role within the board. The role is to support the Trust itself and provide insight on behalf of other parents of students who attend the school. A key function of the LAB is to engage meaningfully with all parents and carers as a whole.
The Trust Board determines the level of delegation or responsibility which is to be passed to the Local Academy Boards. This is subject to review on a yearly basis and responsibilities can be added or removed dependent on how well the Trust Board feel that the LAB is managing. Local Academy Boards are a formal and important part of the governance of Consilium Academies and the contributions of members are very much valued by the Trust Board. Some of the typical areas which are covered at local level may be;
- Support of the efficient and effective operation of the Trust and its policies
- Support and challenge (where appropriate) to the school leaders
- Share issues and risks with the Trust Board if necessary
- Scrutiny of reports which may be supplied by school leaders or members themselves
- Provide a meaningful link with the community, parents and the students of the school, sharing feedback with the Board, regarding challenges but also to celebrate successes
- Provide feedback to the Trust Board in relation to policies and practices which are personal to the school, (policies which are delegated to the LAB are identified in a document called the Scheme of Delegation.
Our Local Academy Board Members have a term of service for four years. Parent and Staff members are elected by parents and staff retrospectively. The Headteacher is ex officio and automatically holds a position due to their position within the school.
Contact our Local Academy Board Members
For any matter related to Heworth Grange Local Academy Board you may contact the Chair, Mrs Yvonne Baker, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For any matters or queries relating to governance please contact Consilium Academies, 5th Floor, 1 City Approach, Albert Street, Eccles, M30 0BL.
Our school LAB members:
|Name:||Member Type:||Term From:||Term To:||Appointed/Elected by:|
|Mrs Yvonne Baker OBE||Chair||01/09/20||31/08/24||Trust Board|
|Mrs Denise Nicholson||Vice Chair||01/09/20||31/08/24||Resigned - 09/02/2023|
|Mr Jason Holt||Headteacher||27/02/23||-||By Default|
|Prof. Jon Timmis||Trust Appointed||31/01/21||30/12/24||Resigned - 10/10/2023|
|Dr Sunil Bhopal||Trust Appointed||19/03/21||18/02/25||Resigned - 04/10/2023|
|Mrs Rachel Miller||Trust Appointed||April 2021||April 2025||Trust Board|
|Mr Paul Thornton||Trust Appointed||Trust Board|
|Mrs Joanne Grewcock||Parent||10/06/21||09/06/25||Parent|
|Mr Iain Stephenson||Parent||10/06/21||09/06/25||Parent|
|Mr Liam Gates||Staff - Associate||Staff|
LAB Attendance 2022 – 2023
|Yvonne Baker OBE||Present||Present||Present|
|Denise Nicholson||Absent - Apologies Recorded||Resigned - 09/02/2023||Resigned - 09/02/2023|
|Jonathan Timmis||Absent||Present||Absent - Apologies Recorded|
|Sunil Bhopal||Present||Absent - Apologies Recorded||Present|
|Rachel Miller||Absent - Apologies Recorded||Present||Absent - Apologies Recorded|
|Joanne Grewcock||Absent - Apologies Recorded||Present||Present|
|Iain Stephenson||Present||Absent - Apologies Recorded||Present|
Declarations of Interest:
|Name||Role||Business or Other Interests||Other Governor Roles|
|Yvonne Baker OBE||Chair||Chief Executive STEM Learning and member of the Royal Society Education Committee||Trustee of the 5% Club|
|Denise Nicholson||Vice Chair||None||None|
|Jonathan Timmis||Appointed Member||Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland. Director, Learning North East Ltd, Director, University of Sunderland Enterprises Ltd Director, Learning World Ltd, Director, Sunderland Intern Factory Ltd, Director Simomics Ltd, 1079 Ltd, Director UTC South Durham Ltd||Trustee, UTC South Durham|
|Sunil Bhopal||Appointed Member||Paediatrician (Great North Children's Hospital & Newcastle University), currently seconded to Department of Health & Social Care.||Trustee, The Children's Foundation. Trustee, Foundation Years Information & Research.|
|Rachel Miller||Appointed Member||None||None|
|Paul Thornton||Appointed Member|
|Joanne Grewcock||Parent Member||Employed by Gateshead Local Authority||None|
|Iain Stephenson||Parent Member||Works in the Education Sector||None|
|Liam Gates||Staff Member - Associate|
Local Academy Board (LAB) Members lead schools, they don’t manage them. They are there to give a long-term strategic direction to how the school is run; to be critical friends to the school; and to ensure the school is accountable for its actions. Members discuss and have input on:
- School policies, such as discipline, dress, sport, bullying and homework
- Long term plans and the future of the school
- How the school will try to reach performance targets
- Appointment and dismissal of staff
- Complaints from pupils, staff and parents
- Repair and maintenance of school buildings
- Use of school premises outside school hours
Meet our Chair:
Yvonne Baker OBE:
Yvonne is a Chemical Engineer by background, who now leads STEM Learning an organisation supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. She has been a school governor for over 20 years in a range of places and settings and sits on the Royal Society’s Education Committee. Yvonne is Co-Chair of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Education and Skills Panel as well as a Trustee of the 5% Club, which encourages employers to offer meaningful ‘earn and learn’ opportunities including apprenticeships. However, her interests extend far beyond STEM thanks to her inspirational music teacher, Yvonne has always been a keen amateur musician and singer (even now being part of a Sea Shanty Group) and over the last few years, she has become a pilot gig rower.
Yvonne believes that a great education is the right of every child and young person, whatever their background. Education opens doors and gives choice and, to this day, Yvonne remains grateful for those teachers, her parents, and others who supported her throughout her education from pre-school to the world of work. She looks forward to working with the staff team, governors, students, parent/s/carers, and wider community at Heworth to ensure that all our young people have this opportunity and choice.