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Governance Structure 

The members of the Academy Trust enter into the funding agreement with the Secretary of State and are legally responsible both to the Secretary of State and to parents and pupils for the running of the Academy Trust and academies within the Trust. They are also responsible for holding the directors to account for the running of the Trust. 

The functions of the members of the Academy Trust include: 

  • Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company 
  • Taking part in annual and extraordinary general meetings 
  • Appointing and/or removing directors 
  • Appointing the auditors 
  • Signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report 
  • Power to amend the Articles of the company or close the company  

North Leamington School has 5 members, comprising 3 signatory members and 2 appointed.  These are: 

  • Richard Freeth 
  • David Winter 
  • Dianne Morgan 
  • Sarah Wadsworth 
  • Stephen Aspinall

The Board of Trustees fulfil the role of both directors under company law and trustees under charity law, exercise the powers and carry out the duties of the Multi-Academy Trust. The Board of Trustees are responsible to the Members of the Academy Trust as well as the parents, pupils and staff at the academy. Directors are also known as governors of the Trust.

The directors are responsible for the 3 core governance functions – setting the strategic direction of the Trust and the academy within the Trust, holding the Head Teacher to account and ensuring financial probity.  Three committees operate under the Board of Trustees: the Teaching and Learning Committee, the Resources Committee and the Culture and Character Committee. 

The Trustees of North Leamington School are: 

Name Type of Trustee Committee Additional
Stephen Aspinall Co-opted Trustee Chair of T&L Committee Vice-Chair of Governors
John Cleary Co-opted Trustee    
Verity Hill Parent Trustee    
Heather Foulerton Parent Trustee    
Richard Freeth Co-opted Trustee   Chair of Governors, Member
Michael Lowdell Head Teacher    
Robert Matthews Co-opted Trustee Vice Chair of C&C Committee Safeguarding
Simon Owen Co-opted Trustee    
Robert Pearce Co-opted Trustee Chair of Resources Committee  
Libby Semple Co-opted Trustee Vice Chair of Resources Committee  
Alex Turner Co-opted Trustee Vice Chair of T&L Committee  
Lisa Whittleton Co-opted Trustee Chair of C&C Committee  

If any parents or carers are interested in becoming an NLS Governor, we would welcome your involvement. Please contact Richard Freeth, our Chair of Governors, for more information: 

Declaration of Interests 

Meeting Attendance 2019/20 

Meeting Attendance 2020/21