Newcroft Governors

Articles of Association
This if the legal document which describes how the Multi-Academy trust and the school itself should be governed
Symphony Learning Trust MAT Articles of [...]
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Supplemental Funding Agreement - Newcroft
This defines what is expected of the school by the DfE, including curriculum and other responsibilities.
Completed SFA Newcroft Primary Academy.p[...]
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The School is an Academy governed by the Members and Trustees of the Symphony Learning Trust (SLT), a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) set up in 2016 by our Executive Head and a group of his Head teacher colleagues to provide stability and strength of leadership for Thornton Primary School. The Trustees of SLT make decisions in the best interest of all schools in the Trust and provide policy, guidance and challenge to ensure the effective leadership and management of the member Academies which are (at the time of writing), Thornton Primary School, Thornton Primary School, The Meadow Community Primary School, Glen Hills Primary School, Fairfield Primary School and Ashby Wilesley Primary School. Ultimate accountability for our school rests with the CEO and the Trustees.


Newcroft is represented on the Trustees by two of our Local Governing Body, including our Chair of Governors, Mr Bill Gilmour, who is the Chair of the Trustees.


The Local Governing Body make decisions at a school level to support and challenge the Head of School (Mrs Hallam) and Executive Head teacher (Mr Smythe) to maintain the best possible education for pupils at Newcroft and to ensure financial stability.


Our Governors are appointed from the local community including parents and school staff.  Elections for parent-governors are held every four years or as required.


The school governors play an active part in the overall development of the school.  They meet regularly to monitor and evaluate all aspects of school life.


GB Finance Pay Personnel Meetings and Re[...]
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The role of the Governor

Governors are responsible for: 

  • Providing a strategic view of where the school is heading
  • Acting as a critical friend to the school
  • Holding the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides


Governors hold a public office and are expected to abide at all times by the principles governing those in public life. Those principles are: 

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership

Governor Documentation

Academies Financial Handbook 2016
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The DfE Governor Handbook
Essential Guidance for all governors
Governors Handbook - May 2013.pdf
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Governor Induction Manual
Shows our governing structure and terms of reference for sub-committees
Governors' Induction Manual.pdf
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Governors' Expenses Policy
Govs Expenses Policy 2013-2016.pdf
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Governors' Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct for Governors.pdf
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Governors' Progranme of Work 2015-16
Governors' Programme of Work (2015-16).d[...]
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Governors' Proposed Programme of Work 2016-17
Governors' Programme of Work (2016-17) u[...]
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