Governance


Welcome from the Chair

It is with a great sense of pride that I chair the Salterns Academy Trust Board. The Trust Board provides the strategic direction and vision for the Salterns Academy Trust and its principal purpose is the education and wellbeing of its staff and pupils.

The members of the Board are accountable for the governance of the Trust, the educational provision in its two schools, and for creating an environment for the Headteachers’ to manage the teaching, learning and personal development of the pupils at Admiral Lord Nelson School and Trafalgar School.

The Trust Board ensures strategic and financial decisions support high quality education in our schools and ensure that every student is empowered to achieve their true potential and become a positive influence on society now and in the future.

As a Trust we are proud that both schools embrace inclusivity and place student’s wellbeing and education at the centre of all they do.  We set high aspirations for all pupils and staff to ensure that as a Trust and as Schools we are evaluating our performance and seeking continuous improvement to our provision.

Each School has achieved OFSTED recognition as a Good School. Both schools have also achieved the UNICEF Rights Respecting Silver Award. We are proud of the way in which our leaders and staff embody these principles in their schools. The Silver Award reflects our values of providing high quality educational provision and inclusivity along with being community focussed, and these values and principles underpin everything we do.

Andy Cree
Chair
Salterns Academy Trust Board

Trust Members


Roles and Responsibilities

Every Trust has Members who have a similar role to shareholders of a company limited by shares. Salterns Trust has three Trust Members, but the Articles of Association establish the Chair of the Trust Board as a fourth Member.

Members are kept informed about Trust business so they can be assured that the Board is exercising effective governance. This includes providing the Members with the Trust’s audited annual report and accounts.

Name Type Pecuniary Interest
David Giles Founding Member None
Mike Park Signatory to Articles None
Scott Taviner Independent None

Trust Directors


Roles and Responsibilities

The Trustees should focus on three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its students and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing and ensuring effective financial performance

They must comply with the Trust’s charitable objects, with company and charity law, and with their contractual obligations under the funding agreement. As an employer, the Trust has a range of wider obligations including such matters as employment law and health and safety.

Name Type of Appointee Date Appointed Date Resigned Pecuniary Interest
Steven Labedz Chief Executive 02/02/2015 Current Director Board of Trustees MEI
Advisory Board UNLOC
UTC Portsmouth Member and Trustee
Andy Cree
(Chair)
Co-opted 25/05/2016 Current Director UTC Portsmouth: Founding Member
Governor at Merchant Taylors school
Member of UPAT
Maritime UK Solent Shadow Board Member
Paul Hayes (Vice Chair) Co-opted 17/07/2017 Current Director University of Portsmouth: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
University of Portsmouth Services Ltd: Director
UTC Portsmouth: Member for UoP
Amanda Barrett Independent 17/01/2018 Current Director None
Claire Copeland Trust Appointee 17/01/2018 Current Director Headteacher: Trafalgar
Nys Hardingham Trust Appointee 25/02/2015 Current Director Headteacher: ALNS
Tania Osborne Trust Appointee 25/02/2015 Current Director Chair of Governors: ALNS
Joanne Bennett Trust Appointee 13/09/2018 Current Director Chair of Governors: Trafalgar School
Portsmouth City Council
Felicia Drummond Co-Opted 17/07/2017 25/11/2019 None
Maria Phillips Trust Appointee 02/05/2018 31/03/2020 None
Matthew Stratton Trust Appointee 01/01/2017 30/09/2018 None
Mike Park Trust Appointee 01/04/2015 31/01/2019 None
Sue Wilson Trust Appointee 01/10/2018 31/08/2019 None
The Trust Board currently has 3 vacancies.

Structure Chart


The Trust has delegated authority to the Local Governing Body (LGB) for each school (as per the Scheme of Delegation document below). Each LGB meets at least six times a year. Each LGB has its own terms of reference and meetings etiquette. LGB information is found on the relevant school’s website.

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Local Governing Body
Admiral Lord Nelson School

The Local Governing Body at Admiral Lord Nelson School is chaired by
Tania Osborne.

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Local Governing Body
Trafalgar School

The Local Governing Body at Trafalgar School is chaired by
Jo Bennett.

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