The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local School Boards work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

School Board Membership

Mrs Natasha Bennett – Headteacher

Mrs Carole Adams  (Chair)

Mr A Jones (Health and Safety)

Ms Charlotte Little (Safeguarding and Child Protection)

Mr Mark Carter-Tufnell (Headteacher at St Osyth C of E Primary School and Mistley Norman C of E Primary School)

Mrs G Smith

Mrs K Wallace

Ms Lucy Turner

Full NamePositionTerm of Office start dateNature of Business and Pecuniary Interest or Personal RelationshipEnhanced DBS
Mrs Natasha BennettHeadteacherSeptember 2020NoneYes
Mrs Carole AdamsChairSeptember 2020NoneYes
Mr A JonesHealth and SafetySeptember 2020Wife – Head Teacher Great Clacton C of EYes
Mrs G SmithHead Teacher at Orsett CofE PrimarySeptember 2020NoneYes
Mrs K WallaceSchool Improvement MemberSeptember 2020NoneYes
Ms Charlotte LittleSafeguarding and Child Protection GovernorSeptember 2020NoneYes
Ms Lucy TurnerSEN MemberSeptember 2020NoneYes
Mrs B Gouge(resigned)September 2020NoneYes
Mr M Carter-TufnellHeadteacher at St Osyth C of E Primary School and Mistley Norman C of E Primary SchoolSeptember 2020Mayflower Training owned by familyYes

Attendance Record

Attendance Record 2020-21

Register of Business Interests

LSB Register of Interests 2020-21