The Hinchley Wood Learning Partnership was formed on 1st July 2019 when Hinchley Wood School (formerly a single-academy trust) became a multi-academy trust. Initially, Hinchley Wood School was the only member of this trust but, on 1st October 2019, we were joined by Hinchley Wood Primary School. This means that the Hinchley Wood Learning Partnership (HWLP) is a multi-academy trust and a registered company, limited by guarantee. HWLP is an exempt charity which is regulated by the Education and Skills Funding Agency on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.
MEMBERS OF HINCHLEY WOOD LEARNING PARTNERSHIP
Five individuals were appointed as members of HWLP on 1st July 2019 for purposes of the Companies Acts and in accordance with Articles 12-18 of the Trust’s Articles of Association. Members have a number of statutory rights, including the right to appoint and remove Trustees, the right to amend the Articles and the right to receive the Annual Report and Accounts. Whilst Members must hold the Trust Board to account for the effective governance of the trust, their role is very much ‘eyes on, hands off’. Members meet as required and at least once a year.
Current Members, all of whom were appointed on 1 July 2019, are shown below and there have been no resignations to date:
Mrs Sue Davison
Professor Becky Francis
Mr Aidan Fudge
Mr Lawrie Lee
Mr Martin Phelps
To meet ESFA Academy Trust Handbook requirements, the following information is also provided for each of the Members - date of appointment, date of termination (if applicable), relevant business and pecuniary interests. These documents can be accessed via the left hand column of this page.
TRUSTEES OF HINCHLEY WOOD LEARNING PARTNERSHIP
The Trust Board and the trustees who are appointed to the Board are the organisation’s key decision makers. Trustees are both charity trustees and company directors of the Multi-Academy Trust. They are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of the Trust and all the constituent academies and have responsibilities under both the Charities Act 2011 and the Companies Act 2006.
The Trust Board remains the employer and the admissions authority and the land and buildings are held in trust by the trustees. The Trust Board comprises up to 12 Trustees who have been appointed as directors of the company – 9 are Member Appointed Trustees including the Chief Executive Officer and up to 3 are Co-opted Trustees who can be appointed by the Member Appointed Trustees. Trustees have entered into a Master Funding Agreement for HWLP with the Department for Education which includes the Memorandum and Articles of Association for the Company. Trustees have also entered into Supplemental Funding Agreements for each individual academy within the Trust, namely Hinchley Wood School and Hinchley Wood Primary School.
Copies of the Company Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum & Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement, Supplemental Funding Agreements for each school and Report and Financial Statements for past two years can be accessed via the link to HWLP Legal Documents on the left hand side of this page.
The Trust Board continues to work in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer of HWLP, Headteachers of the individual academies, staff, parents and students to raise standards of achievement. The Trust Board has a strong focus on core strategic functions: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Chief Executive Officer/Headteachers to account for the educational performance of the academies and their students, and the performance management of staff; and overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Current Trust Board membership is listed below.
MEMBER APPOINTED TRUSTEES
Miss Claudette Atkinson – Co-Chair of Trustees
Mr Ben Bartlett - Chief Executive Officer
Mr David Bateman
Mr Robert Mutchell
Mr Jonathan Ross
Mr Andy Sellers – Co-Chair of Trustees
Mr Marc Weedon
Mrs Jasdeep Shokar
Mr Zayd Rasool
There have been no appointments todate this academic year. Resignations include: Mrs Kath Bennett who resigned as a Trustee effective 1 October 2021.
To meet ESFA Academy Handbook requirements, the following information is also provided for each of the Trustees who have been involved in governance during the previous academic year:
- Date of Appointment
- Date of termination (if applicable)
- Term of Office
- Who appointed them
- Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests
- Attendance records for meetings
The relevant documents can be accessed via the left hand column of this page.
In addition to the above layers of governance (Members and Trustees), the Trust has established Trust Board Committees covering Finance and Resources, Human Resources, Senior Pay (each with their own terms of reference) and Education Strategy (currently dormant). Local Governing Bodies have been established for each school fulfilling an advisory function to the Trust Board regarding student learning and welfare. Under the LGBs, an Admissions Sub-Committee has also been established covering both schools. This structure is further explained in the following documents which can be accessed via the left hand column of this page:
- HWLP Governance Structure Chart
- HWLP Scheme of Delegation
- HWLP Scheme of Governance
- Local Governing Body: Constitution and Terms of Reference – Hinchley Wood Learning Partnership, Hinchley Wood School, Hinchley Wood Primary School
Each Local Governing Body (LGB) comprises a maximum of ten Local Governors. Local Governors are either elected or appointed: Up to five are appointed by Trustees; two Parent Local Governors are elected from the parent body; two Staff Local Governors are nominated and elected by school staff; the Chief Executive Officer and/or Headteacher are Ex-Officio Local Governors.
Full details of the Local Governing Body for Hinchley Wood School can be accessed via the link to ‘HWS Governance’ on the left hand side of this page.
Full details of the Local Governing Body for Hinchley Wood Primary School can be accessed via their website – www.hinchley-wood-primary.surrey.sch.uk click ‘Governance’.
Hinchley Wood Learning Partnership Trustees can be contacted via: Mrs Sherry Secker, Clerk to Trustees: Tel: 020 8398 7161 ext 109 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hinchley Wood School and Hinchley Wood Primary School Local Governors can be contacted via: Mrs Sherry Secker, Clerk to Local Governors: Tel: 020 8398 7161 ext 109 or email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org