The Priory Federation of Academies Trust
The Priory Federation of Academies Trust was formed in September 2008 with a mission to raise the educational standards and improve the life chances of students in the Lincolnshire area. There are currently 12 Academies within the Trust:
The Priory Academy LSST, Lincoln
The Priory Witham Academy, Lincoln
The Priory City of Lincoln Academy, Lincoln
The Priory Ruskin Academy, Grantham
The Priory Pembroke Academy, Cherry Willingham
The Priory Belvoir Academy, Bottesford
Ling Moor Primary Academy, North Hykeham
Heighington Millfield Primary Academy, Heighington
Huntingtower Community Primary Academy, Grantham
Waddington Redwood Primary Academy, Lincoln
Cherry Willingham Primary Academy, Cherry Willingham
Willoughby Academy, Bourne
The Priory is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which has three Members, including The Priory Fundraising Trust, which is the Sponsor of the MAT. The Members' role is to monitor the effectiveness and propriety of the PFAT in holding the Academies to account.
The current Members are:
The Priory Fundraising Trust
The Priory Federation of Academies Trust: The Trust
The Trust is the legal governing body for all of the Academies within the Federation and is ultimately responsible for the strategic development, the ethos and the management of the Federation and the Academies contained within the Federation.
The Sponsor of the Federation is The Priory Fundraising Trust. The Sponsor has a majority on the Board of Trustees.
The Trust Board comprises:
Trustee appointed by PFAT Members: Howard Gee (Chair of the Trust)
Sponsor Trustee: Simon Richardson (Vice-Chair of the Trust)
Sponsor Trustee: Frank Knowles
Sponsor Trustee: Peter Houten
Sponsor Trustee: Jonathan Mackinder
Sponsor Trustee: Representative of Churchill College, University of Cambridge (Richard Partington)
Sponsor Trustee: Vacant
Trustee appointed by PFAT Members: Ian Jones (Chief Executive Officer of the Trust)
Trustee appointed by PFAT Members: Vacant
There is also one non-Trustee - Howard Gannaway - who is co-opted by the Board to sit as a member of the Audit Committee.
In addition, each Head of Academy is accountable to, and involved in, the Trust.
The Trust meets regularly as a Full Board and, at set intervals, as specific committees. Currently, these are: Education & Standards; Finance; Audit; Pay, and Performance & HR.
Trustees can be contacted through the Clerk to the Trust, Martin Mammatt, on 01522 871370; or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trust Committee Chairs 2019-20
Education & Standards Chair - Frank Knowles
Finance Chair - Howard Gee
Audit Chair - P Houten
Pay, Performance & HR Chair - Simon Richardson
The Academies have their own structures of accountability.
The Academy Local Governing Bodies
In addition to the Trust, there is a Local Governing Body (LGB) for each of the Academies. The LGBs operate much as an individual school governing body would. Where the Trust is responsible for the overarching strategic direction of the Federation as a whole, the LGB works on a more day-to-day basis with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) of the Academy.
Priory LSST Chair - Glynn Johns
Priory Witham Chair - Patrick Smith-Howell
Priory City of Lincoln Chair - Michael Baker
Priory Ruskin Chair - Victoria Hammond
Priory Pembroke Chair - Tracey Wood
Priory Belvoir Chair - Dominic Cullen
Ling Moor Primary Chair - Steve Dixon
Heighington Millfield Primary Chair - Lesley Tyreman
Huntingtower Community Primary Academy Chair - Diane Coleman
Waddington Redwood Primary Chair - Suzie Charman
Cherry Willingham Primary Chair Designate - Alison Smith
Willoughby Academy Chair - Andrew Hancy
Quality Assurance and Consistency
Each member of the SLT in each Academy is responsible for a specific area of the Academy’s Self Evaluation (SEF), including its monitoring and development, as well as the award of an overall judgement for this area. Furthermore, each member of the SLT is linked to a member of the Academy’s Committee. The Committee member acts as a Critical Friend with particular reference to the SEF.
To ensure consistency across the Federation, each area of the SEF, in effect, becomes a Federation sub-committee comprising the member of SLT responsible for that area from each Academy. Judgements in each of the Academies can be moderated at these meetings.