Dereham Neatherd High School is part of the Mid Norfolk Academy Trust (MNAT). Ultimate responsibility for the governance of the school lies with the MNAT Trustees and Members. Further information about the Trust and its key people can be found on the MNAT website:
Each school within the Trust also has a Local Academy Board (LAB). This is composed of governors who oversee matters at the individual school level. Their remit is to provide challenge, advice and guidance in order to hold school leaders to account and to ensure the best possible outcomes for all students at the school.
Local Academy Board (LAB) of Dereham Neatherd High School
The constitution for Neatherd’s LAB provides for a maximum of seven representatives.
- a) The headteacher or deputy headteacher
- b) At least two parent representatives
- c) One staff representative
- d) A maximum of three co-opted representatives
Current members of the LAB are:
- Alex Bucher - Chair
- Sally Sanderson - staff representative
- Chris Smith - Deputy Headteacher
- Ron Steward - co-opted representative
A skills audit will be completed on a regular basis and further representatives will be appointed (or, in the case of parent representatives, elected if there is more than one candidate for each position) to ensure that the LAB covers the full set of skills required for effective governance.
Members of the LAB are appointed or elected for a period of four years. They may then be re-appointed or re-elected for one further term of office, giving a maximum of eight years in total.
All representatives are required to disclose any interests they may have which could relate to their role as a member of the LAB. A list of disclosures and interests can be found here.
LAB members are bound by the NGA Code of Conduct and the conventions established in the Nolan Committee’s “Seven Principles of Public Life”.
The Scheme of Delegation, outlining the LAB’s remit and responsibilities, can be found here.
Neatherd’s “School Funding Agreement” with the Department for Education can be found here.