Governance, Leadership and Finance

Trustees
 
The Laidlaw Schools Trust (LST) was approved by the DfE as a multi academy sponsor and established on 24th May 2012. The new Trust developed from the single Excelsior Academy Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was formed on 8th March 2006. 

The Trustees of the Laidlaw Schools Trust are: 

  • Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, founder and sponsor.
  • Peter Fair, Chief Executive Officer.
  • Philomena Marshall, Education Director. 

LST has a highly skilled, professional and knowledgeable board of directors who are committed to raising standards and providing outstanding education for the children and families in our communities. They have achieved an Outstanding Judgement for Governance and Financial Management. 

Each Academy within LST has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) who focus on progress and priorities for their local school. 

If you with to contact the Laidlaw Schools Trust please click here for further details.

 

Local Governing Body 

Governors have an important part to play in raising school standards and is key to the effectiveness of a school. 

Our Governing Body has a range of duties and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Our current Governors and their individual responsibilities are detailed below:  

Mrs Eileen Bolton
Chair of Governors - Teaching and Attainment
 
Ms Lianne Coombs
Governor - Welfare and Nurture
 
Ms Alison Dyson
Governor - Attendance and Safeguarding
 
Ms Jean Jackson
Governor - Music
 
Mrs Violet Rook
Governor - Community
 
 
THOMAS WALLING PRIMARY ACADEMY GOVERNANCE ARRANGEMENTS
 

Name

Position

Date of appointment

Term of office

Appointed by

Date stepped down

Eileen Bolton

Chair of Governors

01/04/2014

4 years

Trust

 

Lianne Coombs

Governor

01/04/2014

4 years

Trust

 

Alison Dyson

Governor

01/04/2014

4 years

Trust

 

Jean Jackson

Governor

15/03/2017

4 years

Trust

 

Violet Rook

Governor

01/04/2014

4 years

Trust

 

ARCHIVE (PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS)

Lawrence Jerahuni

Governor

01/04/2014

4 years

Trust

19/09/2017

Lisa Spedding-Foster

Governor

15/06/2015

4 years

Trust

18/09/2017

Ian Gallagher

Governor

29/11/2012

4 years

Trust

15/02/2017


 

THOMAS WALLING PRIMARY ACADEMY REGISTER OF INTERESTS

In line with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook 2017 all members, trustees and local governors of academies must complete the register of interests retained by the Laidlaw Schools Trust. The register must capture relevant business and pecuniary interests including:-

 

  • Directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to LST
  • Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions and charities irrespective of whether there is a trading relationship with LST, and
  • For each interest: the name of the business, the nature of the business, the nature of the interest and the date the relationship began.

 

The register must identify any relevant material interests arising from close family relationships between LST members, trustees or local governors. It must also identify relevant material interests arising from close family relationships between those individuals and employees.

 

Name

Position

Name of business/ charity/educational institution

Nature of interest

Date when the
interest began

Close family relationships

Eileen Bolton

Chair of Governors

None

None

Lianne Coombs

Governor

None

None

Alison Dyson

Governor

None

None

Jean Jackson

Governor

Department for Education

 

May 2017

 

Violet Rook

Governor

City Learning, Adult Education

 

North East Ambulance Service, NHS

 

Blakelaw and North Fenham Community Council , Parish Council

 

Elders Council Newcastle, charity

 

Healthwatch Newcastle, health care in Newcastle research

Governor

 

Governor

 

Community Councilor

 

Trustee

 

Healthwatch Champion

2014

 

2015

 

2016

 

 

2015

 

2013

None

Rebecca Hann

Acting Head of School

None

None

Keeley Wood

Primary Head

Planet Properties, commercial property company

Director

2001

None

ARCHIVE (PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS)

Lawrence Jerahuni

Governor

None

None

Lisa Spedding-Foster

Governor

None

None

Ian Gallagher

Governor

None

None

 

THOMAS WALLING PRIMARY ACADEMY LOCAL GOVERNING BODY ATTENDANCE RECORDS 2016/2017

 

Name

Autumn 1

07/09/16

Autumn 2

23/11/16

Spring 1

15/02/17

Spring 2

15/03/17

Summer 1

17/05/17

Summer 2

14/06/17

 

MEMBERS

Eileen Bolton

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

Lianne Coombs

P

P

P

Apologies

P

P

 

Alison Dyson

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

Jean Jackson

NA

NA

NA

P

P

P

 

Violet Rook

P

P

P

P

P

P

 

Lawrence Jerahuni

P

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

Apologies

 

Lisa Spedding-Foster

Apologies

P

Apologies

P

Apologies

Apologies

 

Ian Gallagher

P

Apologies

NA

NA

NA

NA

 

 

 

P

Present

Apologies

Apologies received

x

Absent with no apologies

NA

Not Applicable

 

 
All Governors can be contacted via Danielle Smith, Clerk to Govenors by
e-mail Danielle.smith@laidlawschoolstrust.com or telephone 0191 662 2417
 
 
 
Documents and Policies
To view the Laidlaw Schools Trust Annual Report and Financial Accounts, of which Thomas Walling Primary Academy is a part of, please click on one of the links below: