Governance is a system of rules, practices and processes by which the Eden Academy Trust and each of the schools are managed. Governance across the Trust has been established to support our vision:
The Eden Academy Trust will create centres of educational excellence where our young people will achieve exceptional outcomes
The articles of association for the Trust can be found by clicking here
Governance at the Eden Academy Trust is led by the following:
The Board of Members (or ‘members’) has ultimate control over the Eden Academy Trust.
They have the power to:
Members meet once a year for an Annual General Meeting where they review performance across the Trust as well as discuss with Trustees new developments and their vision for the future.
The Board of Trustees (or ‘trustees’) are responsible for the performance, achievement and overall direction of the Eden Academy Trust. Legal accountability for all aspects of the Trust lies with the trustees including finance, personnel and premises, and the educational performance of the schools.
The trustees offer support, constructive advice and help to the CEO, Senior Leadership team and School Heads where needed, but will also challenge, ask questions and seek information to find the best solution for the Trust.
Trustees are responsible for four main areas:
Access James Rennie School's Supplemental Funding Agreement here.
Responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the Trust, implementing plans and policies is delegated by the Trustees to the Senior Leadership Team.
The Senior Leadership Team comprises the CEO, Director for Academy Development, Director for Finance and Operations and Regional Directors for Schools. You can find more information and profiles of our senior leaders here.
The James Rennie School Local Advisory Board (LAB) is a group of parents, staff and community representatives who provide advice and support to help James Rennie School achieve its aims. The LAB is not a legal entity in its own right. Legal accountability for all aspects of the school lies with the Trustees including finance, personnel and premises, and the educational performance of the school.
The LAB is designed to help key stakeholders to get involved in the life of the school and the Trust, contribute to its development and promote the school within the community. Individual members of the LAB can be invited to be part of a Board of Trustees Committee.
The LAB meets three times a year but LAB members may also set up their own groups to focus on specific areas which might meet more frequently and include regular visits to the school.
Our LAB members come from a wide range of backgrounds that work to support the School and make it a better place:
Kris Williams, Head teacher
Brian Eaton - also a member of the Eden Academy Trust Board of Trustees. Brian is an occasional University lecturer in Edinburgh and Hong Kong.
Canon Michael Manley - Married with 3 boys and a dog, Michael leads church youth club and children's work at Carlisle Cathedral.
Jean Rhodes - Jean has previously worked as a social worker with some of the pupils in school. Jean is retired but self-employed as a teacher of yoga for adult education, she also has a daughter who is a supply worker in school. Jean would be happy to chat with any parent or carer by arrangement through school.
Jonty Hanlon - Jonty is a member of Bendles Solicitors and Director of Age UK Carlisle and Eden.
Dr. Arthur Paynter - Arthur used to be the school doctor and has been a friend of the school for many years