Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.
The Board received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services updating it on the appointments of Governors to the Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) of the City of London Academies Trust (CoLAT).
Members were informed of a minor error in the report at page 41 which incorrectly stated that the four independent schools are registered as charitable trusts.
At this point the Director of Community and Children’s Services raised an additional item for approval, which prior to the meeting the Chair had agreed could be addressed verbally. Members were invited to approve the appointment of Mr Steve Goodman as Chair of the City Academy, Hackney LGB.
The Chair emphasised the importance of succession planning on the LGBs and ensuring that the LGBs reflect the diversity of their schools.
A Member provided an update on the following:
· Preet Singh has been appointed staff governor at City of London Academy Shoreditch Park LGB;
· Alderman Robert Howard is no longer a governor at the City of London Freemen’s School LGB.
The Member also informed the Board of upcoming changes which had not yet been ratified.
A Member stressed the value of training for governors. The Member stated that it was particularly important for governors of the LGBs to understand the role of a trustee within a MAT.
A Member reminded the Board that issues relating to the LGB of the academies is the responsibility of CoLAT and that this distinction of responsibilities should be reflected in the City Corporation’s documentation.
RESOLVED, that –
· The report be noted;
· Mr Steve Goodman be appointed as Chair of the City Academy, Hackney LGB.
James Adeleke joined the meeting and introduced himself to the Board.