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  • The Sixth Form Information Evening will take place on Tuesday 19th November 5.00-6.30pm. We look forward to welcoming prospective students to this event.
  • Meet the Trustees

    Upton Court Grammar School, Foxborough Primary School and Trevelyan Middle School belong to the Pioneer Educational Trust. The Trust is led by the Board of Trustees. The Board members are directors and trustees of the charitable company.

    The Department for Education's (DfE's) Governance Handbook sets out how governance is structured in an academy where the trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee.

    An academy has two layers of governance:

    • The members of the trust, who have ultimate control over the direction of the academy trust
    • The governors, who are also the directors and trustees of the charitable company.

    Functions of the Education Trust Board

    1. The Trust Board will take full accountability for the schools under its control.
    2. The Trust will delegate responsibilities for governance of the schools to the Local Governing Body (LGB). The Local Governing Body, of between 9 and 15 members (depending on the size of the school), and will be responsible and accountable for the following:
    3. Student Attainment
    4. Learning, and the Learning Environment
    5. Curriculum & Standards of Performance
    6. Sites and Buildings
    7. The Trust Board will retain all other responsibilities and specifically for Pay & Conditions, Human Resources and Finance and have a Strategic overview of the other areas of responsibility. The Trust board will have one sub-committee related to audit. All voting members of the Trust Board will attend all meetings.
    8. A member of the Trust Board will be made accountable for a particular area of the activity, and will be responsible for supporting the schools, and LGBs in delivery of their accountabilities.
    9. Audit will be a key part of the Board, and will cover both financial and other operational matters.
    10. It will appoint a CEO, who will be responsible for the day to day management of the Trust, the schools, and will be responsible for delivering the agreed strategic plan.
    11. Trust members will, initially, be appointed from the local governing bodies.
    12. The Trust Board will retain all accountabilities and responsibilities unless they are specifically delegated to another body.
    13. The term for Trust Board members would be three years, renewable.

    Chairs of Local Governing Bodies - Foxborough Primary School Mr Mahesh Yanambakkam, Trevelyan Middle School Dr Mark Jervis, Upton Court Grammar School Mr Rajesh Sharma.

    Chair of Finance and Audit Committee to be confirmed.

    Pioneer Educational Trust Scheme of Delegation

     

    Ms Gillian May Member & Trustee

    Chair of Trust Board

    Date of Appointment: 22 May 2019

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Members

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 1 out of 1

    Gillian May BSc ACA – Principal & CEO Berkshire College of Agriculture

    Gillian joined the College in August 2011 as Vice Principal (Curriculum & Quality) and was appointed to the post of Principal  & CEO in September 2013.  Gillian graduated from Southampton University in 1989 with a joint honours degree in Accountancy & Law and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen.

    Gillian spent 5 years working as part of the corporate acquisitions team at Bunzl Plc before becoming Head of Supply Chain Development at Walkers Snack Foods (Pepsico).  Gillian retrained to become a teacher in 2002 and subsequently held senior leadership roles in two large secondary schools before joining the College.

    Gillian’s leadership has driven improvement in quality and outcomes for learners. In June 2015 and March 2017 the College was inspected by Ofsted and was graded ‘Good’ in all of the main elements covered by the inspection having previously been graded as ‘Requires Improvement’.

    During her time in post BCA has experienced growth in FE and apprenticeship learner numbers through the successful expansion of provision identified by employers, much of this new provision is delivered in partnership with employers in the workplace.  

     

    Dr Mark Jervis Member & Trustee

    Vice Chair of Trust Board

    Date of Appointment: 29 November 2016 Latest re-appointment: 27 September 2018

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by Trevelyan Middle School Governing Body

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 5 out of 7

    Mark Jervis has been a parent governor at Trevelyan Middle School for six years and chair for two years, having completed the Chairs of Governors' Leadership Development Programme from the National College of Teaching & Leadership. He has also previously been a co-opted governor at a Maidenhead school, having been approached by the borough to help model good governance, particularly around analysis of data. Mark has worked in computing since finishing his Mathematics PhD; orignially in mathematical computation in the defence industry and most recently as a leader of a research and development team at the world's largest semiconductor chip manufacturer. Mark has three children in the Windsor three-tier school system.

     

    Mr Sanj Badhan Trustee

    Date of Appointment: 10 October 2018

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Trust Board

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 4 out of 7

    Sanj Badhan is the Founder of BasesysOne, specialising in customer marketing and behaviour. His background/experience has come from a wide variety of industry; telecommunications, utilities, financial services and retail, where he has been involved in uncovering the core purpose of relationships. Having grown up in the area and with a six year old daughter, Sanj is pasionate about education and ensuring furture generations are empowered.

     

    Mr Kam Gill Member & Trustee

    Date of Appointment: 3 December 2018

    Term of Office: 1 year

    Appointed by Foxborough Primary School Governing Body

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 1 out of 6

    Kamaldeep has worked in the Financial Services sector since 2010, and has completed the ACA qualification. As a Chartered Accountant, he has established an extensive skillset through auditing clients ranging from medium-sized businesses to listed companies. Kamaldeep is responsible for financial processes, corporate governance compliance, and risk management. His role has evolved to a consultancy-based approach, he is now more heavily involved in overviewing the accounting of financial investments and stakeholder management.

    Kamaldeep has always had a keen interest in education, and has been an active mentor to undergraduates at CASS Business School (City University London). Kamaldeep believes that his strong accounting skills, analytical mind and management skills will be an asset to his role as a Trustee at Pioneer Educational Trust. Kamaldeep has been the Governor at Foxborough Primary School since 2017, where he supports the good work done by the staff and continues to develop the school in an ever changing environment.   

     

    Miss Lucy Hegarty Trustee

    Date of Appointment: 6 February 2019

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Trust Board

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 4 out of 5

    Lucy Hegarty currently works in Human Resources, with the last 5 years spent managing student recruitment for global telecommunications companies. This current role leads to a particular interest in developing young people’s employability skills and understanding of future career opportunities. Having studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, she is committed to raising aspirations of students in state schools, with a particular focus on STEM subjects.

     

    Mrs Mercedes Hernàndez Estrada Member & Trustee

    Date of Appointment: 1September 2018

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Members

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 4 out of 7

    Mercedes Hernández Estrada is the Head of the British Council School in Madrid. Previously she worked in education in the UK for almost thirty years. Born and educated in Spain she developed an interest in Languages and she completed a BA in Modern Foreign Languages and an MA in Anglo Germanic Philology at the University of Oviedo in northern Spain. She moved to the UK in the late 80s and worked in schools in the South of England since. She was a Lead Practitioner for Curriculum Design and Leadership for three years working with schools and Local Authorities in the South of England, from Plymouth to Kent. She joined Slough Grammar School in 2010  overseeing a period of growth at the school and the establishment of the Pioneer Educational Trust. She was a National Leader in Education and, in that capacity, she worked with Governing Bodies and Heads to design school improvement programmes.

     

    Mr Mark Roper Trustee

    Date of Appointment: 8 February 2017

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Trust Board

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 5 out of 6

    Finance & Audit Meetings Attendance 2018/19 3 out of 5

    Mark joins the Upton Court Trust Board with particular focus on the Strategic plan and metrics.

    He was a Governor at UCGS, from 2010 to 2016. In this role he helped the newly appointed principal select her senior management team, supported the transition to academy status and acted as data Governor.

    He was previously parent Governor at Our Lady of the Rosary, RC primary school, from 2003 to 2009.  

    He is a Director of Run the Change and Mathsmoves - an online source of resources for primary teachers to explain the fundamentals of Maths in an easy to understand way.

     

    Mr Rajesh Sharma Member & Trustee

    Date of Appointment : 3 October 2018

    Term of Office: 1 year

    Appointed by Upton Court Grammar School Governing Body

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 5 out of 7

    Rajesh is a former student of the school.  After leaving, Rajesh studied for degrees in Politics, Economics and Law, culminating in being called to the Bar.  His experience spans the fields of manufacturing, business, technology and law at a senior level.

    Rajesh credits the high quality and inspirational teaching and guidance he received at this school for much of what he has achieved and for enhancing the quality of his daily life. 

     

    Mr Eddie Neighbour Co CEO

    Date of Appointment : 1 September 2018

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 7 out of 7

    Finance & Audit Committee Meetings Attendance 2018/19 6 out of 6

     

    Mrs Antonia Spinks Co CEO

    Date of Appointment : 1 September 2018

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 7 out of 7

     

    Historic Trustees (Last 12 Months)

    Mr Danny Sohal Trustee

    Former Chair of Finance Committee

    Date stepped down : 8 October 2019

    Date of Appointment : 11 October 2016

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Trust Board

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 0 out of 7

    Finance  Committee Meetings Attendance 2018/19 3 out of 6

    Mr Russell Ford Trustee responsible for safeguarding

    Date stepped down: 31 August 2019

    Date of Appointment : 1 January 2014 Latest Re-appointment: 10 May 2018

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Trust Board

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 6 out of 7

    Business Interest: Director of Owen White Ltd, provider of legal services to Pioneer Educational Trust

    Mr Nigel Miller Member & Trustee

    Former Chair of Trust Board 

    Date stepped down: 31 August 2019

    Date of Appointment : 1 January 2014 Latest Re-appointment: 21 July 2018

    Term of Office: 3 years

    Appointed by the Members

    Trust Meetings Attendance 2018/19 6 out of 7

    Finance Committee Meetings Attendance 2018/19 6 out of 6