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Brentwood Academies Trust



  • safeguard and promote the values of the Trust
  • ensure the Trust acts within its Objectives as set out in the Articles of Association
  • hold the Board to account
  • appoint and (where necessary) remove Trustees 
  • receive reports and financial statements


  • set strategic vision, oversight and policies
  • provide effective governance and decision making
  • set targets for the Chief Executive Officer
  • provide oversight of standards and educational outcomes
  • review academy performance and budgets

Local Governing Bodies

Every BAT school is accountable to the Trust Board. The local governing bodies facilitate this to ensure the schools within it can realistically meet the requirements of the Trust.

Members of the local governing bodies, in partnership with the schools, communicate and work in conjunction with the Trust Board to provide a vital link and additional level of accountability.

Core Role

  • Focus on consistently improving outcomes for all pupils including disadvantaged pupils
  • Provide challenge and support to school leaders
  • Monitor the performance and progress of their school, agreeing strategies to achieve continuous improvement and monitoring the School’s Improvement Plan
  • Monitoring of the curriculum
  • Take all aspects of safeguarding and wellbeing seriously and appoint a designated Safeguarding Governor 
  • Conduct a regular self-evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the local governing body 
  • Promote Trust vision, policies and priorities

Intended Impact

  • Members of the local governing bodies are confident in their evaluations and understanding, and do not shy away from challenging leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups, especially between disadvantaged and other pupils
  • Members of the local governing bodies monitor the effectiveness of the actions leaders take to secure and sustain improvements to teaching, learning and assessment and effectively hold them to account for this. This is communicated effectively to the Trust Board through the minutes of the local governing body meetings

Please email any enquires to The Clerk to the Governors

Members of the Governance Body

Mr Chris Plume  
Mrs Anita Pratten  
Mr Geoff Morgan  
Trustees Position
Mr Mike O'Sullivan Executive Headteacher and Ex-Officio Trustee
Mr Chris Plume Trustee and Chair of Trust Board
Mrs Anita Pratten Trustee
Mr Chris Hearn Trustee
Mrs Kanta Wild-Smith Trustee
Mr Anthony McGarel Trustee
Billy Haynes Trustee
Stuart Palmer Trustee
Chris Holme Trustee
Mrs Ann Pessell Company Secretary
St Martin’s Governing Body Position
Mr John Duffy Parent Governor
Mr Tim Grimes Support Staff Governor
Mrs Tracey Luke Co-opted Governor 
Mr Mike O'Sullivan Headteacher and Ex-Officio Governor
Mr John Peacock Teaching Staff Governor
Mr Chris Plume Chair of Governors
Mrs Nicola Scott Parent Governor
Hannah Kirby Elected Parent Governor
Andrew Brumley Elected Parent Governor
Des Shillingford Co-opted Governor 
Larchwood Governing Body Position
Mrs Kanta Wild-Smith Co-opted Governor & Vice-Chair of Governors
Dawn Jaycock Parent Governor & Vice-Chair of Governors
Mr Ryan Duff Headteacher and Ex-Officio Governor
Ms Emma Pohl Staff Governor
Mr Paul Bailey Parent Governor
Anona Stanley Co-opted Governor
Helen Witty Co-opted Governor
Mr Dave Smith Associate Governor
Tom Burke Parent Governor
Chase High School Governing Body Position
Sean Callaghan Co-opted Governor
Andrew James Headteacher and Ex-Officio Governor
Anthony McGarel Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors
Geoff Nash Co-opted Governor
Simon Riches Staff Governor
Jessica Russell Parent Governor & Vice-Chair of Governors
John McDonnell Staff Governor
Charlene Vale Tubman Co-opted Governor
Alison Yarnold Co-opted Governor
Tom Burke Parent Governor