The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Charnwood College

Charnwood College broadens the horizons of all students through high academic standards and unrivalled enrichment opportunities. Developing respectful, confident, articulate and motivated students.

Governors

Our Governors

Charnwood College is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Alastair O'Connor
    Executive Principal
  • Matthew Frost
    Parent Governor (Chair)
  • Jessica Tickell
    DRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Irina Gheorghe-Common
    Parent Governor
  • Steven Corbett
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Dave Foord
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Stuart Thompson
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Pippa Jones
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Rev. Tim Day
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Thomas Conway
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Samantha Jackson
    Staff Govenor
  • Sally Gardner
    Staff Governor
  • Jon Staines
    Trust Senior Link
  • Victoria Linthwaite
    Clerk

Current Governors 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Term of   Office  Term From Term To Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles as at 27 March 2024  Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Thomas Conway Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  23 Feb 2024 22 Feb 2028
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Careers Link Governor
Not applicable, not in post  1 of a possible 1
Steven Corbett Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  15 Jun 2020 14 Jun 2024
  • Owner of Dignified Hair Design
  • Owner of Father of 4 Marketing Agency
  • Owner of Zero Six Brew Co Ltd. 
  • Quality of Education and Data Link Governor
  • Marketing Link Governor 
4 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4
Timothy Day Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  21 Jun 2023 20 Jun 2027
  • Son (Andrew Day) is Director of Inclusion at Think for the Future
  • Chair of Trustees at All Saints Thorpe Acre with Dishley Parish Church
  • Alternative Provision Link Governor
  • Attendance Link Governor
  • Safeguarding Link Governor
1 of a possible 1 4 of a possible 4
Dave Foord Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  07 Jun 2020 6 Jun 2024
  • Loughborough College is a client
  • Owner of A6 Training and Consultancy Ltd
  • Pupil Premium Link Governor
5 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4
Matthew Frost Parent governor Elected by parents Second  08 Mar 2022 7 Mar 2026
  • Employee of Loughborough University 
  • Quality of Education and Data Link Governor
  • Sixth Form Link Governor
5 of a possible 5 4 of a possible 4
Sally Gardner Staff governor Elected by school staff  First  24 Jan 2023 23 Jan 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  1 of a possible 2 3 of a possible 4
Irina Gheorghe-Common Parent governor Elected by parents First  05 Mar 2024 4 Mar 2028
  • Parent of child at Charnwood College 
  Not applicable, not in post  0 of a possible 1 
Samantha Jackson Staff governor Elected by school staff  First  24 Jan 2023 23 Jan 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  2 of a possible 2  2 of a possible 4
Pippa Jones Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  25 Apr 2023 24 Apr 2027
  • Employee of the David Ross Education Trust 
  • Sixth Form Link Governor
1 of a possible 1 4 of a possible 4
Alastair O'Connor Executive Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal Not applicable  03 May 2018 Ex Officio 
  • Nothing to declare 
  5 of a possible 5 4 of a possible 4
Jon Staines Trust Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Not applicable  15 Jul 2023 Ex Officio 
  • Partner is a teacher at Woodbrook Vale school in Loughborough
  Not applicable, not in post  4 of a possible 4
Stuart Thompson Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  10 Jun 2021 9 Jun 2025
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Attendance Link Governor
  • Safeguarding Link Governor
4 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4
Jessica Tickell Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  16 May 2023 15 May 2027
  • Employee of Arts Council England 
  • SEND Link Governor
  • Alternative Provision Link Governor 
3 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4

Former Governors

 Below is a list of Governors that have served in the past 12 months. 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Claire Jagger Appointed governor Appointed by Foundation/Trust  1 16 Dec 2020 12 Jul 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
3 of a possible 5  Not applicable, not in post 

Contacting Us

The Governance Officer/Clerk for Charnwood College is Victoria Linthwaite. Victoria can be reached at governance@dret.co.uk

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing governance@dret.co.uk.

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team (governance@dret.co.uk), who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy Governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at governance@dret.co.uk or review our information pack below. 

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf

 

What is it like being a Governor with DRET?

 

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

 

governor testimonial booklet .pdf

 

 

 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

 

Garry Allen 

What training do Governors receive? 

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf