Our Governance

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From 2nd January 2018, we became an academy school, and part of the Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust.  

The Dartmoor MAT’s vision is to provide the highest possible quality of education for all local children, in order to ensure pupils from all backgrounds are able to succeed. To achieve this, the Dartmoor MAT is committed to have regard to the co-operative principles and values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.

Accountable to the Members, the Trustees of the Dartmoor MAT are responsible for the general control of the Trust in accordance with the provisions set out in the Articles of Association and the Scheme of Delegation. The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all Academies within the Trust and, as such, must:  

  1.  Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 
  2.  Hold the CEO to account for the educational performance of the Academies and their pupils, and the performance management of staff; and 
  3.  Oversee the financial performance of the Trust, ensuring financial probity and value for money.

The Board of Trustees meets on a half termly (or more frequently if necessary) basis. The Board of Trustees also has the four core committees: Ethos, School Improvement, Resources and Audit which meet on a termly (or more frequently if necessary) basis, to enable more scrutiny and healthy challenge.

For biographies of our trustees, please click the link here Trustees’ Profiles.

If you have a matter that you wish to discuss with the Trustees, please contact the Clerk to Trustees, Sally Wood swood@hcc.devon.sch.uk.

Local Governing Bodies 

It is the intention of the trustees of the Dartmoor MAT to create a Local Governing Body for the cluster of schools including Chagford Church of England Primary School, South Tawton Primary School and North Tawton Community Primary School. Discussions are currently underway to determine the best fit to support all pupils and staff in the cluster.

The Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) are Committees of the Board of Trustees and have delegated decision-making powers in accordance with this SoD and their Ofsted grading (see Table of Responsibilities).  The LGBs shall each hold at least three meetings in every school year.  As set out in the Trust’s Articles of Association, the Board of Trustees establishes the LGBs and ensures that, as a minimum, two parents are elected or appointed to them. The Board of Trustees will determine what will be delegated to the LGBs. There are eight elements to effective governance:

  • The right people around the table;
  • Understanding the role and responsibilities;
  • Good chairing;
  • Professional clerking;
  • Good relationships based on trust; 
  • Knowing the school – its data, staff, parents, children and community;
  • Commitment to asking challenging questions; and Confidence to have courageous conversations in the interests of the pupils. 

Each LGB meeting shall be minuted and a copy of those minutes must be provided to the Board of Trustees within fourteen days of the meeting. If the minutes cannot be provided, the Chair of Trustees must be notified immediately. The Trustees recognise that information must flow both ways and therefore copies of the Board of Trustees’ meeting minutes will be made available to the LGBs via the Trust’s website. The minutes of the proceedings of a meeting of the LGB shall be drawn up and entered into a book, kept specifically for this purpose, by the person authorised to keep the minutes of the LGB. They shall be signed (subject to the approval of the members of the LGB) at the same meeting, or the subsequent meeting, by the person acting as the Chair of the respective meeting. The minutes shall include a record of all appointments of officers made by the LGB. They shall also include a record of all proceedings at meetings of the LGB, and of committees of the LGB, including the names of all persons present at each meeting. The Chair/Clerk shall ensure that copies of minutes of all meetings of the LGB shall be provided promptly to the Board of Trustees when requested.  


Governing Body Minutes (pre 2018)


Governing Body Newsletters & Reports (pre 2018)