Cherry Orchard Advocates 2023 - 2024
Head Teacher Advocate - Martin Fessey
Pupil Experience Advocate - Chris Holloway, Oliver Ward
Community Advocate - David Long
Governance at The Rivers C of E Academy Trust
In response to the changing governance needs of a multi-academy trust and an external governance review carried out across the trust, The Rivers CofE Academy Trust launched its innovative and sector-leading governance structure in September 2022.
The structure consists of the following advocate roles at local level:
Headteacher Advocate – to seek assurance that the head is listened to, supported and challenged
Pupil Experience Advocate – to seek assurance that pupils are listened to, feel safe in school and are successful learners
Community Advocate – to seek assurance that the school engages positively with its key stakeholders and local community
Christian Distinctiveness Advocate (church schools only) – to seek assurance that the Christian vision and values are at the heart of everything that the school does
The aim of the governance structure is to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of the different governance tiers in order to avoid duplication, strengthen communication between governance tiers and maximise the use of the skills, knowledge and expertise of everyone within the governance team. Pupils will remain at the core of all decision-making.
Trustees recognise the importance of the local voice and are committed to ensuring that the local tier contributes to the development of organisational thinking. The election of two parent/carer representatives as advocates per school ensures that the voice of parents/carers contributes to decisions made at trust board level.
If you wish to contact one of our school advocates, please email the school office on email@example.com and mark FAO [name and advocate role].