Governance

Grindon Hall Christian School is part of multi-academy trust Bright Tribe Trust whose Articles of Association may be viewed here and the school’s governance is part of the wider Trust’s governance framework.

Following the Government’s recommendation for all schools to review its governance procedures and move to a skills-based structure, Bright Tribe has developed an innovative model of governance to ensure each academy is accountable for its decisions and that the best outcomes are available for students.

The Trust’s governance framework consists of the Trust Board, its various sub-committees, regional Accountability Review and Challenge (ARC) groups and school-led Drive Teams, to establish a professional and fit for purpose structure with a clear remit.

Further details of the Trust’s governance framework are available on their website:

Bright Tribe Trust governance framework > 

ARC Group

The school’s regional ARC group monitors the performance of their region’s group of academies and supports and challenges each academy’s leadership team to drive rapid school improvement and share best practice – the group reports to the Trust board and Trust Operations Board.

Being a member of the regional ARC Group provides an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to Bright Tribe Trust’s governance at this exciting stage of the Trust’s development. The group convenes every half term and ensures accountability of the Trust’s leadership and management and monitors the impact of actions in order to drive continuous school improvement.

This is a strategic group which deals with data analysis, quality assurance and project management to ensure school improvement.

ARC group members consist of the following from each region:

  • An Independent Chair
  • Two parent representatives
  • Two community representatives
  • The School Improvement Project Director (leading on Pupil Premium)
  • The Attendance, Projects & Policies Director (leading on Attendance)
  • The Director of School Improvement (leading on Safeguarding)

Apply to become an ARC Group parent representative >

Drive Team / Academy Management Committee

Representatives of the school’s Drive Team are appointed by the Principal to drive tactical projects and improvements within our academy, as well as working to improve community engagement and involvement. Representatives include parents, students, staff and members of the community.  Involvement in the Drive Team is at the discretion of the Principal depending on the requirements of each specific project.

During the period of transition to a new academy sponsor, the Drive Team will be replaced, currently, local Governance arrangements are  provided by an Academy Management Committee.

Minutes of the last AMC meeting can be viewed upon request by contacting the school.

The Chair of the AMC is Mr Neil Kell, he can be contacted via:

Grindon Hall Christian School
Pennywell Road,
Sunderland,
SR4 8PG
T: 0191 534 4444


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