About the Governors

Coronavirus Closure - Years10 & 11

On the afternoon of the 10th September, the parents of a student in Year 10 and the parents of a student in Year 11 contacted the school to inform us that their child had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the school contacted Public Health England and the Local Authority as per Government protocol to seek advice about the course of action that needed to be taken. The direction from Public Health England was as follows:


1. School will be closed to all Year 11 students for 14 days with immediate effect; Year 11 will return to school on Monday 28th September 2020. 

2. School will be closed to all Year 10 students for 14 days with immediate effect; Year 10 will return to school on Friday 25th September 2020. 


The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. Governance has three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Within a multi-academy trust such as Lionheart, Governance is led by the Trust Board, with some responsibilities delegated to both the Local Governing Body of the school and Hub Governing bodies across a cluster of schools.

Judgemeadow Community College has a Local Governing Body. Contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors, Chris Swan.


Further Trust and governance information


Judgemeadow Governors 2019-2020

Including terms of office

Parent Governors
(elected by parent vote)
Staff Governors
(governors due to role within the college / Trust)
Community Governors
(appointed by the Governing Body)
Fran Bennett
Secondary Teacher
Feb 2018 – Feb 2020
Jason Smith
Khalid Patel
Secondary Teacher
Feb 2018 – Feb 2020
Jaimini Ratan
Feb 2018 – Feb 2020
Staff Governors
(to be elected by staff vote)
Zeenat Sayani
Further Education Teacher
Feb 2018 – Feb 2020
Toby Chaplin
June 2019 – June 2023
Chris (Christine) Swan

Community Worker

Jan 2017- Jan 2021
Valerie Khaldi
June 2019 – June 2023

Caitlin Field

Secondary teacher

Jan 2019 – Jan 2023

Mohamed Dassu

Dec 2019 – Dec 2023



Previous Judgemeadow Governors 2018-2019

Parent Governors
(elected by parent vote)
Staff Governors
(governors due to role within the college / Trust)
Community Governors
(appointed by the Governing Body)
Lionheart Directors (appointed by the Lionheart Academy Trust)
Rayhanah Russell
Project Manager
Feb 2018 – July 2019

Jatinda Sembi

Education consultant

Feb 2018 – July 2019
Staff Governors
(to be elected by staff vote)
Wendy Harrison
Education Consultant
Feb 2018 – July 2019

Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
Additional Responsibilities
Chris Swan
Chair of Governors
SMSC & British Values
Khalid Patel
Vice Chair of Governors
Safeguarding (anti-bullying, e-safety & PREVENT)
Zeenat Sayani
Business & Careers
Education & Data
Fran Bennett
Pupil Premium
Education & Data
Jaimini Ratan
Wellbeing – Pupils & staff
Caitlin Field

Send & Looked After Children

Education & Data

Year 7 Catch Up

Toby Chaplin
Staff Voice
Valerie Khalid
Staff Voice
Mohamed Dassu
Parent Voice

Trust Organisation

Scheme of Delegation

The Trust operates under a Scheme of Delegation agreed by the Trust Board.


Trust Governance across all layers

Trust Board
Vision & Ethos  |  Strategic Direction  |  Risks & Opportunities   |  Overall Responsibility
Hub Governing Bodies (HGB)
Finance  |  HR  |  Estates  |  IT  |  Education  |  Marketing & Business 
North Hub
South & Central Hub
Cedars Academy: 11-19
Hallam Fields Primary: 4-11
Highcliffe Primary: 4-11
Humphrey Perkins: 11-16
Martin High: 11-16
Riverside Primary: 4-11
Beauchamp College: 11-19
Judgemeadow College: 11-16
Sir Jonathan North College 11-16
 Beauchamp City Sixth Form 16-19 (2020-21)
Local Governing Bodies (LGB)
Teaching & Learning  |  Pupil & Parent & Staff Experience  |  Safeguarding |  Business & Community Links

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for all governance in the Trust and carries the final accountability for this. The focus of the Board is on the big picture, working with the Trust Executive Team to set the overall vision for the trust, lead strategically and identify and respond to risks and opportunities.


Hub Governing Bodies

The schools are grouped into geographical governance hubs, which hold the schools to account and take a strategic lead on the back room services, which support the schools within their cluster. They also consider the marketing strategies of the group of schools and plan for developing effective partnerships with local businesses.


Local Governing Bodies

Each school has a Local Governing Body, which holds the school to account for the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of pupils, parents and staff, the processes to ensure safeguarding, and informal links with the local community and businesses. LGBs ensure that school leaders are mindful of the school’s context and work within the overall vision of Lionheart Academies Trust.



The Members of a trust are not involved in the practical running of the organisation and do not take part in governing body or Board meetings, except as occasional observers.

Their role is to ensure that the Board keeps its core priorities at the centre of its work – providing education for children and young people – and retains its stated ethos and values.

Members appoint some of the trustees and, in exceptional circumstances, can remove trustees who they have appointed.


Local Governing Body: Roles and Responsibilities of LGB Governors

Key roles
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • Head
  • Executive Head (where appropriate)
  • 5-8 Community Governors
LGB meetings
  • 4 meetings per year in line with data snapshots
  • No committees
  • Working parties as needed
Trust Finance meetings
5 per year, attended by Finance Governor, Head and Business Manager, CEO and CFO (or their representative).
Staff Health & Safety meeting – attended by one Governor in secondary schools.
  • Business links & careers 
  • Community Links
  • Education & Data
  • Finance & Grants - Sports Premium, Year 7 catch up
  • Parent Voice
  • Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Voice        
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND & Looked After Children
  • SMSC & British Values
  • Wellbeing – staff and pupils
  • EYFS (Primary)  6th form (if relevant)
  • Senior Leadership Team
  • Occasionally and where appropriate: Hub Lead, Hub Chair, CEO, trustees
Performance Management & Pay
  • Pay Committee – agree pay on recommendation from Head following moderation by trust leadership  – one autumn meeting
  • Performance management of Head by CEO, External Advisor, Chair of LGB & Chair of Trust
Holding the school to account for standards:
Pupil, Parent & Community
Ambassadors & Vision
Receive reports on:
  • Development Plan updates
  • End of year results analysis
  • Data Snapshots & KPIs including vulnerable groups, more able etc.
  • Information comparing school to national data
  • External quality assurance reports
  • Pupil Premium impact reports
  • Primary Sports Funding impact reports
  • Year 7 catch up funding impact reports
  • Attendance & Behaviour
  • Wellbeing support
First hand knowledge:
  • Learning walks linked to Development Plan priorities, mainly as part of trust reviews
  • Annual learning walk to audit safeguarding
  • Annual SEND learning walk
  • Governor links to key subjects
  • Meet with Ofsted to discuss governance in this school
Stakeholder voice:
  • Parent Forums & PTAs
  • School Council
  • Community networking
Pupil experience:
  • Curriculum offer – consulted on significant changes
  • Enrichment – curriculum and before/after school and holidays
  • Support school in ensuring curriculum and pupil offer match the context of the school’s community
Parents as co-educators – hold school to account for:
  • Communication with parents
  • Parent workshops re. curriculum, esafety, etc.
  • Carry out Stage 3 complaints process (meeting with Chair or another governor)
  • Review risk register
  • Escalate concerns to Board
Compliance – hold school to account for:
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality
  • Health & Safety – fire practice reports, near misses, RIDDOR, accidents
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements, managed moves
  • Receive representations from parents in relation to exclusions
Local policies:
  • Agree local policies
  • Monitor implementation of trust/hub policies
  • Hold school to account for PR, marketing, pupil recruitment
  • Act as ambassadors for the school
  • Act as ambassadors for the Trust
  • Build positive relationship with PTA
  • Build networks with stakeholders and alumni to benefit the school and build a benevolent community
  • Build networks with businesses & useful community/education providers
  • Encourage school to engage in appropriate fundraising activities and enterprise
Vision & Ethos:
  • Ensure the vision for the school matches the community context, within the wider Trust vision
  • Holding the school to account for a positive, aspirational ethos





Governing Body Contact

You can contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors, Chris Swan