The Academy Committee
The Academy Committee (AC) has a vital role in the governance of the Penrose Learning Trust. It is accountable to the Board of Trustees and supports the Trustees and Trust school leaders to deliver their responsibilities, and commit to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the trust. Visit the Penrose Learning Trust's website for a wide range of information.
The AC Chair has a Trust-wide leadership role in ensuring that the AC fulfils its accountabilities and maintains effective communication with the Board of Trustees and the CEO.
The knowledge, experience and skills of the AC members enable the AC to:
> monitor school performance and outcomes and to challenge school leaders on that performance;
> identify and agree school improvement priorities and to monitor progress against those priorities within the School Development Plan;
> have a fundamental role in leading the strategic oversight of safeguarding and assuring the Trust that effective safeguarding is in place in the school; this includes safeguarding in its widest form focusing on attendance, welfare and pastoral care;
> take primary responsibility for the Trust’s strategic ambitions for effective community engagement and promotion of the school in its community.
Further details of the governance of the Trust can be accessed in the Penrose Learning Trust's website and Scheme of Delegation policy.
To view the trust's annual Report and Financial Statements for 2020-21, please click here
We are very grateful for the time given to governance within our Trust and value the important part AC members contribute to each of our schools.
If you are interested in joining the Academy Committee, please email our Governance Manager, email@example.com.
The Academy Committee only has Full Academy Committee meetings.
Code of Conduct
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Business and Other Interests
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Membership of the Academy Committee
Mr Nigel AndrewsTrust Appointed Member (Chair)
Mr Nigel Andrews
Term of Office 10/02/2022 - 09/02/2026I joined the Academy Committee (Governing Body) in February 2018 and I was elected to the role of Chair in July 2022. We have a very experienced Academy Committee who come from a wide sector of the community and have the expertise to provide a strong base for strategic oversight for the school.I have spent a number of years as a senior manager working within local authorities housing service, where I led on service improvement and project management as well as being the lead officer for tenancy support services, safeguarding adults and working with troubled families. I am passionate about education and community involvement and delighted to be given the opportunity to serve as a Trust member and Chair of the Academy Committee of a thriving and ambitious school.I have recently been appointed as the Independent Chair for the Suffolk Family Carers Partnership, where hopefully I can use my role to champion the needs of our younger carers in the community.
Mrs Liz StoneTrust Appointed Member
Mrs Liz Stone
Term of Office 05/07/2023 - 04/07/2027
I started life as a parent governor and have enjoyed continuing to support the school over a number of years. I work in the probation service and want to help and encourage young people.
Mr Ed VollerTrust Appointed Member
Mr Ed Voller
Term of Office 14/06/2021 to 13/06/2025
My relationship with Claydon High School goes back nearly 15 years. I have worked in the school as a Cover Supervisor and a teacher in the Mathematics Faculty. During this time I was also a Staff Governor and subsequently a staff member of the Academy Committee when it first formed. Since leaving teaching I have maintained my links with the school, currently serving as a ‘Trust Appointed Member’ with responsibility for Student Standards, Pupil Premium and Transition.
Ms Emily RueggTrust Appointed Member
Ms Emily Ruegg
Term of Office 13/07/2023 - 12/07/2027
Ms Petra Lahtinen-KalsiTrust Appointed Member
Ms Petra Lahtinen-Kalsi
Term of office 13/10/2023 - 12/10/2027
Mr Tom BoothParent Member (Vice Chair)
Mr Tom Booth
Term of Office 17/03/2022 to 16/03/2026
Mrs Claire WelsbyParent Member
Mrs Claire Welsby
Term of Office 06/02/23 - 05/02/27
Named committee member for Safeguarding and Online Safety
Ms Maeve TaylorStaff Member (Headteacher)
Ms Maeve Taylor
I am starting my fifth year as Headteacher and am so proud to lead this school. I am an English teacher by training and still love teaching in the classroom. I worked here at Claydon High School as Assistant and then Deputy Headteacher and have seen it led to a place of great strength. I am excited by the challenge of moving the school forward.
Mr Richard PopeStaff Member (SENDCo)
Mr Richard Pope
Term of Office 08/01/2020 - 07/01/2024
I have been SENDCo at Claydon High School for fourteen years. Before that I worked in a number of high schools in the Ipswich and Felixstowe area. I have always been passionate about ensuring children with additional needs get the right support. Outside of school I am a local Councillor serving on Ipswich Borough Council. I have in the past been a director of a number of local charities and I currently sit on the Fair Trade Steering Group in Ipswich.
Mrs Julie NichollsStaff Member
Mrs Julie Nicholls
Term of Office 20/09/2023 - 19/09/2027
Please click to access Membership of the Academy Committee 2022-2023.