Our academy committee is dedicated to supporting the staff, infrastructure and especially the students at Tuxford Academy. They are volunteers who give their time and commitment freely.

The job of the committee is to support and challenge the academy’s senior leadership team to raise achievement and realise the potential of all the students, supporting the vision and ethos of the academy.

Governors play an important role in trying to ensure that every student at the academy gets the best possible education. Governance concentrates on four strategic functions, and in our academy, the focus of these is determined by the Trustees on the Diverse Academies Board within our scheme of delegation:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students, plus the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent
  • engaging with stakeholders, parent/carers, staff and students and the wider community

Governors get to know the academy through reports and data together with visits into the academy and meeting staff and students.

Find out more about our governors via the links below.

Chair of Governors welcome

I am delighted to introduce myself as the new Chair of Governors of Tuxford Academy. I am looking forward to leading a highly committed and talented team of governors, dedicated to supporting and challenging the academy to ensure the students achieve the best possible outcomes, both in terms of their academic, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing. This also means ensuring that all staff receive the support they need to deliver a first class education.

We are excited about students being able to have a more settled education as measures to address the pandemic become more effective, at the same time, supporting any loss to learning due to the pandemic, especially for those with additional needs. We know how important parents/carers are in contributing to the progress that students make, and are keen to attend parents/carers groups and meetings to listen to your views on what is going well and what you think could be done better.

In addition to regular governors meetings, we also make visits to the academy to observe different aspects of the curriculum and to monitor areas of statutory compliance. Tuxford Academy is part of Diverse Academies Trust with whom we work closely.

I thought it helpful to tell you a little about myself and my journey to becoming the Chair of Governors. I have been a governor since 2015, most recently as the vice chair. Having officially retired in 2014, I have spent 38 years as a teacher, senior leader, including head of secondary, special schools and support services mainly in Nottinghamshire. I also worked in the School Improvement Service, and for a national charity as a coach. I have grandchildren attending Tuxford, which is one of the reasons why I became a governor.

To conclude, I wish to share with you a quote from my application to be Chair of Governors: ‘At the heart of this role is ensuring young people are enabled to achieve their dreams’.

I can be contacted through the academy via email: office@tuxford-ac.org.uk or via telephone 01777 870001

Yours sincerely
Rob Lancaster
Chair of Tuxford Academy Governing Body

Further information

The Academies Financial Handbook requires the publication on the academy website of certain information about governance in academies.

Please find a link here to the Diverse Academies website, from where you can find details of our trustees, structure, and scheme of delegation.

If there is anything you wish to raise with any of our governors, please do not hesitate to contact them through Serena Baines, Clerk and Advisor to the Academy Committee: sbaines@dalp.org.uk or 01777 861402.