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CIT Governance

In a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), the Trust is responsible for all of its schools/academies. For the Community Inclusive Trust, governance of our MAT resides with Members, Trustees and Local School Boards.

Members: The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy Trust, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association. CLICK HERE to view the CIT Articles.

Trustees: The trustees are responsible for the three core areas of governance:
– 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; and
– Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

CIT’s Members and Trustees oversee the whole organisation and the MAT is the legal Governing Body for all CIT schools, but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local School Board. CLICK HERE to view the CIT Scheme of Delegation.

Meet the CIT Trust Board Members and Trustees…

Local School Boards and Local Governors: At Foxfields Academy, we have a committed team of Governors who are actively involved in the life of the school. They reflect the community we serve and include parent, community and staff representatives. Governors serve as a key link between the Trust Board, parents/carers and the local community. They monitor the performance of the school, advising the Trustees on what’s going well and of any concerns.

If you want to bring any matters to the attention of the Local School Board, you should email the Clerk: or address your correspondence to the Chair of Governors at the school address.

The Governors are passionate about the school and are here to make sure that every young person is given the best education, opportunities and experiences possible. Our Governors play an important role in overseeing the work of the school, acting as “critical friends” for the Senior Leadership Team and holding the school to account for performance and development.

Please note that any complaints regarding the school must be raised in line with our complaints policy found HERE and cannot be raised with the Local School Board.

Find out more about CIT’s Governance Structure…

To view Local School Board documents, please click the links below:

LSB Terms of Reference 23/24LSB Attendance 21/22LSB Register of Interest 23/24

Meet our Local School Board…

Kathryn Cook
Chair of the
Local School Board
and Safeguarding Governor

Kathryn is a retired Methodist Minister. Before entering the ministry, she worked as a secondary school teacher and had a private teaching practice.
Kathryn has past experience as a governor and believes that governors have a crucial role to play in having a clear oversight of the school’s work. Kathryn is keen that children and young people have a safe, happy learning environment in which to flourish and achieve their potential.

Ashley Caress

Ashley has worked in SEN schools since 2013, spending 9 years in Lincolnshire before moving to Foxfields Academy as Headteacher in 2022. Ashley is passionate about pupils of all ages and abilities having equal opportunities. Ashley believes strongly in providing a wide range of experiences that enrich the lives of young people and help to best prepare them for life after school.
Ashley holds the NPQH and is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE).

Becky Driver
Parent Governor
SEND Governor
LAC Governor
Pupil Premium Governor

Having been a nurse for 21 years (the latter 13 years an Education and Practice Development Nurse), Becky has taught a wide variety of subjects, led a number of projects and chaired certain sub groups throughout her career.
Becky feels passionate about children’s mental health issues and the resources available for them. As a parent member of the Local Schools Board Becky plans to play an active role, upholding standards, maintaining relationships, but most of all being an advocate for other parents and their children who attend Foxfields Academy.

Michaela Middleton
Parent Governor

Michaela is a professional mother of two children with one child attending Foxfields in year 7.
Michaela has been passionate about the school since visiting almost 2 years ago. With a background in compliance, working with strategic development teams in
various capacities, albeit in a different sector, she
is keen to support the school to achieve excellence at
every level, and hopes to play a small part in her son’s and the other children’s educational journey.

Scott Hamilton
Staff Governor
Health & Safety Governor

Scott is extremely passionate about enhancing the lives of young people and ensuring they are supported to reach their full potential through high quality education. Being a Member will allow Scott to make a real contribution to the strategic management of the school.
Scott is currently employed as the Behaviour Support Manager at Foxfields, previous to this he held a number of pastoral roles in schools where he constantly strived to make a difference.
Scott is committed to ensuring the children at Foxfields get the best possible education and are prepared for life after Foxfields and to make a positive contribution to society.

Stephen Wigfull
Community Governor
Curriculum Governor

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant who currently works as a Finance Director for a local Building Society.
Stephen believes in the importance of education for all, and is looking forward to supporting the direction of the school. Stephen has skills in finance, strategic leadership and risk management.

Sharon Dilley
SMSC and British Values Governor

Bryan Steele
Special Interest Trustee

An internationally experienced Executive Board Advisor, Trustee and Non-Executive, Bryan has expertise in applying Information Technology in forward-thinking organisations and in GDPR compliance; both complemented by a strong commercial awareness.
Having worked in several industry sectors as well as voluntary and charity, Bryan feels he has the necessary skills to provide strategic input and sound operational oversight.

Jo Ingle
Clerk to the Governors

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