The founding members of The SABDEN Multi Academy Trust have ultimate control over the strategic direction of the academy trust:
TSMAT Current Governance Structure:
PLEASE NOTE WE CURRENTLY HAVE 1 X TRUSTEE VACANCY
Members (4 x Members)
Dr Laurie Bush - Previously held the position of Deputy Chair of East Sussex Police Commission. Dr Bush was also a long serving successful retired Headteacher of a special school with excellent knowledge and understanding of financial and strategic planning.
David Bashford - long serving successful retired Headteacher of a residential special school; highly regarded for his understanding & leadership in his field of special educational needs.
Margaret Southworth MBE - Before retiring in 2005, MS worked as an Education Welfare Officer (EWO) for East Sussex for over 20 years and therefore has a vast knowledge in the areas of school attendance across mainstream and special schools. Previously she worked in the Department of Health and Social Security DHSS for over 11 years as a direct entrant Executive Officer. She supervised and regulated a team of clerical officers making assessments for supplementary benefits. Later she worked as a Fraud Officer, detecting fraudulent claims, liaising with police preparing cases for court, calculating overpayments and pursuing recovery of overpayments being promoted to Higher Executive Officer and managed a Supplementary Benefits Office in London. MS has recently (Jan 2016) been awarded MBE in recognition for her services to education in governance..
Jill Muggleton - began her career in education in 1982 in a Secondary school setting and in 1988 was appointed as an Education Welfare Officer based in Brighton . In 1992 she was promoted to the role of Senior Education Welfare Officer for the eastern area of the County and then in 1997 became the Countywide Senior EWO . From 2000 Jill was appointed as Principal Education Welfare Officer for East Sussex with responsibilities for maintaining school attendance levels, managing a team of Education Welfare Officers and support staff. Responsibilities also included the delivery of Safeguarding Training to schools and external agencies, and procuring funds for attendance related projects.
Jill became a Governor at Cuckmere House in 2006, and has Chaired the Finance Committee and the Management Committee for College Central between 2012 and 2015.
Trustees (6 X Trustees)
Jill Muggleton - Chair of Trustees, also Member (see Member section above)
Jean Haigh - (Vice-Chair) recently retired Head of SEN and Disability. Having worked for many years within Local Authorities to improve the outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families and leading the SE7 SEND Pathfinder for 3 years.
JH was highly regarded for long serving strategic role at ESCC ensuring key statutory responsibilities were met in relation to assessment of provision for children with SEN. In her role of Head of SEND, JH worked proactively with parents of children with SEN promoting positive working relationships promoting the best interests of the child set within the statutory and local framework. JH is committed to working closely with parents,carers and young people, she has worked tirelessly to embed the involvements of the voluntary and community sector in this work.
Frank Stanford M.A.,B.Ed (NLE) - Executive Headteacher now Chief Executive Officer, National Leader Education and trained Associate HMI/Ofsted Inspector. FS became Headteacher of Cuckmere House School in 1992; at the time the school was described by HMI as one of the ten worst schools in the country. In September 2004 the school was described by Ofsted HMI as “Outstanding in every category”. The inspectors went on to say ‘The school transforms the lives of its pupils and it significantly enhances their life chances …Inspirational leadership at all levels ensures that there is a sense of purpose across the school’. Since this point Cuckmere House School has continued to achieve outstanding ofsted gradings, gaining National Support School status, Teaching School status and being identified as nationally one of the top outstanding special schools in 2012.
FS has an admirable proven track record, not only in improving the standards of the schools within the Trust but also in successful secondments across the local area to both primary and secondary mainstream schools. Following a successful secondment to a local secondary community school, the school was able to appoint a substantive headteacher and moved from Requires Improvement to Good.
FS has on various occasions through a Headteachers mentoring programme supported newly appointed mainstream headteachers in primary mainstream settings particularly schools that were struggling to manage behaviour and secure successful outcomes.
Using distributed leadership strategies; FS ensures a clear accountability framework for the performance of all staff. All staff understand and adhere to this philosophy which also includes clear guidelines in the process to be followed when any member of staff is identified as underperforming.
FS drives a strong talent management programme with many examples of staff that have matured into highly effective school leaders, headteachers and more recently Executive Headteachers (an example; a TA from over ten years ago has now been appointed as an Executive Headteacher of a MAT) .
Senior leaders within the trust are encouraged to work across the MAT and middle leaders and teachers that demonstrate best practice are deployed across the trust to embed a deeper understanding and development.
As part of his NLE role, FS monitors and provides guidance to a number of Headteacher LLE’s who deliver a range of support to Secondary schools within East Sussex that require improvement.
In support of the MAT and the board of Trustees in September 2015, the MAT employed a centralised team which include two key strategic leadership roles - Director of Finance & Director of Business/HR.
These two positions are not Trustees however they are invited to attend the Trustee meetings in order to present information, answer questions and provide guidance and support as requested. The Trustees would like to acknowledge the importance and value that these two posts bring to accountability of the MAT.
Local Advisory Board:
There is a single local advisory board of 13 governors:
Jean Haigh (also Trustee & Chair of LAB)
Frank Stanford (CEO & also Trustee)
Jackie Pilcher (Parent Governor)
Tracy Hindmarsh (Parent Governor)
Sandra Williams (Staff Governor)
Joe Galvin (Staff Governor)
Karl Cloutt (Staff Governor)
Paul Murphy, Head of School - St Mary’s School (Associate)
Loraine Myles, Head of School - Cuckmere House School & Lansdowne School (Assoicate)
Simone Hopkins, Head of School - New Horizons School (Associate)
Gavin Thomas, Head of School - College Central (Associate)
Carol curd, Director Finance (Associate)
Jo Foulkes, Director Business & HR (Associate)