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Stoke Damerel School is an academy in the Greenshaw Learning Trust.

The Greenshaw Learning Trust is a charitable company, limited by guarantee, with the sole purpose of maintaining and developing academy schools to provide comprehensive and inclusive education for the public benefit. You can find out more about the governance of the Trust on the Trust website here

The Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust have overall legal responsibility for all the schools in the Trust, but they delegate powers and responsibilities with respect to the governance of each school to its governing body. The governing body is a committee of the Board of Trustees that reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees under a Scheme of Delegation of governance functions.

The Plymouth Secondary Schools Governing Body is responsible for the governance of Stoke Damerel Community College and Scott Medical & Healthcare College. The Governing Body provides strategic leadership of the schools, oversees the schools’ financial and academic performance, and holds the Headteachers and schools’ senior leadership to account

Governors are appointed in a number of different ways to reflect the school’s various stakeholders and to bring a range of skills and experience to the governing body:

  • Trust governors are appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
  • A parent governor has to be a parent of a pupil at one of the schools at the time of their election and is elected by ballot of all parents and carers of current students.
  • Community governors are appointed by the governing body to reflect its community and stakeholders.
  • A staff governor must be employed by the Trust to work at the schools and is appointed following a ballot of staff.
  • The Headteachers are governors, ex-officio.

All governors except the Headteacher serve for a term of office of four years, but can be reappointed.

Governors act collectively as the governing body and work closely with the Headteachers and senior leadership team of the school. Governors exercise their powers in a primarily strategic leadership role; they should not get involved in the day-to-day running of the schools.

As well as attending governing body meetings, governors serve on governing body committees, take part in governor briefings and development activities, visit the school and meet school staff attend and engage in a range of school activities.

The Headteachers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the schools, including the internal organisation, management and control of the schools and the direction of teaching and the curriculum, and for the implementation of the policies of the Trust and Local Governing Body.

You can find out a little about the governors by going to Meet the Governors. 

Details of each governor’s appointment and their roles on the governing body is set out here.

The attendance record of governors at meetings of the governing body and its committees can be found here. 

The Trust is required to maintain a register of interests for governors and non-trustee members of governing body committees, you can see the declarations of relevant interests of the governing body here. 

Find out more or contact us

For further information or to contact the governing body, please email the clerk to the governing body:

Join us

If you are interested in becoming a governor for Stoke Damerel Community College and Scott Medical & Healthcare College, or at another school in the Trust, please click here