The Trust Board works with management to shape the strategic priorities for the Trust and all member academies.

The Trust operates within the legislative framework of the Academies Act 2010. It also has requirements placed on it by the Department for Education (DfE), and the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The Trust has set the following vision:

"Excellence and ambition for all"

In meeting our vision, we will:

  • Establish a dynamic trust capable of building on its success, extending its influence and making a significant contribution within Greater Manchester
  • Establish academies which are centres of excellence and innovation for leadership, teaching and learning and collaboration
  • Support the development of a coherent curriculum which supports strong transition to the next phase of education and prepares all for the next stage of their life
  • To encourage the realising of ambition and taking of opportunity
  • Be driven by a moral purpose to transform the life chances and opportunities of all children and young people in the Trust
  • Work in partnership and in collaboration with schools and colleges in the Trust to support their development as successful centres of excellence aimed at improving acheivement for all
  • Work in partnership with other schools, academies and MATs in the Greater Manchester area to share ideas and promote excellence.

Good Governance

The members and trustees of the Trust are committed ensuring quality governance to support the education of the young people who study at our institutions.  To this end, we actively follow the guidance set out in the DfE's Governance Handbook and Competency Framework.


Register of Interests

Each member and trustee must declare any interests that may conflict with their role with the Trust – these are recorded in the Register of Interests. 

The Trust is required to maintain and publicly disclose the register, which is available on request by contacting cwr@asfc.uk.


The Trust Board and Committees

Trust Board

The Trust Board has three core functions, as set out in the DfE Governance Handbook:

  • 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.

In carrying out these functions, the board may choose to delegate responsibility for monitoring to other committees, local governing bodies or the executive leadership of the trust, however they retain overall responsibility for ensuring these functions are carried out.

Trustees:

The following people serve as Trustees on the Trust Board:

  • Stephen Foote (Chair)
  • Macolm Sugden (Vice Chair)
  • Anton McGrath (CEO)
  • Kala Mandviwala
  • Steven Pleasant
  • David Smith
  • Colin Challenger (Chair of the Ashton Sixth Form College Local Governing Body)
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Colette Macklin (Chair of the Rayner Stephens High School Local Governing Body)
  • Barry Harwood
  • Jane Barker

 

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee supports the board in meeting its core functions, by monitoring and overseeing the use of financial and physical resources within the Trust.

The Committee considers the annual budget, monitors management accounts and scrutinises the end of year accounts and half-yearly financial forecasts, and makes recommendations to the board based on its findings.

Committee members

The following members serve on the Finance Committee:

  • Stephen Foote
  • Colin Challenger
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Jane Barker
  • Barry Harwood
  • Anton McGrath

 

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee ensures that the internal control systems and audit activities of the Trust are objectively and actively monitored. It reinforces the effectiveness of the internal audit function, providing an independent medium of communication with the Trust's auditors, who it invites as required.

The Committee considers detailed reports together with recommendations for the improvement of the Trust’s systems of internal controls and management’s responses and implementation plans. It also concerns itself with the monitoring the Trust’s arrangements for risk management, fraud and irregularity, and value for money.

Committee members

The following members serve on the Audit Committee:

  • Malcolm Sugden
  • Kala Mandviwala
  • Steven Pleasant
  • David Smith

 

Local Governing Bodies

The general role of the Local Governing Bodies is to provide the local context, challenge and support to the Principal/Headteachers, ensuring the very best local provision is given in each academy.  Where more than one LGB is in place, the Chair of each will form a Chairs' Group which will ensure the LGB's have a role in influencing and communicating with the Trustees on the strategic vision of the Trust going forward.

Ashton Sixth Form College Local Governing Body

Committee members

The following members serve on the ASFC Local Governing Body:

  • Colin Challenger (Chair)
  • Louise Hall
  • Elaine Grisdale
  • Kamlesh Rajput
  • Amanda Read (Parent)
  • Richard Allanson (Staff)
  • Hazel Kindley (Staff)
  • Student Council President (16-18)

Longdendale High School Local Governing Body

Committee members

The following members serve on the LHS Local Governing Body:

  • Tracey Saltsman (Chair)
  • Karin Elgar
  • Catherine Little
  • Alison Bradshaw (Parent)
  • Marcus Gill (Parent)
  • Ashvin Mistry
  • Danielle Ballagher

Rayner Stephens High School Local Governing Body

Committee members

The following members serve on the RSHS Local Governing Body:

  • Colette Macklin (Chair)
  • Ruksana Rasul
  • Lee Mason
  • Mark Storie (Staff)
  • Liam Kelly
  • Richard Umpleby
  • Justin McDonnell

Terms of Reference

All Committees of the Trust have written remits, referred to as Terms of Reference. Copies of these can be requested by email from cwr@asfc.ac.uk.


Minutes of Meetings 

These documents cover information relating to the way the Trust is governed and how decisions are made. In some instances information from the Trust board and committee minutes will be exempt from disclosure where it contains personal information, information that may damage the commercial interests of the Trust or that may threaten the health and safety of specific individuals.  Copies of minutes can be requested by emailing cwr@asfc.ac.uk.


Annual Report and Financial Statements

The latest Annual Reports and Financial Statements are below. Download the financial statements by clicking the links.

Stamford Park Trust financial statements for 2018 - 2019

Ashton Sixth Form College financial statements for the year ended 31 January 2019

 


Members terms of office 

Name Date of appointment
Keith Trelfa 20/12/2018
Janet Nevin 20/12/2018
Christine Lyness 20/12/2018
Peter Claus 01/02/2019
Jonathan Reynolds 16/08/2020

 

Previous Members

Name Date of Appointment Date ceased to be a member
Barrie Cheshire 01/02/2019 27/04/2020

Trustees terms of office 

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date they stepped down (if applicable) Appointed by
Stephen Foote 20/12/2018 4 years   Members
Malcolm Sugden 20/12/2018 4 years   Members
Steven Pleasant 20/12/2018 4 years   Members
Kala Mandviwala 01/02/2019 4 years   Trust Board
David Smith  01/02/2019 4 years   Trust Board
Colin Challenger (as chair of ASFC LGB) 01/02/2019 4 years   Trust Board
Anton McGrath 01/02/2019 ex-officio (CEO)   Trust Board
Sarah Wilson 04/11/2020 4 years   Trust Board
Colette Macklin 13/01/2021 4 years   Trust Board
Jane Barker 13/01/2021 4 years   Trust Board
Barry Harwood 13/01/2021 4 years   Trust Board

 

Trustee attendance records can be requested by email from cwr@asfc.ac.uk.


Governors terms of office

Ashton Sixth Form College LGB

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date they stepped down (if applicable) Appointed by
Colin Challenger 01/02/2019 4 years   Trust Board
Louise Hall 01/02/2019 4 years   LGB
Kamlesh Rajput 01/02/2019 4 years   LGB
Richard Allanson 01/02/2019 4 years   ASFC Teaching Staff
Hazel Kindley 01/02/2019 4 years   ASFC Support Staff
Chris Lyness 01/02/2019 4 years   LGB
Amanda Read 23/10/2019 4 years   LGB
Elaine Grisdale 01/02/2019 4 years 18/01/2021 LGB
Ruksana Rasul 23/10/2019 4 years 13/01/2021 LGB

 

Longdendale High School LGB

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date they stepped down (if applicable) Appointed by
Tracey Saltsman 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022    Trust Board
Karin Elgar 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Catherine Little 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022  

Trust Board

Alison Bradshaw 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Marcus Gill 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Danielle Ballagher 27/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board

 

Rayner Stephens High School LGB

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Date they stepped down (if applicable) Appointed by
Colette Macklin 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022    Trust Board
Ruksana Rasul 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Lee Mason 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022  

Trust Board

Mark Storie 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Justin McDonnell 13/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Liam Kelly 27/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board
Richard Umpleby 27/01/2021 Until 31/08/2022   Trust Board

 

Governor attendance records can be requested by email from cwr@asfc.ac.uk.