The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions 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.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Board’s work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.

St James’ Church of England Primary School and Nursery TIB

NameRoleAppointed ByDate of AppointmentBusiness DeclarationNature of InterestAdditional InformationFamily Declaration
Karen JonesExecutive HeadteacherEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacher15/04/2024Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools TrustEmployeeExecutive Headteacher

Great Clacton Junior School, Rolph and St James Colchester

Andrew Jones- Husband works at Great Clacton Junior School
Father James McCluskeyTIB Member

Church Distinctiveness/ SEN

Ex Officio (incumbent)30/09/2022St James the Great & St Paul ChurchChurchNONENONE
Mike FergusonChair of TIBTrust16/05/2024TBC- by first TIBSchools Advisor
Richard HopkinsTIB Member

Church Distinctiveness/ Education

Trust22/04/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

Colne Valley LSB



Schools AdvisorNONE
Mike HopeTIB Member

Safeguarding/ Health and Safety

Trust22/04/2024Morelock Installations Ltd

Chair of Witham SGB




Governors that have left in the last 12 months:

NamePosition on Governing BodyAppointed ByDate of TerminationEntityNature of InterestAdditional InformationFamily Declaration
Charlotte LittleChair of SGBTrust15/05/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

The Appleton School



Chair of LSB

Chair of LSB

Local Governor


Executive Committee Member

Vice Chair-

Southeast Hub

Chair- Tendring Hub

TIB – Latchingdon and Chair- Tillingham

Karen JonesChair of SGBTrust14/04/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools TrustEmployeeExecutive Headteacher

Great Clacton Junior School and Rolph

Ana MarulandaGovernorTrust13/05/2024NONENONENONENONE
Brenda MorelliGovernorTrust13/05/2024NONENONENONENONE
Carol NealeGovernorTrust13/05/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools TrustEmployeeAdmin AssistantNONE
Laura HicksGovernorTrust13/05/2024NONENONENONENONE
Lucy TurnerGovernorTrust13/05/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools TrustEmployeeHead of SchoolNONE
Victoria TamesGovernorTrust13/05/2024NONENONENONENONE
Belynda FellowsHeadteacherEx-officio by virtue of office as headteacher27/03/2024Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools TrustEmployeeNONENONE
Julie TaylorChair of SGBTrust13/02/2024Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

St Edwards C of E Academy


Chair of LGB

Trust Governance LeadNONE
Toby FreemanGovernorTrust06/02/2024NONENONENONENONE
Reinhilde Annelies Kirkby-TaylorGovernorTrust21/07/2023NONENONENONENONE
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