Academy Governance

Tywardreath School is part of the multi-academy trust Adventure Learning Academy Trust (ALAT) and the school’s governance structure and function is part of the wider Trust’s governance framework.

Following the Government’s recommendation for all schools to review its governance procedures and move to a skills-based structure, ALAT has developed an innovative structure to ensure each academy is accountable for its decisions and that the best outcomes are available for students. From 1st September 2016, this structure replaces the previous Local Governing Body which was in place.

The full structure of the Trust governance and remit of the Trust’s members, board of trustees and scheme of delegation are available on the governance page of ALAT’s website.

How Governance Works at the Academy

The main purpose of the governance structure is to drive school improvement and improve the outcomes for the children and young people within our academy. Members with appropriate skills, local knowledge and experience will sit on a Drive Team within the governance structure and reporting between groups will be clear and rigorous.

Drive Teams act as a Local Advisory Board within the Trust governance structure and provide local support and challenge for each academy within a region.  The Drive Team is a vehicle for driving school improvement at academy level and holds the Principal to account.  Information and data to inform Drive Team discussion and actions is taken from Rapid Improvement Reports (RIRs).

The Rapid Improvement Reports (RIRs) contain information around school data, pupil performance, and priority school improvement areas with required actions, some of which the Drive Team can work on and report on to the Accountability Review and Challenge (ARC) group.

The Accountability Review and Challenge (ARC) group provides quality assurance, support, and challenge at a regional level for academies within a region.  The ARC group holds the Regional Executive Principal to account and reports to the Trust Board.

Drive Teams

Drive Team Members

  • Mrs V Rolls
  • Mrs H Bunting
  • Mrs Westaway
  • Mr Lake
  • Mrs Rowe
  • Mrs C McColville (Principal)
  • Mr D Gilbert (Vice Principal)
  • Mr P Baker (Regional Executive Principal) In attendance/non member

Appointment dates, business interests and attendance at meetings please click here

What do Drive Teams do?

  • Drive Teams have been established to drive forward school improvement within the Trust’s academies.
  • The group will consist of the school Principal, parent, community, staff members, a co-opted member and the Regional Executive Principal who will attend to provide a quality assurance function.
  • Parent and community members within this group will spend time in schools looking at some aspects of the school which have been identified through the RIR as requiring intervention and improvement. The group therefore takes its lead from the RIR.
  • The Chair of the Drive Team will liaise with their regional National Leader in Governance, who sits on the ARC Group, and who will report to the ARC group on individual Drive Team priorities and actions.

It is not the remit of the parent and community members to quality assure teaching within the school.

The Drive Team meets half termly and parent members are required to engage with pupils through school visits or via the school council.

Parent and community member visits are an excellent way of looking independently at a school.

Further information regarding the remit of the Drive Team is available in the Drive Team Terms of Reference.


2017-2018 Drive Team Meeting Dates

22 September 2017

10 November 2017

19 January 2018

20 April 2018

13 June 2018


2017-2018 Drive Team Minutes

10 November 2017

19 January 2018

20 April 2018

13 June 2018


2018-2019 Drive Team Meeting Dates

20 September 2018

22 November 2018


2018-2019 Drive Team Minutes

20 September 2018 (to be agreed)

22 November 2018 (to be agreed)


Apply to join the Drive Team

Being a member of the Drive Team provides an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the Academy at this exciting stage of the Trust’s development. The group convenes half termly or as and when required.

If you would like to become a member of the academy Drive Team, please click the link below for further information and guidance.

Become part of the Drive Team >

ARC groups

Regional Accountability, Review and Challenge (ARC) Groups have been established across each region within the trust academy network.  The ARC group meets 3 times a year with meetings being face to face within each region.

The ARC Group monitors the performance of the academies within the region, holds the Regional Executive Principal to account and supports and challenges the Regional Executive Principal to drive rapid school improvement and share best practice.

The ARC Group receives Drive Team reports from the regional National Leader in Governance who also ensures that feedback from the ARC Group is taken back to the Drive Team.

The ARC group reports up to the Trust Board directly through the Regional Trustee who ensures that a ‘Golden Tread’ exists to link actions and information up and down between the individual schools and the Trust Board.

The ARC groups are split into three regions:

  • Region 1 – Cornwall
  • Region 2 – Suffolk and Essex
  • Region 3 – North

Tywardreath School belongs to Region 1.

Who are the ARC group members?

  • The Chair for the ARC Group, who is the Regional Trustee* (who attends across the region and sits on the Trust Board)
  • An independent National Leader of Governance* (who attends across the region and is the direct link to each school drive team)
  • The Director of Primary Education/The Director of Secondary Education (who attends across the region and who are not members but just attend)
  • The Regional Executive Principal (who attends across the region)
  • The Principal and Drive Team Chair/Lead (invited to attend but not members)
  • The Regional Business Manager (invited to attend but not a member)
  • A clerk

The majority of members will not be employees*

View full appointment dates, interests and attendance records >

Further information regarding the remit of the ARC group is available in the ARC group Terms of Reference.

When are the ARC group meeting dates?

ARC group meetings are held face to face within each region.  The dates and times of these meetings are listed below:

Region 1

  • Thursday 12th October 2017
  • Thursday 8th February 2018
  • Thursday 24th May 2018

Please note that as from September 2017 the Drive Team act as the Local Advisory Group within the Trust governance structure and Drive Team minutes will be shown on school websites in place of regional ARC minutes.

Please contact Anne-Marie Winter with any enquiries.

Further information regarding the remit of the ARC group is available in the ARC group Terms of Reference.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do these various groups report?

The groups operate and report as shown in the diagram below.

group operations

What is a Scheme of Delegation?

The powers devolved to each academy by the Trust are outlined in the Trust Scheme of Delegation.

The group which has a function at regional and academy level is the ARC group which is highlighted within the Scheme of Delegation.

What are the benefits of the new structure?

  • Advisors with the appropriate skill sets, experience and training will sit on groups within the structure and reporting will be clear and rigorous.
  • A clear reporting structure is in place which ensures transparency, clear identification of actions, responsibilities, outcomes and impact.
  • Actions, outcomes and impact are directly targeted at supporting specific areas of identified school improvement.
  • Outcome and impact are rigorously monitored, regularly revisited, and challenged at academy (Drive Team), regional (ARC group) and Board level to ensure successful outcomes are achieved.
  • The structure not only supports a process but is designed to show clear lines of accountability and ownership of school improvement by all involved.
  • The structure meets the Government’s expectations in terms of ensuring open, independent review and rigorous challenge as delegated to the ARC group.

Trust Governance

The Trust’s governance framework consists of the Trust Board, it’s various sub-committees, regional ARC groups and school-led Drive Teams, to establish a professional and fit-for-purpose structure with a clear remit.

Further details of the Trust’s governance framework are available on the Trust’s website.