The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

Governance has three core functions:

  • 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.

Within a multi-academy trust such as Lionheart, governance is led by the Trust Board, with some responsibilities delegated to both the Local Governing Body of the school and Hub Governing bodies across a cluster of schools.

The Cedars Academy has a Local Governing Body. Contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors, Shreek Raivadera.


Further Trust and governance information

Shreek Raivadera

Chair of Governors

The Cedars Academy Governors

Including terms of office

Parent Governors
(elected by parent vote)
Staff Governors
(governors due to role within the college / Trust)
Community Governors
(appointed by the Governing Body)
Lionheart Directors (appointed by the Lionheart Academy Trust)
Sue Rames
Management Consultant
December 2018 - 2022
Laura Sanchez
Executive Principal
Dave Clarke
Manager LA services
January 2017-2021
Chris (Christine) Swan
Community Worker
January 2017-2021
Danny Graham
Police Officer
December 2018 - 2022
Meyer Rashid
Associate Principal
Bhavneeta Patel
January 2018 - 2022
Shreek Raivadera
January 2018 - 2022
Staff Governors
(elected by staff vote)
Kim Hide
FA Employee
November 2018 - 2022
Kim Philpot
June 2019 - 2023


Previous Governors

Parent Governors
(elected by parent vote)
Staff Governors
(governors due to role within the college / Trust)
Community Governors
(appointed by the Governing Body)
Lionheart Directors (appointed by the Lionheart Academy Trust)
Brigitte Clarke
Learning Support Assistant
January 2015-2019
Jackie Ward
Retired SENCo
November 2018 – June 2019
Rebecca Knaggs
December 2015 - 2019



Key Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
Additional Responsibilities
Chris Swan
Lionheart Board Member/Trustee
Birstall Stakeholders
SEND & Looked After Children
Sixth Form
Dave Clarke
Bhaveeta Patel
Vice Chair
Education & Data
Laura Sanchez
Executive Principal
Shreek Raivadera
Chair of Governors
Pupil Premium
Maher Rashid
Associate Principal
Kim Hide
Pupil Voice
Sue Rames
Parent Voice
SMSC & British Values
Danny Graham
SMSC & British Values
Kim Philpot
Staff Voice


Trust Organisation

Scheme of Delegation

The Trust operates under a Scheme of Delegation agreed by the Trust Board.


Trust Governance across all layers

Trust Board
Vision and ethos  |  Strategic direction  |  Risks and Opportunities   |  Overall responsibility
Hub Governing Bodies (HGB)
Finance  |  HR  |  Estates  |  IT  |  Education  |  Marketing & Business 
North Hub
South & Central Hub
Cedars Academy: 11-19
Hallam Fields Primary: 4-11
Highcliffe Primary: 4-11
Humphrey Perkins: 11-16
Martin High: 11-16
Riverside Primary: 4-11
Beauchamp College: 11-19
Judgemeadow College: 11-16
Sir Jonathan North College 11-16
 Beauchamp City Sixth Form 16-19 (2020-21)
Local Governing Bodies (LGB)
Teaching & Learning  |  Pupil & Parent & Staff experience  |  Safeguarding |  Business & Community links

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for all governance in the trust and carries the final accountability for this. The focus of the Board is on the big picture, working with the trust Executive Team to set the overall vision for the trust, lead strategically and identify and respond to risks and opportunities.


Hub Governing Bodies

The schools are grouped into geographical governance hubs, which hold the schools to account and take a strategic lead on the back room services, which support the schools within their cluster. They also consider the marketing strategies of the group of schools and plan for developing effective partnerships with local businesses.


Local Governing Bodies

Each school has a Local Governing Body, which holds the school to account for the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of pupils, parents and staff, the processes to ensure safeguarding, and informal links with the local community and businesses. LGBs ensure that school leaders are mindful of the school’s context and work within the overall vision of Lionheart Academies Trust.



The Members of a trust are not involved in the practical running of the organisation and do not take part in governing body or Board meetings, except as occasional observers.

Their role is to ensure that the Board keeps its core priorities at the centre of its work – providing education for children and young people – and retains its stated ethos and values.

Members appoint some of the trustees and, in exceptional circumstances, can remove trustees who they have appointed.


Local Governing Body: Roles and Responsibilities of LGB Governors

Key roles
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff governor
  • Head
  • Executive Head (where appropriate)
  • 5-8 community governors
LGB meetings
  • 4 meetings per year in line with data snapshots
  • No committees
  • Working parties as needed
Trust Finance meetings
5 per year, attended by Finance Governor, Head and business manager, CEO and CFO (or their representative).
Staff Health & Safety meeting – attended by one governor in secondary schools.
  • Business links & careers   Community Links
  • Education & Data
  • Finance & grants - Sports Premium, Year 7 catch up
  • Parent Voice
  • Pupil Premium
  • Pupil Voice        
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND & Looked After Children
  • SMSC & British Values
  • Wellbeing – staff and pupils
  • EYFS (Primary)  6th form (if relevant)
  • Senior leadership team
  • Occasionally and where appropriate: Hub Lead, Hub Chair, CEO, trustees
Performance Management & Pay
  • Pay Committee – agree pay on recommendation from Head following moderation by trust leadership  – one autumn meeting
  • Performance management of Head by CEO, external advisor, Chair of LGB & Chair of Trust
Holding the school to account for standards:
Pupil, Parent & Community
Ambassadors & Vision
Receive reports on:
  • Development Plan updates
  • End of year results analysis
  • Data snapshots & KPIs including vulnerable groups, more able etc.
  • Information comparing school to national data
  • External quality assurance reports
  • Pupil Premium impact reports
  • Primary Sports Funding impact reports
  • Year 7 catch up funding impact reports
  • Attendance & Behaviour
  • Wellbeing support
First hand knowledge:
  • Learning walks linked to Development Plan priorities, mainly as part of trust reviews
  • Annual learning walk to audit safeguarding
  • Annual SEND learning walk
  • Governor links to key subjects
  • Meet with Ofsted to discuss governance in this school
Stakeholder voice:
  • Parent forums & PTAs
  • School Council
  • Community networking
Pupil experience:
  • Curriculum offer – consulted on significant changes
  • Enrichment – curriculum and before/after school and holidays
  • Support school in ensuring curriculum and pupil offer match the context of the school’s community
Parents as co-educators – hold school to account for:
  • Communication with parents
  • Parent workshops re. curriculum, esafety, etc.
  • Carry out Stage 3 complaints process (meeting with Chair or another governor)
  • Review risk register
  • Escalate concerns to Board
Compliance – hold school to account for:
  • Safeguarding & Prevent
  • British Values
  • Equality
  • Health & safety – fire practice reports, near misses, RIDDOR, accidents
  • Monitor exclusions, behaviour partnership arrangements, managed moves
  • Receive representations from parents in relation to exclusions
Local policies:
  • Agree local policies
  • Monitor implementation of trust/hub policies
  • Hold school to account for PR, marketing, pupil recruitment
  • Act as ambassadors for the school
  • Act as ambassadors for the Trust
  • Build positive relationship with PTA
  • Build networks with stakeholders and alumni to benefit the school and build a benevolent community
  • Build networks with businesses & useful community/education providers
  • Encourage school to engage in appropriate fundraising activities and enterprise
Vision & ethos:
  • Ensure the vision for the school matches the community context, within the wider Trust vision
  • Holding the school to account for a positive, aspirational ethos





Governors Contact

Shreek Raivadera
Chair of Governors
Jacqui Yeomans
Clerk to the Governors