CORE Education Trust is a multi-academy trust and company limited by guarantee.

The Trust’s governance model ensures clear and non-duplicative roles and responsibilities within the overall governance structure.

The running of the Trust is undertaken by the CEO and monitored by the Board of Trustees who hold the CEO to account and manage their performance. The Trust is governed by its Articles of Association which are agreed with its Members. In charitable law, the Directors are referred to as Trustees.


Our Governance Structure

The Members are the guardians of the constitution (Articles of Association) who ensure the charitable objectives of the Trust are fulfilled.

The Board of Trustees (also known as Directors under company law) are accountable to the Members, to the Secretary of State for Education, and to the wider community for the quality of the education provided to students and for the appropriate expenditure of public money. The Board holds ultimate legal accountability for all aspects of operational delivery and is required to have systems to assure themselves of the quality, safety and good practice of the affairs of the Trust. The Board delegates some responsibility including for day to day management. The Finance, Audit and Risk Committees are sub-committee of the Board of Trustees.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Senior Executive Team at CORE Education Trust have delegated responsibilities for the operational running of the Trust including supporting Academies and governance. The CEO is the Accounting Officer, supported by the Chief Operating Officer who is the Chief Financial Officer. The CEO and the Executive team report upwards to the Board of Trustees.

Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB). The LGB is accountable to the Board of Trustees, and provides a crucial challenge and support role and has some delegated responsibilities for its own Academy.

Governance in our Schools

Each CORE School has its own Local Governing Body (LGB). Each LGB has delegated authority from the Trust to support and challenge the Headteacher. The Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) works closely with both the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors to ensure scrutiny procedures are effective and that governance is robust, with a strong regard for statutory compliance.

Name Start Date End Date Governor Role
Raj Mann Ex-officio Ex-officio Headteacher
Olwen Brown 11/07/2023 10/07/2027 Chair of Governors
Darpan Sandhu 30/11/2022 29/11/2026 Staff Governor
Ali Champness 26/04/2023 25/04/2027 Trust Governor
John Woodyatt 20/03/2018 19/03/2026 Trust Governor
Fay Glendenning 23/11/2022 22/11/2026 Parent Governor
Valda Oliver-Thompson 01/05/2023 30/04/2027 Trust Governor
Susan Wain 31/08/2023 30/08/2027 Trust Governor
Name Start Date End Date Governor Role
Rebecca Bakewell Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Headteacher
Tamarah March 24/11/2023 23/11/2026 Chair
Matthew Brady 01/02/2023 31/01/2027 Trust Governor
Tom Gidlow 24/11/2023 23/11/2026 Trust Governor
Jasmine Maheshwari 24/11/2022 23/11/2026 Trust Governor
Jackie Ward 11/05/2023 10/05/2027 Parent Governor
Thomas Sissons 07/06/2023 06/06/2027 Staff Governor


Name Start Date End Date Governor Role
Jamie Barton Ex-officio Ex-officio Headteacher
Helen Toft 03/11/2021 02/11/2025 Vice Chair
Denis Campbell-Roberts 27/04/2023 26/04/2027 Trust Governor
Jessica Siddiqui 20/03/2023 19/03/2027 Staff Governor
Erin Withers 29/04/2022 28/04/2026 Trust Governor
Pooran Kumar 04/09/2023 03/09/2027 Observer
Audrey Glenn 05/05/2023 04/05/2027 Parent Governor
Name Start Date End Date Governor Role
Richard Reeve 01/04/2024 Ex-Officio Headteacher
Tamarah March 19/10/2023 18/10/2027 Chair
Alice Donovan 30/11/2021 29/11/2025 Trust Governor
Mohammad Ali 27/03/2023 26/03/2027 Parent Governor
Jacob Conalty 03/03/2021 02/03/2025 Trust Governor
Ziarab Yasin 06/01/2020 05/01/2024 Parent Governor