Our school is operated by Pontefract Academies Trust (PAT).
The PAT was created under the provisions of the Academies Act 2010, as amended by the Education Act 2011. Its structure of governance is constituted under the Articles of Association. The Trust is an exempt charity by virtue of the Charities Act 2011.
The Funding Agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Trust sets out the terms and conditions on which grant is made. The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of grant are met. As part of this process the Trust is required to have in place appropriate arrangements for sound governance, financial management, securing value for money and accounting, and for using public funds for the purposes for which they were intended by Parliament.
This Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its schools. This does not mean the Trust Board is required to make all the decisions itself. Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to SPRB, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees. The Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved.
The Rookeries J, I & N and Carleton Park J & I School Performance Review Board (SPRB)
The Rookeries J, I & N and Carleton Park J & I SPRB is a sub-committee of the Trust Board and has various responsibilities delegated to it through the Pontefract Academies Trust Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation.
The SPRB of The Rookeries J, I & N School is currently made up of:
|Name||Category/Role||Appointed By||Appointment Date||Term end date / Date stepped down|
|J Cross||Chair||12/03/19||11/03/23||Trust Board|
|J Ayre||Head of Carleton Park J & I School||01/06/18||N/A||Ex-officio|
|D J Leigh||SPRB Member||04/02/14||31/08/22||Trust Board|
|N Loynes||SPRB Member||20/01/16||19/01/20||Parent Elected|
|R Simmons||SPRB Member||20/01/16||19/01/20||Parent Elected|
|L Hatton||SPRB Member||13/05/19||12/05/23||Trust Board|
|A Johnson||SPRB Member||19/01/16||18/01/20||Trust Board|
|A Sharp||SPRB Member||31/10/16||30/10/20||Parent Elected|
|M Farrell||SPRB Member||01/09/16||31/08/22||Trust Board|
|M Neden||SPRB Member||20/01/16||19/01/20||Trust Board|
|N Ellwand||Head of The Rookeries J, I & N School||14/08/12||N/A||Ex-officio|
The Chair of the SPRB may be contacted at:
Care of The Rookeries
The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School
I am local to Pontefract and attended Carleton Park Junior & Infant School as a child. I care enormously about the school and our town; providing the best education possible for all our children is my unrelenting aim. There have been key development areas that we have focused on this academic year but what matters most to me is encouraging and developing a love of reading, as we strongly believe this opens up doors to a successful future and well rounded individuals.
I’m a geologist by profession and we moved to Pontefract in 1978 when I joined the National Coal Board, based at Allerton Bywater. Carleton Park has always been close to my heart; my four children all attended the school between 1988 and 2003. I have been on the SPRB since 1989, including a spell as Chair. My aim is to give something back to the school in return for the outstanding start it gave my children both educationally and socially, and I regard it a privilege to be able to help with fundraising and school functions, particularly the outings and residential visits with the children. Carleton Park continues to thrive as a school under Mr Ayre and his team and they deserve to get the best possible support from the SPRB – our aim is to ensure that they get just that.
I’ve lived in the same house on Carleton Park estate since I was four years old. I’m extremely proud to come from Pontefract; I’m proud of its history and its community spirit. I have a strong commitment to fairness and social justice, and this is reflected in my career experience and skills in local children’s services as a social worker. Learning is also close to my heart; for the last ten years I’ve been a university lecturer. Alongside full time working, I’ve continued to study and gain qualifications in my own time. Primary education is vitally important for children: done well, it’s a golden opportunity to inspire children to find out more about their 21st century world, and be the lifelong learners they need to be to succeed in it.
I’ve spent most of my life in Pontefract, starting my own education at Carleton Park J&I school. It’s a privilege to be involved as a Member of the SPRB in a school where I started myself and which all three of my children attend. I work as a local general practitioner and have my own practice. Within our practice I’m greatly involved in safeguarding, palliative care and family planning. To me, primary school is the start of a journey supporting children to aspire to have hopes and dreams in life. It is in primary schools that these foundations are formed and supported. I’m pleased to be part of supporting Carleton Park and Mr Ayre’s team. It has been a pleasure to see the school develop; the results, attitudes and behaviours are a credit to the staff at Carleton Park.
SPRB Current Register of Business Interests
|Role||Name of business or organisation/educational organisation||Nature of business or organisation||Nature of interest||Date of appointment of acquisition||Date of cessation of interest|
|J Cross||Chair of SPRB||None declared|
|J Ayre||Head of Carleton Park, J & I School||None declared|
|D J Leigh||SPRB Member||None declared|
|N Loynes||SPRB Member||Carleton Park J & I School||Education provider||Children in school||2012 and 2014|
|R Simmons||SPRB Member||Carleton Park J & I School||Education provider||Children in school||2012, 2015 & 2017|
|L Hatton||SPRB Member||None declared|
|M Neden||Vice Chair of SPRB||Lloyds Bank||Bank||Bank Worker||07/02/2000||N/A|
|M Farrell||SPRB Member||None declared|
|N Ellwand||Head of The Rookeries J, I & N School||None declared|
|A Johnson||SPRB Member||The Rookeries J, I & N School||Education Provider||Grandchild in School||September 2018|
|The Rookeries J, I & N School||Education Provider||Daughter employee in school||November 2013|
|A Sharp||SPRB Member||None declared|
SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2018/19
|From||To||Appointed By||Meetings attended||Out of a possible|
|M Neden (Chair)||31/10/16||31/08/22||Trust Board||3||4|
|M Farrell||14/08/12||31/08/22||Trust Board||4||4|
|A Johnson||19/01/16||18/01/20||Trust Board||4||4|
|A Sharp||31/10/16||30/10/20||Trust Board||2||4|
|Left within the last 12 months:|
|A Knee||31/10/16||18/03/19||Parent Elected||4||6|