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What we do

At all levels, OHC&AT governance offers support and challenge to leaders and managers within the organisation. The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the strategic direction of OHC&AT and operates according to the terms laid out in the Articles of Association.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Setting the values, aims and objectives of OHC&AT
  • Agreeing a policy framework for achieving the agreed aims and objectives
  • Appointing the Principal/Headteacher of College and Academies
  • Defining and delegating responsibilities to the Academies Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) in the OHCAT Scheme of Delegation.

The Board of Directors meets at least once per term. OHC&AT operates a portfolio governance system, assigning strategic areas to Directors and Governors via skill matching. Portfolio areas are:

  • Ethos, Vision and Strategy
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Finance and Resources
  • Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • HR and Organisational Development
  • Business Development and Marketing

As part of their portfolio activities, Directors play an important part in the life of the organisation through participation in such activities as learning walks, interview panels, data scrutiny, policy review and many more.

The Board has also established the following committees to oversee specific aspects of OHC&AT’s work:

  • Remuneration Committee: this meets once per year to determine the salaries of senior post holders;
    Membership of this Committee:  Peter Lauener, Stephen Lawes, Jay Mercer, vacancy.
  • Audit Committee: this meets three times per year to provide robust scrutiny of all matters pertaining to finance, quality and risk management;
    Membership of this Committee:  Stephen Lawes, Rama Venchard, David Watkins, vacancy
  • Chairs’ Committee: this twice yearly committee brings together the Chairs of every governing body at local and Director level, allowing for clear communication between LGBs and the Board.
    Membership of this Committee:  All Chairs or their representative.

Details of Directors’ and Members’ attendance at meetings, date of appointment, register of business interests, as well as the Scheme of Delegation and Schedule of Responsibility, can be found within this section of this website.

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

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OHC&AT in partnership with Innovating Minds has been awarded a grant from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young people who are vulnerable as a result the COVID-19 pandemic.   Through ongoing monitoring and assessment of our safeguarding and wellbeing offer, it became clear that students face multiple challenges in relation to COVID-19 and lockdown restrictions. Their anxieties …

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