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Board of Governors

The role of the local governing body

UTC Reading is part of Activate Learning Education Trust, a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity.

The Board of Directors/Trustees of Activate Learning Education Trust is required to establish a ‘Local Governing Body’ for each academy within the trust.  The Company’s Articles of Association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust.

UTC Reading is accountable to and must serve its community.  All pupils deserve and should expect to receive a high standard of education.  Whilst the Trustees have overall responsibility and ultimate decision making authority for all the work of the Trust, and the standards achieved by the pupils and students of the Academies, a Local Governing Body has been set up to ensure the vision of the Trust is fulfilled at the level of the individual school.

The Local Governing Body is focused on the day to day life of the Academy, for which it has responsibility. It is there to ensure the staff working in the Academy are supported and challenged, when necessary, and the needs of the pupils and students are met. The Local Governing Body has a vital monitoring role and receives a principal’s report at each meeting.  They will also consider other items of business such as:

  • The progress and attainment of pupils
  • The quality of teaching
  • The financial management of the Academy
  • The behaviour and safety of pupils

Membership of the Local Governing Body

  • The Principal of the Academy (ex-officio)
  • Members from the local community
  • Industry partners
  • Two elected parent members One elected staff member

The role of those serving on the Local Governing Body is an important one, fulfilling the Trust’s mission and providing feedback to the Trustees of the Trust.  Those serving on the Local Governing Body must act independently and in the best interest of the Academies and the Trust, whilst recognising that the Academy is part of a family of schools run by the Trust each with collective responsibility.  They will act as ambassadors of the Academies and the Trust and must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the ethos and values of the Trust and a commitment to fulfilling the Trust’s mission and objectives for the Academies, using their skills and experience and drawing on specialist skills where required.

In fulfilling their roles, Governors adhere to Nolan’s Seven Principles of Public Life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

UTC Reading Local Governing Body members

Joanne Harper

 Executive Principal/ Accounting Officer

Johnathan Nicholls


David Kilshaw


Paul Newman

 Vice Chair

Martin Dix


Sarah Marston


Jennie Thompson

Governor - Staff

Sarah Clarke

Governor - Parent

Jonathan Ebel

Governor - Parent

Heledd Walker


To contact the Chair of Governors, please write to us via the Clerk at :

Activate Learning Education Trust
Oxpens Road


UTC Reading LGB Board Meeting dates 2017-18

  • Tuesday 10 October 2017, 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 28 November 2017, 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 March 2018, 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 June 2018, 5.30pm

Previous minutes of the Board meeting can be found below.

Finance and Resources Committee Meeting Dates 2017-18

  • Tuesday 28 November 2017, 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 March 2018, 4.30pm
  • Tuesday 26 June 2018, 4.30pm
  • Active Learning
  • Microsoft
  • Cisco
  • University of Reading
  • Network Rail
  • Peter Brett