Our Governors

The Torfield and Saxon Mount Academy Trust (TASMAT) is governed by a Board of Directors, supported by an Academy Advisory Board. Our directors have a wide experience of skills and our Advisory Board governors include parents and school staff. Together we work in partnership with the Executive Headteacher to strategically develop the organisation, provision and resources to provide high quality education for our pupils.

Outstanding leadership at all levels has resulted in the school providing the very best education for its pupils.

Torfield Ofsted, 2017

The Board of Directors is the accountable body for schools in the Trust and has a responsibility to set the vision for the Trust, monitor and hold the schools to account for educational performance and to oversee financial performance. The Advisory Board supports the Board of Directors by monitoring aspects of teaching and learning and safeguarding in the schools. We are delighted that both our schools are graded by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ and 'Good with outstanding features’ and that in its most recent judgement, East Sussex County Council categorised both Saxon Mount and Torfield as Outstanding in overall effectiveness. 

It is now five years since Torfield and Saxon Mount Schools converted to become a Multi Academy Trust .Converting to Academy status was a major development for our schools and was undertaken in the knowledge and conviction that this would positively impact on the education and outcomes for our pupils and this has most definitely proved to be the case.

Since the school opened as an Academy…the Trust has rapidly improved all aspects of the school.

- Saxon Mount Ofsted, 2017

At the heart of TASMAT is our clear vision and outstanding senior leadership of our schools. We aim for and achieve outstanding provision. The quality of teaching and learning is recognised by internal and external assessors and advisors as being at least good or outstanding and continues to improve year on year.

…all staff share high expectations of what pupils can achieve in all aspects of their education…

- Saxon Mount Ofsted, 2017

Pupil achievement is outstanding.

- Torfield Ofsted 2017 

Well done and congratulations to all our staff! Our staff share in our high expectations and aspirations and as a result many of our pupils make outstanding progress.

Our school buildings and resources are continually being developed. Trustees rigorously monitor finances and accounts to ensure that the pupils’ needs are well met within high quality appropriate environments with access to high quality resources. Visitors tell us how much they appreciate the quality of environment at our schools.

All this however could not be achieved without the care and support of parents and carers. Your interest, encouragement and support is extremely important to ensure that pupils attend well and maximise their access to the excellent opportunities offered in our schools. We value the views of parents and carers which are gathered at regular intervals throughout the year (at parent evenings and Annual Review meetings etc.) as this helps us to plan and develop provision at the schools. We also value the contribution of each of our School Councils, which members of the Board of Directors attend to hear first-hand what the pupils are thinking about their schools.

As Governors we regularly undertake training and development to ensure that we are well placed to make decisions and look to strategically plan for the future. The national and local landscape of education is continually changing and developing and we feel well placed to consider the further development of our Trust, with all decisions based on enhancing the wellbeing and achievements of our pupils.

As Governors (either as Directors or members of our Academy Advisory Board) we are immensely proud of all pupils and all members of staff and all that is achieved by our schools. We will relentlessly continue to provide an outstanding educational experience at TASMAT.

Jenny Sutherland
Chair of the Board of Directors
Spring 2019
 
 

Board of Directors

Jenny Sutherland, Chair

Sue Taylor, Director / Teaching and Learning

Ian Kingham, Director / Finance

Jean Haigh, Director / Developments and Projects

Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott, Director / Safeguarding

Jeremy Moss, Director / TBC

Richard Preece, Director / Executive Headteacher / CEO

Academy Advisory Board

Sue Taylor, Chair

Sarah Fitzjohn-Scott, Director

Richard Preece, Executive Headteacher

Amanda Jagot, Headteacher, Saxon Mount (Associate Member)

John Anderson, Headteacher, Torfield (Associate Member)

Jasmine Seymour, Staff Governor

Claire Noble, Staff Governor

Mark Farris, Parent Governor

Sharon Brodie, Parent Governor

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School Meals

Free School Meals Are you entitled? For every child eligible for free school meals the school receives from the government £900.00 per child. This money is vital to the school in order to develop the right support for our children. Without this money the school is not able to provide all the additional services we would like to. Even if you do not wish your child to have school meals but your child is eligible, please complete the attached form and return it to school, or for more information please contact the school office on 01424 428228. Who is entitled? Free school meals are not provided automatically. You have to apply. To see if you are entitled please answer the following questions. do you receive Income Support? do you receive Job Seeker's Allowance (income-based)? do you receive Employment and Support Allowance (income-related?) do you get support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999? do you receive the guarantee credit element of Pension Credit? do you receive Child Tax Credit, and your income does not exceed the qualifying amount of £16,190 for the financial year 2012/2013? Please note that free school meals cannot be granted if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit If you have answered yes to any of the questions and you think you are entitled to free school meals for your child/children, please contact the school and we will send you an application form. If you need help with your application, we will be pleased to provide this. Who is not entitled? If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credits regardless of amount. Part-time students even if the family receives one of the supported payments listed opposite. Children must receive education before and after lunch to be eligible Please use the "Free School Meals Application" below if you believe that you are entitled.
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