Release date: 07/09/2021

On Thursday 9 September, the National Governance Association (NGA) will celebrate the best of school and trust governance practice at the Outstanding Governance Awards, held at the House of Commons. These biennial awards recognise the substantial and valuable contribution of governors, trustees and governance professionals to the education of children and young people.

Here are the finalists:

Outstanding clerk to a governing board

  • Beth Yap – Frontier Learning Trust, London
  • Kate Williams – SMART Schools Trust, Cornwall
  • Lesley Hardwick – The Education People Clerking Service, schools in Kent
  • Sarah Steven – The Galaxy Trust, Kent

Outstanding lead governance professional

  • Ann Adams – Support Services for Education, Somerset
  • Becky Poynter – Unity Schools Partnership, East of England and East London
  • Carina Sawyer – Magna Learning Partnership, Wiltshire
  • Karen Froggatt – Wellspring Academy Trust, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Outstanding governance in a single school

  • Cleeve School, Gloucestershire
  • Snaith Primary School, East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Pathways Learning Centre, South Gloucestershire
  • Caroline Haslett Primary School, Milton Keynes

Outstanding governance in a multi academy trust

  • Anglian Learning, East of England
  • Nexus MAT, Yorkshire
  • Northern Star Academies Trust, North and West Yorkshire
  • STEP Academy Trust, South London and East Sussex
  • Unity Schools Partnership, East of England and East London

Outstanding governance in a federation

  • Castle Church of England Federation, Hertfordshire
  • Islington Futures Federation, London

Outstanding vision and strategy

  • Learn Academies Trust, Leicestershire
  • Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust, Teesside and North Yorkshire
  • Riccall Community Primary School, North Yorkshire
  • Wellspring Academy Trust, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Follow #NGAawards on Twitter for live updates from the awards ceremony and look out for a further news story announcing the winners on Thursday. Our media partner Schools Week will also report on the event.

Being able to identify and share examples of good governance practice is one of the key impacts of the awards and many of the finalists will be telling other governors, trustees and governance professionals about their achievements and experiences in future editions of Governing Matters and at NGA member events.

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