The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust (DCVST) is looking for Governors to join our dedicated and visionary Schools Governance Boards.

The Vine Schools Trust is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) set up by the Diocese of Chelmsford. We are a family of Church of England primary schools located throughout Essex and Thurrock. Our vision is to serve our local communities by providing excellent education rooted in our Christian values. Learn more about the Trust, here.

As a Governor on your school Governance Board you will:
• Be an advocate of the Trust Board so that pupils and schools will flourish in a place where the Trust and School vision and values are translated into action
• Provide support and challenge to school leaders
• Know each school well through focused monitoring to gain assurance of school progress and policy in action which will inform decision making

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13th July 2023 at 12.00pm. Interviews will be conducted w/c 17th July 2023.

The Vine Schools Trust is a multi-academy trust and is the accountable body for all twenty three of its schools. Therefore, the overarching responsibility for the governance of the Trust and its schools lies with the Vine Board of Directors.  They fulfil the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

To enable the Directors to fulfil their responsibility eight regional Local Schools Board’s work on their behalf and undertake delegated local governance of between two and four schools.  Community Boards in each school enable local support and provide information to enable good governance.

The key principle is that all three Boards together with Executive Leaders will provide an aspect of governance the other cannot as set out in this chart.

This model of governance is undertaken under delegated responsibility. For full details see below.


The Local Schools Governing Board’s main responsibility is to determine the aims and conduct of their school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Individual governors bring their own experience and expertise to the group, and the best governing bodies use and benefit from the skills of all their governors.

The governing body holds the school to account for the quality, standard and effectiveness of the teaching and learning. Through the governing body, the school is accountable to the local education authority, the parents of the pupils and to the wider community. In practice, the governing body works with the headteacher to determine how the school should develop to ensure continued improvement, and with the head and staff agrees plans, policies, targets and procedures that work towards that development.

The governing body are also responsible for ensuring that the school fulfils its legal obligations, for the provision of the curriculum, managing the school budget, staffing, the social care and development of the pupils, and other statutory requirements such as developing school policies, setting targets, managing performance and so on. The governing body is also responsible for evaluating the progress of the school, making sure that effective monitoring is taking place and making strategic decisions on the basis of this evaluation.

Governors are most useful to the school by being supportive yet challenging, neither blindly accepting nor entirely critical of the way the school functions. If the governing body gets the balance right it can both support the school and promote its improvement effectively.

We welcome the involvement of parents through feedback. Contact Mrs Karen Jones, Chair of Governors, of the Dengie Local Schools Governing Board via the School Office.

Dengie Local Schools Governing Board – wef 1st April 2024

Karen Jones – Chair of Dengie Local Schools Governing Board – (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

The Chair of the Dengie Local Schools Governing Board can be contacted via the school email address: ad***************@dc***.org.

Charlotte Little – (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

Richard Hopkins – (Vine Schools Trust Appointed)

Louise Hall – (Ex-officio by virtue of office as Head of School)

Dengie LSB – Declaration of Business Interests

From September 2016, it is now a requirement that trustees and governing boards publish on their website a register of interests for each of their board members.  They must declare any interest they have, or plans they, their spouse, partner or close family members might have, that are related to or might be construed as being related to the school, academy or trust and its budget.

These include (but are not limited to):

  • relevant business interest
  • governance roles in other educational institutions
  • any material interest arising from relationships between board members or relationships between board members and school staff

Governors Declaration of Business Interests

NameRoleAppointed ByDate of AppointmentBusiness DeclarationAdditional InformationFamily Declaration
Karen JonesChair of LSBTrust01/09/2023The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust – EmployeeHeadteacher at Great Clacton CofE Primary School
Assistand CEO
Charlotte LittleTIB Member – SENDTrust01/09/2023The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School Trust – Director, Chair of LSB, Chair of LSB, Local Governor
The Appleton School – Governor
ESGA – Executive Committee Member
Schools Forum – Other Governance Role
Vice Chair
Southeast Hub
Tendring Hub
TIB – Latchingdon, Tillingham & Southminster
Richard HopkinsTIB Member – Church DistinctivenessTrust01/09/2023The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust – Employee
Colne Valley LSB – Member
Schools AdvisorNONE
Louise HallGovernorEx-officio by virtue of office as Head of School01/04/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s Trust – Interim HOS (Seconded)
St Edward’s Primary School – Employee
HOS – Latchingdon CofE Primary School
Governors that have left in last 12 monthsDate of Termination
Jenny KempGovernorEx-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher31/03/2024The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust – EmployeeHeadteacher at Latchingdon CofE Primary SchoolNONE
Julie TaylorChair of GovernorsTrust31/8/2023Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust – Employee

St Edwards CofE Academy – Chair of LGB

Trust Governance LeadNONE
Misha RoughleyVice Chair of LSBTrust31/8/2023NONENONENONE
Candida BarrellGovernorTrust31/08/2023NONENONENONE
Matthew PortalGovernorTrust31/8/2023NONENONENONE
Peter BegleyGovernorTrust31/8/2023Hackblock Educational Charity – TrusteeNONENONE
Lyndsey Wood
Governor Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher31/8/2023The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s Trust – EmployeeHeadteacher at St Cedd’s CofE Primary School – BradwellNONE
Xanthe GlynnGovernor Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher31/8/2023The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine School’s Trust – EmployeeHeadteacher at St Nicholas CofE Primary School – TillinghamNONE

Governors Meeting Attendance October 2022 to July 2023

Julie TaylorChair of GovernorsAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Candida BurrellGovernor (Resigned)Attended
Misha RoughleyGovernorAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttendedApologies
Matthew PortalGovernorAttendedAttendedAttendedApologiesApologiesAttended
Peter BagleyGovernorAttendedNo Apologies SentAttendedNo Apologies SentAttendedAttended
Jennifer Kemp
Headteacher at Latchingdon CofE Primary SchoolAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Lyndsey Wood
Headteacher at St Cedd’s CofE Primary SchoolAttendedAttendedAttendedApologiesAttendedAttended
Xanthe GlynnHeadteacher of St Nicholas CofE Primary SchoolAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies
Gemma SingletonObserver – Finance PartnerAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedAttendedApologies
Jackie RiddingClerkAttendedN/AN/AAttended
Emma WigmoreObserver – CEOAttendedN/AN/AN/A
George AthanasiouObserver – Teaching & LearningAttendedAttendedN/A
Victoria PeacockDeputy Headteacher of Latchingdon CofE Primary SchoolAttendedN/A