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.


A school’s governing body is a group of public-spirited volunteers whose 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 Tosca Boothman, Chair of Governors, of the Dengie Local Schools Governing Board via the School Office.

Dengie Local Schools Governing Board – September 2021

Mark Carter-Tufnell (Chair of Governing Board)

Mark is an experienced Headteacher and is currently a Headteacher of two other schools within the Trust.  Previously Mark has been an Ofsted inspector and a lead reviewer for Challenge Partners.

Paula Burls

Paula has worked as a Learning Mentor in an infant school for the past 8 years.  She is passionate about building relationships within and between schools, families and communities and qualified as a life coach 2 years ago.

Candida Burrell

Candida has worked in education since 2003 across both the primary and secondary sector.  She is Headteacher of White Court School in Great Notley and is experienced in leadership development, teaching and learning, school finance and safeguarding.

Sarah Lane Cawte

Sarah relocated to Burnham-on-Crouch in 2017, from Wiltshire, where she served as a Local Authority Governor of a community primary school for 7 years.  At the beginning of her career, she taught in both secondary and primary schools, but then moved into the charity sector, currently working as Education Officer for the Free Churches Group.

Misha Roughley

Misha owns a bookkeeping and payroll company based in Burnham-on-Crouch.  She specialises in VAT, payroll and workplace pension compliance.

Further details of all our Governors can be found under Governor Pen Portraits.