On 1 April 2021, The Emmbrook School converted to academy status and joined the Circle Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), made up of eight schools in the local area.
The Trustees of the Circle Trust are responsible for the running of all their schools, including The Emmbrook School. However, certain functions and decision-making is delegated to the Local Advisory Board of each school.
The local Advisory Board has a similar role to that of the Governing Body, which managed the School prior to conversion, but their remit is set out within the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation. The Local Advisory Board will also follow the Trust’s Policies and Procedures.
Local Advisors work closely with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team and continue to follow the Department of Education and Local Authority guidelines. However, as a charitable company, the Circle Trust has articles of association and a scheme of delegation. These are legal documents, which set out the governance composition, and procedures for the Trust, and Local Advisors must operate in accordance with these.
Nine Local Advisors currently make up the Local Advisory Board of the Emmbrook School. There are currently seven co-opted local advisors, one-parent elected advisors, and one staff advisor.
Local Advisors have a broad range of skills, a diversity of experience, and a range of perspectives, to enable effective governance for the School. They are all volunteers who give a significant investment of their time and expertise to the school, putting the needs and well-being of students and staff at the forefront of what they do.
The current Local Advisors are:
|Staff Local Advisor||
Mrs Madeleine Lloyd
|Co-opted Local Advisors||
Mr Chris Rothwell - Chair of Local Advisory Board
Mr Claymore Richardson - Joint Vice-Chair of Local Advisors and Link Advisor - Safeguarding
Mr Paul Tuthill
Mr Mark Holmes – Link Advisor - Professional Development
Dr. Obi Ofeanyi
Ms Caroline Saunders
|Parent Local Advisors||
Mrs Emma Wilkinson - Link Advisor SEND
Further information on the Emmbrook School Local Advisors can be found using the links below.
- Attendance by Governors at Governing Body meetings in the academic year 2020-2021 (up to 31 March 2021)
- Attendance by Local Advisors at Local Advisory Board Meetings 2022-23
- Details of Local Advisors who have served in the last 12 months (up to 31 August 2023)
- Local Advisors Register of Interests
If you would like to find out more about the role of the local advisors or if you wish to contact the governors regarding a specific matter, please feel free to contact the Clerk to Local Advisors, Sharon Ketley by email at EmmbrookGovernanceOfficer@thecircletrust.co.uk.
Chair of Local Advisors
C/O The Emmbrook School, Emmbrook Road, Wokingham, RG41 1JP
Circle Trust Governance