The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

The ultimate accountability for St Margaret’s Church of England Academy lies with the Board of the Vine Schools Trust. Through the scheme of delegation most of the responsibilities are delegated to a Local Hub Board appointed by the Vine Schools Trust.

Find out more about the Vine Schools Trust Board.

St Margaret’s is working in a close collaboration with Bulphan CE Academy and Orsett CE Primary School.   Since the summer term 2017 the local governance for these three academies is delegated by the Vine Trust to the Vine South Essex Hub Board.

South East Hub Board

The Board acts as a committee of the Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust Board of trustees/directors.  Currently this is made up of:

Gill Holmes (Chair)

A former headteacher, Gill is also a SIAMS (Church School) Inspector.  She brings a wealth of experience in school improvement to the Board.

Charlotte Little (Vice Chair)

Charlotte has a child at St Margaret’s Academy and before having children was an HR Manager with responsibility for 4900 staff working for a chain of shops.  She brings expertise in fundraising and finance to the Board.

Rev David Ibiayo 

Rev David is the Rector of St. Chad, Vange, and Priest-in-Charge of St. Margaret, Bowers Gifford with North Benfleet.  He is committed to supporting schools and regularly delivers Collective Worship.

Belynda Fellows

Belynda is Head Teacher at St James’ C of E Primary school in Colchester.  She brings expertise in teaching and learning as well as having a knowledge of The Vine Schools Trust.

Catherine Stalham 

Catherine is Head Teacher at Winter Gardens Academy and brings expertise in school improvement and teaching and learning.

Gemma Smith attends board meetings as Headteacher

Vacancies are being filled through an appointment process 

Vine South Essex Local Board Meeting Attendance 2019 – 2020

Mike Simmonds (Resigned as Chair January 2020)YESYESXXXX
Laurie Eve (Resigned Feb 2020)YESYESYESXXX
Gill Holmes – Chair (January 2020)YESYESYESXXX
Charlotte Little – Vice Chair (January 2020)YESYESYESXXX
Lorraine Robinson (Resigned Feb 2020)YESYESYESXXX

*Meetings from April to July were cancelled due to COVID 19