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Our Governance

King's Leadership Academy Liverpool is part of the Great Schools Trust (GST), a company limited by guarantee. 

The GST members and board of trustees are the proprietors of the trust and set the overarching vision and strategy for all of the GST academies. Trustees’ main responsibilities are the three core governance functions: 

  • 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 performance management of staff. 

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent 

In order to discharge these duties successfully the board of trustees has delegated some of these responsibilities to executive leaders and local academy councils (LACs) (see Scheme of Delegation for more information). 

King's Liverpool has a committed team of governors who are actively involved in school life. They successfully represent the local community and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise from a variety of professional backgrounds. Governors include parent and staff representatives. 

The LAC has delegated oversight for curriculum and standards, community presence and safeguarding. This includes attendance, student welfare and health and safety. Finance and staffing are the direct responsibility of the trust board. Nevertheless, the GST governance structure allows each LAC chair to be appointed as a trustee. Therefore, local governance is represented in board discussions. 

In short, LACs are an integral part of the trust’s governance structure. They are the eyes and ears on the ground at school level. The LAC supports the trust board by adhering to their core governance functions and by holding the school to account for performance and development. In addition, they support school leaders by acting as their ‘critical friend’. 

Our Local Academy Council 

Our Local Academy Council currently oversees the governance of both King's Leadership Academy Liverpool and the Aspire Centre. 

Both the Trust and the Aspire Centre Leadership Team are currently in the process of recruiting governors for the Aspire Centre and hope that they will have their own Local Academy Council very soon. 

Contact Our Local Academy Council

The Chair of the Local Academy Council is Robina Crowe.

Should you wish to contact the Chair of the Local Academy Council or LAC please contact the Trust’s director of governance, Michelle Jones, via email m.jones@greatschoolstrust.com or by post by addressing any correspondence for the attention of Michelle Jones at the school’s address:

King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool, Dingle Vale, Liverpool, L8 9SJ.

Please note that any complaints regarding the school must be raised in line with our complaints policy and cannot be raised directly with the local academy council.

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the website of King's Leadership Academy Liverpool.

It is a great privilege to serve as the school’s chair of governors. Our local academy council is committed to being actively involved in the life of the school so that we can best serve our staff, pupils, parents, and the local community. We are determined that every student receives a high-quality education which will in turn lead to future academic success. Our school's specialism of ‘character and leadership’ will help our students develop the attributes they need for their future while emphasising the importance of being caring and compassionate towards others. 

To ensure that the school’s vision is realised and that our students’ best interests are factored into every decision we make, the local academy council will support the Trust by acting as a “critical friend,” holding the school to account for the quality of its educational provision and student outcomes. We will also help to define the strategic direction of the school to ensure that resources are optimised and that all students are fulfilling their potential. 

King's Liverpool faces a wide variety of exciting challenges and I have no doubt that the combined experience, skills and knowledge of our local academy council, leadership team and staff will ensure that we offer the very best to all members of our school community. 

Robina Crowe - Chair of King's Leadership Academy Liverpool LAC

Governor Biographies

Robina Crowe - Chair of Governors and Trustee 

I have 40 years of experience in education, 20 years of which were as a head teacher serving in the Dingle, Granby Toxteth area of Liverpool.  

All young people must receive the best education they can as they only get one chance. To that end, I became involved in school improvement. I was invited to become a Local Leader of Education, supporting several primary schools that found themselves in challenging circumstances, providing a fresh pair of eyes, and sharing what makes good in a primary classroom.  

I was delighted to become involved with Great Schools Trust and King's Leadership Academy Liverpool as many of my ex-pupils moved on to King's.  I am pleased to be part of a Trust that at its centre are the young people, their education and life experiences, giving them the best life chance, a school may offer. 

Linda Emmett - Co-opted Governor 

I am currently Associate Principal at Little Lever School, Bolton. I was previously one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors with Ofsted. I also have extensive senior leadership experience in secondary schools, including successfully leading a challenging school in its journey from special measures to good.   

I was formerly part of the Future Leader and Talented Leader headship programmes. I hold NPQEL, and NPQH and have experience working as a specialist leader in education. I have particular expertise in school leadership and curriculum. I am a governor at King’s Academy Liverpool due to my strong belief in the power that education has in transforming the lives of young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  

Leonie Ratty - Co-opted Governor 

I have been working in programme delivery, development, and strategy in the third sector in education and criminal justice for over a decade but started as a teacher of English. I am passionate about equity in attainment and opportunity for children across the UK. I have been on the King's Liverpool Local Academy Council since 2016, as vice-chair and chair of the curriculum and standards committee at different points. 

Jenna Jensen- Co-opted Governor 

My career has spanned working in marketing, communication and the digital sectors for two decades. I spent more than ten years heading up marketing teams in retail which led to a senior role in a large corporate firm.  I grew up and went to school and university in Liverpool and have spent the last ten years working with clients across the Liverpool City region, both the public sector and smaller local firms.  

I have volunteered because of my belief that every child, from every background, is entitled to have access to the best possible education. I enjoy working with the other governors in overseeing the work that delivers this at King's Leadership Academy. 

Ana Filipe - Parent Governor 

I am a mom of nine and a grandmother of seventeen children. I have worked as a translator/interpreter for 30 years in all kinds of areas. 

For me, education has an important role in the future of a child as an adult, in society. I have been a governor for 20 years, four years here at King's Leadership Academy Liverpool. I accepted this service to the community because I think it is important to support the formation of the youth, as an extension of our families. School is the second place where children live for a large amount of their day, so parents are called to be very much involved in the dynamic of school. 

Elizabeth Clarke - Staff Governor 

I am head of care and safeguarding at Kings Leadership Academy Liverpool. I have worked in safeguarding for about 15 years acquiring lots of knowledge, many skills, and vast expertise along the way. As DSL for the school, I work with our most vulnerable and challenging students and families. I help to ensure that the correct help and support are put in place in terms of their emotional and academic needs. As the mental health lead for the school, I am responsible for liaising with outside agencies. To help improve students' emotional well-being, I source the best support available to them. I am a governor at King's Liverpool because I am passionate about improving the life chances and outcomes of all students.  

Cassy Morgan- Staff Governor 

I am currently assistant principal at King's Leadership Academy Liverpool. I have over three years of experience in leadership roles and have worked in both mainstream and alternative education. I am also a qualified SENDCo after completing my National Award for Special Educational needs in 2019. I have been a governor at Kings Liverpool for over four years and I wish to continue this journey as I feel passionate about supporting young people to reach their full potential in education. 

Governor Vacancies

Both the Trust and the Aspire Centre Leadership Team are currently in the process of recruiting governors for the Aspire Centre and hope that they will have their own Local Academy Council very soon.

Find out more about becoming a governor

Statutory Information for Governance


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