Multi Academy Trust


Multi-Academy Trust

Berrybrook Primary School has been part of Perry Hall Multi-Academy Trust since 1st of April 2014.

The management of the MAT is the responsibility of the trustees who are elected and co-opted under the terms of the Articles of Association.

When appointing new members, the Board will give consideration to the skills and experience mix of the existing members in order to ensure that the Board has the necessary skills to contribute fully to the Academy’s development.

The Trustees establish an overall framework for the governance of the Academy and is responsible for setting general policy, adopting an annual plan and budget, monitoring the company by the use of budgets, making major decisions about the strategic direction of the company and senior staff appointments. The Trustees are also responsible for the monitoring and performance of the Executive Head Teacher on a regular basis.

Each Local Governing Body (which is a mix of parents, staff and co-opted governors) is responsible for implementing the policies laid down by the Trustees and reporting back to them.

The Trustees are responsible for assessing the major risks to which the Academy is exposed, in particular those related to the operations and finances of the Academy and mitigating exposure to those major risks identified.
Detailed objectives and action plans for the forthcoming year are contained within each individual school’s School Improvement Plan and the key priorities have been identified as Achievement, Leadership and Quality of Teaching.

MAT Team

There are currently 6 employees employed by the Multi Academy Trust including the Executive Headteacher, an Early Years Consultant, Twos Provision Manager, Assistant Education Psychologist and the Business Team (the latter with an additional secondee from Berrybrook Primary School)
The Business Team is responsible for the preparation of all financial information including annual budgets, monthly management accounts, weekly bank reconciliations and the Trust’s statutory audit. Promotion of robust financial control and safeguarding of assets are priority objectives.

Operational HR issues including recruitment, contract preparation, maintenance of staff databases are undertaken with support where required from a service level provider.

Assessment data is produced each half term to inform on attainment and progress (for individual pupils and whole cohorts) via various management information summaries. This information is provided to the Senior Leadership teams to aid the drive of ensuring pupils from each starting point make at least expected progress.

The Business Team

Jeremy Parkes – Head of Finance & Business Administration

A CIMA qualified accountant, Jeremy joined the team last year following a 25 year varied career in Finance with a locally based organisation. This experience involved managing teams in Management Accounts, Transactional Services, Business Administration and Cashiers & Treasury.

Kayleigh Nicholls

Kayleigh recently joined the Business Team on a secondment from February 2015. Having worked in the front office of Berrybrook for the last eight years as Data and Attendance Administrator, Kayleigh brings valuable experience in all areas of administration in a school setting.
This includes knowledge of SIMS and, in particular, the Assessment and Data Analysis module which has led to preparation, analysis and review of management information to assist senior leaders.

Laura Wilkes

Laura began her career in accountancy practice where she trained and specialised in large company audits. She has extensive financial analysis skills and all round working knowledge of preparing accountancy working papers and is MAAT qualified. After 7 years working in accountancy practice she moved into education in 2010 where she undertook both school finances and schools HR procedures. She has extensive knowledge of all areas of Schools HR, recruitment and personnel with a full working knowledge of SIMS and FMS.

Emma Dyas

Emma has recently taken on the role of Personal Assistant to the Executive Headteacher and Heads of Schools within the MAT. Emma has a widespread background in IT Support and Customer Service within the education industry, along with extensive experience in Marketing, IT and Business Administration during her time working for a large international company. This is a new and exciting role for Emma which will continue to develop over time.

Sue Abbotts

Sue is another welcomed new addition to the MAT Team. Sue’s role as Administration Assistant involves providing assistance to all areas within the Business Team, and includes HR administration, Data processing and Finance duties. Sue’s previous experience has as a HLTA at Perry Hall along with sales and purchase ledger roles within the finance department at a large international organisation make her a perfect candidate for this role.