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The overarching responsibility and accountability for governance of the Trust and its academies lies with the Board of Trustees, who meet three times a year.

The Trustees are responsible for setting and monitoring strategic objectives, as well as ensuring compliance with charity and company law and the Trust’s funding agreement.

The Trust Board has delegated these responsibilities to four committees, each with its own terms of reference. Chaired by a Trustee, each committee meets termly with their minutes submitted to the Board of Trustees for noting, comment and action.

  • Education
  • Safeguarding, Health and safety and Wellbeing
  • Resources and Finance
  • Pay

Statutory policies adopted by the Trust Board are reviewed on a rolling cycle.

For all additional information on Governance and Financial Information, please visit Connect Education Trust website.

Vision, ethos and direction

  • In partnership with the Executive team and the Headteachers, Trustees ensure that the culture of each school reflects the vision, ethos and direction of Connect Education Trust described in its vision and values statement.
  • Creating Remarkable Futures: The ethos for Connect Education Trust is strongly rooted in improving life chances of all pupils, where they can give and receive respect and have a strong sense of identity, well-being, worth and achievement. Our aspiration is that all pupils will develop the skills and attitudes necessary to prepare them for life now and in the future.
  • The Connect Education Trust development plan is informed by an annual self evaluation of the Trust by Trustees, Local Governing Board members and staff.

Quality of Education

Accountability for the educational performance of each school is delegated to the Executive team who are also responsible for promoting and monitoring standards of safeguarding and ensuring high quality professional development and staff wellbeing. The Executive team consists of the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Finance Officer, Chief Standards Officer and Chief Operations officer.

The Local Governing Board oversees the educational performance of each school and the personal development and wellbeing of pupils. The responsibility of the Governing Board is to ensure all pupils in each school receive the very best education through a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum.

Each school has a Local Governing Board (LGB), comprised of parents, staff, executives and Trust appointed members. Their primary role is to enable school leaders to achieve the highest educational outcomes for all pupils, through monitoring the quality of education and by providing effective support and challenge. In cases where any school require rapid improvement an Interim Management Board is formed in place of a LGB to deliver the necessary improvements until such time the Trust Board deem appropriate.

The Trust Board is accountable for the financial performance of each school and delegates the operational management, regulation and oversight to the Chief Finance Officer, (CFO) in accordance with scheme of delegation. The CFO reports to the Finance and Resources Committee. The Finance and Resources Committee have responsibilities for issues of finance, risk, control and governance.

Bowes Primary School Local Governing Board


Name Date appointed Term of office
Trust appointed LEC member (Chair) Rachel Rees 27.1.2024 28.1.2028
Headteacher Effie Demetriou 14.11.2016 N/A
Staff LEC member Miranda Thompson 01.12.2020 30.11.2024
Trust appointed LEC member Disa Witkowska 10.05.2021 09.05.2025
Parent LEC member Yaron Dan-Gur 01.12.2020 30.11.2024
Parent LEC member Linda Adderley 01.12.2020 30.11.2024

Contact details for the Chair of the Bowes Local Governing Board are as follows: 

Rachel Rees

Bowes Primary School,
Bowes Road,
New Southgate,
N11 2HL