Trustees and Some Key Staff
Cranford Community College is a Single Academy Trust, has a separate trading company and leads a Teaching School Alliance (TSA).
The trustees (who are also known as the Governors or the Directors) have a duty to ensure that the academy is efficiently run and that the children are given the best possible education.
The trustees have many and varied duties such as; establishing the vision, values and priorities. agreeing the school budget, employing staff, monitoring the performance of staff and pupils, ensuring a high quality of education is provided and ensuring that the school is a safe and happy place to be.
Cranford, as a National Support School, and its Executive Head Teacher, as a National Leader of Education, provide regular support to other schools and the academy acts as a hub for best practice, research and innovation.
The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust. The trustees of Cranford Community College are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The charitable company operates as Cranford Community College. It is also traditionally known as ‘Cranford College’, ‘Cranford Community’, ‘Cranford Community School’ and ‘Cranford School’
Jenny Lewis (Chair)
Daanish Saeed (Vice Chair)
Tatinder Virdee (from 11th October 2019)
The Academy Trust operate strategically and hold the Executive Head Teacher, who is also the Accounting Officer, to account for the running of the academy and its related functions such as Teaching School status and the board, at least annually, comprehensively and formally review the thresholds of responsibility and delegation between the Academy Trust and the Executive Head Teacher.
The Executive Head Teacher (or his delegates) is/are responsible for all operational matters and the ‘day to day’ running of the academy, overseen by the Academy Trust acting as ‘critical friend’ and appraising his performance with support from an independent adviser.
There is an annual /biennial cycle of appraisal linked to performance pay for all staff, except the Executive Head Teacher whose performance is rated but whose pay is fixed and not eligible for progression.
The Academy Trust has responsibility for monitoring its own performance and for its own training. It reports through the Annual General Meeting and is subject to scrutiny by the regulators, including Ofsted. The trust is experienced and has well established protocols for the operation of the Academy Trust, a clear structure, written terms of reference and a regular cycle of meetings and activities.
The Academy Trust is organised as follows:
- Full Academy Trust
- Regular (normally at least fortnightly) Chair Meetings with the Executive Head Teacher
- Pay & Performance Management Committee
- Audit Committee
- Finance Committee
- Pupil Discipline Committee
- Staff Dismissal Committee
- Safeguarding Committee
- Appeals & Complaints Committee
- Executive Head Teacher/Deputy Head teacher Appointment Panel
The academy is subject to external review, scrutiny and validation through a variety of inspections and audits by a range of agencies including Ofsted, Responsible Officer visits, auditors, the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, etc. and reports by these agencies are shared with the Academy Trust and published. The academy (Executive Head Teacher/Academy Trust) also undertakes a variety of evaluations and satisfaction surveys and monitors key performance indicators. The academy also benchmarks and improves its performance through involvement and leadership of networks of schools and school improvement partnerships.
The academy was subject to a full Ofsted inspection in 2012 and has been judged to be OUTSTANDING overall and in all areas of the framework: Overall Effectiveness, Achievement of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour & Safety of Pupils, Leadership and Management at all levels (including governance) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. It has numerous quality marks since 2012 to audit and externally benchmark and validate the various aspects of its performance and has systematic internal and peer review processes with intervention based on the principle of inverse proportionality.
The Executive Head Teacher reports to the Academy Trust regularly through Full Academy Trust meetings and committees and also meets and communicates regularly with the Chair between Academy Trust meetings and meets on average fortnightly for monitoring of academy performance by the Chair. The Academy Trust is also kept involved through scrutiny of data and benchmarking information, publications, the academy website and its associated social media and invitations to / attendance events, activities and trustee training.
The Academy Trust monitors the performance of the academy through a variety of means including through its committee and meetings structure, through probing and questioning, through involvement with the academy and through activities such as regular Health and Safety inspections.
In exceptional or necessary circumstances, the Chair may use his/her powers to deal with urgent needs, reporting to the Academy Trust as appropriate.
The Executive Head Teacher and Academy Trust report to parents, pupils and the community through a variety of means including the academy website, reports, letters and magazines, assemblies, the academy’s Virtual Leaning Environment, etc.
The Academy Trust agrees the broad staffing structure at least annually but delegates to the Executive Head Teacher the flexibility to take opportunities for improvement as they arise or when needs change in the course of the year.
Some Key Staff
School Improvement and System Leadership
Kevin Prunty, Executive Head Teacher / Accounting Officer / National Leader of Education
Veronique Gerber, Associate Head Teacher (and Compliance Lead)
Peter Stumpf, Associate Head Teacher (and International Partnerships Lead)
Alan Fraser, Director of Community Partnerships and Business Generation
Hamesh Rattu, Director of Sport and Community Wellbeing
Bernadette Moir, Executive Assistant / Company Secretary / Trust Training and Development / Clerk
Rita Berndt, Joint Head of School (Curriculum and Finance)
Robert Ind, Joint Head of School (Pastoral and Curriculum Development and HR)
Maria Bramhall, Deputy Head of School (Logistics)
Mark Cripps, Assistant Head Teacher (Post 16)
Simon Watton, Assistant Head Teacher (Getting Ahead Cranford)
Aaron Sohi, Assistant Head Teacher (Getting Ahead Cranford)
Ruth Painting, Senior Teacher (Teaching & Learning and TSA)
Uxio Seijas, Senior Teacher (Teaching School and Internationalism)
Academy Financial Leadership
Carrie Bendix, Chief Finance Officer
Rakhwinder Gill, School Business Manager
Mehmoona Yousaf, Senior Teacher (Pastoral)
Shawn D'Souza, Senior Teacher (Pastoral) / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
Tammy Jenkins, Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)
Priscilla Ledlie, Medical and Healthcare Lead / Transitions Manager
Kerry Mulhair, SENDCo & Access, Head of the ASD Centre & EAL
Dawn Knock, SEND Manager
Sabine Geister, Twilight School Manager
Jenny Moir, Sites, Premises and Projects Manager
Mudassir Sarwar, Academy Performance & Data Manager
Dee Dhillon, Admissions & SIMs Manager
Christine Charman, HR Manager
John Lyden, Examinations Officer
Mahavir Ladva, Examinations Officer (Trainee) and Careers Coordinator
Cranford Community College
Principal and Registered Office
Company Registered Number
07559818 (England & Wales)
The certificate of incorporation can be found here by clicking.
The academy trust of Cranford Community College has been established under these articles of association, memorandum of association and funding agreement. The trustees have the freehold of the land and premises.