Anglian Learning are Crowned Winners of National Governance Award
East Anglian multi-academy trust, Anglian Learning, has been crowned the joint winner of the ‘Outstanding governance in a multi-academy trust’ award at the National Governance Association’s (NGA) Outstanding Governance Awards 2021.
The biennial awards recognise the contribution of governors, trustees and governance professionals to the education of children and young people. The winners of the awards were unveiled at a celebratory event on Thursday 9th September at the House of Commons, attended by representatives from nominated schools and trusts.
Jonathan Culpin, CEO of Anglian Learning, said: “I could not be prouder of our fantastic governance team. Despite a challenging year in education, they have maintained exceptional standards, consistently pushing the boundaries of what governance can and should be. This is a phenomenal achievement for our Trust and I am extremely grateful to all those who have volunteered their time to make Anglian Learning the Trust it is today – this award is for you.”
Claire Lawton, Chair of Trustees at Anglian Learning, continued: “On behalf of all trustees, governors, and governance professionals across the Trust, I would like to thank the NGA for this award, recognising our passion and determination for outstanding governance. My thanks goes to all of our governance leaders for their contribution to our success in achieving this award, reflecting as it does the commitment and professionalism of all who lead and support our schools.
“We are incredibly proud of Anglian Learning and look forward to continuing to develop our practice each year to ensure we can continue to excite, inspire and empower our people to be the very best they can be.”
In their assessment of Anglian Learning’s governance, judges remarked: “This Trust is driven by a strong moral purpose to provide the best educational outcomes and experiences for their pupils. The board’s commitment to this purpose is reflected in the deliberation and challenge in every part of the Trust’s governance.”
They continued: “The board ensures excellent communication between the central team and local tier. Those governing locally also value the support and capacity provided by the Trust which drives improvement. Anglian Learning excels in all aspects of governance, driven by the experience on the board from other sectors and their commitment to training and development which informs and strengthens governance.”
The Trust shared the win with South London and East Sussex based Trust, STEP Academy Trust.
Photograph of (Left to Right) Sue Speller, Trustee; Jonathan Culpin, CEO; Claire Lawton, Chair of Trustees; Kerrie Jones, Head of Governance Support, Compliance and Risk