In May 2021, the Local Governing Body was temporarily replaced by an Interim Executive Board.


What is an Interim Executive Board (IEB)?


An IEB’s main function is to provide interim expertise and high-quality governance to support future improvement in a maintained school, and this should include the promotion of high standards of educational achievement. 


When in place, an IEB will qualify as the sub-committee to the board of trustees.  Any reference in the Education Acts to a governor or foundation governor has the effect of a reference to an IEB member.  It will take on the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing board and will be required to fulfil the core functions of:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the effective and efficient performance management of staff


The longer-term goal is to return governance functions to the Local Governing Body.


The Local Governing Body


The Local Governing Body has responsibility for the overall effective management of the Academy. It acts within the framework of national legislation and policies set out by the Local Authority. They do not make day-to-day decisions on the running of the Academy as this is the responsibility of the Principal.


They meet regularly through the term to discuss all main aspects of Academy life. Their aim is to maintain and improve the standards at Littleport & East Cambs Academy and to ensure the Academy is teaching a broad and balanced curriculum in line with national standards.

The Governing Body’s work can be divided into three key areas:


  • Setting the Academy’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing on plans and policies, and making creative use of resources
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance; support and challenge the Principal in managing the Academy


Ensuring that the Academy is accountable to the children and parents/carers it serves, to the local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff it employs.


The Local Governing Body, and the volunteer Governors that are members, play an important role in supporting the work at Littleport & East Cambs Academy. They are responsible for directing the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of educational achievement. Each Governor serves a term of office no less than three years, during which they are required to undertake specific duties to assist The Active Learning Trust, the Principal and the staff, in carrying out the Academy’s Aims and ensuring all students achieve their full potential.


The Local Governing Body of Littleport & East Cambs Academy is currently made up of 8 members, from a cross-section representing all areas of the Academy community.


The Interim Executive Board, which includes the Local Governing Body of Littleport & East Cambs Academy are:


Governor Type


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Pecuniary Interests

Chair, Deputy CEO  Craig D'Cunha   Trust Employee
Parent  John Simmonds Student Progress & Outcomes None Declared
Trust  Simon Bainbridge SEND Trust Employee
Parent   Laura Owens SEND, EAL & LAC None Declared
Trust  Helen Cassady   Trust Employee
Member  Tim Coulson   Declared
Trust Shirley Young Safeguarding None Declared
Trust Governor  David Ambrose-Smith Health & Safety Trust Employee
Clerk  Sarah Ramshall-Smith   Trust Employee


Written correspondence for the Chair of Governors may be sent to:  Littleport & East Cambs Academy, Camel Road, Littleport, Ely, Cambs, CB6 1EW

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