Management Committee

Governance Introduction

As ACE is a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU), the Board of Governors is called a Management Committee and Governors are called Members. Governance of a PRU works in the same way as in a Local Authority maintained school.

Members of The Management Committee work with the senior leaders in the strategic development of the PRU.  They support the Headteacher and staff as well as offering constructive challenge ensuring that the PRU achieves the very best it can for all pupils.

The three core functions of the Members are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
  • Ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard.

Governance Role

As Members, a critical part of our role is to ensure we develop and maintain strong links with parents, staff and pupils. To support this, we can often be found in and around the PRU, attending meetings and experiencing the many different activities that take place in the PRU. We also try to attend as many PRU functions as we are able.

Governance Monitoring

The Management Committee will monitor in detail areas such as Finance, Personnel, Premises (which includes Health & Safety) and the Curriculum. We also ensure that legally required policies and documents are held and are available for Staff, Pupils, Members, Parents and Carers and any visitors to the unit when and where relevant. 

Members receive a report from the Senior Leadership Team once a term which keeps us up to date with pupil’s academic achievements, the quality of education, staffing, attendance, special projects, PRU’s life in general and other legally required reports.  We make crucial decisions about the PRU in our Management Committee meetings and ratify policies in action in the PRU.

We also ensure that we are aware of what is taking place within the ever changing world of Education and Governance. We do this by attending courses held by the Local Authority and by being affiliated to the National Governors Association and The Key.

Governance Links

Through the Headteacher and Staff, we are kept informed of all aspects of PRU life. Each Member is linked to a subject and/or PRU development area. We have meetings with Leaders of Learning to discuss how the National Curriculum is being followed and adapted to meet the needs of our pupils. We meet with the Senior Leadership Team to discuss areas of  development for the future. Link Members provide feedback from these meetings at the Management Committee meetings.

Link Members 2021 – 2022

Governance Membership

Our focus is very much the future of ACE for the benefit of the pupils. The Management Committee membership can be viewed below.

Governance Membership 2021 – 22

Lawrence Patterson is our elected Chair of Management Committee and he brings a wealth of educational knowledge and governance experience to our Management Committee. If you would like to contact our Chair, please email:

Governance Structure

The Instrument of Government outlines the constitution of the Management Committee. The Local Authority considers whether it complies with the relevant legal requirements.  The Instrument of Government for ACE Management Committee was ratified by the Local Authority and it became effective from 1st September 2019.

Instrument of Government

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The Management Committee reviews the document annually, in the autumn term, to ensure the constitution of the Management Committee remains relevant and meets the needs of the PRU’s governance.

Governance Boards and Meetings

The Management Committee meets at least four times per academic year to consider the strategic aspects impacting the PRU and the pupils.

The following Boards meet as follows:

  • The Pay Board meets once per academic year, in the autumn term, to assist in setting the PRU’s Pay Policy, determine staff remuneration and review the targets for performance related pay.
  • The Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel meets once per academic year, in the autumn term, to set objectives for the Headteacher, appraise the performance of the Headteacher and assess their performance in the role against the Headteacher Standards and their performance objectives.
  • The Resources and Finance Board meets at least three times per academic year to consider financial, human resources, health and safety and premises matters. The Management Committee ensures that budget monitoring is considered at least six times per academic year through the Management Committee meetings and Resources and Finance Board meetings.

There are four Boards that meet on an adhoc basis linked to discipline and appeals for both pupils and staff. At ACE, these Boards rarely meet but form part of the governance structure.

Governance Board Membership

The Board Membership is ratified by the Management Committee annually in the autumn term.

Board Membership 2021 – 22

Governance Terms of Reference

The Management Committee must agree the Terms of Reference for the Management Committee and its Boards annually. The Terms of Reference outlines the tasks and decision-making powers assigned to a Board. The Terms of Reference documents for ACE Management Committee were ratified on 20th October 2021.

Management Committee Terms of Reference 2021 – 2022

Resources & Finance Board Terms of Reference 2021 – 2022

Headteacher’s Appraisal Panel Terms of Reference 2021 – 2022

Pay Committee Terms of Reference 2021 – 2022

Governance Register of Pecuniary Interests

Members are forbidden from being involved in decision making relating to the purchases by the PRU of goods and services from themselves, their relatives or any organisation in which they or those close to them have significant interest. The Governance Clerk is required to maintain a register of such interests.

A Declaration of Interests Form is completed annually by all Members to declare such interests. If interests change, a new form is completed.

At every governance meeting, Members declare as to whether they have any pecuniary interests related to the agenda items listed for the governance meeting.

Declaration of Pecuniary Interests Summary 2021-22

Governance Attendance Register

The Management Committee keeps track of all Members who attend or are absent from Governance meetings. It is important for the development of the Management Committee that Member absence from meetings is kept to a minimum.

The Governance Attendance Register for 2020 – 21 will be reviewed by the Management Committee along with Governance Membership on 3rd February 2022.

Governance Code of Conduct

This Member’s Code of Conduct is intended as a guide, to indicate the standards of conduct and accountability which are expected of Members, to enable them to understand their legal and ethical duties and to assist them both in carrying out those duties and in their relationship with the PRU and the Headteacher.  This Code is therefore aimed at promoting effective, well informed and accountable governance. The Management Committee reviews the Member’s Code of Conduct Policy on an annual basis in the autumn term.

Member’s Code of Conduct Policy 2021 – 2022

Governance Allowances

These regulations within the Member Allowances Policy gives the Management Committee the discretion to pay allowances from the Pupil Referral Unit’s annual budget allocation to Members for certain allowances which they incur in carrying out their duties. ACE Management Committee has decided that they will not pay members of the Management Committee allowances for completing their governance duties. The Management Committee will review this on a regular basis. There are several examples where the Management Committee may consider payment of allowances. Please review the policy guidance.

Member Allowances Policy 2022 – 2023

Executive Pay

The Management Committee can confirm that there are no school employees that receive a gross income of £100,000 or more.

Schools Financial Benchmarking Service

You can view ACE’s financial data and see how it compares with other educational establishments at schools financial benchmarking service.


Governance Vacant Roles

ACE Management Committee currently has vacancies. If you would like to obtain further information on how you can support the PRU by joining the Management Committee, please contact our Governance Clerk, Michelle Devine at


Governance Contact Details

If you would like to contact a member of our Management Committee, please do so by sending your written correspondence to:

Chair of Management Committee, Avenue Centre for Education, Cutenhoe Community Learning Park, Cutenhoe Road, Luton, LU1 3NJ.

Alternatively, you may wish to email:

Lawrence Patterson, Chair of Management Committee at

Michelle Devine, Governance Clerk at