Structure of Governance
Each group within the Trust have their own roles and responsibilities in ensuring that the core functions of the Trust and their schools are delivered with effectiveness and impact. An overview of the Trust structure can be found below
The members of the academy trust have a very hands-on role in terms of management of the trust. The members’ role is to monitor the performance of the trust and hold the trustees to account. Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust with the ability to appoint some of the trustees and the right to amend the trust’s articles of association.
The trustees are responsible for the core governance functions performed by the governing board in a maintained school; setting the direction, holding the Headteacher to account and ensuring financial probity. As academy trusts are charitable companies the trustees must ensure they comply with charitable law requirements. Their duties include attending meetings, managing conflicts of interest, seeking advice from the academy’s leadership team and ensuring the academy has the appropriate procedures in place for reporting financial information.
Local governor functions are delegated by the board of trustees. Local governors are primarily focused on teaching, learning and standards within the individual school’s they represent. They have a much more detailed knowledge about activities concerned with teaching and learning overall within their school whilst the trustees retain overall responsibility and a more strategic view of standards of all schools in the trust.
You can find out more about the core purpose, membership and duties of each group within the Terms of Reference.