Effective governance is crucial at all levels to ensure compliance with both company law and charity law.
All the academies are governed by the Trust with a single board of directors (or trustees). This is the body accountable to the Secretary of State. In our Trust each academy retains its own Local Committee with delegated responsibilities.
The Trust consists of:
There are five members, who have ultimate control over the Trust. They have the ability to appoint some of the trustees and have the right to amend the trust’s articles of association. One of the members is the chair of the Trust Board, and at least two members are not on the Trust Board or any Local Committee.
The Trust Board is made up of key stakeholders, invited partners and the CEO of the Trust. This ensures that schools are represented at a strategic level. Members may appoint up to twelve Trustees. The total number of Trustees, including the CEO, who are employees of the Trust will not exceed one third of the total number of Trustees.
The Trust delegates responsibility to three committees for Finance, Audit and Risk, Education and Resources, HR and Compliance. This ensures that Local Committees are able to focus on teaching and learning, compliance and Health & Safety.
The Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee is Andrew Ivison.
The Chair of the Education Committee is Peter Simpson.
The Chair of the Resources, HR and Compliance Committee is Charlie Cassell.
Each school joining the Trust will have a Local Committee consisting of local people with elected parents and staff. The degree of autonomy of each school in the trust will be dependent on the quality of the education that it currently provides. Good and Outstanding schools will be appropriately supported and challenged, allowing them to develop over time. Schools not yet good will be given appropriate support to ensure that the necessary changes are made quickly.