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Governance

How the trust works

The trust operates on a hub model consisting of a number of local academies, each with their own headteacher and academy council (local governing body). Each hub is overseen by an executive headteacher who ensures consistency of approach, strategic alignment, challenge and support. The headteacher of each academy retains legal control and is listed as such on GIAS (previously Edubase). In some cases (such as schools that we sponsor), we may operate a head of school model with the executive headteacher assuming substantive and legal headteacher duties.

The board of trustees has full responsibility and control of the trust as constituted by its Articles of Association. In short, all governance flows from the trust board and serves as the clearing house and ultimate decision-making authority on all matters. The trust board is responsible for ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are maintained. It will exercise its powers and functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of its academies. In terms of local governance, it delegates a number of decisions to individual academy councils whose main priority is to focus on the core business of children, culture and community. Each council will draw its membership from the local community and must always include at least two elected parents and two members of staff in addition to the headteacher. All academy councillors are appointed by the trust board following recommendation, including the chair and vice-chair.

The Governance Structure

Members

The trust has five members, all local to the communities that they serve. The members act as the custodians of the constitution and have a number of powers. These include changing the Articles of Association, appointing Trustees, appointing the auditors and receiving the annual accounts.

The Board of Trustees

The trust board has full responsibility and control of the multi-academy trust as constituted by its Articles of Association.  In short, all governance flows from the trust board and serves as the clearing house and ultimate decision-making authority on all matters. The trust board is responsible for ensuring that high standards of corporate governance are maintained. It will exercise its powers and functions with a view to fulfilling a largely strategic role in the running of its academies.

The board can appoint sub-committees for specific tasks or areas.

Academy Councils

In accordance with the scheme of delegation, the trust board delegate a number of decisions to individual local governing bodies referred to as academy councils (AC). These act as sub-committees whose main priority is to focus on teaching and learning, ensuring that the academy performs well as a result of rigorous challenge and support at the local level. Each AC will draw its membership from the local community and must always include at least two elected parent governors and at least one staff governor. Academy councillors are accountable to the trust board, who in turn are accountable to the Secretary of State. An annual skills’ audit ensures that all trustees and academy councillors possess the requisite skills to discharge their duties effectively.

A list of academy councillors can be found on each academy website.

 

Executive Team

The executive leadership team (ELT) consists of the chief executive, chief operating officer plus each of the four hub executive headteachers and directors. Their role is to execute the will of the board and to deliver the annual strategic plan in addition to monitoring performance and providing support and challenge across the hubs. 

In addition, the ELT lead the core services team who provide operational support for the academies, including school improvement, finance, estates, procurement, legal, payroll and HR etc. The core services team aim to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for school leaders for all things operational so that headteachers can focus on core business. 

Meet the executive team:

Andrew Morrish

Andrew Morrish

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Kirby

Ian Kirby

Chief Operating Officer

Charlotte Davis

Charlotte Davis

Director of Families and Community and Executive Headteacher

Hayley Mapp

Hayley Mapp

Director of Professional Learning and Development and Executive Headteacher

Sharron Philpot

Sharron Philpot

Director of Governance and Quality Assurance and Executive Headteacher

Kate Tewley

Kate Tewley

Director of School Improvement and Executive Headteacher

Each director takes the strategic lead overseeing one of the four regional hubs across the trust as executive headteacher. In addition, they line manage particular members of the core services team, including educational welfare officers, heads of EYFS, digital learning, curriculum, IT network and SEND, the school improvement team, educational psychologist and the SCITT.