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
Core Services Team
The core services team (CST) has two key objectives:
1. To provide strategic overview of the trust and to lead and deliver the annual plan
2. To provide a one-stop-shop for all things operational so that can schools can focus on core business
The executive leadership team (ELT) consists of the chief executive, the director of finance and operations plus each of the four executive headteachers and directors.
The team is:
Director of Finance and Operations
Director of Families and Community and Executive Headteacher
Director of Professional Learning and Development and Executive Headteacher
Director of Governance and Quality Assurance and Executive Headteacher
Director of School Improvement and Executive Headteacher
Each executive headteacher takes the strategic lead overseeing one of the four regional hubs across the trust. In addition, they line manage particular members of the CST including educational welfare officers, school improvement team, educational psychologist and the team of associate leaders.