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
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:
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Professional Learning and Development and Executive Headteacher
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.