The Trust is governed by Members constituted under a Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association.
The Members are responsible for:
- Approving the Articles of Association
- Recruitment and Appointment of Members
- Appointment of some Trustees
- Removal of Trustees
- Securing the highest standards of accountability from Trustees for the provision of all pupils in the Multi Academy Trust (MAT)
- Holding the Board of Trustees to account for performance and standards within academies.
- Appointment of the Trust’s Auditors
The Trust Board is responsible for:
- Delivering the charitable objectives of the Trust.
- Setting a clear strategic vision to allow the LGBs to set and achieve their aims and objectives within such vision.
- Strategically controlling the organisation and managing the charitable assets.
- Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s duties under company law and charity law and agreements made with the DfE & ESFA including the funding agreement and continued charitable status of the Trust.
- The determination, educational character and mission of the Trust.
- Ensuring the solvency of the Trust company and charity, safeguarding its assets and delivering its charitable outcomes.
- Setting key strategic objectives and targets and reviewing performance against these.
- Ensuring that the governors have access to high quality training.
- Approving the Trust development plan.
- Approving statutory policies that are common to all Academies within the Trust.
- Ensuring that the year-end accounts are submitted to Members for approval.
- Approving the annual consolidated budget for the Trust.
- Authorising income and expenditure in line with the Scheme of Delegation.
- Appointing or dismissing the CEO, Principals and Central Team Staff Members.
- Intervening as appropriate in any Academy at risk of underperformance.
- Undertaking determination of the establishment, constitution, membership, proceedings and delegated powers and functions of the Local Governing Board and committees along with their annual review and revision.
Local Governing Bodies
Through the scheme of delegation local governing bodies are responsible for:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
- Approve & monitor educational targets (progress & attainment) inc SEND and disadvantaged pupils
- Monitor the quality of teaching, learning and assessment
- Monitor curriculum planning, implementation and review
- Monitor the effectiveness of pupil premium and sports grant spending
- Form exclusion panels
- Review pay progression (ex Principal). Recruit staff (ex Principal and Vice Principal)
- Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent
- Recommend, review & challenge budget, inc 3-year plan, & staffing structure
- Identify current and future financial risks and accrue/plan accordingly
- Approve/reject/review expenditure in line with CAT financial handbook
- Review CAT annual audited financial statements & action recommendations
- Monitor data protection systems and practice
- Monitor critical incident planning
- Monitor the building inc maintenance & development