Our Governance Structure
We have worked carefully to develop a structure of governance which delegates autonomy where appropriate, enabling schools to retain their character, and which supports governors to carry out their important role at a local level. The Trust Board and Chief Executive Officer then provide support and challenge to ensure the quality and effectiveness of each school for both students and staff.
The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance. The Department for Education (DfE) has high expectations of a governing body to have an impact on the young people in their schools.
Member, Trustees and Local Governors make a positive contribution by giving their time and bringing their experience and skill to help schools provide the best possible education for all pupils. This is done by challenging and supporting schools to enable staff and pupils to reach the highest standards of achievement in every respect.
It is common for trustees to delegate some of its functions to Local Governing Bodies (LGB) for each of the schools within the trust. LGBs are technically committees of the trust board, with members appointed by the trustees or elected by parents and/or staff. They work with the executive officers to carry out their core functions and are accountable to the trustees for carrying their role effectively according to the key roles of governance. Their level of autonomy is determined by that which is delegated to them by the trustees. Unless there is an extreme circumstance, Local Governors are not trustees or directors.