Each of our schools have their own governing bodies who have wide-ranging delegated powers from the Board of Trustees to oversee their setting and ultimately have day-to-day responsibility for their organisation.

The key responsibilities are simplified in the OFSTED Handbook to the following three core functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent, including the pupil premium.

Our Trust differs from others as it adopts a more collaborative, rather than top-down, approach to school leadership and governance. This was laid down in our founding principles as the Trust very much came from the hearts and minds of Headteachers and governors.

This approach is reflected in that each school has a governor on the Board of Trustees, not to fight the school’s corner – we are all fighting from the same corner – but more to bring a perspective, input and voice from all schools across the Trust.

Elsewhere, we also have a Governors Board which is held every half-term and sees all Chairs and Vice-Chairs invited to discuss Trust developments and projects and to bring any queries or ideas to the table. Similarly, the CEO and Chair of Trustees drop in on invitation to Governing Body meetings in schools to maintain communication lines and to respond directly to any ideas or plans.

Undoubtedly, our Trust values our school Governors highly and they have a real voice in the organisation. They play a crucial part in maintaining levels of accountability, in delivering on the founding principles and structures of the Trust, and in bringing their expertise and judgement both to their school’s, and the wider organisation’s, tables.