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Governance

Sound governance is a pre-requisite for a Trust that is able to effectively ensure that everything it does is based around the concept of Children First.

We are a not-for-profit, limited by guarantee organisation that operates several individual nurseries and academies. The legal entity consists of Members and Trustees. Our Accounting officer is Christine Stansfield.  

Members

Members are the ultimate "owners" of the Trust and have the overall control, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the Articles of Association (our written rules of operation that set out what we can and can't do).   

Further information on our Members can be found here.

Trustees

Our Trustees are the 'directors' of the organisation and are responsible under Company Law for the operations of the Trust.  Their core functions are to set the strategic direction of the Trust, hold the CEO to account for performance and to ensure that the Trust adheres to the various legislations and regulations by which we are bound. They are also responsible for ensuring that the Trust demonstrates financial probity.

The Trustees set and use the Scheme of Delegation to empower those involved in the governance at the Trust to govern the day to day affairs of the individual organisations within the Trust.  This document is a powerful tool to ensure that every decision taken within the Trust is done so on the basis of our guiding principle of Children First

You can view the Scheme of Delegation for September 2021 – July 2022 here.

Our Board of Trustees has four sub-committees, the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee, the Governance & Remuneration Committee, the Quality of Education Committee and the Community Committee, whose terms of reference are reviewed annually. These documents can be found by clicking on the relevant link below:

Scrutiny Panels

The Trust Board delegates some responsibilities to Scrutiny Panels, who operate under the steer of the Quality of Education Committee.

The purpose of Scrutiny Panellists who are each affiliated to one of the Trust’s schools is to report into the appropriate Scrutiny Panel on their learning and observations within their school, to ensure all schools are offering a robust education to all pupils, rooted in sharing best practice.

Principally, the role of Scrutiny Panels is:

  • To receive information from schools relating to the Curriculum development and delivery, monitor the behaviour curriculum work and scrutinise assessment data to understand the impact of the teaching and learning in schools. 
  • To monitor the work done in school to check that it matches the information given by school leaders.
  • To challenge and support the school leaders in their development of processes and procedures.
  • To monitor school based policy reviews to ensure compliance is maintained.
  • To evaluate cross trust practice, identify strengths and areas for development and promote the sharing of good practice. 
  • Create links with individual schools to build supportive relationships with the school and its community. 
  • to collaborate across the Trust and champion the Trust in the community
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