Our Trust Governance Structure
Trust Board (5 Members)
Board of Trustees (9 Directors including the Chief Executive)
Local Academy Councils (Up to 9 members including the Head Teacher)
The Member have core functions: to amend the articles of association; appoint Members or remove members; appoint Trustees and approve new Trustees; appoint the trust auditors and receive the Trust annual account; issue directions to the Trustees and have the power to change the name of the company or wind up the company.
Forward Education Trust acts as one employer across all of its Academies.
As directors of a charitable trust, our Board of Trustees ensure that they comply with charity and company law. The Board is also accountable in Law and to Ofsted for the Trust’s performance.
The Board has two core functions: to set the strategic direction of the organisation to achieve excellence and to ensure financial probity. The Board is supported by three sub-committees Audit: Finance and Risk; Education; and Remuneration.
The Board sits monthly and the sub-committees bi-monthly.
As a multi academy trust, the Board is responsible for all academies in the Trust. We exercise this responsibility by delegating functions to the local governing body of each academy through schemes of delegation
Our Local Academy Councils
Each Local Academy Council is made of up of nine representatives who meet formally at least half termly and report to the Trust. The minimum membership number is set at 5 by the Trust. The maximum number is 9. The Trust has the powers to change this number or amend representation dependent on the needs of the school. Currently the breakdown of categories set out in the Instrument of Government is
- Up to 2 parent representative
- 1 HT
- Up to 2 staff representatives (ideally 1 teaching and 1 non-teaching)
- Up to 4 other members as appointed by the Trust
The Local Academy Council will work to the Trust’s scheme of delegation which outlines their powers and relationship with the Trust and its other employees
The Local Academy Councils must take due regard to staff and parental consultations for improvement within their settings
The Local Academy Council and the head teacher are specifically charged with the following key areas of responsibility and therefore should ensure a monitoring regime is in place:
- Keep the school educationally sound and safeguard all pupils;
- Ensure all pupil groups, whatever their social or ethnic diversity, receive at least a good standard of education and are prepared for their next stage of education or life;
- Be aware of their allocated schools budget and offer advice on spends within their area of delegation;
- Comply with all legal and mandatory duties on schools conferred to the Head Teacher by duty of their post;
- Take due regard of the Trust ethos and vision and values and work in partnership with other settings within and outside the Trust;
- Provide school related and education reports as required to the Trust and other statutory agencies;
- Support and comply with all Trust regulatory duties e.g. health and safety visits;
- Take note of all Advice Notes from the Trust relating to improvements or actions as directed;
One key area of responsibility for the Local Academy Council is as advocates for the growth of or improvements to the school;
- Undertake analysis of need within their school and provide evidenced business cases to the trust central team on any requests for additional funding outside of School delegated budgets in line with the Trust budget and financial planning policies.
Our Local Academy Council Chairs
Brays School – Ms Joy Hardwick (Appointed September 2018)
Hallmoor School – Mr Paul Roberts (Appointed April 2017)
The Bridge School - Ms Joy Hardwick (Appointed April 2017)
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