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)


Our Members

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.


Our Trustees/Directors

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 charged with the following key areas of accountability:

  • Keep the school educationally sound and safeguard all of its 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.
  • Keep the school financial viable and practice fiscal management
  • Comply with all legal and mandatory duties on schools
  • Take due regard to the Trust ethos and vision and values and work in partnership with other settings within and outside the Trust
  • Internally audit accounts annually through an independent auditor
  • Provide its accounts annually to the Trust Board for scrutiny by a different independent auditor before submission to EFSA
  • Comply with the regulations for financial reporting and delegation of duties as set out in the Supplementary Funding Agreement for the academy
  • Provide business and education reports to, and if required attend, the Trust Board of Trustees on request
  • Take note of all Advice Notes from the Trust relating to improvements or actions as directed


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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