Governance Structure

Overview

Governance Structure Information


    Summary

    Members Structure

     

    • We have 5 members.
    • The Members have appointed 9 Trustees to the Trust board.
    • Members rights are enshrined in Company law and Members may:
      1. wind up the Trust
      2. amend the Articles of Association
      3. appoint Trustees
      4. remove any Trustee
      5. by special resolution give direction to the Board.
    • Our Members meet formally at the AGM once a year, but are kept informed and are engaged in the work of the Trust throughout the year.

    Trustee Structure

     

    • Trustees are responsible for the management and administration of the Trust and are accountable to the Members who act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the Trust.
    • There are 9 Trustees. The board comprises of 5 Trustees appointed by the Members (on a skills basis), the Executive Principal (EP) and 3 co-opted Trustees.
    • The Board’s key responsibilities are to ensure, through governance structures and leadership teams, that the Trust is making proper and effective use of public funds, the quality of provision is of a high standard and the Trust has an effective strategy in place to meet its obligations.
    • Each Academy has a Local Governing Body which is a committee of the Board.
    • The Board has established 3 sub-committees; Audit & Risk, Finance & Resources and Remuneration
    • The Board meets 4 times a year.

     

    Principals’ Executive Group (PEG)

     

    • The PEG is chaired by the Executive Principal.
    • PEG’s key responsibilities include;
      1. review and report to the Board of Trustees on progress for the priority objectives set by the Board of Trustees;
      2. reviewing educational performance and the effect of agreed interventions across the Trust academies
      3. to provide peer support and challenge, share ideas and drive collaboration across the Trust academies
      4. report to the Board of Trustees on progress on all issues of responsibility for the PEG.
    • Members of the Trust Executive Team regularly attend PEG meetings, which take place fortnightly.

     

    Chairs’ Group

     

    • The Board of Trustees will also establish a Chairs’ Group, which will comprise of the Chair of the main Board of Trustees, together with the Chair of each local governing body of the Trust and Chair of the F&R and A&R committees
    • The Chairs’ Group will be chaired by the main Chair of the Trust Board.
    • The function of the Chairs’ Group will be to act as a conduit of effective communication between the local academies and the Trust Board – it will not have decision making powers itself.
    • The Chairs’ Group will also provide a forum to share ideas and drive collaboration across the Trust academies.
    • The members of PEG will be invited to attend ad-hoc meetings, as required.

     

    Local Governing Bodies (LGB)

    Oldham Sixth Form LGB

     

    • The Local Governing Body is responsible for making “day to day” decisions on the operation of the relevant Academy, by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trustees in accordance with appropriate terms of reference.
    • LGB terms of reference may be drafted to deliver “earned autonomy” where main Board has a range of powers to intervene depending on scale of any issues.
    • Initially, the LGBs will reflect the current GBs make up. The LGB composition can vary between academies, but the intention would be to have each LGB comprising of no more than 11 members. Initially, the composition would be as follows for Oldham SFC:
      • 2 student governors
      • 2 elected parent governors
      • 2 staff governors & the Principal
      • 8 governors co-opted by the LGB governors
    • The LGB will appoint one of the Governors to act as the LGB Chair.
    • The LGB will meet twice per term, either side of a full Board meeting.
    • The EP and other members of the MAT’s management team will be entitled to attend and speak at LGB meetings.
    Please Note:

    We anticipate over time that the LGB for the College would reduce in size

     

    The Hathershaw College LGB

     

    • The Local Governing Body is responsible for making “day to day” decisions on the operation of the relevant Academy, by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trustees in accordance with appropriate terms of reference.
    • LGB terms of reference may be drafted to deliver “earned autonomy” where main Board has a range of powers to intervene depending on scale of any issues.
    • Initially, the LGBs will reflect the current GBs make up. The LGB composition can vary between academies, but the intention would be to have each LGB comprising of no more than 11 members. Initially, the composition would be as follows for Hathershaw College:
      • 2 elected parent governor
      • 2 staff governors & the Principal
      • 4 governors co-opted by the LGB governors
    • The LGB will appoint one of the Governors to act as the LGB Chair.
    • The LGB will meet twice per term, either side of a full Board meeting.
    • The EP and other members of the MAT’s management team will be entitled to attend and speak at LGB meetings.

     

    Werneth Primary School LGB

     

    • The Local Governing Body is responsible for making “day to day” decisions on the operation of the relevant Academy, by way of the powers delegated to it by the Trustees in accordance with appropriate terms of reference.
    • LGB terms of reference may be drafted to deliver “earned autonomy” where main Board has a range of powers to intervene depending on scale of any issues.
    • Initially, the LGBs will reflect the current GBs make up. The LGB composition can vary between academies, but the intention would be to have each LGB comprising of no more than 11 members. Initially, the composition would be as follows for Werneth Primary:
      • 2 elected parent governor
      • 2 staff governors & the Principal
      • 4 governors co-opted by the LGB governors
    • The LGB will appoint one of the Governors to act as the LGB Chair.
    • The LGB will meet twice per term, either side of a full Board meeting.
    • The EP and other members of the MAT’s management team will be entitled to attend and speak at LGB meetings.