High quality governance is central to the success of the Trust and we have a strong governance model based on the principle of delegated autonomy. We believe that schools should have the ability to govern themselves within the Trust structure. We have three levels of governance with Members, Trustees and Local Governing Bodies.
The responsibilities of the Members are:
- To exercise their responsibility to appoint Trustees to the Trust Board ensuring that they hold the necessary skills and competence to manage the schools effectively and efficiently.
- To remove any Trustee or Member, who is not considered to be acting in the best interests of the Trust.
- From time to time to review the Articles of Association and to make changes when deemed necessary, after taking advice from the Trust Board.
- To appoint other Members as necessary in line with the provisions of the Articles of Association.
- To receive the annual report and accounts from the Trust Board.
The Trust Board is responsible for all the schools within the Trust. This means that Trustees govern in the interests of the Trust as a whole. There is no ‘lead school’ even though Denbigh School initiated the formation of the Trust. The Trust Board sets the vision for the Trust and holds the Chief Executive Officer to account for delivering the Trust’s Strategic Plan.
The Board has robust, standardised and efficient processes for effective governance with the aim of:
- Ensuring the highest standards and quality of education.
- Overseeing and performance managing Executive leaders and other key staff.
- Receiving management information that enables comparison of the performance of schools across the Trust.
- Ensuring continuing robust financials, regularity and probity.
- Managing risk, including setting and managing risk appetite, tolerance and mitigation strategies.
- Ensuring compliance, regularity, propriety, prudence, care and value for money.
- Providing accurate and up-to-date documentation and effective communication of the Board’s decisions and the impact on relevant parties e.g. parents, the community, local governing bodies etc.
Trustees must become directors and comply with directors’ responsibilities within the Companies Act 2006. Trustees are considered to be critical colleagues to the CEO and their role is to direct and support those decisions delegated to the CEO and Heads of School, ensuring the continuing success of the Trust.
Local Governing Bodies oversee the standards in each school, including – securing excellent academic progress, target-setting and tracking, high quality teaching, an effective curriculum, safeguarding and well being of all students, managing their local budget and engagement with their stakeholders.
Within the delegated powers set by the Trust, each Local Governing Body functions at an autonomous level in respect of the day to day management and operations of its respective school, ensuring that the school is run in accordance with the objectives, ethos and vision of the Trust.
Within the Trust, Local Governing Bodies have the following responsibilities:
- Oversee day-to-day operations and finances (teaching and learning, educational standards, safety and wellbeing).
- Set the aims and objectives, monitoring and evaluating progress and the effectiveness of the school regularly and systematically and hold the school leadership to account for academic performance, quality of care and the delivery of high-quality educational provision.
- Prepare and approve annually, with the Senior Leadership Team, an Improvement Plan and monitor its implementation.
- Prepare annual budget proposals.
- Monitor the outcomes of their devolved accountability, report to the Trust on any significant budgetary exceptions, final year-end positions, and make such adjustments as necessary to achieve the agreed outcomes.
- Adopt financial prudence in managing the financial affairs of the school.
- Consider budget monitoring information and make recommendations regarding any necessary adjustments.
- Ensure the appropriate application of the Trust’s policy to deal with complaints.
- Support and advise the Headteacher/Head of School.
- Ensure that the school prepares an admissions policy and carries out the admissions process for all students, including the statutory responsibilities in relation to the appeals process for admissions to all year groups, in accordance with local and national legislation.
- Contribute to the preparation of the School Prospectus for publication.
- Represent the views of the school’s local community to the Trust Board and ensure effective stakeholder engagement.
- Support the Trust and Head of School in school recruitment, selection, grievance, student disciplinary and exclusion processes where appropriate.
- Support and develop an active Student Council with representatives from each year group, ensuring participation and a positive approach.
- Develop mechanisms to support positive inclusion and engagement with students, parents and staff.
- Draw any significant school matters of concern to the attention of the Trust Board.
- Report to the Trust Board as required.