The operation of Leigh Academies Trust is detailed within a Master Funding Agreement, along with Supplemental Funding Agreements between the Trust and the Department for Education for each academy.
The current governance structure is as follows:
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The Members are, in essence, the shareholders of the company. This is currently a group of six people, appointed by the Sponsors, which always includes the Chair of the Trust Board. The members have three functions:
- Approve the Trust accounts and appoint the auditors.
- Appoint governors.
- Appoint the Chief Executive.
This group holds an AGM and audit meetings.
The Directors of Leigh Academies Trust have a range of powers and responsibilities which they are legally required to carry out, working in close partnership with the Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executive and Academy Principals to ensure that the academies provide the best possible education for all students.
The Trust Board considers the vision and aims of the Trust and its academies, as well as strategy and policy to deliver its key objectives. It has ultimate responsibility for all budgets, salaries and safeguarding.
Apart from ensuring good governance, the Board’s primary objectives are to assist the Executive in delivering the best possible outcomes for all students, and to hold the Executive to account for the ways in which this is carried out. It does this through the Academy Boards.
The Academy Boards are responsible for the day-to-day management and governance of the academies under their jurisdiction. The majority of the leadership and management is delegated to the Principal(s) of each academy. The chairperson of each academy board is represented on the Trust Board to ensure that there is effective and coherent governance. Each college has minimum of two governors attached to it who are expected to make make regular visits to their college during each academic year. This enables governors to understand and review the work and progress of their assigned college. Governors submit reports following their visits for consideration at the relevant Academy Board.
In addition to the Boards, there are two committees that consider issues across the whole Trust – the Academic Standards Committee and Resources Committee. The committees are made up of governors from all of the Academy Boards, together with Academy Principals.
The current members of each Board or Committee of Leigh Academies Trust is shown in the diagrams below:
Click here to view governor attendance records at academy board meetings over the last academic year.