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Trust Governance

The difference between a single and a multi-academy trust

Our Structure for Governance

 

 

Members

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance and Resources Committee

(made from trustees est. 3 or 4 members)

School Improvement Committee

(made from trustees est. 3 or 4 members)

 

Trustees

7

 

 

Chairs of Governors

Vice Chairs

Head teachers

CEO

CFO

(Clerk)

 

 

Trustees to incorporate the following skillsets:

  • Education Law – head teacher
  • Finance - CFO
  • HR - CEO
  • Contract Management - CEO
  • Education – head teachers

 

 

 

 

Brooke School

Local Governing Body

(with appropriate committees below)

1. Performance & Standards

2. Resources

 

Woodlands School

Local Governing Body

(with appropriate committees below)

1. Performance & Standards

2. Resources

3. Safeguarding

4. Health & Safety

 

12 Community & Business Representatives with appropriate skillset on each LGB

Leadership and Governance

The Members of the Trust appoint directors and can amend the Articles of Association. 

  • The Board of Trustees  governs and manages the organisation and is accountable for all decisions. They adopted new Articles of Association on 1st December 2017 following the appointment of 6 Trustees to the Board and the retirement of the Trustees who were also Chairs of the Local Governing Boards (LGBs).   This was in line with best practice for multi academy Trusts governance
  • The Board operates two supporting sub-committees informed by the statutory, operational, compliance and financial timetables in place and a framework of decision making.  These are:
    • Finance and Resources (F&R)
    • Learning Experience (LE)
  • The committees are supported by reports from the Executive team led by the CEO
  • As the Board cannot delegate accountability it requires a robust form of scrutiny and oversight over decision making and it is the CEO, who is also the Accounting Officer who they call to account.  The Accounting Officer  is personally responsible to Parliament and to Education and Skills Funding Agency’s accounting officer for the financial resources under the Trust’s control
  • All the Unity Academies are organised as partners within the Trust and have retained the role of Head teacher who reports to the CEO but is also scrutinised by the community and parents through LGB’s to ensure best possible outcomes for our learners
  • The Board believes that best results will be achieved when each school receives a level of responsibility and choice appropriate to its specific circumstances. Where a school is in a below good Ofsted category there will be close supervision of the school improvement strategy by Unity through the Executive and School Improvement teams
  • For LGBs to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:
    • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously
    • Acknowledged by the Lead professionals in the schools and accountable to the Trust through the Academy
    • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance
  • We expect the core business of each LGB to be:
    • Reviewing and monitoring the Academy Improvement Plan
    • Monitoring and reviewing Progress and Attainment
    • Reviewing and monitoring the Curriculum
    • Reviewing and monitoring the effectiveness of the use of school resources including agreed budgets from Trust board
    • Ensuring that the Academy matches community needs through learner, parent and staff voice surveys
    • Carrying out statutory duties relating to safeguarding, Health and Safety, Data Protection etc

 

 

 

UNITY MULTI ACADEMY TRUST

TRUSTEE INFORMATION ACADEMIC YEAR 2017 – 18

 

Trustee Name

Trustee Category

Term of Office Start

Term of Office

End

Appointing Body

Committee Membership

2017-18

Positions of Responsibility 2017-2018

Attendance

AY 2017-18

Voting Rights

 

Attendance is expressed as attendance over expected

TB

C’mee

 

1

Maggi Armitage

Founding Trustee

01/12/2017

30/11/2021

Founding Trustee

1. Finance & Resources

2. School Improvement

Chair of Trust Board

 

5/5

4/4

 

1/1

Full

2

Patrick Horton

Founding Trustee

01/12/2017

30/11/2021

Founding Trustee

1. Finance & Resources

 

Chair of Resources & Finance Committee

5/5

3/4

Full

3

Mark McGillicuddy

Appointed Trustee

29/03/2018

28/03/2022

Members by ordinary resolution

1. School Improvement

 

2/2

0/1

Full

4

Iain Paterson

Founding Trustee

01/12/2007

30/11/2001

Founding Trustee

1. Finance & Resources

2. School Improvement

Interim CEO

5/5

4/4

 

1/1

Full

5

Alison Stringer

Founding Trustee

01/12/2017

30/11/2021

Founding Trustee

1. School Improvement

 

4/5

 

1/1

 

Full

6

Roger Swindells

Founding Trustee

01/12/2017

30/11/2021

Founding Trustee

1. Finance & Resources

 

3/5

2/4

Full

 7  Jayne   Matthews   Appointed    Trustee   05/02/2019   04/02/2023

  Members        by ordinary 

  resolution

 1. Finance &         

  Resources

   1/1       Full

TRUSTEES WHO HAVE RESIGNED IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS

 

1

Karen (Kate) Potter

Founding Trustee

Resigned 13/03/2018

 

 

 

1/4

N/A

Full

2

Val Nichol

Founding Trustee

Resigned

 

 

 

3/4

2/3

Full

3

Wilf Woodhouse

Founding Trustee

Resigned 31/08/2018

 

 

 

5/5

4/4

Full

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unity Multi Academy Trust

TRUSTEE DECLARATION OF BUSINESS INTERESTS ACADEMIC YEAR 2018 - 19

Trustee Name

Employment

Name of Organisation

Nature of Business

Nature of Interest

Trustee/director for another academy/business

Name of academy/business

Date Declared

Maggi Armitage

None

None

None

No

n/a

25/09/2017

Patrick Horton

None

None

None

Yes

Steadypace Ltd

25/09/2017

 Jayne Matthews   None   None   None                 No    

Mark McGillicuddy

MORETHAN7

Social Enterprise

Director

Yes

MORETHAN7

08/05/2018

Alison Stringer

None

None

None

No

n/a

13/09/2016

Roger Swindells

Ikaron Ltd

Computing/Technology

Director

Yes

Ikaron Ltd

13/11/2017

 

 

 

 

 

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