There are committees of the Board of Directors with delegated powers. These committees meet as needed and are accountable to the Board of Directors.
- Finance, Audit/Fraud & Estates Committee
- HR/Remuneration Committee and Appeals
- Merger/Management Committee
- Academy Improvement Advisory Committee
- Admissions Committee
- Exclusion Committee
- All Saints Teaching School Alliance Committee
- Local Committees – Each Hub or where appropriate, individual school is supported by Local Committees: These may operate as 2 groups : A Community and Ethos Committee and a Standards and Curriculum Committee.
Local committees are advisory committees of the Trust Board and accountable to the Trust Board. Local committees contribute to the strategic direction and vision realisation of the Trust: Collectively Empowering Excellence. The Trust Board delegates responsibilities to the Local Committees as is relevant and appropriate to meet their particular expertise and collective needs.
Local Committees are generally responsible for either a single school or a group of schools, within the following seven key areas:
- Strategic Leadership of academies in partnership with the Exec Team, Principal or Head of Academies
- Monitoring of pupil welfare and pupil outcomes locally
- Support and challenge for Executive Heads, Principals and Heads.
- Compliance with all policies including Statutory Compliance, Risk, Health & Safety.
- Forming subcommittees to manage Admissions, Exclusions and Complaints.
- Oversight of Safeguarding.
- Succession planning for Local Committees
The role of the Local Committee is to support, inform, advise and challenge provision, working together, empowering excellence and improving outcomes for all children. They are a local voice and a link with local communities and churches (Church Schools) as well as being advocates for all LAP academies.
As ambassadors for the academies, Local Committees can play a crucial role in enriching community, relationships and communication; contributing to the collective effectiveness of academies and the Board of Trustees.
Vision Realisation: Local Committees play a key role in supporting the collective vision realisation of the Trust through:
- Contributing to and promoting the Trust Vision, values and aims.
- Implementing the LAP Trust vision and core values.
- Monitoring Academy Development Plans
- Supporting and holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the academy
- Preserving and supporting the Trust Foundation and the Christian Distinctiveness of Church School Academies (Church Schools)
- Contributing to local panels and working parties: e.g. Admissions, Exclusions, Appeals Panel, Appointments, Complaints, worship (Church Schools) and celebrations etc.
If appropriate, the Local Committee may be organised and operate as two distinct groups:
The Standards and Curriculum Group and The Community & Ethos Group
Standards and Curriculum Group (typically membership of this group will include: Executive Head, and independent members with the necessary skill set). Heads will report to the Standards and Curriculum Group as required.
Community & Ethos Group: The composition of this group may include: Heads, Parent Ambassadors and Committee members. Currently, up to 2 Parents Ambassadors are appointed by the Board of Trustees. This will be managed to best serve local needs.
Depending on the local context, It may be appropriate that a single committee manages both of the areas above.
It may also be appropriate that Community and Ethos Groups serve individual schools. This would always be the case where a church school is part of a hub with non church schools, then the Church Community & Ethos Group operates separately from a Hub Standards and Curriculum Group.
Church Schools Community & Ethos Group incorporates its Christian Distinctiveness and Worship Group. The composition of this group may include: Heads, Christian Distinctiveness Lead, Clergy, Parents, Church members. This group will always include a majority of foundation members.