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Local Governance Committees

There are the Local Ethos & Governance Committees reporting to the of the Board of Trustees with delegated powers.  These committees meet regularly and are accountable to the Board of Trustees.

Each committee will comprise  

Community Schools

  • Members with the appropriate skill base
  • The Heads of Academy
  • One Parent representative per academy
  • An Executive Head  from a different Hub  or member of the Executive Team
  • Other members will be appointed with the appropriate required skill base.

Church Schools:

  • simple majority of Foundation members with appropriate skill base.
  • An Executive Head  from a different Hub  or member of the Executive Team
  • The Heads of Academy
  • One Parent representative per academy 
  • Other members will be appointed with the appropriate required skill base.

The CEO or their representative will advise and support the Local Ethos & Governance Committee as necessary. 

Declaration of Business Interests and Attendance

Local Ethos & Governance Committees contribute to the strategic direction and vision realisation of the Trust: Collectively Empowering Excellence.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

To promote, strengthen and continue to develop the values and principles of the Trust.

Admissions, Exclusions and Complaints:

  • Formal Complaints are delegated to the Local Ethos Governance Committee in line with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation and Complaints Policy.
  • Exclusions are delegated to the Local Ethos & Governance Committee in line with the Trust’s Policy and Scheme of Delegation.
  • Admission Appeals are delegated to the Local Ethos & Governance Committee in line with the Trusts Scheme of Delegation.

Community:

  • Contribute to the positive profile and promotion of the schools within the local community.
  • Support and promote the wellbeing of staff and pupils.
  • Contribute to the strengthening of community links within and between Trust schools.
  • Ensure the popularity of the school/schools to optimise growth in pupil numbers.

Communication:

  • Work with the school/schools so that stakeholders can feel part of school life and have  the opportunity to access information and events.
  • Work together across the Trust schools for the benefit of all children, as appropriate
  • Visit school/schools, as required, as part of focus groups eg. Learning Walks, planned activities.
  • Review enrichment activities (clubs, visits, extra-curricular activities).
  • Be available for Ofsted Inspections and SIAMS inspections (if appropriate).
  • Monitor its own effectiveness through Trust self evaluation processes and report to the Board of Trustees.

Celebration:

  • Promote the celebration of staff, pupils and parents. 
  • Attend and participate in school events as a visible and positive presence.

 

Pupil Outcomes and the Curriculum:

  • Ensure suitable Safeguarding and SEND Policy and associated procedures are in place and monitor impact of arrangements for safeguarding pupils and their well being.
  • Work with the Head of Academy to monitor and evaluate the christian distinctiveness (in church academies) and ethos.
  • To take part in learning walks, arranged visits and events to understand the impact of the curriculum offer.
  • Challenge and support leaders to secure outstanding teaching provision and outcomes for all children.
  • Monitor the impact of the curriculum for all groups of pupils, especially the most vulnerable.
  • Monitor progress towards the success criteria of the Academy Development Plan.  
  • Reporting and communicating with the Board of Trustees through the Chairs Forum.
  • Seek to challenge the impact of academy plans and actions against national Benchmarking.
  • Review pupil experience through seeking views of pupils.
  • Review and work towards pupil admission numbers being full.
  • Review pupil attendance and punctuality.
  • Review pupil behaviour and safety.
  • Be available and well informed in order to support the school during an Ofsted inspection, meeting with inspectors to talk knowledgeably about the strengths and challenges in the school. 
  • Monitor the Single Central Record (SCR).

Risk Management:

  • The Local Ethos & Governance Committee will keep under review and contribute to the academy/academies risk  register.

Named Committee Members with responsibilities:

  • Safeguarding (to be appointed at the first meeting).
  • SENDCo (to be appointed at the first meeting).
  • Ethos & Christian Distinctiveness  (to be appointed at the first meeting).
  • Pupil Premium (to be appointed at the first meeting).

Church Schools, in addition to the above, will have additional roles and responsibilities