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Local Governance Committees

There are the Local 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.

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


Local Governance Committees  are generally responsible for either a single school or a group of schools, within the following seven key areas:

  1. Supporting Strategic Leadership of academies in partnership with the Executive Team, Principal or Head of Academies, promoting the Trust’s vision, values and aims
  2. Monitoring of pupil welfare and pupil outcomes locally
  3. Support and challenge for Executive Heads, Principals and Heads.
  4. Compliance with all  policies including Statutory Compliance, Risk, Health & Safety.
  5. Forming subcommittees to manage Admissions, Exclusions  and Complaints.
  6. Oversight of Safeguarding.
  7. Succession planning for Local Committees

The role of the Local Governance 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 Trust academies.

Local Governance Committees play a key role in supporting the collective vision realisation of the Trust through:

  • Implementing the Trust’s Vision and Core Values.
  • Monitoring Academy Development Plans.
  • Supporting and holding the Head 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.

Local Governance Committees play a crucial role in enriching community, relationships and communication;  contributing to the collective effectiveness of academies and the Board of Trustees.

Two Parent Ambassadors are elected from each academy to support the work of the Local Governance Committees.

If appropriate, the Local Governance Committee may be organised and operate as two distinct groups – the Standards and Curriculum Group and the Community and Ethos Group:

Standards &Curriculum

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

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.

Church Schools

The composition of this Community and Ethos group may include Heads, Christian Distinctiveness Lead, Clergy, Parents, Church members. This group will always include a majority of foundation members.