Trust Board Committees

The following are Committees of the Trust Board:

Admissions

Constitution

  • Two Trustees
  • Chief Executive
  • Chair of Local Ethos & Governance Committee

Key Responsibilities

  • To discharge the functions conferred on it by relevant Education Acts and Regulations.
  • To act in accordance with any Trust Deed for the school (as long as this does not contravene any statutory requirements).
  • To recommend to the Full Board the Admissions Policies following review and to be determined by Full Board by 28th February each year.
  • To ensure that the consultation process is carried out in accordance with guidance contained in the School Admissions Code (2014).
  • To oversee the ranking by the Admissions Officer of all applications in accordance with the current determined admissions policy
    to establish a procedure by which admission appeals can be heard in accordance with the guidance contained in the School Admissions Appeals Code (2012).
  • To ensure the academy continues to serve the needs of the whole community within the area served by the academy/school.
  • To publish the Admissions Arrangements on the website by 15 March each year.

Chairs Forum

Constitution

  • All Chairs of Local Ethos & Governance Committees (Vice Chairs may attend in their temporary absence).
  • An appointed Trustee.
  • The Chief Executive Officer or their representative.
  • The Director of Education or their representative.

Key Responsibilities

  • To act on behalf of the Board of Trustees, in line with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation.
  • To provide an environment for open and honest communication and discussion on matters of celebration or improvement.
  • To monitor that the highest possible standards are set and maintained in all the academies across the Trust, reporting on individual academy performance.
  • To ensure the christian distinctiveness and ethos are upheld in our church academies.
  • To contribute to and be advised of strategic developments of the Trust and individual academies.
  • To receive information updates from the Board of Trustees.
  • To ensure that the information from the Board is disseminated to the Local Ethos & Governance Committees.
  • To provide feedback on areas of consultation requested by the Board.
  • To agree relevant items to be taken to the Full Board.
  • How effective is the Trust support and is it adding value to our schools?
  • How effectively are the schools contributing to the Trust success?

Finance, Audit/Fraud & Risk

Constitution

  • Three Trustees
  • Chief Executive (or representative)

Key Responsibilities

  • To maintain an oversight of the Trust’s financial, governance, risk management and internal control systems.
  • To report its findings termly and annually to the Trust Board and the Accounting Officer as a critical element of the Trust’s annual reporting requirements.
  • The Committee has no executive powers or operational responsibilities/duties.

HR & Remunerations

Constitution

  • Three Trustees
  • Chief Executive (or representative)

Key Responsibilities

  • In consultation with the CEO, and giving consideration to the Vision Realisation Strategy and Trust Strategic Priorities review the staffing structure annually.
  • To review proposed salary awards and pay scales used by the trust; to conduct detailed analysis of proposed senior staff ie: CEO and Trust Executive Team.
  • To implement the Trust’s pay policy for all members of staff.
  • To implement Trust procedures for dealing with discipline, grievance, recruitment & selection and redundancy and ensure that staff are informed of these.
  • To implement the Trust Appraisal policies.
  • To ensure that staff are consulted on changes to policies whenever required.
  • To consider arrangements for appointing all staff (externally & internally) and delegation in line with the Scheme of Delegation – HR levels of authority.
  • To ensure work/life balance issues for all staff are given proper consideration when making decisions and that the working conditions and wellbeing of the staff are kept under review.