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Governance functions

Effective governance is crucial to the success of schools and academy trusts. It provides confident, strategic leadership and creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance. The key elements of effective governance are set out in the Governance Handbook, and can be summarised as:

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy;
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance and effectively manages risk;
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity;
  • Structures which reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities;
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements; and
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

Governance roles and responsibilities within our multi academy trust

The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and may exercise all the powers of the academy trust. Their focus is on the three core functions of governance:

  1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

As a charitable company limited by guarantee, our academy trust has Members who have a range of powers, including to sign and amend the articles, appoint and remove trustees, and receive the annual accounts. In line with Department for Education guidance, our Trust has five Members, of which the majority are independent of the Board of Trustees to enable them to exercise their powers more objectively.

Governance functions can be delegated by the board to local governing bodies (LGBs) or other committees overseeing one or a cluster of schools. Belleville's local governing body (LGB) works as a team of local governors to oversee the school and make sure it provides a good quality education for its pupils. It is made up of parent governors, community governors and staff governors.