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Our Governance

Governance is an integral part of Trust business.  It is key to leadership and management and is at the heart of delivering educational excellence. 

Effective governance will help the Trust to achieve its overarching vision to ensure that all children and young people in our care have the opportunity to fulfill their potential through achieving highly, regardless of their ability or background.  

A strategy has been written with the three core functions of governance in mind:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The aim of governance is to provide the Trust Board with assurance of effective and sustainable leadership and management throughout the Trust. This will be monitored through the implementation of strategic objectives set out in the approved Trust Strategy document with assurance driven through the governance committee structure.

The Board will hold the Chief Executive to account for delivering the governance strategy, who in turn delegates the Executive responsibility to the Chief Operating Officer.  The operational responsibility is delegated to the Trust Governance  Manager. 

The committee structure will be carefully constructed to ensure robust accountability and oversight can be maintained without duplication of roles.  Closely aligning the governance cycle of meetings with the leadership and management cycle will ensure that those governing are having the correct conversations at the correct time with the most up to date information available to them in order to provide quality assurance to the Board. 

Diversity on the Board will ensure that each volunteer can bring a different perspective to constructive conversations to ensure the best outcomes for all pupils and young people.  Diversity will ensure the Board remains relatable to the community it serves and will ensure all decisions are made with the views of stakeholders in mind. 

The Trust has established a clear organisational structure with identified lines of accountability and reporting for all its operations.  This includes defining the responsibilities of the Trust Board and those responsibilities delegated to its Committees within the Trust.

The Trust Board has established a set of committees to whom it delegates specific roles and responsibilities as documented in their Terms of Reference:

  • Finance Audit and Risk
  • Standards
  • Resources

A Local Governing Body (LGB) will be established for each academy within The de Ferrers Trust. The LGB carry out the Trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy's key stakeholders (our students, parents, staff and members of the community).  They will play a support and challenge role and will seek assurances on behalf of the Trust Board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy as documented in their Terms of Reference.

For current Governor vacancies, please click here.

Further details of the Trust’s governance arrangements are contained within the documents below:Trust Governance Arrangements

Trust Scheme of Delegation

Governance documents

Articles of Association Memorandum of Association

Standard Terms of Reference

LGB Terms of ReferenceFAR Terms of Reference

Resources Committee Terms of ReferenceMaster Funding Agreement

Code of Conduct 2022Governance Calendar of Meetings 2023/24