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Become a School Governor

Governor Vacancies

The Trust will advertise vacancies and elections for its academies on the website. We have a scheme of delegation that sets out the code of conduct for governors and effective governance, which is based on 6 key features:

  1. Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy

  2. Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance

  3. People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity

  4. Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities

  5. Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements

  6. Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance

The Characteristics of Governance

  • The Members and Trustees, as well as the individuals associated with it, will be required to uphold the seven principles of public life (selflessness, objectivity, integrity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.) The Chair of the Trustees is pivotal in setting the direction and structures for the Trust and develop a positive working relationships between the Board, the executive leaders and Trust staff.

  • The skills required for governance of the Trust will be identified explicitly and set out in a role specification that informs the recruitment and appointment of people to the Board and any LGBs for their skills, as well as informing elections where applicable.

  • Trustees will take their own professional development seriously and will be inducted properly when they are new to the Board, continuing to undertake training to continue to develop their skills.

  • The Board will evaluate its own effectiveness, particularly as the Trust will be new and growing, including commissioning external reviews of governance to gain an independent external perspective of their strengths and areas for development.

  • The Board and its executive leaders will be transparent with any school looking to join the Trust about the level of delegated power at local level and the circumstances in which this may vary over time, such as through earned-autonomy, with no duplication between the roles of executive Trust leaders and LGBs in holding individual school leadership to account.

  • The Board will receive management and dashboard information in a standardised and easily accessible format to enable comparison of the performance of our schools.

There will be effective and meaningful arrangements in place to engage with parents and the wider community to seek their views and feedback, which in turn will inform the scrutiny provided by Trustees and the accountability framework.