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Leger Education Trust

Leger Education Trust

Academy Governing Body

Leger Education Trust is run by a Board of Trustees. These Trustees will be appointed by the Members of the Trust.  The Trust delegations are based on a “full” model of delegation with earned autonomy based upon:

  • Academic performance;
  • Financial performance, and;
  • Compliance within the regulatory framework that all academies must operate within

The Board of Trustees retains overall responsibility and ultimate decision-making authority for all the work of the Trust regardless of delegation outlined within this document; in line with the direct responsibility to the Members to ensure the Trust’s charitable objects are met and to the Secretary of State for Education as the Principal Regulator. Therefore, the Board of Directors is ultimately entitled to:

  • Overrule a decision of an Academy Governing Body;
  • Remove delegated powers from an Academy Governing Body, and;
  • In the most serious of situations, replace or suspend an Academy Governing Body.

Although Leger Education Trust is based on a “full” model of delegation, Trustees will monitor the performance across all the Academies within the Trust.  The policy sets out a number of ‘triggers’ which would result in the Trust CEO intervening and agreeing a plan of action to support the Academy going forward.  These will be reported to Trustees at their Board meeting and therefore will be scrutinised termly as well as each academic year. 

The level of intervention and support will be dependent on the need and requirement of the Academy to improve and will be agreed between the Trustees, CEO, and Academy Principal (unless this is not appropriate). 

Examples of performance indicators within the Performance Escalation and Intervention Policy include:

  • Performance of school (outcomes);
  • Leadership and Management quality;
  • Quality of Teaching and Learning across school;
  • Safeguarding – in general and as a result of a specific incident;
  • Whistle-blowing, and;
  • Financial impropriety.

Governors in a Academy Governing Board carry the three main core functions as details in the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook (same as those of a Trustee):

  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.

The Academy Governing Boards are sub committees to the Board of Trustees. The delegation covers procedural and statutory powers for the operational life of each academy. It plays a key role in the life of each Academy and has responsibility, working with the Senior Leadership Team to improve every aspect of the Academy.

Each Academy will have an Academy Governing Board (AGB) with at least two committees; Standards and Outcomes and Finance and Resources. 

All Academies AGB's will have at least 9 governors. Where Academies join the Trust, every effort will be made to either increase or reduce the AGB's to the required number of 9 in a timely period. Typically, AGB's carry out the same functions regardless of their level of delegation and focus on the day to day running of the academy, carrying out the Trust's vision, policies and priorities, supporting and holding the academy leadership to account.

The structure of the membership should comprise of: 

  • Chair (Trust appointed)
  • Headteacher/Head of School (Trust appointed)
  • 5 Governors (Trust appointed)
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 2 Staff Governors

Governor Details

The Governor details can be found on the individual school websites below:

Academy Governing Boards will meet three times per year and will receive statutory and agreed reports from:

  • School/Academy Headteachers
  • Finance and Resources Committee (where this meets as a separate committee)
  • Standards and Outcomes Committee