Governance Overview

All academy trusts are held to account in their capacity as charities by the Charities Commission. The Education Funding Agency (EFA) holds academy trusts to account as central government public bodies for their finances and OFSTED holds them to account for academies’ teaching. At a local level, they are answerable to other stakeholders including parents, their pupils and the local community.

Our Members, Trustees and Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability across our family of academies. We recognise these individuals as being absolutely key to the effectiveness of our academies and our trust as a whole. Time and time again Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing board.

Tier One: Members

Our Members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the trust’s articles of association. Their key purpose is to hold the Board of Trustees to account and ensure that the trust is well run and well managed. Members must meet annually although they may meet more frequently.

Tier Two: Trustees

The Board of Trustees are responsible for determining the overall strategic direction and development of the trust through good governance and clear strategic planning, to ensure that it delivers the best possible outcomes for children and young people. The Board ensures compliance with the legal and financial requirements under company and charity law, and under agreements made with the Department for Education (DfE). This is a position with a term of four years and involves meetings approximately every month. 

The CELT Board of Trustees has four standing committees: Audit and Finance; Staffing and Remuneration; Quality Assurance; and Estates, IT and Climate Change.

Tier Three: Local Governors

The Local Governing Bodies (LGB) are responsible for carrying our trust vision forwards, based on the specific qualities and community characteristics of the individual academy and in line with delegated authority as set out in our governance schedules of delegation. They are expected to question and challenge academy leadership and to hold them to account. This is a position with a term of four years and invoves meetings approximately every half term.

The LGB is not legally responsible for the statutory functions (which rests with the Board of Trustees), but has an important role in challenging and supporting the academy to operate effectively in line with the responsibilities defined by the Trustees.

Ethical Standards

Our Members, Trustees and Governors abide by the Seven Principles of Public Life which are: Selflessness; Integrity; Objectivity; Accountability; Openness; Honesty; and Leadership.