Giving our leaders time to focus on what matters most
We recognise that our academy leaders need time to focus on the strategic leadership of school improvement.
Our central services teams aim to free up more of our academy leaders’ time by providing professional operational management support. A key function is to provide our academy leaders with assurance that, within a continually changing political and legal landscape, they are keeping up with statutory requirements, school compliance obligations and management of risk.
Central accounting function
Single bank account
Single VAT registration
Central management of budgets
Compliance with financial regulations
Single employer/trust employment contracts
HR related safeguarding procedures, including Safer Recruitment processes and SCR
Compliance with HR regulations
Single HMRC and payroll reference
Single payroll system
Single LGPS pension pot
Internet, firewall and WAN connectivity
Compliance with IT regulations
Single ICO registration
Central management of FOI requests
Compliance with SAR procedures
Common framework for H&S procedures and records
Compliance with premises and operations regulations
Compliance with SEND regulations
Our academies pay an annual central services charge at a flat rate across the trust which is generally no more than 5% of their general annual grant income. This funds the cost of trust governance, executive leadership and central services management.
The financial sustainability of our trust is as important as its academic sustainability. In order to continue to support our academies, we aim to continue to be a robust and efficient organisation which is effective at maximising resources and potential.