The Mulberry Tree CE Trust, is a charitable company limited by guarantee (the liability of the members is set at £10 in the model Articles of Association).
We have three layers of governance:
- The Members, who operate at a strategic level with ultimate control over the direction of the Academy Trust
- The Trustees with responsibility for day-to-day management and operation of the Academy Trust
- The Local Governing Body with responsibility for providing focused governance for each Trust school
The functions of the members of the Academy Trust include:
- Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company.
- Taking part in Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings.
- Appointing some of the Trustees.
- Signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report.
- Power to amend the Articles of the company and, ultimately, to remove the Trustees.
Overall, Members usually have much more limited practical involvement in the management of the company than the Trustees.
The Trustees manage the Academy on behalf of the Academy Trust and the key responsibilities are to:
- Ensure the quality of educational provision.
- Challenge and monitor the performance of the schools in the multi academy trust.
- Manage the Academy Trust’s finances and property.
- Manage the staff.
- Exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out their duties.
- Ensure that the Academy Trust complies with charity and company law.
- Operate the Academy in accordance with the Funding Agreement that has been signed with the Secretary of State.
The Trustees have delegated the majority of the roles and responsibilities to the following committees which meet on a termly basis and report back to the full governing body:
- Finance and Audit Committee
- Personnel and Property Committee
- Standards Committee
The Local Governing Body
Local Governors contribute to the strategic direction of the academy and Trust by contributing to discussions at local governing body meetings which consider:
- vision and values;
- clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets;
- access of children, including those with special educational needs, to a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum;
- ensuring all groups and individuals are making good or better progress; the quality of teaching;
- the implementation of the Trust’s policies;
- the development of links with the local community; and
- the establishment of mechanisms to promote good parent/carer/family relations
- Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the academy’s performance.
- agreeing the outcomes from the academy’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the academy’s action and improvement plan;
- considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by academy leaders and external sources on all aspects of academy performance;
- asking challenging questions of academy leaders;
- ensuring senior leaders have implemented the required policies and procedures and the academy is operating effectively according to those policies;
- acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant academy priority; and
- listening to and reporting to the academy’s stakeholders: pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.