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Trust Governance and Staffing

Effective governance is at the heart of any successful school, academy or multi-academy trust and we have worked hard to make sure our governance model will deliver this. Our Governance aligns with the DfE guidance on governance in MATs and also draws upon our own experience as well as that of other successful Trusts across England. 

Our Trustees oversee the Inspiring Futures Partnership Trust and are accountable for the performance and success of all the IFPT academies.

Their key roles are:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust

2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of IFPT, its pupils and staff

3. Overseeing the financial performance of IFPT

4. Ensuring compliance with government and ESFA requirements, company law and charity law

The Board of Trustees works directly with the Executive Principal and the senior leaders of the Trust’s Academies. The Trust’s flexible scheme of delegation clearly states who is accountable for key responsibilities.

For further detail about the Trustees of the Inspiring Futures Partnership Trust click here

The Members

The Members are akin to the shareholders of a company and have ultimate control over the organisation. Inspiring Futures Partnership Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The Members monitor the work of the Trust Board to ensure that it is upholding the vision and values of the Trust. Members have a range of unique powers/responsibilities, including to sign and amend the articles, appoint and remove Trustees, and receive the annual accounts.

Governance Structure

Members have ultimate accountability and can remove and appoint trustees.

Trustees deliver the three core functions of governance:

1. Providing clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2. Holding Executive Principal to account

3. Overseeing financial performance

Co-opted Trustees are Trustees who have been appointed by the other Trustees. Inspiring Futures Partnership Trust can have up to three Co-opted Trustees.

Executive Principal will also be a Principal of one of the academies whilst the MAT is still relatively small in size. The Executive Principal will also be the MAT's Accounting Officer.

Principal Trustee will be the Principal of each additional academy in the MAT, accountable to the Executive Principal. As each new academy joins our Trust another Principal Trustee will be added to the Board of Trustees.


Future Structure

The proposed structure is designed to provide effective and cost efficient governance for our MAT whilst it is in its infancy. We anticipate the need to restructure our MAT governance as we grow.

The Trust, whilst small, will not be appointing Local Governing Bodies and regular committees, with the exception of a Finance Committee. Trustees will all be allocated MAT wide committee responsibilities and meetings will be convened when required. It is our intention to deal with all matters during the six Board of Trustees meetings held each academic year. The Board of Trustees will be acting in the best interests of all academies in the MAT; the Principal of each academy will be reporting to the Board and will provide advice and guidance to inform decision making and strategy. This will ensure representation and prevent decisions being removed from the point of impact. Operating in this way means that the Trust will retain responsibility for all governance functions for all academies and so does not require a formal scheme of governance delegation.

Interested in joining our Board of Trustees?

The Trust is always looking to strengthen our Board of Trustees from professionals with a wide range of relevant skills and experience.  Applications are sought from suitable candidates irrespective of gender, race or ethnicity, disability, age or religion.  Trustees will be required to make a public declaration of interests when appointed and if it is anticipated that any significant conflict of interest could occur on appointment, this could impact an application/nomination.  If a candidate’s application/nomination is successful an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will have to be obtained.

For more information about becoming a Trustee please contact the Trust office on 01494 535564 or email office@cvpa.school