Governance & Finance
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We have established a Trust known as 'Believe Academy Trust', which is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and as such we are required to comply with 'The Companies Act 2006' (www.companieshouse.gov.uk). Members and Trustees are listed on our website and contained within the Annual report which forms part of the Annual Accounts. A range of documents appertaining to our Trust are available to view or download from our website.
In accordance with the Academies Financial Handbook there are requirements placed on Multi Academy Trusts to publish key information linked to Governance arrangements. These consists of:
- the structure and remit of the members, board of trustees, its committees and local governing bodies, and the full names of the chair of each
- for each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
- for each trustee who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
- For each local governor who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (where applicable), who appointed them (in accordance with the trust’s articles), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions
- for each trustee their attendance records at board and committee meetings over the last academic year
- for each local governor their attendance records at local governing body meetings over the last academic year (contained on individual academy websites)
If you wish to view this information this can be located in the Trust Governance Statement.
Click here to view the Trust Governance Statement
Trust Governance Structure
We are one legal entity with one set of articles governing all our Academies. We have a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State, plus supplemental funding agreements with each of our academies.
Between the Trust and each Academy there is a Scheme of Delegation. We have two Schemes of Delegation for Academy Governing Bodies. Both are designed to provide clarity and define responsibilities. The scheme designed for Good and Outstanding academies gives greater delegated powers to the individual academy and its’ local governance. Academies rated Requires Improvement or Inadequate need more support to help them become Good or better, therefore this is reflected in the Scheme of Delegation designed for their current situation. Essentially this second Scheme of Delegation gives more authority to the CEO and Board to help the Headteacher and Academy Governing Body (in this case Academy Council) to achieve rapid improvement. The aim is to ensure that all our Academies operate under the first Scheme of Delegation in time.
We believe that supportive networks, high quality service and challenging conversations are the key to sustainable growth.
If you wish to contact the Board directly this can be done through the following mechanisms:
Post: FAO Chair, of Trustees, Southwark Primary School, Park Lane, Old Basford, Nottingham, NG6 0DT