Governance and Finance Information

Working together in partnership, freeing resources to make your money go further, reducing administrative burdens, investing in ongoing professional development at all levels, connecting the whole of the learning community together, building system capacity, investing in staff engagement, making the school site work for you and respecting academy ‘individuality’.

Believe it. Together we can make a difference.

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' ( 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.

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.


Believe Academy Trust statement of accounts 2017