Equa Multi Academy Trust has three layers of governance to ensure robust leadership and full accountability. This is in accordance with our Memorandum and Articles of Association and Funding Agreements entered into with the Secretary of State.
Members, trustees and local governors give their time voluntarily and do not receive any payment. Their wide ranging skills and experience support our leadership teams to deliver excellence.
Members are accountable to the DfE and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. They sign off the Articles of Association and have the power to appoint and remove the trustees. One member is appointed by the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE) to ensure the Christian distinctiveness of each foundation school is maintained and enhanced throughout the governance structure and each foundation school.
The trustees set the strategic direction for the MAT and are accountable to the Secretary of State for the performance of the schools within it. This is set out in a legal document known as the ‘Funding Agreement’. As charity trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. High calibre trustees are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience as needed by the Board.
The Trust Board has three core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
- Holding the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils, and the performance management of staff.
- Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent.
The Scheme of Delegation sets out the delegated powers between the different bodies involved in the governance and operation of the Multi Academy Trust and member academies. It is the key document defining which functions within the Multi Academy Trust have been delegated and to whom. It provides a systematic way of ensuring members, trustees, committees (including local governing bodies), executive leadership and academy heads are clear about who has responsibility for making which decisions in the trust.
There are two committees of the Trust board. The committees are made up of three trustees and two local governing body representatives. The two committees School improvement and Standards, and Resources.
Local governing bodies
Each school has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors. The LGBs consist of parents and community representatives and support the directors and heads by adding local context and challenge to ensure each school delivers an excellent standard of education. LGBs have the governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board for their particular school through the Scheme of Delegation and are accountable to the Trust Board.