The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
Our governance structures bring rigour, challenge and accountability. Those involved in our governance at all levels share a common objective, a determination to secure the best possible life chances for the children and young people in our care.
The Scheme of Governance has been made by the Trustees of The Priory School Trust to set out a framework under which the Academy Trust is governed and managed, and in particular:
All Multi Academy Trusts (MATS) have Members and Trustees who are legally accountable to the Secretary of State for Education for the performance and operation of the MAT.
Members are responsible for forming the company and have an overview of the governance arrangements of the trust. Members are independent of the Trustees, providing oversight and challenge.
Trustees play an important role within a multi academy trust: they ensure that the academy trust's charitable objectives are being met, maintain an overview of the effectiveness of the trust structure and have the power to appoint and remove trustees.
The multi-academy board of trustees is responsible for setting high standards and levels of student achievement and for monitoring performance and ensuring accountability. It is tasked with driving continuous improvement through regular review planning and evaluation activities. It also manages corporate communication and stakeholder engagement. Once strategies have been agreed, the board delegates most operational activity to the executive leadership team.
Local Governing Bodies (LGB)
There is a Local Governing Body for each of the schools within The Priory School Trust. The LGB is responsible for scrutiny of decisions made in school and for driving improvement, and the processes and policies which allows the school to work effectively and appropriately.