Governance Structure

Great Oak Multi Academy Trust

Great Oak Multi Academy Trust is structured in accordance with its Memorandum and Articles of Association. There are three levels of governance within Great Oak Multi Academy Trust: the Members, The Trust Board of Directors, and the governors who make up the Local Governing Body for each academy in the Trust.

Members

The Trust comprises 3 Members. The 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 directors. The Members include representatives from the Diocese of Chelmsford. The majority of the Members are independent of the directors to provide challenge and scrutiny to the Board.

Directors/Trustees

The directors 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 directors are appointed for their skills, knowledge or experience as needed by the Board.

The Trust Board of Directors has three core functions:

            1          Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

            2          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

            3          Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent

The Trust Board meets at least four times a year: the first meeting in the autumn to elect the Chair and agree the Scheme of Delegation whereby governance functions are delegated to governors and committees.

Local Governing Bodies

Each school within the MAT has its own local governing body (LGB) which is a committee of the Trust Board of Directors. Local governing bodies have the governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board for their particular school and are accountable to the Board. 

Local Governing Bodies oversee different functions of the schools within the trust, including the monitoring of School Improvement and Standards; Safeguarding; Premises and Health & Safety; Finance; Special Educational Needs; Early Years, Curriculum; Parent & Community links and Personnel. The details of the chair and members of the LGBs are available on each of the school websites.

Our directors and local governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; from finance, legal, corporate business and education, with representation from parents, the parish and the local community. The term of office of directors is four years, apart from the CEO who is ex-officio.

The governance structure in place within the MAT delegates the 'business' matters of running a school to the Trust Board and administrative team, enabling the Headteachers to focus on teaching, learning and school improvement. Systems are in place for centralised HR processes; financial planning and internal control; premises management; and the reporting and benchmarking of school performance data.

Great Oak Multi Academy Trust Members

 

Member

 

Date appointed

Date stepped down

Reverend Canon David Tomlinson

CDET

Team Rector, Saffron Walden

1.1.2017

 

Reverend Timothy Elbourne

Diocese

Diocesan Director of Education, Chelmsford

 

1.1.2017

 

Andrew Taylor

Chair of Directors

1.1.2017

 

 

Great Oak Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors

September 2018 - August 2019

  

Name

Type

Office

Term

Date stepped down

Number of possible Full Directors’ Meetings

Number of Full Directors’ Meetings attended

Andrew Armour

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

2

2

 

Gary Benn

 

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

2

1

David Boatman

Foundation

Vice Chair

23/12/2020

 

2

2

Melissa Challinor

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

2

1

 

John Luke

 

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

2

1

Sarah Mitchell

CEO

 

CEO

Executive Headteacher

Ex-Officio

 

2

2

Andrew Taylor

Foundation

Chair

23/12/2020

 

2

2

 

 

Tom Bennett

Clerk to the Directors

 

Great Oak Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors

September 2017 - August 2018

  

Name

Type

Office

Term

Date stepped down

Number of possible Full Directors’ Meetings

Number of Full Directors’ Meetings attended

Andrew Armour

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

5

5

Gary Benn

 

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

5

4

David Boatman

Foundation

Vice Chair

23/12/2020

 

5

4

Melissa Challinor

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

5

4

Joanna Grandfield

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 11/09/2017

N/A

 

Lisa Jeremy

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 16/05/2018

3

3

John Luke

 

Foundation

 

23/12/2020

 

5

3

Sarah Mitchell

CEO

 

CEO

Executive Headteacher

Ex-Officio

 

5

5

Andrew Taylor

Foundation

Chair

23/12/2020

 

5

5

 

 

Tom Bennett

Clerk to the Directors

 

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