Reflecting the nature of the academy as a charity, a company and a school, the Directors of the Academy Trust are company directors, charity trustees and school governors and they have legal duties under company law, charity law and education law. In practice, because governors have always had a general duty to act in good faith and in the best interests of the school, the duties of directors and trustees are not that different to those they have as governors.
The Directors of the Academy Trust are responsible for the strategic development of the School. The core functions are to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction, to hold the Head to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and to oversee financial performance making sure that money is well spent.
Directors of the Academy Trust
We are a corporate body made up of eleven foundation directors appointed by the Diocesan Bishop, five parent directors elected by parents, two staff directors elected by staff and the Headmaster. We have a wide range of skills and experience between us – law, finance, journalism, media, education, communications – which helps us carry out our strategic role and we have access to training courses offered by the borough, the diocese and others to make sure we keep up to date with changes in legislation and practice.
Exercise of functions
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Like all companies, the academy trust has a memorandum and articles of association. The memorandum sets out the names of the initial members of the academy trust and the articles are the rules that govern the running of the company. The terms upon which the academy trust is funded are set out in a Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.
The Directors of the Academy Trust meet twice a term to conduct business. Many aspects of our strategic work are carried out by committees, which meet regularly throughout the year, or by lead directors who visit the School to focus on a particular area. We have agreed a scheme of delegation and terms of reference which clearly define the responsibilities of committees.
What we have been doing
We will publish an annual statement setting out the key issues that we have faced and addressed over the last year, including an assessment of the impact of the work of the directors on the school.
The minutes of our meetings can be accessed using the menu option below. Minutes will be available on the website a week after they have been agreed by the directors.
Becoming a director of the academy trust
The next election for a parent director will be held in 2020. The clerk will write to all parents with information about the process. Alternatively, if you would like to serve as a foundation governor or director in a school in the Diocese of Westminster, please see http://rcdow.org.uk/education/governors/serving-as-a-governor/. For information about the role of directors, please follow the link below.