Welcome to Armthorpe Shaw Wood Academy Trust. Please find all the information relating to how the Trust is structured along with further documentation such as our memorandum of association and scheme of delegation.
Members hold the trust board to account for the effective governance of the trust but have a minimal role in the actual running of the trust. It is the trustee board, not the members, who are the organisation’s key decision makers. However, there are some critical decisions that sit with the members, especially if the trust is failing.
Members are essential to the integrity of an academy trust governance structure. They are the last line of defence from failures of governance and failure to uphold the charitable purpose of the organisation. Members must therefore remain informed of trust performance and be clear on how to appropriately interact with the trustee board.
Trustees act together to carry out 3 main functions:
1. ensuring there is clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff.
3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.
National Governance Association recognises the following as the fourth core function of governance:
4. ensuring the voices of stakeholders are heard.
Trustees are responsible for governing a charitable company and directing how it is managed and run. Trustees must also ensure that the trust complies with all legal and statutory requirements. Trustees should seek the advice of the board’s governance professional and other professional advice as appropriate. This is the main difference between a Trustee and a School Governor, though often the words are used interchangeably.
For more information about our Trustees, please look at the governor’s page of the website.
As a trust our senior leadership team also have some additional responsibilities.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chief Accounting Officer (CAO) roles are held by our headteacher, Nicola Parker-Watts
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) role is carried out by the school’s Business Manager, Matt Ridley