Finham Park Multi Academy Trust is an exempt charity; this means we operate like any other charity but are not regulated by the Charity Commission but instead overseen by an alternative regulator, in this case the Secretary of State for Education.

The main documents that set out how we operate are our Articles of Association, which set our internal structure, and the Master Funding Agreement, which is the legal contract with the Secretary of State under which we run our schools. In addition, there are separate Supplemental Funding Agreements for each individual school.

We are also governed by the Department for Education's Academies Financial Handbook and various pieces of legislation relating to both schools and charities.

Our governance structures

  • Our formal structures are designed to give robust oversight and management of our schools, without unnecessarily restricting innovation.
    We have five Members, including the Trust chairman Mr Peter Burns MBE, who are responsible for appointing Directors to the Trust Board.
  • Trust Directors provide strategic oversight and ensure the Trust meets it legal obligations, both directly and through committees.
  • Formulation of strategy and day to day operations are delegated to the Executive Headteacher, Mr Mark Bailie. He is supported by our school headteachers and professional experts within our central support services team.
  • Our headteachers are challenged and supported by Local Governing Bodies. Our governors are largely appointed, ensuring we have the balance of skills required to oversee a modern school.
  • Parental opinion is gathered through three elected parent governors.
  • Our Headteachers also frequently meet with parents at open evenings and other events, and all our schools operate a Student Voice model to encourage young people to take an active part in their own education.

Code of Conduct

All individuals involved at every level of Governance are asked to read and sign our Code of Conduct annually.

Governors Code of Practice

Trust Members

Trust Board of Directors

Board of Directors Terms of Reference 2019-2020