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Finham Park converted from a single to a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) in March 2015. Other schools in the MAT as of 1.9.17
|School name||School type||Phase||Joining/Conversion|
|Finham Park 2||Free School||Sec||September 2015|
|Finham Primary||Maintained||Pri||April 2016|
|Lyng Hall||Maintained||Sec||July 2016|
|Pearl Hyde Primary||Maintained||Pri||September 2019|
The diagram below illustrates an overview of governance:
Figure 1. Finham Park MAT Overview
‘Members’ of the MAT will hold overall responsibility for the performance of all schools in the group. They will appoint a Board of Directors who will in turn be responsible for monitoring the delegated responsibilities held at Local Governing Body (LGB) level (please refer to Scheme of Delegation below).
The Trustees at Finham Park School have established a clear process for ensuring governor vacancies are filled by individuals who have the correct knowledge and skills set necessary to ensure they have the capacity to make a positive contribution to the work of the governing body. The process includes the following stages, and would be applied to appointing new governors to any school LGB:
Parent & Staff Governors via elective process
2 x Co-opted vacancies
Role: Overall strategic responsibility for the Trust and the appointment of Directors.
Terms of reference: To determine the board of directors
Terms of reference for the board: Strategic oversight, setting visions and policies for the Trust, governance, contractual relationships with third parties
Vision and Accountability
Appointments and training
The Chair will be appointed by the Trust. The board will appoint chairs to lead each of the 4 LGBs from this board.
Example of core agenda for a Board meeting
Appointments and training
Example of core agenda for a Local Governing Body:
The committees will report to Board meetings through the year after the first Board of Directors Meeting has taken place in September.
Key expectations. The head teacher of each school will provide the following as a minimum for the LGB and a summary for the board of Directors:
The Multi-Academy trust will be accountable externally through OFSTED inspections; the range of required auditing processes prescribed by the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency. There will also be a rolling programme of reviews led by the Executive Headteacher and external consultants who will be appointed according to a best value process.
This will be covered by a policy document. Directors or governors will be expected to declare any conflict of interest before an agenda item is discussed and withdraw from the meeting for that item.
The trust will appoint its own clerk to work across all of the meetings and ensure a consistent approach to the organisation; agenda setting; conduct and recording of meeting business.
The levels of governance have been deliberately designed to allow limited overlap of membership. This is to ensure clear and consistent communication of information from one level to another in either direction and for the Board to receive first-hand accounts of LGB activity. The size of the Board is sufficient to ensure that the LGB will remain accountable and subject to independent challenge.
As the MAT develops in the future and new LGB members with relevant and desired skill sets are appointed, there is both the capacity and flexibility for current Board members to resign from LGB duties.
How will we monitor continued training and support?
Each Local Governing Body will have a named governor responsible for the oversight of ongoing training and development for governors. All LGB governors will have individual training records maintained by the Clerk to the MAT.
The LGB governor responsible for training and support will report to a named Board Director who, with the support of the Executive Headteacher, will ensure a consistent approach to training across the MAT. Termly reports from each LGB will reference governor training attendance and impact.
How will we ensure governors understand and interpret data and how will we ensure they get to know the school they are on the LGB for?
Board Directors will receive regular training on the use of educational data from the Executive Headteacher (qualified Ofsted Inspector). This will be updated on an annual basis and as necessary when specific data reports are being analysed – for example Raiseonline/Data Dashboard / DfE Performance Table data.
The Coventry Improvement Partner (serving or recently retired HMI) will be used to provide external support and challenge to governors with respect to their use of data.
LGB Governors will be party to an annual programme of school visits where data training will be just one element of a range of activities delivered by school leaders, ensuring knowledge is up to date and relevant. LGB governors will also be linked to subject departments to ensure they are able to exercise their duty to support and challenge the work of the school and to gain more detailed knowledge about certain aspects of school life.
Coventry City Council Governor Support services will be utilised where necessary to provide additional support / update training for governors.
New Governors will undergo an induction process and be linked with ‘governor buddies’ – experienced governors who will offer more informal support as necessary.