GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE & BOARD ROLES

The Oak Trees Multi Academy Trust was established in 2017 with a clear Governance structure in place.

The Members of the Oak Trees Multi Academy Trust are, in essence, the shareholders of the company. This is currently a group of 5 people, appointed by the original MAT schools at the time the MAT was set up, with 1 Member originating from each of the founding 5 schools. The members have three functions:

  • Approve the Trust accounts and appoint the auditors.

  • Appoint governors.

  • Appoint the Chief Executive.

This group meets up to 3 times annually and has a small number of annual statutory functions to carry out.

The Trustees of  Oak Trees Multi Academy Trust have a range of powers and responsibilities which they are legally required to carry out, working in close partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Finance Officer and  Academy Principals to ensure that the academies provide the best possible education for all students and comply fully with the Academies Financial Handbook .

The Trust Board considers the vision and aims of Oak Trees and its academies, as well as strategy and policy to deliver its key objectives. It has ultimate responsibility for all budgets, salaries and safeguarding.

Apart from ensuring good governance, the Board’s primary objectives are to assist the Executive in delivering the best possible outcomes for all students, and to hold the Executive to account for the ways in which this is carried out.

The Board ensures good governance by delegating some of their responsibilities to Committees and individual Trustees: (please see below the named Trustees in each role/committee and committee terms of reference):

  1. Finance  and Resources Committee - Alan Wilson - Chair, Adam Boddison and Richard Taylor - contact via admin@oaktreesmat.co.uk

  2. Standards Committee - Jane Owens, Chair at chair@oaktreesmat.co.uk and Sue Cotton via admin@oaktreesmat.co.uk

  3. Nominated Safeguarding Trustee – Jane Owens at chair@oaktreesmat.co.uk

  4. Nominated Vulnerable Pupils Trustee – Sue Cotton at admin@oaktreesmat.co.uk

The Local Governing Bodies

Each Local Governing Body has an individual academy remit, which enables it to focus on the performance and scrutiny of teaching and learning; student behaviour, attendance, safety and wellbeing; and stakeholder engagement.

For details of current local governing body membership, including business and pecuniary interest as well as meeting attendance information, please see the governance section of the relevant academy website.