The arrangements for governance within Challenger Multi Academy Trust are set out in the scheme of delegation which comprises:
These documents can be accessed on the academy website.
The Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The functions of the Trust are discharged by its various boards, committees and key posts. In summary these are:
As charitable companies limited by guarantee every trust has members who have a similar role to the shareholders of a company limited by shares. They:
As responsibility to conduct the business of the trust in accordance with company and charity law, sits with the Trustees, members are ‘eyes on and hands off’ and avoid compromising the Board’s discretion in exercising its responsibilities. However, if the governance of the Trust by the Board of Trustees becomes dysfunctional the Members will have a strong interest in ensuring the Board has sufficient plans to address the issues.
The Board of Trustees manages the business of the academy trust and should focus strongly on the three core functions of governance:
The Trustees must ensure compliance with the Trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law, and adherence to the Trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.
The Trustees are also company directors for CMAT.
The Board can delegate tasks to committees and individuals but is always accountable for these tasks.
The CMAT Trustees, acting as a board, are permitted to exercise all the powers of the academy trust. The trustees delegate certain governance functions and details of these delegations are set out below.
The Trust must review its delegations at least annually and can have different delegations for each academy within the Trust depending on its circumstances.
The Board has established two committees to support and inform the overall work of the Board. The two committees are:
Each academy has an element of local governance and a Local Governing Body.
The LGB members for Kempston Challenger Academy are:
The LGB’s key responsibilities are:
More details are contained in the accountability matrix and the LGB terms of reference.
Declaration of Interests and Attendance
The declared interests of CMAT Members, Trustees and the LGB members and the attendance of Trustees and LGB members are shown in the attached link.
The CEO has overall responsibility for all operational matters with CMAT and delivering its strategic objectives as he agreed by the Board. The CEO is directly accountable to the Board and is also the Accounting Officer for the Trust.
Headteachers, as the lead professional in each academy, are responsible for the day to day management of their academy. They report to and are held to account by the LGB for the academy.