Reach2 Academy Trust Governance
REAch2 Academy Trust is a charitable voluntary organisation, which relies on the valuable input of a considerable number of non-executive volunteers, supported by an experienced team of staff. Due to the size of the organisation and the number of schools for which it is responsible, coupled with its drive for accountability, it is also a complex organisation with various important elements of governance.
Effective governance in our large Academy Trust is supported by the following:
- Trust Members – the guardians of the constitution
- Trust Board – the Directors / Trustees
- Trust Board sub-committees – made up of Trust Board members
- Cluster Boards – including the Cluster Non-Executive Representatives
- Local Governing Bodies – the Local Governors
- The Executive Team – the Chief Executive Officer (the CEO), the Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer (together the Executive Leaders) and their respective teams
The Trust Board delegates authority to the following key groups in order to ensure the effective leadership and governance of the Academy Trust:
- Trust Board Committees populated entirely or largely by trustees (Education and Standards, Risk and Audit, Finance, HR, Estates & Free Schools and the Remuneration Committee)
- Executive leadership and management team (the Executive Team)
- Cluster Boards – these are committees that provide additional area governance for the Academies
- Local Governing Bodies for each Academy
In September 2019 a new Cluster based Governance model was introduced. With two Directors of Education, each Cluster is led by a Deputy Director of Education.
The relationship between the Trust Board and the Executive Team, the Cluster Boards and the Local Governing Bodies is characterised as a partnership to realise a common vision and a common purpose. In the case of the Cluster Boards and the Local Governing Bodies the relationship between the three tiers of governance is also based on the principles of:
- no duplication of governance
- governance should be as close as possible to the point of impact of decision-making
- risk Management is a key feature of Cluster Boards’ activities as well as being integrated fully across all layers of governance including at Local Governing bodies
The Terms of Reference and the Roles and Functions Overview provides clarity as to who the decision makers are for different levels of decisions. Effectiveness of both management and governance is supported through clarity over who holds the decision-making responsibility and who supports and advises the decision makers.