The Board is a corporate entity and is the accountable body for Cleves Cross Learning Trust. As the accountable body, the Board is the key decision maker. It delegates some operational matters to executive leaders and governance functions to committees but the Board remains accountable and responsible for all decisions made and executive leaders operate within the autonomy, powers and functions delegated to them by the Board.
The Board’s role is a strategic one compared to that of the Trust’s CEO and senior leaders who are responsible for the operational work undertaken by the schools in the Trust. The Board avoids routine involvement in operational matters. In effect, the Board of Trustees commissions work to be then undertaken by the CEO and senior leaders. Decisions made by the Board are made in the best interest of all pupils in the Trust and in line with the Trust’s charitable objects.
The focus of the Board’s work is on the three core functions of governance:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the Trust and its pupils;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the Trust and making sure its money is well spent.
The Board of Trustees retains exclusive responsibility for the following aspects of the Trust’s work:
i. Delivery of the Trust’s charitable objects for the public benefit;
ii. Ensuring compliance with the Trust’s duties under company law and charity law and any agreements made with the DfE, including the Funding Agreement;
iii. The determination of the educational character and mission of the Trust;
iv. Ensuring the solvency of the Trust and safeguarding its assets;
v. The appointment or dismissal of the following roles: CEO and CFO. In the case of Headteachers, representatives from the appropriate LGB will also be involved;
vi. Ensuring the continued charitable status of the company;
vii. Setting key strategic objectives and reviewing performance against these;
viii. Reviewing the Trust’s Strategic Plan;
ix. Determining the establishment, constitution, membership, proceedings, delegated powers and functions of the LGBs;
x. Approval of all statutory policies across the Trust;
xi. Approval of the Trust’s year end accounts and report;
xii. Entering into all contracts on behalf of the Trust;
xiii. Authorising expenditure or income in line with the Scheme of Delegation;
xiv. Approving the pay structure for the Trust.
The Board of Trustees meets 6 times per year, with sub-groups meeting for specific reasons as and when this is required.