Governance Arrangements

Droylsden Academy Governance Arrangements – January 2022

Constitution

After 12 years of existence as a Single Academy Trust, from 1 January 2022, Droylsden Academy became the founding school within the Tame River Educational Trust (TRET), a new Multi-Academy Trust. TRET is constituted as a charitable company limited by guarantee and is registered with Companies House (Company Registration No. 6731528).

The Charitable Company’s Articles of Association is the primary governing document of the Academy Trust.

The Secretary of State enters into a Funding Agreement with the Academy Trust (rather than the sponsor) for the running of the Academy schools.

Academies were originally established as registered charities (registered and regulated by the Charity Commission). However, on 1 August 2011 all academies became ‘exempt’ charities, with the Secretary of State as the Principal Regulator. They were removed from the Charity Commission register on this date.

Members

The Members of the Tame River Educational Trust shall comprise:

  • The Foundation / Sponsor body
  • Up to 2 persons appointed by the Foundation / Sponsor body
  • Persons (additional Members) appointed by a special resolution of the Members, provided that the total number of Members does not exceed five.
MemberAppointing AuthorityDate Appointed
Tameside College (Corporate Member *) Tameside College (Foundation / Sponsor body) 23.10.08
Karen James Foundation / Sponsor body Member 01.01.22
Jackie Moores Foundation / Sponsor body Member 09.07.16
Geoff Stevenson Members 01.01.22
David Wootton Members 01.01.22

* The Corporate Member has appointed John Lyne as its authorised representative at TRET Members’ meetings.

The liability of the members of the Academy Trust is limited, as with any company limited by guarantee, by the amount undertaken by the members – in this case £10.

Members have a general duty to exercise their powers to further the Academy Trust’s charitable object, which is ‘to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom’. While they must ensure they do not stray into undertaking the Academy Trustees’ role, they should assure themselves that the governance of the trust is effective, that Academy Trustees are acting in accordance with the Trust’s charitable object(s) and that they, the Members, use their powers to step in if governance is failing. The Members powers include:

  1. appointing and removing Academy Trustees
  2. appointing and removing Members
  3. directing Academy Trustees
  4. amending the Academy Trust’s Articles of Association
  5. appointing and removing the external auditors.

Ensuring the continued appointment of a Trust Board able to provide the strategic direction, support and scrutiny required to achieve the Mission and Core Educational Purposes and the Trusts Object is a primary function of the Members therefore and maintaining an overview of Trustee performance, attendance and skills audit and succession planning shall be considered at least once each year.

The Members will hold one meeting in each year to which parents, carers and other community stakeholders will be invited, at which questions submitted prior to the meeting will be answered.

Trustees

The Trustees (collectively the “Trust Board”) oversee the operation of the Trust. They are the directors of the Trust (which is a company in legal terms), trustees of the charity and the statutory governing body of each of its schools.

To further the Objects of the Trust, the Trust Board is responsible for ensuring clarity of vision and ethos, setting the strategic direction, holding the executive to account for the educational performance of the Trust’s schools, and overseeing financial probity and compliance with health & safety, safeguarding and all other legislation and other guidance affecting its schools.

The Board will hold the CEO to account for the conduct and performance of the trust, including the academic performance of the schools within the trust, and for its financial management.

Method of Recruitment and Appointment or Election of Trustees

The Trustees of the Academy Trust shall comprise not less than 3 persons, but shall not be subject to a maximum. The Academy Trust shall have the following Trustees:

  • up to 7 Trustees, appointed by the Members
  • a minimum of 2 Parent Trustees in the event that no Local Governing Bodies are established or if no provision is made for at least 2 Parent Local Governors on each established Local Governing Body
  • the Chief Executive Officer, if he/she so agrees, may be appointed a Trustee by the Members
  • Any number of co-opted Trustees. However, the Trustees may not co-opt an employee of the Academy Trust as a Co-opted Trustee if the number of Trustees who are employees of the Academy Trust would exceed one third of the total number of Trustees including the Chief Executive Officer

Each of the persons entitled to appoint Trustees above shall have the right, from time to time by written notice delivered to the office, to remove any member appointed by them and to appoint a replacement member to fill a vacancy whether resulting from such removal or otherwise.

The term of office for any Trustee shall be four years, save that this time limit shall not apply to any post which is held ex officio. Subject to remaining eligible to be a particular type of Trustee, any Trustee may be re-appointed or re-elected at a General Meeting.

TrusteeCategoryDate AppointedTerm of OfficeDate Resigned
Leon Dowd (Chair)Trustee16.06.16
16.06.20
4 years
Drew DuncanChief Executive Officer01.01.22 Ex officio
Jean BeaumontTrustee *01.01.22 4 years
Tracy BrennandTrustee *01.01.22 4 years
Paul HoughtonTrustee *01.01.22 4 years
Dominic WalshTrustee *01.01.22 4 years
David WarhurstTrustee *01.01.22 4 years

* Appointed by Members

Governance Arrangements

The Board of Trustees has appointed the following principal committees:

Audit Committee

  • Audit and risk management

Talent, Finance and Estates Committee

  • Human resources, finance and estates

Meetings of the Trustees in 2020/21 (Droylsden Academy, Single Academy Trust)

The Board of Trustees formally met seven times during 2020/21; attendance was as follows:

TrusteesMeetings attendedOut of possible
Leon Dowd (Chair of Trustees) 7 7
Philip Wilson (Headteacher and Accounting Officer) 7 7
Jennifer Arnold (resigned 9 September 2021) 5 7
Jessica Cope 7 7
Kerry Edwards 6 7
Thomas Galvin 7 7
Leszek Iwaskow 5 7
Stephen Jackson 7 7
Clare Lloyd (resigned 10 September 2020) 0 0
John Lyne 6 7
Kerry Mitchell 5 7
Jacqueline Moores 5 7
John Rogers 7 7

The Finance and Premises Committee (which also had a remit for audit and risk management) formally met six times during 2020/21. Attendance was as follows:

TrusteesMeetings attendedOut of possible
Philip Wilson (Headteacher and Accounting Officer) 6 6
Jessica Cope 6 6
Tom Galvin 5 5
John Lyne (Chair) 6 6
John Rogers 6 6

The Quality Committee formally met three times during 2020/21. There is no formal membership for this Committee, but all Trustees other than the Staff Trustee may attend.

The Remuneration Committee met once during 2020/21; attendance was as follows:

TrusteesMeetings attendedOut of possible
Leon Dowd 1 1
John Lyne (Chair) 1 1
Jaqueline Moores 1 1
John Rogers 1 1

Due to the nature of Discipline Committee meetings (being held at short notice), the Board of Trustees determined not to have a designated membership for this Committee, but to seek three members each time the Committee needed to meet. Five meetings were held during 2020/21; three trustees were available on each occasion during the year.

The COVID-19 Oversight Committee continued to operate in 2020/21 and comprised both Trustees and Academy officers. The Committee met 11 times during 2020/21; attendance was as follows:

TrusteesMeetings attendedOut of possible
Leon Dowd (Chair) 9 11
Kerry Edwards 9 11
John Rogers 11 11
Philip Wilson 11 11