Governance

How we work

The Trust is a multi academy trust (MAT), a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity.  This means it must work to the regulations affecting companies and charities and those related to MATs. It works within approved Articles of Association

A small group of Members oversees the work of the Trust and is responsible for overarching decisions, such as changing the Trust’s Articles of Association, the appointment of Directors who sit on the Trust's Board, and Governors who sit on the Trust's Local Governing Bodies and may hold Directors and the Board to account.

A Board of Directors, appointed by our Members and which includes our Members, is responsible for the strategic direction of the Trust, in the same way as a Board oversees a Company or Charity. Board meetings are held at least once every term.

Directors' responsibilities are set out in our Terms of Reference and include:

  • ensuring the Trust is being run effectively
  • controlling its management and administration
  • ensuring the Trust maintains its vision and values and delivers the outcomes which it has defined for pupils and the Trust.

The Board delegates some functions to committees and their structure and membership is set out in a public document.

In their meetings, the Trust's committees focus on different areas of the Trust's work and make recommendations for action to the Board. 

  • The Finance, Premises and Risk Committee oversees and controls issues related to the Trust’s budget and accounting, health and safety and premises management.
  • The Personnel Committee oversees issues staffing and employment.
  • The Pay Committee oversees pay and pensions for all staff employed by the Trust who work to common and consistent standards and conditions.

Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) are appointed by the Board  to provide oversight for each of the schools within the Trust. Made up of Governors who are recruited locally, the work of LGBs resembles the governing bodies of maintained schools. Their work is set within the vision, values and policies defined by the Trust and governed by an approved Scheme of Delegation

Governance Documents

Local Governing Bodies 

Attendance at UPS LGB meetings 2017-18

Attendance at US LGB meetings 2017-18

Declaration of business interests summary UPS LGB 2017-18

US Governors' listing 2017-18

UPS Governors listing 2017-18

Governors' declarations of business interests 2017-18 US LGB

Governors' attendance at US LGB meetings 2017-18

Governors' attendance at UPS LGB meetings 2017-18

Governors' attendance at the combined US and UPS LGB meetings 2016-17

UPS LGB governors' declarations of interest 2017-18

LGB 2016-17 Governors' Declaration of Interest

 

Data protection

Privacy notice Members, Directors and Governors 

Privacy notice employees

Privacy notice Parents and Carers

Privacy notice Students

 

Uffculme Academy Trust governance 

UAT Articles of Association

UAT terms of reference updated and approved 2017-18

Scheme of delegation to LGBs February 2018

UAT Directors' appointments and business interests 2017-18

Committee structure and members 2017-18

Code of conduct

 

Government guidance on academy governance 

Education and Skills Agency Governance Handbook 2017

Education and Skills Agency Financial Handbook 2018