Governance

The Keys Academy Trust (KAT) is structured with three layers of governance:

  1. The Members
  2. The Board of Trustees
  3. Local Governors who make up the Local Governing Body for each of the academies within the Trust.

Members

The Members are accountable to the Department of Education (DfE) and have ultimate responsibility for the Trust achieving its charitable objectives. Members are independent of the Trustees and provide challenge and scrutiny to the Trustees.

Trustees

The Members have appointed a Board of Trustees who set the strategic direction for the KAT and are accountable to the DfE for the performance of the schools within it. As charity Trustees, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.

Local Governing Bodies

Each school within the KAT has its own local governing body (LGB) which is a committee of the Board of Trustees. Local governing bodies have governance functions delegated to them by the Trust Board for their school are they are accountable to the Board. 

How it works

Our Trustees and Local Governors come from a wide variety of backgrounds; from finance, corporate business and education and include parents, members of the parish and the local community. The term of office of usually four years, apart from the CEO who is ex-officio.

The governance structure within the KAT delegates the 'business' matters of running schools to the Board of Trustees and the administration team, thus enabling the Headteachers/Heads of School to focus on teaching and learning and school improvement. Systems are in place for HR processes; financial planning and internal control; premises management; and the reporting and benchmarking of school performance data.

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Please note the following name changes to sub-committees:
• Academy Effectiveness Committee has been renamed the Curriculum and Church Ethos Committee
• Finance and Resources Committee has been renamed the Finance and Audit Committee
For further information you can view the Terms of References for each committee:

The KAT is governed by its Articles of Association and the Funding Agreements entered into with the DfE. These documents, along with the Scheme of Delegation can be viewed here