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Darrick Wood Infant and Nursery School Academy Trust

An Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee.  The Trust has two layers of governance:

  • The Members, who operate at a strategic level with ultimate control over the direction of the Academy Trust and
  • The Governors, (often referred to as the Directors or Trustees) with responsibility for the operation of the Academy.

The Members

The functions of the members of the Academy Trust include:

  • Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company
  • Taking part in Annual and Extra Ordinary General Meetings
  • Appointing some of the governors
  • Signing off the company's financial accounts and annual report
  • Power to amend the Articles of the Company and, ultimately, to remove the Governors/Directors.


The Governors (referred to as Governing Body or Academy Board)

In Academies, the Governors are Directors or Trustees of the Academy Trust.  The Directors delegate the leadership and management and day to day running of the Academy to the Headteacher. Their key responsibilities are to:

  • Ensure the quality of educational provision
  • Challenge and monitor the performance of the school
  • Manage the Academy Trust's finance and property
  • Manage the staff
  • Exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out their duties
  • Ensure that the Academy Trust complies with charity and company law
  • Operate the Academy in accordance with the Funding Agreement  that has been signed with the Secretary of State.

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