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Our Trust

Our ethos is simple. We put children first; we provide them with opportunities and experiences via which they can excel. We focus on understanding how children learn, what the next steps to success are and the supportive teaching and learning development work which all staff are involved in has evolved into a flourishing learning environment where children thrive.

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Government Structure

An Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. 


A company limited by guarantee is much like an ordinary private company limited by shares. It is registered at Companies House, must register its accounts and an annual return each year, and has directors. A major difference is that it does not have a share capital or any shareholders, but members who control it. 

The Trust is made up of a number of key roles as shown below:

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An explanation of each role is given below

Members

In a company limited by guarantee, there are no shareholders, but the company must have one or more members. Subject to any special provisions in the company's articles, the members will be entitled to attend general meetings and vote, and in most companies that means they can appoint and remove the directors, and have ultimate control over the company. The members meet at the Annual General Meeting and elect a committee to manage the organisation on their behalf, and subject to the rules in the memorandum and articles. By and large, the company law provisions relating to general meetings, resolutions, etc. in ordinary share companies apply to companies limited by guarantee.


The original members of the trust are the signatories to the Funding Agreement between the trust and the Secretary of State. As described above the members do not undertake the overall management of the trust but appoint directors to do this on their behalf. It should be noted that members are perfectly entitled to appoint themselves as directors, however, current DfE advice is that the majority of members should not also be directors ensuring that members are able to call directors to account for their management of the trust. To meet this recommendation only three of five Members of The Shire Multi-Academy Trust are also Directors.

The current Members of The Shire Multi-Academy Trust are:

  • Gavin Smith
  • Alan Warboys
  • Keith Hemsley
  • Nick Adams

Directors

The formation of the Board of Directors of the Trust (The Trust Board) is set out in the Articles of Association under Article 46. It should be noted that the document refers to ‘Trustees’, this is due in part to the legal framework for academy trusts, however it is common practice to refer to ‘trustees’ as ‘directors’ and this convention will be followed within The Shire Multi-Academy Trust and therefore in this document.


The formation and operation of academy trusts is governed by three principal areas of law, namely company law, education law and the law as it applies to the trust’s charitable status.


The Articles allow for up to seven directors to be appointed by the members and also for two Parent Directors, unless provision is made for two Parent Governors on each Local Governing Body.

The Directors appointed by the Members are:

  • Nick Adams (Chair)
  • Phil Moore
  • Anthony Bradbury
  • Alan Warboys
  • Penny Partlow
  • Elaine Doxey
  • Gavin Smith

The Board may also appoint Co-opted Directors, provided that the number of Member-appointed Directors always exceeds the number of Directors appointed by other means (e.g. Parent and Co-opted Directors). In addition the number of Trust employees who are Directors cannot exceed one third of the total number.

The Trust has a wide range of responsibilities that may be delegated to others through that is described in greater detail in the  Scheme of Delegation.

Our Trust

Our ethos is simple. We put children first; we provide them with opportunities and experiences via which they can excel. We focus on understanding how children learn, what the next steps to success are and the supportive teaching and learning development work which all staff are involved in has evolved into a flourishing learning environment where children thrive.

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