Each school within the Trust has 5 Accountability Boards. The relevant Trustee chairs each board and is joined by members of each local governing body and the CEO. Every board meets at least once each term and Heads of Site and/or the appropriate Director(s) report directly to them.

Each Accountability Board agrees a rolling programme of actions and reports in turn to their local governing body and the Board of Trustees.

Business Board

The Business Board reviews and agrees the Trust’s proposals for the budget and delivers it to the appropriate full governing body. It has an overview of the New Bridge Fund account and reviews and keeps track of expenditure. The board also takes into account the use of premises, grounds and extended school facilities, monitoring the efficient use of utilities such as water, electricity or gas and maintaining an overview of costs and lettings of the premises. This board ensures the Trust complies with health and safety guidelines and takes external advice where appropriate. The board is responsible for:

  • supporting the Trustees in ensuring that a framework is established and maintained for optimising the employment of all the resources available to the Trust to enable it to meet its business and financial objectives
  • ensuring the Trust’s framework of financial planning, treasury management and systems enables the proper management of the financial resources within the organisation
  • developing strategies for the employment of staff, communications, procurement, value for money and facilities management
  • supporting the Trustees in providing an added level of scrutiny in the monitoring of financial performance across the Trust and the performance of other central and support services
  • keeping the Trustees regularly informed of activities and key decisions across the organisation

Personnel Board

The Personnel Board reviews and agrees staff provision, agreeing procedures for staff selection, monitoring probationary periods, appointments and performance management, contributing to the appraisal of the CEO, reviewing and agreeing staff training programmes and reviewing pay. The Personnel Board is responsible for:

  • considering issues relating to the contracts of employment for the CEO and the executive management team, including the review of salary and benefits
  • considering strategic issues relating to staff salary and benefit packages
  • overseeing processes for the recruitment, induction, appraisal and training of all staff, Trustees and Governors
  • keeping under review the skills, knowledge and experience on the board, local governing bodies and all board committees
  • advising the Trustees on succession planning and renewal
  • keeping the Trustees regularly informed of key decisions

Standards Board

The Standards Board reviews all learning and other experiences that each school provides for its pupils. Responsibilities for the Standards Board are shared between the CEO, the Governing Body and the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. The board is responsible for:

  • monitoring test results and the teaching of the national curriculum
  • reviewing assessment and moderation across the curriculum
  • scrutinising pupils’ progress and achievement
  • evaluating educational visits
  • reviewing relevant policies such as those concerning school visits, sex and relationship education, collective worship and RE
  • monitoring the use of Pupil Premium Grant and Year 7 Catch Up funding and evaluating the outcomes
  • monitoring provision for pupils with special educational needs or exceptional ability

Safeguarding Board

The Safeguarding Board reviews all the safeguarding measures in place at each school and is responsible for monitoring:

  • pupil attendance
  • exclusions
  • behaviour
  • child protection
  • our extended schools provision

The board also takes into account the pupil dashboard and the holistic progress of all young people.

Audit Board

The Audit Board is an advisory body with no executive powers. The purpose of the board is to promote the highest standards of propriety in the use of public funds and encourage proper accountability for the use of these funds. The Audit Committee has a wider brief to audit many different areas of the Trust over a twelve month cycle. Day-to-day management is delegated to the CEO and senior management team. The board is responsible for:

  • monitoring and assessing the internal controls of the Trust to ensure that it is operating at appropriate levels of risk and in compliance with the Code of Audit Practice
  • taking responsibility for external and internal audit matters, overseeing the work programme and performance quality of the internal and external audit services
  • supporting the Trustees in ensuring that a framework is established and maintained for the identification and management of risk
  • supporting the Trustees in providing an added level of scrutiny in the monitoring of internal and external audit matters, risk management, fraud prevention and detection, and internal controls and health and safety
  • keeping the Trustees regularly informed of the Audit Committee’s activities and key decisions