As a Trust we place a high value on good governance, believing that it is an essential part of our strategy to deliver the best possible education for our children and young people. We have sought to create a clear governance structure that places as much decision making as possible in our schools to empower Governors and staff. At the same time, Trustees recognise that their duties and responsibilities underpin the work of the Trust and protect and nurture pupils, students and staff. The Scheme of Delegation offers an appropriate balance between the delegation of powers and responsible oversight.
It is important that we ensure our schools are delivering an education underpinned by the vision and values developed through our Trust. Governance committees keep a strong focus on our values as we support our schools and the trust in delivering our strategic objectives. This will enable us to deliver our vision for Central Region Schools Trust.
Governance Declarations of Business Interest, Attendance and Terms of office:
- Register of Business Interests
- Register of Business Interests (Executive and Central Team Leadership)
- Trust Board Attendance Register 2022-23
- Governance Structure Diagram
Terms of Reference
- Central Region Schools Trust – Terms of Reference
- Local Academy Governing Board – Terms of Reference
|Trustee||Appointing Body||Term End||Role/s|
|Christopher Smith||Member Appointed||18/06/27||Trustee/Education and Standards Committee Member – new trustee|
|Claire Grainger||Diocese Appointed||03/09/27||Trustee/Education and Standards Committee Member|
|Elizabeth Keates||Member Appointed||19/09/25||Co-Chair to Trustees/HR Committee Chair|
|Eric Griffiths||Member Appointed||28/11/26||Chair – Strategic Management|
|Gareth Bower||Member Appointed||03/01/27||Trustee/Finance & Resources Committee Member|
|Jo Townshend||Member Appointed||18/03/24||Trustee/HR Committee Member|
|John Howard||Member Appointed||29/03/26||Trustee/Audit & Risk Committee Chair/Remuneration Committee Chair|
|Nick Clifford||Member Appointed||09/01/24||Trustee/Education and Standards Committee Chair|
|Orla MacSherry||Member Appointed||20/03/27||Co-Chair to Trustees/Finance & Resources Committee Chair|
Previous Trustees (Within the last 12 Months)
|Name||Member Appointed||Stepped Down|
|The Reverend William Adams||7/10/2019||28/09/2022|
Previous Members (Within the last 12 Months)
Are you enthusiastic about education and offering the best life chances to young people?
If so, the Central Region Schools Trust has a number of vacancies and is seeking high-calibre, committed Governors and Chairs of Governors to strengthen its Local Academy Governing Boards (LAGBs).
The Central Region Schools Trust is a multi-academy sponsor with a mission to transform the life chances of the young people and their families in the academies we support.
As a Trust we place a high value on good governance, believing that it is an essential part of our strategy to deliver the best possible education for our children and young people. We have sought to create a clear governance structure that places as much decision making as possible in our schools to empower Governors and staff.
Volunteering as a School Governor is a great opportunity to gain school leadership experience at board level as well as transferable skills that enhance performance and employability. Most of all, you will have the satisfaction of making a real difference to children’s lives and helping them to realise their potential.
The main purpose of a Governor is to:
- Help set the strategic direction of the school
- Hold the leadership to account for the performance of the school
- Make sure that resources are used well and that money is well spent
- To ensure that both they and the school are answerable to the communities they serve, in particular parents.
We are looking for a Chair of Governors that can provide the following key skills & areas of expertise; Governors should have experience in at least some of these areas:
- The ability to work in a team
- An interest in education and a commitment to the school
- Educational delivery in an AP, SEMH, ASD and/or mainstream context
- Enthusiasm for taking on an active role on the Governing Body
- Availability to attend Governing Body meetings and carrying out visits to the school
- A willingness to listen, learn and to undertake training
- Experience of organisational leadership (essential for the Chair)
- Performance Management in the context of outcomes and progression
- Financial Management and Fund Raising
- Human Resource Management, including staff development
- Knowledge of the local area, including the labour market
For Governors, the time commitment will be approximately 10 days per year spent attending meetings, visiting the school from time-to-time and undertaking relevant training. The time commitment for Chairs is approximately 2-3 days per month.
There are no specific qualifications for the role of governor. You just need the right attitude, enthusiasm and time to devote to the role.
It is important that we ensure our schools are delivering an education underpinned by our values as RSA Academies and we encourage our LAGBs to keep a strong focus on these as we support our schools and the Trust in delivering our strategic objectives.
The Central Region Schools Trust seeks a diverse Board and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and governors to share this commitment. Before your appointment as governor is confirmed you will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.
To discuss these opportunities further, please contact Jennie Homer, Head of Governance via our contact form or on telephone number: 0121 270 3119
Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you.