What exactly is an Academy?
In recent years many schools have either become an Academy, are in the process of becoming one or are considering it as an option for the future.
The Governing Body carried out an extensive survey of all stakeholders and in January 2015 Green Meadow Primary School became a Standalone Single Academy Trust.
What is a Single Academy Trust?
This is the most popular academy structure, and is usually reserved for schools deemed to be ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ by Ofsted.
It is used by schools who wish to convert by themselves without other schools being involved in their governance. The school can establish its own academy trust to govern the academy (often made up of many of the same individuals who were governors of the school’s governing body) and enter into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education for the provision of funding to the academy trust.
Single Academy Trusts enjoy the usual freedoms expected from academy status such as autonomy and freedom from local authority control, an ability to set their own terms and conditions for staff, flexibility in the curriculum they provide and the length of the school day.
With freedom comes a great deal of accountability and Green Meadow Primary school prides itself on implementing rigorous checks and balances in all aspects of school life. The Academy is a charitable trust; limited by guarantee.
The governors (often referred to as the directors or trustees) having responsibility for the day-to-day management and operation of the Academy trust as well as control, at a strategic level, of the direction of the school.
The function of the Governors include:
– overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company
– taking part in annual and extraordinary general meetings
– appointing some of the members of the governing body
– signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report
– the power to amend the Articles of the company and, ultimately, to remove the governors / directors.
– ensure the quality of education provision
– challenge and monitor performance
– manage the trust’s finances and property
– employ staff
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of being an Academy, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact the school office on 0121 475 4505 and we will gladly make an appointment.