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Governance Structure

Langham CE Primary School Academy – Governance Structure



Our members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint/remove some of the trustees and the right to amend/review the trust’s articles of association. They also sign off the financial statement and annual report. The Chair of the Board of Trustees/Governors will also be a Member. The separation of Members and Trustees/Governors is desirable for achieving robust accountability.  


Our Trust Board – up to 5 Members

  • The Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust
    Corporate - Representative Member: Peter Goringe
  • The Chair of Trustees/Governors: Nick Horrigan
  • Mrs Kristi Withers
  • One Member appointed by the Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust:
    Rev Julie Hutchinson
  • One Member appointed by the Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust: Article 16B


The Members


  • Appoint/remove Trustees
  • Review the Articles of Association
  • Sign off the financial statement and annual report


The Trustees/Governors

The number of Governors shall not be less than three no more than 18.

  • 4 Governors appointed under article 50: Member appointments
  • 3 Foundation Governors appointed under article 51
  • 2 Staff Governor
  • 5 Parent Governors appointed under article 53-58
  • The Headteacher/Principal/Head of School
  • 2 Co-opted Governors

The Trustees/Governors are responsible for the same 3 core governance functions performed by the governing body in a maintained school:

  • setting the strategic direction,
  • holding the school to account and
  • ensuring financial probity.

As charity Trustees/Governors, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements.

The model articles state that the chair of the board of Trustees/Governors will also be a member, thereby ensuring a link between the 2 layers.

As charity Trustees/Governors, they must also ensure that they are complying with charity law requirements. Academy Trusts are charitable companies and the Trustees/Governors are company directors and must comply with company law requirements. The duties are largely the same as those of a governor of a maintained school, such as regularly attending meetings, managing conflicts of interest, seeking advice from the academy’s leadership team and ensuring the academy has appropriate procedures in place for reporting financial information.

Trustees/Governors have the skills and attributes to:


  • Constantly focus on what’s best for the school and pupils by challenging in a constructive manner, asking probing questions and visualising the strategic picture
  • Understand and effectively carry out their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, with the ability to take risks and consider dynamic and innovative options.
  • Measure and lead school improvement and drive the necessary changes.
  • Understand the financial and the business elements of the school, as well as the legal aspects of the role and how the trust and the business work.
  • Work as part of a team and accept shared responsibility and accountability, as well as undertaking frequent self-evaluation in order to remain effective.
  • Act with a strong moral purpose, integrity and honesty, and as an advocate for the school values, ethos and philosophy.
  • Express disagreement in a rational and professional manner.
  • Adopt an entrepreneurial mind-set in order to see and make the most of opportunities that are outside the day-to-day practices of the academy.
  • Be innovative, creative and open-minded by engaging in futures thinking and ‘horizon scanning’.
  • Ensure that they have the commitment and stamina to drive forward the school, as well as the will to abandon the ‘good’ in order to find the ‘outstanding’.




The Trustees/Governors meet at least 6 times a year to scrutinise/evaluate:


Set the strategic direction of the the Academy by:
-Setting the vision, values, aims and objectives for the Academy
- Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objective
- Appoint/remove/suspend Trustees/members of the Local Governing Body

- Elect a chair, vice chairs and any other officers

Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
- The effectiveness of the school in relation to external benchmarks
- The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
- Progress towards annual priorities as detailed in the strategic plan

Ensures accountability by:
- Ratifying the annual evaluation of school effectiveness

- Holding the Executive Head teacher / Head of School / School Leadership Team to account for the performance of the school including finance and achievement of pupils

- Responding to OFSTED and other commissioned reports, where necessary
- Ensuring parents and students are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
- Making available information to the community

Appoints and performance manages the Head of School who, with the SLT and staff, deliver the vision (through the day to day leadership and management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the Members.