There is one board of directors which is the governing body for all the schools within the First Federation Trust.
The board of directors has three core functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils, and the performance management of its staff; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure the Trust money is well spent.
The board of directors recognises that the CEO is responsible for the implementation of policy, day-to-day management of the Trust schools and the implementation of the curriculum.
The board of directors meets four times a year: in September to elect the Chair and agree principles of delegation, and then at the end of each term.
There are up to eleven positions on the board: the CEO, six foundation directors, and up to four co-opted directors. Directors are appointed as follows:
There are two parent representatives on each hub board.
There is currently two main committees of the board of directors with delegated power: the Education committee and the Strategic & Audit Committee.
The Education committee meets termly. Its remit is:
The Strategic & Audit committee meets 10 times a year. Its remit is:
To plan for the year ahead, ensuring resources are used and targeted appropriately.
To review the leadership and governance structures of the Trust to ensure they are still fit for purpose and make recommendations for appropriate changes to the board of directors
To act on requests from schools interested in joining the Trust, ensure due diligence is conducted and make recommendations to the board of directors as to the expected impact on the Trust in accordance with the agreed growth policy.
To review the yearly cycle of decision making for recommendation to the board of directors.
To establish and review a governance code of conduct.
To ensure that Trust non educational/non child related policies comply with statutory requirements.
To offer additional support to the CEO on difficult and sensitive issues.
To monitor Finance, Personnel and Health & Safety matters and ensure they fit with the strategic plan for the First Federation Trust and that resources are deployed efficiently
There are three other committees of the board of directors with delegated powers – the Admissions Committee, the Pupil/Staff Discipline Committee and the Appeals Committee – which meet as needed.
Hub boards have delegated responsibilities but no delegated powers. Their remit is as follows:
Ethos and and links with parents and the community:
Business and risk management:
Advisory groups are not committees of the board of directors but are used to inform and support the work of the board.
There are two types of advisory groups:
Ethos and Community groups: one for each Federation school, composed of children, staff and members of the community, supported by the foundation directors, who help support the ethos of each school and the Christian distinctiveness of our Church schools
Parent representatives group: one for the Federation, composed from a parent elected from each Federation school.
The document below sumarises the governance structure of the Trust and incorporate the scheme of delegation agreed by the board during their first meeting of the year.