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
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 eleven positions on the board: the CEO, six foundation directors, two parent directors and two co-opted directors. Directors are appointed as follows:
There is currently one main committee of the board of directors with delegated power: the Strategic & Audit Committee. This committee meets at least twice a term. Its remit is:
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.
These boards have delegated responsibilities but no delegated powers.
The First Federation has established Hub Governance Advisory Boards from 2016-17. The remit of these boards is:
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 group nominates two parent directors onto the board.
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.