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Governing Board

The First Federation Trust Board of Directors



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:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  2. Holding the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to account for the educational performance of the Trust schools and their pupils; and

  3. 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:

  • Foundation directors: five positions appointed by EDEN (Exeter Diocesan Network of Education) and one position appointed by Salisbury DBE (Diocesan Board of Education). EDEN and Salisbury DBE are both Foundation Members of the First Federation Trust. 
  • Parent directors: appointed/elected by the parents of register pupils of the Trust, in accordance with arrangements determined by the Directors.
  • Co-opted directors: appointed by the directors



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:

  • To review and evaluate the success of the Federation Improvement Plan and to plan for the year ahead and the future direction of the First Federation Trust
  • To oversee the process of school evaluation
  • To monitor Finance, Personnel, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Curriculum matters and ensure they fit with the strategic plan for the First Federation Trust
  • To review the yearly cycle of decision making for recommendation to the board of directors
  • To establish and review a code of conduct for the board of directors
  • To act as an audit committee to ensure propriety and value for money
  • To offer additional support to the Chief Executive Officer on difficult and sensitive issues

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.


Advisory Boards

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:

  • To support and challenge the Executive Heads of Teaching & Learning for the educational performance of the academies within their educational hub.
  • To review detailed pupils’ progress and attainment data for the academies within their governance hub, and how they compare with national and Trust targets.
  • To assess the impact of the Trust internal consistencies/non negotiables on school improvement, including the quality of teaching, pupils’ academic and personal development, pupils’ behaviour, and pupils’ attendance.  
  • To review parental and community engagement for the academies within their governance hub.
  • Where appropriate, to monitor how Church schools are maintaining and developing their Christian distinctiveness
  • To report on the above to the Board of Directors, highlighting any issues and successes, and making recommendations where appropriate.


Advisory groups

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.

Scheme of delegation

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.