Governance in Aspire Academy Trust is defined by a clear line of accountability from every Academy upwards.
Academies are grouped in strategic and geographical Hubs with each school selecting Hub Councillors who report into the Hub Director. The Hub Council is made up of volunteers from the community, representing each Hub academy, plus a Senior Academy Leader, led by an elected Chair.
Hubs provide strategic partnerships to facilitate and deliver our core purpose of ensuring outstanding outcomes for pupils.
The Hub Council’s purpose is to identify strengths and to provide early warning systems to highlight weaknesses within an academy, and to promptly provide, or demand access to, every resource needed to take it to outstanding and keep it there.
Every Aspire academy is accountable to the Trust Board. The role of each Hub council is to facilitate this and to ensure the academies within the Hub can realistically meet the requirements of the Trust. Hub Councillors, in partnership with academies, communicate and work in conjunction with the Board to provide a vital link and additional level of accountability.
The Hub Director provides a direct link to the Academy Improvement Group who in turn report into the Senior Executive Team who oversee the strategic direction of the Trust, monitor its effectiveness and drive development. The Senior Executive Team are accountable to the Board of Trustees.
The Board of Trustees are responsibile for the same three core governance functions performed by the governing body in a maintained school: setting the direction, holding trust leaders to account and ensuring financial probity. As trustees of a charitable company, they also ensure that the Trust complies with charity and company law requirements.
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