Individual academies are governed at a local level either by their own Local Governing Board (LGB), or by a Regional Hub Board (RHB). RHBs govern a number of academies within a geographical footprint. RHBs and LGBs have the same level of delegated responsibility from the Directors. Currently, Manshead C of E Academy has its own LGB. The Eastern RHB is responsible for Roxton, Caldecote and Churchfield Academies. Our Western RHB is responsible for Totternhoe, Kensworth and Thomas Whitehead Academies.
In line with the Trust's published scheme of delegation each Local Governing Board or Regional Hub Board will work to:
Strong governance is critical to the ongoing development of our academies. We are always keen to hear from people who have the commitment and drive to help our academies develop and deliver their strategic visions. If you are supportive of our vision and culture, and want to explore governance with us, we are keen to hear from you.
What does a DSAMAT Academy Governor do?
Governors are responsible for overseeing the day-to-day work of the academy - it's strategy, vision and values, policies, budgeting and staffing. Governors work with the headteacher and staff to ensure that the academy provides excellent education to children and runs as effectively as possible. They play a vital role in maintaining the ethos and culture of the academy, and ensuring that these reflect the values of the Trust and the Church of England. Governors also keep the Trust Board in touch with the academy's successes and challenges.
Our governors are asked to commit to attending governing body meetings (about two a term) which consider issues such as setting the academy vision, financial planning and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are also involved in the academy community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and staff, and keeping in touch with parents' views.
Governors bring a wide range of skills, expertise and experience to the governing body. Governors do not have to have experience in education. People with knowledge of business, the law, premises management or human resources, for example, can help transform the running of an academy and use their experience to develop academy leadership. Equally, those with a previous experience of governance or education can help bring new approaches and perspectives to a governing board. What is important is a governor's dedication to working as part of a team to make an academy a great place where staff enjoy their work and children learn and progress to be the best that they can.
We are keen to identify people with the skills, time, commitment and energy to join our governing bodies. The Trust will provide support and development to all new governors.
Finding our more
If you would like to talk about the role of a governor within DSAMAT, please contact the Trust Secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to the headteacher in one of our academies in the first instance. They will be able to discuss the commitment required and the benefits of being a governor and outline the application process to you.