Governance

Pontefract Academies Trust is an exempt charity, this means we operate like any other charity but are not regulated by the Charity Commission but instead overseen by an alternative regulator, in this case the Secretary of State for Education.

The main documents that set out how we operate are our articles of association, which set our internal structure, and the master funding agreement, which is the legal contract with the Secretary of State under which we run our schools. In addition, there are separate supplemental funding agreements for each individual school.

We are also governed by the Department for Education's Academies Financial Handbook and various pieces of legislation relating to both schools and charities.

Our Governance Structure

Our formal structures are designed to give robust oversight and management of our academies, without unnecessarily restricting innovation.

Trustees provide strategic oversight and ensure that the Trust meets it legal obligations, both directly and through the audit and risk committee.

Formulation of strategy and day to day operations are delegated to the Chief Executive Officer, Julian Appleyard OBE. He is supported by an Executive Leadership Team, our Heads of School and professional experts within our central services team.

Our Heads of School are challenged and supported by school governance committees. These are individual to each academy. Our governors are appointed by the Trust board, ensuring we have the balance of skills required to oversee a modern school.

Members

Ulric Murray OBE, Jeff Allinson, John Gough and Julie Craig

Duties

  • To appoint / remove trustees
  • To sign off financial statements and annual report
  • To change the articles

Governed by

Articles of Association

Meetings

One per year

Board of Trustees

Membership

From To Appointed by Meetings
attended
Out of a
possible
P Jones OBE (Chair) 14/08/15 13/08/19 Academy members 6 6
D Wilkin 09/04/14 08/04/22 Academy members 5 6
J Gough 14/03/13 13/03/21 Original (signatory) member 6 6
J Appleyard OBE 05/03/18 N/A Academy members 3 3
A Clarke 17/05/17 16/05/21 Academy members 4 5
E Shepherd 02/05/18 01/05/22 Academy members 2 2
Left within the last 12 months:
J Allinson 01/04/13 04/03/18 Original (signatory) member 3 3
M K Brooke 09/04/14 09/04/18 Academy members 4 4
J A Craig 01/04/13 04/03/18 Academy members 3 3

Duties

  • To ensure quality of education provision
  • To challenge and monitor performance
  • To oversee management of finances and property
  • To ensure compliance with charity and company law
  • To ensure operation in accordance with funding agreement
  • To receive and approve finance procedures and regulations
  • To determine and approve corporate policy
  • To receive reports from committees

Reporting

Reports to Members at the Annual General Meeting on progress for the year Produces financial statements and annual report

Governed By

Terms of reference

Meetings

Six meetings per year

Audit Committee

Membership

From To Appointed by Meetings
attended
Out of a
possible
A Clarke (Chair) 04/05/18 03/05/22 Board 3 3
J Gough 02/07/14 01/07/18 Board 6 6
M K Brooke
(Independent from 10/04/18)
02/07/14 01/07/22 Board 6 6
Left within the last 12 months:
P G Morris
Independent
02/07/14 31/08/18 Board 4 6

Duties

  • To provide oversight on internal controls
  • To receive annual internal audit reports
  • To receive and monitor strategic risk registers
  • To manage responsible office function
  • To appoint external auditors

Reporting

Reports to the board of Trustees through approved minutes.

Governed by

Terms of reference

Meetings

Four per year

Finance Committee

Membership

From To Appointed by Meetings
attended
Out of a
possible
M K Brooke (Chair) 04/02/15 03/02/19 Board 5 5
D Wilkins 04/02/15 03/02/19 Board 5 5
J Appleyard OBE 05/03/18 N/A Board 2 5
Left within the last 12 months:
J Craig 04/02/15 04/03/18 Board 3 5

Duties

  • To consider policies and procedures to ensure that the Trust maintains proper accounts and related records
  • To consider and monitor the Trust’s financial plans to ensure they reflect the strategic plan of the Trust.

Reporting

Reports to the board of Trustees through approved minutes.

Governed by

Terms of reference

Meetings

Four per year

School Governance Committees

Duties

  • To support the vision of the Trust
  • To govern admissions/exclusions/complaints
  • To monitor and be accountable for standards
  • To act as a critical friend to the Head of School
  • To represent the views of and engage with the local community
  • To oversee safeguarding procedures
  • To review and determine local policy
  • To set up committees as required

Reporting

Reports to Trustees through approved minutes

Governed by

Terms of reference

Meetings

Four per year

Board of Trustees Register of Business Interests
Name Role Name of business or organisation/ educational organisation Nature of business
or organisation
Nature of interest Date of appointment
of acquisition
Date of cessation
of interest
P Jones OBE Chair of Trustees None declared
D Wilkin Trustee None declared
J Gough Trustee/Member New Collaborative Learning Trust Sixth Form Academy Trust Member Apr-17 N/A
Kings Foundation Charitable Trust Chairman
J Appleyard OBE Trustee, CEO None declared
A Clarke Trustee None declared
E Shepherd Trustee None declared
U Murray Member None declared
J Craig Member None declared
J Allinson Member None declared

Scheme of Delegation

Articles of Association