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 Performance Review Boards. 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, 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

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

Trust Board Membership & Attendance Summary 2018/19

From To Appointed by Meetings
attended
Out of a
possible
P Jones OBE (Chair) 14/08/15 31/08/22 Members 7 7
D Wilkin 09/04/14 31/08/22 Members 6 7
J Gough 14/03/13 13/03/21 Original (signatory) member 7 7
J Appleyard OBE (CEO) 05/03/18 N/A Members 7 7
A Clarke 17/05/17 16/05/21 Members 7 7
E Shepherd 02/05/18 01/05/22 Members 6 7
Audit & Risk Committee

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

Audit & Risk Committee Membership & Attendance Summary 2018/19

From To Appointed by Meetings
attended
Out of a
possible
A Clarke (Chair) 04/05/18 03/05/22 Trust Board 4 4
J Gough 02/07/14 14/03/21 Trust Board 3 4
M K Brooke
(Independent from 10/04/18)
02/07/14 01/07/22 Trust Board 2 4
Finance & General Purposes Committee

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

Finance Committee Membership & Attendance Summary 2018/19

From To Appointed by Meetings
attended
Out of a
possible
M K Brooke (Chair) 04/02/15 03/02/19 Trust Board 5 5
D Wilkin 04/02/15 08/04/22 Trust Board 5 5
J Appleyard OBE (CEO) 05/03/18 N/A Trust Board 5 5
School Performance Review Boards

Duties

  • Provide independent challenge to the school leadership, primarily in respect of pupil performance, the quality of the school experience and execution of the school improvement plan.
  • Work in partnership with the Trust and school leadership to ensure an active, high quality effective programme of stakeholders and community engagement is delivered.
Current Register of Business Interests - Members
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
J Gough Original signatory Member New Collaborative Learning Trust Sixth Form Academy Trust Member Apr-17
Kings Foundation Charitable Trust Chairman
U Murray Original signatory Member None declared
J Craig Member None declared
J Allinson Original signatory Member None declared
Current Register of Business Interests – Trust Board
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 New Collaborative Learning Trust Sixth Form Academy Trust Member Apr-17
Kings Foundation Charitable Trust Chairman
J Appleyard OBE Trustee, CEO None declared
A Clarke Trustee None declared
E Shepherd Trustee None declared

Master Funding Agreement

Supplementary Funding Agreement - Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School

Supplementary Funding Agreement - The Rookeries J, I & N School

Scheme of Delegation

Supplementary Funding Agreement - Carleton High School

Supplementary Funding Agreement - Larks Hill J&I School

Deed of Variation - The Rookeries J, I & N School (2016)

SPRB Terms of Reference

Supplementary Funding Agreement - Carleton Park J&I School

Supplementary Funding Agreement - Orchard Head J, I & N School

Deed of Variation - The Rookeries J, I & N School (2019)

Articles of Association

Supplementary Funding Agreement - De Lacy Primary School

Supplementary Funding Agreement - The King's School