Governance

The Mead Educational Trust, a multi academy trust based in Leicester, comprises secondary and primary academies joining together in a exciting partnership that is committed to providing its pupils with a world class educational experience.

As a multi academy trust, our academies are joined together as a single legal entity; The Mead Educational Trust. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and has three layers of governance, the members and the Board of Trustees. Further details of the Trust’s governance structure can be found below.

The members of The Mead Educational Trust, akin to shareholders, are subscribers to the Trust’s memorandum of association. Members ensure that the Trust’s activities are properly directed to achieving its objectives and are responsible for appointing the Board of Trustees.

The trustees of The Mead Educational Trust are responsible for conducting the affairs of the Trust to achieve the its objectives, shaping the success of the Trust.

The Board of Trustees delegate authority to board committees and to academy councils for the academies within the Trust.

This Committee provides assurance over the sustainability of, and compliance with, the Trust’s financial systems and operational controls. The Committee’s role is to maintain an oversight of the Trust’s financial governance, risk management, internal control and value for money framework.

This Committee supports the Board in its responsibilities for ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance in the remuneration of the CEO and senior staff of the Trust.

This Committee reviews the educational standards and performance of the academies and the Trust against KPIs, identifies areas for development and monitors progress to address these. This Committee will also ensure that effective arrangements are in place to quality assure teaching and learning, the curriculum and inclusion across the Trust.

The Executive Team is the executive management arm of the Academy Trust, focusing on operations and the educational performance of the Academies.  The Executive Team work directly with the Academy Improvement Forum, staff in each Academy and the Academy Councils to ensure that the required outcomes are achieved in accordance with the direction and vision of the Trust Board.

Each academy has its own academy council which ensures that the academy meets its educational vision and targets. There is a dual academy council for Rushey Mead Academy and Castle Mead Academy (the free school due to open in September 2019) for Castle Mead’s pre-opening and initial opening periods. The academy council powers and responsibilities are determined by the Scheme of Delegation and the Academy Council Constitution and Terms of Reference and may be reduced for an academy causing concern.

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