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Governance Documents

Governance Documents

IAT Scheme of Delegation to Local Governing Bodies

C Faulkner

Effective date:  June 2015

Formally approved October 2016

  • Introduction

    1.1.         As a charity and company limited by guarantee, The Ironstone Academy Trust (the “Company”) is governed by a Board of Directors (the “Directors” or “Trustees”) who are responsible for, and oversee, the management and administration of the Company and the academies run by the Company.Schemes of Delegation applies to all academies run by the Company.  The Company has a scheme of delegation for good and outstanding schools and a separate scheme of delegation for sponsored academies. Categorisation of an individual academy is confirmed by the Trust.

    The delegated authorities detailed in this Annex are set for good and outstanding academies within the Trust. These delegated authorities are subject to modification for sponsored academies (see Annex 5).

    1.2.         The Directors are accountable to external government agencies including the Charity Commission and the Department for Education (including any successor bodies) for the quality of education they provide and they are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, safety and good practice.

    1.3.         In order to discharge these responsibilities, the Directors appoint people who are more locally based to serve on a committees (the “Local Governing Bodies”) which are established to ensure the good governance of the individual academies.  The Local Governing Bodies are committees established by the Directors and are at all times subject to any directions the Directors may give. The terms of this delegation may be altered, suspended or withdrawn by the Directors.

    1.4.         This Scheme of Delegation explains the ways in which the Directors fulfil their responsibilities for the leadership and management of the Academies, the respective roles and responsibilities of the Directors and Governors of the Local Governing Bodies and the commitment to each other to ensure the success of each academy.

    1.5.         It is intended that a Local Governing Body shall be established for each Academy. For the avoidance of doubt a Local Governing Body may be delegated responsibility for more than one academy.

    1.6.         Certain decisions and actions in respect of the Company and the Academies are reserved to the Directors.  In general terms responsibility for the strategy, management and operations for each academy will be delegated to a Local Governing Body.

    1.7.         This Scheme of Delegation has been put in place by the Directors from the Effective date in accordance with the provisions of the Company’s Articles of Association (the “Articles”) and it should be read in conjunction with those Articles. References in this Scheme to numbered Articles are to the relevant clause of the Articles.

  • Ethos and Trust Commitment

    2.1.         The Commitment of the Company is to:‘Ironstone Academy Trust will build a partnership of schools.  The Trust will put the need of pupils at the heart of their decision making and will, through collaborative working and challenge strive to meet their needs.  Partners in the Trust will work and learn together.  Our pupils will be confident, knowledgeable, well-managed and ready to take on the challenges that life brings and they will be well supported in meeting these aims.’

    2.2.         Each academy will have its own mission set by the Trustees which the Local Governing Body will implement.

    2.3.         Academies within the Company will work with each other in a co-operative and supportive manner; sharing expertise and specialisms. Academies within the Company will engage with other local schools and partners in order to ensure quality provision for young people and families within a community.

  • Directors’ powers and responsibilities

    3.1.         The board of Directors, their powers and administration of their meetings and affairs is established in the Articles3.2.         The Directors have overall responsibility and ultimate decision making authority for all the work of the Company, including the establishing and running of schools. This is largely exercised through strategic planning and the setting of budgets and policy. It is managed through business planning, monitoring of budgets, performance management, the setting of standards and the implementation of quality management processes. The Directors have the power to direct change where required.

    3.3.         The Directors have a duty to act in accordance with the Company’s objects as set out in Article 4.

    3.4.         Directors will have regard to the interests of all academies for which the Company is responsible in deciding and implementing any policy or exercising authority in respect of any one Academy.

    3.5.         Article 101 provides for the appointment by the Directors of committees to whom the Directors may delegate certain of the functions of Directors. In further recognition of the Directors power to delegate under Articles 102 and 105, responsibility for running each academy will be delegated to the committee established pursuant to this Scheme of Delegation known as a Local Governing Body.

    3.6.         The constitution, membership and proceedings of each Local Governing Body is determined by the Directors and this Scheme of Delegation expresses such matters, acknowledging the authority delegated to the Local Governing Bodies in order to enable the Local Governing Bodies to run the Academies and fulfil the Company’s Commitment and each academy’s vision/mission.

  • Coordinating Local Governing Bodies’ work

    4.1.         General provisions4.1.1.     It is vital to the reputation and the overall governance and management of the Company and the academies that the work of the Local Governing Bodies is coordinated to avoid the risk of waste, duplication, and inconsistency in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.

    4.1.2.     All Local Governing Bodies must work within a structure of openness and accountability to ensure that decisions are consistent with the Company’s Commitment statement and the values and ethos of the academy.

    4.1.3.     Local Governing Bodies and their committees must ensure that other Local Governing Bodies, their committees and the Directors are consulted and kept informed appropriately where they have, or are likely to have, an interest in the topic or matter

    4.1.4.     To ensure consistency of the Company’s public relations and presentation of the brand, the Local Governing Bodies and any committee with any responsibility for marketing or any other public representations must clear their policies and press statements with the Executive directors before issuing the material to the public.

  • Delegated powers

    5.1.         General provisions5.1.1.     Subject to provisions of the Companies Act 2006, the Articles and to any directions given by the Members of the Company following a special resolution and the decisions of the Directors, the management of the business of each Academy are hereby delegated by the Directors to the Local Governing Body who may exercise all the powers of the Company in so far as they relate to the Academy, in accordance with the terms of this Scheme of Delegation.

    5.1.2.     All actions of the Local Governing Body must be in furtherance or ancillary to the Object of the Company.

    5.1.3.     No alteration of the Articles and no such direction shall invalidate any prior act of the Local Governing Body which would have been valid if that alteration had not been made or that direction had not been given.

    5.1.4.     A meeting of the Local Governing Body at which a quorum is present may exercise all the power so delegated.

    5.1.5.     The Directors retain responsibility for the business of the academies in so far as the business relates to all academies or multiple academies run by the Company.

    5.1.6.     In general terms, the responsibility of the Directors in so far as the business of the Academy is concerned is to determine the policy and procedures of the Academy and to consider and respond to strategic issues. Whilst the Directors are free to decide what constitutes a strategic issue, having regard to all the circumstances, unless a matter is identified as a strategic issue and/or is identified as being the responsibility of the Directors under this Scheme of Delegation, the responsibility for such matter will be that of the Local Governing Body.

    5.1.7.     Except as provided for in this Scheme of Delegation, in addition to all powers hereby expressly conferred upon the Local Governing Body and without detracting from the generality of the powers delegated, the Local Governing Body shall have the following powers, namely:

    5.1.7.1. to expend certain funds of the Company as permitted by clause 5.3 in such manner as the Local Governing Body shall consider most beneficial for the achievement of the Object in so far as it relates to the Academy and to invest in the name of the Company such parts of the funds of the Company for which it has responsibility pursuant to this Scheme of Delegation as it may see fit and to direct the sale or transportation of any such investments and to expend the proceeds of any such sale in furtherance of the Object; and

    5.1.7.2. to enter into contracts on behalf of the Company in so far as they relate to the Academy in accordance with clause 5.3 and  subject to the limits and compliance authorised by the Directors and set out in the Finance and Budget Manual.

    5.1.8.     The delegated powers are delegated to the Local Governing Body as a whole.

    5.1.9.     In the event of a situation requiring an immediate decision the Chair or in his/her absence the Vice-chair shall have authority to make a decision and/or take action on behalf of the Local Governing Body. Following any such decision or action the Chair or Vice-chair shall report their actions to the Local Governing Body as soon as reasonably practicable. The situation shall thereafter be managed in the usual way.

    5.1.10.   In the exercise of its powers and functions, the Local Governing Body will consider any advice given by the Head of Academy and the Chief Executive of the Company as well as other Directors.

    5.1.11.   The Head of Academy and Governors shall ensure that finances are managed in line with the agreed financial protocol set out in the Finance and Budget Manual.

    5.2.         Ethos and values

    5.2.1.     Whilst the Local Governing Body shall be responsible for ensuring that the Academy is conducted in accordance with its mission/vision and the values referred to in clause 2, the determination of each Academy’s ethos and mission statement shall be the responsibility of the Directors.

    5.2.2.     At all times, the Directors and the Local Governing Bodies shall ensure that the Academy is conducted in accordance with the object of the Company and any agreement entered into with the Secretary of State for the funding of the Academy.

    5.3.         Finance

    5.3.1      In the exercise of their financial duties, the Directors shall ensure that the requirements and rules of the Funding Agreement and the Academies Financial Handbook are met.

    In acknowledgement of the receipt by the Company of funds in relation to each Academy; including by not limited to grant funding provided by the Secretary of State, monies donated to the Company and monies generated from the activities of the Company or any group company, the Directors delegate to each Local Governing Body the responsibility to manage and expend all monies received on account of the relevant Academy for the purposes of the Academy less an amount to be determined each year by the Directors, which will include payment for centralised services. This amount is to be determined according to individual academy circumstances within a transparent framework. Funding allocations will be notified to the Local Governing Bodies by the start of each School year or within 21 days of receipt of notification from the EFA of the General Annual Grant for the Academy, normally received well in advance of the  school year .

    The Academy Trust as a whole must remain financially viable and therefore each entity within the Trust must remain viable.  While the Directors will endeavor to ensure that cash surpluses accrued by each Academy remain within that Academy’s financial allocation, they reserve the right to allocate funds as they see fit in order to ensure the ongoing viability of the Trust as a whole.  In accordance with the Academies Financial Handbook, in allocating funds the Directors shall have due regard to the funding needs and allocations of each individual academy and they will have an appeals mechanism in place.

    All academies must conduct their financial transactions in line with the Company’s Finance and Budget Manual, which sets out the mandate and control framework, and supporting set of financial policies.

    All academies are subject to internal and external audit control and monitoring.

    5.3.2      Each Local Governing Body will agree a finance plan with the Directors in advance of each school year or as soon as possible thereafter.

    5.3.3      Pursuant to clause 5.1.3 the Local Governing Body shall have the power to enter into contracts on behalf of the Company as set out in the Financial Handbook provided that:

    5.3.1.1. all contracts must be in the name of the Company.

    5.3.1.2. the authority of the Local Governing Body to enter into contracts is limited to the thresholds provided in the Finance and Budget Manual.

    5.3.1.3. any contracts must be signed by authorised signatories.

    5.3.1.4. the Local Governing Body shall first obtain written consent from the Directors to enter into any contracts or expenditure for any single matter if the Finance and Budget Manual requires it.

    5.3.2.     The accounts of the Company shall be the responsibility of the Directors but the Local Governing Body shall provide such information about the finances of the Academy as often and in such format as the Directors shall require. Each Local Governing Body shall provide management accounts to the Directors.

    5.3.3.     The Local Governing Body shall ensure that proper procedures are put in place for the safeguarding of funds and that the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook and the Company’s Financial Handbook are observed at all times as well as any requirement and recommendations of the Directors and Secretary of State.

    5.3.4.     The Local Governing Body shall inform the Directors of any need for significant unplanned expenditure and will discuss with the Directors (and others as the Directors shall require) options for identifying available funding.

    5.3.5.     The Local Governing Body shall develop appropriate risk management strategies and shall at all times adopt financial prudence in managing the financial affairs of the Company in so far as these relate to the Academy.

    5.4.         Premises

    5.4.1.     The land and buildings of each Academy are held and owned by the Company and any legal interests in the land and buildings to be granted or varied are reserved to the Directors on behalf of the Company.

    5.4.2.     Informal lettings and use of the land and buildings may be managed by the Local Governing Bodies provided that no legal interest is granted.

    5.4.3.     The responsibility for any disposals or acquisitions of land to be used by the Academy will be that of the Directors.

    5.4.4.     Insuring the land and the buildings used by the Academy will be the responsibility of the Directors who shall recover the cost from the budget delegated to the Local Governing Body either before or after the budget is delegated.

    5.4.5.     It shall be noted that the use of the land and buildings may be subject to legal restrictions on the legal title or in any lease to the Company.  The Local Governing Bodies shall consult the Directors on any aspect of the land and buildings that may require a consent from a third party, including but not limited to proposed building works, proposed leases or sharing occupation.

    5.4.6.     Subject to and without prejudice to clauses 5.3.2 and 5.4.4, the maintenance of the buildings and facilities used in respect of the Academy is the responsibility of the Local Governing Body, who shall have regard at all times to the safety of the users of the buildings and the facilities and the legal responsibilities of the Company as the owner of such buildings and facilities.

    5.4.7.     The Local Governing Body shall in conjunction with the Directors develop a four-year estate management strategy that will identify the suitability of building and facilities in light of long term curriculum needs and the need for and availability of capital investment to meet the Local Governing Body’s responsibility to ensure the buildings and facilities are maintained to a good standard.

    5.5.         Resources

    5.5.1.     Executive directors and Heads of Academy

    5.5.1.1. The Directors shall always take responsibility for appointing Executive directors and the Heads of each Academy. The Directors and Local Governing Body may delegate such powers and functions as they consider are required by the Head of Academy for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy (including the implementation of all policies approved by the Directors and Local Governing Body and for the direction of teaching and the curriculum at the Academy).

    5.5.1.2. The Executive directors will take the lead in appraising the Heads of Academy with involvement of the Chair of the Local Governing Body.  The Board of Directors’ Chair and Vice-Chair will take the lead in appraising the Executive directors together and may choose to invite an external adviser to assist them in this role.

    5.5.2.     Other staff

    5.5.2.1. The Local Governing Body shall be responsible for the appointment of all other staff to be employed at the Academy on behalf of the Company provided that the Local Governing Body shall:

    5.5.2.1.1.              comply with all policies dealing with staff issued by the Directors from time to time;

    5.5.2.1.2.              take account of any pay terms set by the Directors;

    5.5.2.1.3.              adopt any standard contracts or terms and conditions for the employment of staff issued by the Directors provided that if doing so would result in a breach of a legal obligation or result or potentially result in a liability arising the Local Governing Body shall first consult the Directors on the issue;

    5.5.2.1.4.              manage any claims and disputes with staff members on behalf of the Company having regard to any advice and recommendations given by the Directors; and

    5.5.2.2. The Local Governing Body shall ensure that appropriate performance management is carried out on all staff in the Academy.

    5.5.2.3. The Local Governing Body will delegate their powers and functions in regard to appointment and appraisal of all support staff (except those on the Leadership Team) and all temporary or fixed-term teachers to the Head of Academy.

    5.6.         Curriculum and standards

    5.6.1.     The Local Governing Body shall be responsible for agreeing and reviewing the curriculum and shall have due regard to any views of the Directors in recognition of the Company’s obligation to the Secretary of State to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.

    5.6.2.     The Local Governing Body shall be responsible for the standards achieved by the Academy and the students attending the Academy but shall follow such advice and recommendations of the Directors as they might issue from time to time.

    5.6.3.     The Local Governing Body shall be responsible for the setting and review from time to time of the Academy’s admissions policy provided that no change will be made to the admissions criteria without the consent of the Directors.

    5.6.4.     Any decision to expand the Academy shall be that of the Directors but who shall have due regard to the views of the Local Governing Body.

    5.7.         Extended schools and business activities

    5.7.1.     Whilst the undertaking of any activities which would be described as part of the Academy’s ‘extended schools agenda’ or any activities designed to generate business income, would be the responsibility of the Local Governing Body, this shall only be undertaken in a manner consistent with any policy set by the Directors and having regard to the viability of such activities, the impact on the Academy’s activities and any financial implications, such as the threat of taxation in light of the Company’s charitable objects and any threat to funding provided by the Secretary of State.

    5.7.2.     Any proposed activity which may or shall result in establishing a separate trading company shall be reserved to the Directors.

    5.8.         Regulatory matters

    5.8.1.     The responsibility for the satisfaction and observance of all regulatory and legal matters shall be the Directors but the Local Governing Body shall do all such things as the Directors may specify as being necessary to ensure that the Company is meeting its legal obligations.

  • Operational matters

    6.1.         The Local Governing Body shall comply with the obligations set out in the Appendix 1 which deals with the day to day operation of the Local Governing Body.6.2.         The Local Governing Body will adopt and will comply with all policies of the Directors communicated to the Local Governing Body from time to time.

    6.3.         Both the Directors and all Governors of the Local Governing Body have a duty to act independently and not as agents of those who may have appointed them and will act with integrity, honesty and objectivity in the best interests of the Company and the Academy and shall be open about decisions and be prepared to justify those decisions except in so far as any matter may be considered confidential.

    6.4.         The Local Governing Body will review its policies and practices on a regular basis, having regard to recommendations made by the Directors from time to time, in order to ensure that the governance of the Academy is best able to adapt to the changing political and legal environment.

    6.5.         The Local Governing Body shall provide such data and information regarding the business of the Academy and the students attending the Academy as the Directors may require from time to time.

    6.6.         The Local Governing Body shall submit to any inspections by the Directors and any inspection by Ofsted.

    6.7.         The Local Governing Body shall work closely with and shall promptly implement any advice or recommendations made by the Directors.

    6.8.         In the event that intervention is either threatened or is carried out by the Secretary of State the Directors expressly reserve the unfettered right to review or remove any power or responsibility conferred on the Local Governing Body under this Scheme of Delegation in such circumstances.

  • Conflicts
    7.1.         In the event of any conflict between any provision of this Scheme of Delegation and the Articles, the Articles shall prevail.
  • Annual review

    8.1.         The Scheme of Delegation shall operate in respect of each Academy from the Effective Date.8.2.         The Directors will have absolute discretion to review this Scheme of Delegation at least on an annual basis and to alter any provision of it.

    8.3.         In considering any material changes to this Scheme of Delegation or any framework on which it is based, the Directors will have regard to and give due consideration of any views of the Local Governing Bodies.

 IAT Organisational Structure
 IAT Members There are 5 members
IAT Trustees There are 8 Trustees + the CEO
Standards Sub Committee Finance Staffing and Risk Sub Commitee
Local Governing Body Normanby Primary
Informal group with remit from Governors as required Finance Staffing and Risk and/or Standards Sub Group only as required
Local Governing Body Nunthorpe Primary Academy
Informal group with remit from Governors as required Finance Staffing and Risk and/or Standards Sub Group only as required
Local Governing Body Ormesby Primary
Informal group with remit from Governors as required Finance Staffing and Risk and/or Standards Sub Group only as required
Local Governing Body Zetland Primary
Informal group with remit from Governors as required Finance Staffing and Risk and/or Standards Sub Group only as required

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