QEGSMAT Governance Structure


The trust consists of five members who are very similar to shareholders in a normal company. They are often considered as the custodians of the trust and act as a ‘check and balance’ on the performance of the multi-academy trust. The members have the power to appoint or remove trustees, amend the Articles of Association and, if necessary, wind up the multi-academy trust. To ensure robust accountability within our governance structure the members are independent of the Trust Board. The members will meet as often as is necessary to carry out their duties, but at least on an annual basis.

The Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility and accountability to the Department for Education (DfE) for the performance of the Trust, including: educational results; attendance; exclusions; admissions; staffing; finance; premises; curriculum; well-being and safeguarding; and reporting requirements to the DfE, the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). The Trust board has two sub-committees to assist them, namely the Finance, Audit and  Risk Committee and the Performance Committee.  Each committee operates with its own set of terms of reference. The sub-committees will meet as often as is necessary, but at least three times per year. (Previous to 2020/2021 the Trust Board had a Primary Phase and Secondary Phase Committee.  The decision was taken to move to one Committee, namely the Performance Committee, to enable the best use of knowledge and areas of skills within the Trust Board).

The Performance Committee
The Performance Committee is responsible for monitoring staff recruitment, retention and performance and for reviewing data on the progress and attainment of all academies within the Trust.  Safeguarding also falls under its responsibility.

The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
The Finance, Audit and Risk Committee is responsible for providing financial scrutiny, oversight and assurance on behalf of the Trust Board over the suitability of, and compliance with, its financial systems and operational controls.  It also has responsibility of ensuring risks are adequately identified and managed.

Local Governors

Local Governors are established for each academy where appropriate. The Governors carry out the trust’s vision, policies and priorities and engage with the academy’s key stakeholders (students, parents, staff and members of the community). Their role is to support & challenge and to seek assurances on behalf of the board in regard to academic performance and quality of care and provision for their academy. They are responsible for making decisions by way of the powers delegated to them by the trust board in accordance with the terms of reference and scheme of delegation.

For details of Local Governors please select from the list below:-