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What’s involved?

Our governance structure has three levels:


Our Members are akin to the shareholders of a company.  They have ultimate control over the academy trust, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s articles of association.  Their key purpose is to hold the Board of Trustees to account and ensure that the Trust is well run and well managed.  Members must meet annually although they may meet more frequently.


The Board of Trustees are responsible for determining the overall strategic direction and development of the Trust through good governance and clear strategic planning, to ensure that it delivers the best possible outcomes for our children.  The Board ensures compliance with the legal and financial requirements under company and charity law, and under agreements made with the Department for Education (DfE).  This is a position with a term of four years and involves mainly daytime meetings approximately every month.

As Trustees of the MAT have overall responsibility for the work of the Trust across all its schools, we especially need individuals with experience in any of the following;

  • Law
  • Organisational expansion
  • HR policy and process
  • Marketing/media/PR
  • Curriculum and assessment development

Local Governing Boards (LGB)

The LGB are responsible for carrying the Trust vision forwards, based on the specific qualities and community characteristics of the individual Academy and in line with delegated authority as set out in our governance scheme of delegation.  They are expected to question and challenge Academy leadership and to hold them to account.  This is a position with a term of four years and involves meetings approximately every term.

The LGB is not legally responsible for the statutory functions (which rests with the Board of Trustees), but has an important role in challenging and supporting the academy to operate effectively in line with the responsibilities defined by the Trustees.

Swanland Education Trust

c/o Swanland Primary School, Tranby Lane, Swanland, East Yorkshire, HU14 3NE

Telephone: 01482 231800 Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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