This scheme of delegation describes the functions of the Board that are devolved through the Executive to the constituent academies.
From the authority delegated to him by the Board the Chief Executive Officer may, in turn, and with the agreement of the Board, delegate such authority as he sees fit to the constituent academies. In technical terms, the Board will be delegating authority with responsibilities to the Local Governing Bodies, whilst the Chief Executive Officer will be delegating authority with responsibilities to the Principals. Clear procedures and schemes of delegation from local governing bodies to respective Principals will ensure that this is not an overcomplicated arrangement and that it is not bringing risks to the achievement of improved educational outcomes.
There is no requirement that the Scheme of Delegation from the Trust to each Academy in the Tollbar Family of Academies should be identical, though there is a requirement that a scheme of delegation exists.
Where a constituent academy is in need of improvement, the Chief Executive Officer may deploy to that academy an Executive Headteacher from the Trust Executive Team in order to provide additional leadership capacity. In these cases the Executive Headteacher acts as the agent of the Chief Executive Officer using this authority to directly manage the academy where there is no Principal in place or working strategically with the Principal where there is one in place.
The execution of all delegated authority must comply with policy and conform to the procedures guides.
The following responsibilities to be exercised within each constituent academy will be delegated to the constituent academies:
The following responsibilities to be exercised within each constituent academy may be delegated to the constituent academies at the discretion of the CEO:
Local Governing Bodies
In line with the Master Funding Agreement (Paragraphs 14, 15) Local Governing Bodies are established as Committees of the Board to ensure that the interests of the Board are represented to the constituent academies, at the local level, and that the interests of the constituent academies are represented to the Board, at the Centre.
The Board reserves powers to suspend the normal arrangements for the establishment and operation of Local Governing Bodies. These powers are exercised in cases where direct control is in the interests of a constituent academy. Examples of such cases include newly adopted academies and academies whose performance is inadequate. The Board reserves the right to maintain such arrangements for as long as they deem appropriate.
The LGB usually comprises:
In the context of the constituent academy, the primary purposes of the Local Governing Body are:
To meet its purposes the Board will:
Sub-committee Chairs are to convene meetings each term in accordance with the schedule of meetings agreed by the Board and after consultation with the Principal regarding the agenda contents. Formal minutes are to be taken by the Clerk and circulated to all local Governors and forwarded to the Board.
A quorum of 3 is necessary to run a meeting but decisions are to be taken on a majority of Governors.
Terms of Reference
In accordance with the Scheme of Delegation, the local governing body will:
Appointment/Removal of Local Governing Body Members
The terms of appointment and removal of Local Governing Body members will be as stated in the Code of Conduct.