How our Trusts work
Section 1 - Introduction
This page explains concisely the organisation of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and the Greenwood Academies Trust.
It details information about the role of Principals and Executive Principals, our organisational core values, our Trust structure and purpose, governance arrangements for individual Academies, the Trust meeting structure and perfomance management responsibilities.
For all authorised users, documents giving more detailed information can be found on the secure Trustees page of this website.
Summary of Sections
2. Principals and Executive Principals.
3. Organisational Core Values.
4. The Trust Structure.
5. The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust purpose - identifies the unique purpose of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust as compared to the GAT.
6. The Greenwood Academies Trust purpose - identifies the unique purpose of the Greenwood Academies Trust as compared to the GDFT.
7. Academy Governing Councils.
8. GDFT and GAT meeting structure - gives an overview of the time requirement for Trustees and Council Members annually for key meetings.
9. Performance Management Responsibilities - sets out Line-Management and Performance Management responsibilities for the Trust Board, Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive.
Section 2 - Principals and Executive Principals
Our Academies are led by outstanding Principals. Whilst working to achieve our organisational core values each Principal is free to develop the curriculum and structures within their own Academy to best serve the community they serve. The GDFT does not impose a standard central curriculum or structure.
We have created a Trust where each Academy can evolve individually, developing best practice that can be shared both within the Trust and more widely.
Principals are challenged and supported by our Executive Principals. Executive Principals are experience Principals and are responsible for a group of Academies to manage support, set consistently challenging targets and ensure compliance with core Trust values. Executive Principals line-manage their designated Principals and report directly to the Chief Executive.
Section 3 - Organisational Core Values
i) Group Vision
Group vision is the responsibility of the Chief Executive and the Trust Boards.
The Group vision includes the expansion of the number of Academies within the group to:
- support the Government‟s and DfE‟s drive to raise standards in the poorest performing schools.
- improve the education and life chances of a wide group of pupils.
- expand within our capabilities and capacity to ensure that the quality of what we deliver remains at an outstandingly high level.
- support LAs where undercapacity of school places is an issue.
- develop our own high quality leaders.
- enhance our input into developing national best practice at Ministerial level.
- deliver the best possible central services to individual Academies so Heads of School and Principals can concentrate on their staff and pupils and not on administration.
ii) Strategic Aims
- Leading and managing the most successful and innovative group of Academies in the country, delivering outstanding value added and above average results.
- Ensuring that all our Academies have a calm, well disciplined and purposeful environment with our pupils taking a pride in themselves and their Academy.
- Developing pupil attitudes so they take responsibility for their actions, respect other pupils and their community and become confident, well-educated and purposeful citizens.
iii) Our Ethos
- Everyone can succeed.
- Everyone has the widest opportunities to achieve success.
- Good pupil behaviour is expected at all times.
- Outstanding examination results are expected.
- Previous schooling, lack of parental support and home deprivation must not be a barrier.
- Staff are expected to set the highest of standards as role models.
- Senior staff, including Principals, teach the most challenging pupils at KS4.
- All secondary Academies have a year 7 base.
- There is a consistent focus on improving the quality of literacy and numeracy.
iv) How we work
We provide expertise and capacity for:
- transforming leadership and governance
- focusing on school improvement, including discipline, behaviour and attendance
- improving the quality of teaching and learning
- immersing pupils in a success culture
- introducing a relevant and stimulating curriculum and personalised learning
- focusing on the value we add and how we assess the progress our students make
- targeting under-performing groups for significant improvement
- fostering student and staff pride in the organisation
- ensuring we have high visibility senior leaders
v) The overarching target for each Academy in the Group
From Greenwood Dale‟s last Ofsted Report in September 2007:
"Greenwood Dale is an outstanding school. It serves a community facing significant challenges and turns out young people who achieve highly and develop into well rounded, ambitious young people, equipped in all respects for a modern, diverse society."
Section 4 - The Trust Structure
Section 5 - The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust Purpose
The Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) is the legal entity for the Sponsor of multiple Academies.
The GDFT's Members and Trustees are mainly made up from the previous Governing Body of the Greenwood Dale School.
The GDFT's Objects are 'to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom, in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing by promoting the establishment, maintenance, carrying on, management and development of schools offering a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis, but in no way limited to, either one or a combination of specialism ('Academies').'
The key difference in the Objects compared to the GAT is that the GDFT promotes (Sponsors) Academies whereas the GAT establishes Academies.
The GDFT appoints up to five Members and five Trustees (Directors) to the GAT. Depending on the total number of Members and Trustees in place at any one time, this normally results in the GDFT being the 'parent' company of the GAT.
Section 6 - The Greenwood Academies Trust Purpose
The Greenwood Academies Trust's (GAT) Objects are 'to advance for the public benefit education in the United Kingdom, in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing schools ('the Academies') offering a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on, but in no way limited to either one, or a combination of specialism(s) specified in the Relevant Funding Agreements.'
The GAT exercises its powers to further these Objects. In practice this means that the GAT:
- is the employer of all staff in all Academies and the Central Team;
- holds all the assets of all the Academies;
- holds and manages the finances for all the Academies;
- enters all the requisite legal agreements to enable the opening and subsequent operation of all the Academies, including Funding Agreements and leases for land and buildings; and
- acts as the single Trustee for the Experian Nottingham Academy Fund.
The GAT manages its Academies through a Board of Trustees, which is the equivalent to the Governing Body of a single Academy. The Board delegates some of its responsibilities for the day to day management to officers of GAT and to other committees, for example Finance.
Local Academy Councils offer advice back to the Board of Trustees to help inform them on policy and priorities.
Section 7 - Academy Governing Councils
Academy Councils are similar to the Governing Body of a maintained school but have different legal responsibilities. Each Academy has its own Council.
Each Council has three key roles in terms of the development and success of the Academy it serves:
1. To advise and act as a critical friend to the Executive Principal or Principal of the Academy and to advise the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Academies Trust about local issues they need to consider that affect the Academy.
2. To represent the interests of the Academy community in the running of the Academy and to represent the Academy in its community.
3. To provide support to the Executive Principal or Principal in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy, such as disciplinary and complaint procedures.
Section 8 - Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust and Greenwood Academies Trust meeting structure
The GDFT Board - ad hoc meetings as required.
The GAT Board - four meetings a year, calendared one year ahead.
Finance Board - six meetings a year, calendared one year ahead.
The GAT Appeals Panel - ad hoc meetings as required.
Academy Councils - three meetings a year, one each term, to receive the Executive Principal/Head of School/Principal's report.
Academy Council Pupil Disciplinary Panels - ad hoc meetings to support local management.
Section 9 - Performance Management Responsibilities
Deputy Chief Executive
Principals of Academies without an Executive Principal
Senior Education Advisers
Education Director, programmes
Director of Extended Opportunities
Director of Infrastructure
Deputy Chief Executive
Senior Director of HR
Director of HR
Director of Procurement
Tax and Assurance Manager
Director of Catering
Directors of ICT
Director of Risk and Health and Safety
All other PMC arrangements are through the processes of individual Academies.