Our Approach

How does school governance work at the Northern Schools Trust?

Our governing bodies work together to drive the vision and ethos of our schools, monitor educational and financial plans, and to provide support to the school in a way that is tailored to their priorities. Each governing body normally consists of 8-12 governors creating a balanced group with the right experiences, skills and connections to support the school in achieving exceptional performance.

Our approach to Governance

We take governance very seriously and always look to discharge our duties in a highly professional manner, as described by our Articles of Association.

The Trust consists of a main board and an audit committee.

The Board will meet at least four times per year. The first meeting of the Board will set the broad policy framework for the Trust. Thereafter, all meetings will consider standing items on the performance of academies and finance. It will take reports from the Principals and Governors Fora.

Full Trust Board meetings will take place on the following dates:

Tuesday 11th October 2016

Wednesday 13th December 2016 – AGM

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Tuesday 18th July 2017

All meetings start at 2pm. The clerk to the Board is Mrs Sian Turner. She can be contacted at

The Board will:

  • Develop and communicate a clear strategy.
  • Deliver the strategy at all levels of the organisation.
  • Set aspirational targets and review performance.
  • Take risks and innovate where necessary.
  • Work collaboratively with staff, stakeholders and the whole school community.
  • Be reflective of its own performance and identify areas for improvement.
  • Be accountable for the performance of the schools within the Trust.

The reporting cycle will cover:

  • School improvement.
  • SEN and inclusion.
  • Partnership.
  • Admissions.
  • Safeguarding.
  • The Annual Report.
  • Additional detailed consideration of Board business will be dealt with at sub-committee level and reported on in accordance with the above annual reporting cycle.