Effective governance is crucial at all levels to ensure compliance with both company law and charity law.

This section outlines our governance structure.

All the academies are governed by the Trust with a single board of directors (or trustees). This is the body accountable to the Secretary of State. In our Trust each academy retains its own Local Governing Board with delegated responsibilities. The Trust consists of:


There are five members, who have ultimate control over the Trust. They have the ability to appoint some of the trustees and have the right to amend the trust’s articles of association. One of the members is the chair of the Trust Board, and at least two members are not on the Trust Board or any local governing board.


The Trust Board is made up of key stakeholders, invited partners and the CEO of the Trust. This ensures that schools are represented at a strategic level. Members may appoint up to twelve Trustees. The total number of Trustees, including the CEO, who are employees of the Trust will not exceed one third of the total number of Trustees.

Local Governing Boards

Each school joining the Trust will have a local governing board consisting of local people with elected parents and staff. The degree of autonomy of each school in the trust will be dependent on the quality of the education that it currently provides. Good and Outstanding schools will be appropriately supported and challenged, allowing them to develop over time. Schools not yet good will be given appropriate support to ensure that the necessary changes are made quickly.


The Trust delegates responsibility for finance, HR and admissions to three committees. These have representatives from each academy, who report back to their Local Governing Boards. This ensures that Local Governing Boards are able to focus on teaching and learning. The Trust also has a Governance Committee, with each academy’s Chair of Governors as a representative.

Cirrus Primary Academy Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 09642581.
Registered office address: Avenue Primary Academy, Avenue Road, Sutton SM2 6JE.

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