St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School is one of five schools within the St Alban Catholic Academies Trust (SACAT). In this section of the school website you will find:
- The structure of the Trust
- The Directors of the St Alban Catholic Academies Trust, their role and details of their business interests
- The Governors/representatives of your Local Governing Body (LGB), their role and details of their business interests
- Further statutory information
Part 1: St Alban Catholic Academies Trust (SACAT)
Governance structure and arrangements
The Board of Directors
The Directors empower the Local Governing Body for each school to scrutinise, support and challenge the work of each school. They achieve this in three ways:
- The Board has responsibility for all areas of school operations that must be generic across the Trust (e.g. Pay, Appraisal, Financial regularity). They do this through the work of the Finance Committee who monitor and report on school operations thus reducing the workload of each LGB and allowing to focus on the school’s performance. Each LGB has oversight of the school’s annual budget. The LGB must ensure any ring-fenced funding is monitored and accounted for within the regulations that been set out by the awarding body.
- The Board of Directors support and challenge each Local Governing Body and so monitor their effectiveness. The Board of Directors commissions and receives executive summaries on school performance from each school over the course of the academic year to monitor performance. Many of these reports will be completed by an independent external professional body / person to ensure that Representatives and Directors have a reliable overview of school performance (e.g. Aspire data analysis, SEND audit; H&S audit; CEIAG audit; Safeguarding audit). To facilitate easy analysis from school to school, the Trust adopts standardised reporting proformas wherever possible.
- The Board of Directors retains a central fund each year to ensure the Trust has the capacity to respond to areas of emerging concern in any one of the schools across the Trust. This includes commissioning professional support when required.
The Local Governing Body
The LGB acts on behalf of the Trust to scrutinise the performance of their own school in detail. The work of the LGB is supported by 3 Sub-Groups that report directly to the LGB:
- Student Outcomes, Teaching and Learning
- Behaviour, Safeguarding and Catholic Life
- Finance, Resources and Staffing
The Strategy Committee is the forum for Governor and Director training and also provides a forum for Representatives and Directors to work together.
Seeking an independent voice to support quality governance:
The LGB draws on reports commissioned for the Trust and makes use of professional analysis carried out by independent persons / organisations. This is intended to add capacity, skill and experience to the work of the Local Governing Body and maintains independence and objectivity.
PART 2: The Governors of your Local Governing Body, their role and details of their business interests
PART 3: The Directors of the St Alban Catholic Academies Trust, their role and details of their business interests
PART 4: Further statutory information
Every Academy is required to publish the documents found below. Please click on the link to open the document.