Structure and Governance

 
ACE Trust was founded in 2015 and accredited as a DfE Sponsor. The Trust was originally founded under the control of the Kernow Collaborative Trust with two sponsored academies. In September 2015 the Kernow Collaborative Trust relinquished control and new Articles were adopted.  

 

Terms of Reference are available for each layer of governance and the Scheme of Delegation of responsibilities relating to each LAB is available on the Trust website.

 

Members

It is a statutory requirement that Members meet once each academic year, however, ACE Members prefer to meet each term and have recently received training on more rigorously holding the Directors to account.

Members

  • scrutinise and challenge the work of the Directors through reviewing Board minutes, the CEO reports and Business Directors reports

  • ensure the Objectives of the Trust are fulfilled

  • have access to a cloud-based Handbook, which includes meeting papers, policies, data, information and research materials

  • have a Communication Protocol between Members and Directors to ensure a flow of information between both levels of governance

 

Directors

Directors have chosen to hold several meetings each term. Meetings include

  • a general Board of Directors meeting, held a minimum of once each term;

  • a Directors Select Committee-style meeting held once each term, which enables Directors to question staff at all levels across the Trust on areas of specific priority across the Trust. This enables them to challenge information received by them from the CEO;

  • a Directors Focussed Workshop-style meeting held twice a year, which enables an indepth discussion on a Trust priority.

Directors

  • have access to a cloud-based Handbook, which includes meeting papers, policies, data, information and research materials

  • are each allotted a set of LAB minutes to read and raise challenges at each Board meeting

  • have a Communication Protocol between Directors and Local Area Boards of Governors to ensure a flow of information between both levels of governance

  • invite Members, Chairs, Headteachers, Clerks and the Trust Business Team to review Trust progress and discuss current ideas, at a Visioning Session at the beginning of each academic year

Committees

  • An ACE Finance/Audit Committee is held each term, which reports to the full Board of Directors.

  • An ACE Leadership Team Committee is held monthly, focussing on the priorities of the Trust and ensuring the standardisation of processes and systems to improve consistency and best practice across the Trust. The committee reports to the full Board of Directors through its minutes and recommendations and provides a synopsis of its work to all LABs.

 

Local Advisory Boards of Governors

Each ACE academy has its own Local Area Board of Governors, consisting of the Trust CEO, Headteacher, Staff rep, 2 Parent Governors and 3 Community Governors.

 

An ACE Governor/Clerk conference is held each academic year to review and discuss, eg, Pupil Premium, data, Ofsted. Governors and Clerks also attend a wider cross-Trust (Kernow Teaching School Alliance) annual conference.

 

Chairs of Governors

Chairs

  • meet as a group with the Chair of Directors and the CEO each half term

  • take part in the Chairs induction procedure, which includes training sessions particular to the role

  • have access to advice and guidance from the CEO

  • follow ACE procedures for the chairing of their LABs and have access to a cloud-based resource bank of information

 

Governors

Governors

  • initially take part in a 3-month induction procedure and are appointed a mentor before being confirmed in post

  • attend Governor conferences and training

  • have access to a cloud-based Governors Handbook, which includes meeting papers, policies, data, information and research materials

 

Clerks

Clerks

  • meet as a team with the Company Secretary each term to review and develop their practice

  • receive a indepth induction

  • have access to advice and guidance and the opportunity for additional 1:1 meetings with the Company Secretary

  • have access to formal nationally recognised clerk training

  • attend Governor conferences and the Directors Visioning Meeting

  • have online access to a series of checklists, draft documents and information covering different administration procedures, eg informal/formal complaints

  • have online access to draft agenda, minutes and other documents to aid their administration and ensure standardisation of clerking procedures

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