Organisation

How we work

All our schools are successful. They are performing at a good or outstanding level. Of course we recognise that we need to continually improve and evolve. The priority is to enable every School to continue to provide an excellent education for all our students while protecting the School’s role at the heart of its community, along with our unique qualities and strengths.

There is a balance as to the responsibilities delegated to Schools and those that are the responsibility of SAST. The focus is to continually evaluate, improve and develop through strong, effective and accountable leadership at all levels. The aim is to establish clear, simple and effective accountability including slim and streamlined governance.

Levels of GovernanceThere are three levels of governance:

  1. Members:- Members appoint the Trustees to run the SAST, and are the only people able to amend the Articles of Association of the SAST. There are 6 members of which 1 will be the Diocese of Salisbury in a corporate capacity and 2 other have foundation status. Members have a strategic vision, with a range of skills such as academic/education, financial, legal, corporate business and creative/cultural.
  2. Board of Trustees:- Trustees determine policy, and make decisions for the SAST. They are the statutory Governing Body of each School. There are 12 Trustees including 6 with foundation status. The Trustees are appointed on the basis of the skills balance required for the SAST including finance, legal, HR, project/business management, education, estates.
  3. Local Governing Body (LGB):- Each school has a LGB with agreed delegation to respond to the context, status, needs and resources of its school community and its connections to the wider world. The LGB will focus on teaching and learning, standards and achievement, community and safeguarding. There will be up to 12 local governors in each school and its composition reflects its previous VC, VA or community status. There will be no local level sub-committees.

The SAST Board of Trustees has two central Trust Committees: one for Teaching, Learning and Improvement and one for Finance and Resources. All schools are accountable to the Board of Trustees for standards and achievement.

Groups and Meetings

The groups and meetings to lead and support its aspirations is summarised in the table below. The meetings take place around all of the Schools. There is an Executive Group which meets weekly. It is chaired by the CEO and includes all the School Headteachers and the Finance Director and Head of HR.

Members

Core Purpose

  • Overarching responsibility
  • Articles
  • Appoint/remove trustees

Membership

  • 6 in total
  • 3 Foundation
  • 2 members also trustees

Meetings

  • 2 per year

SAST Board of Trustees

Core Purpose

  • Strategic direction
  • Policy framework
  • Employer
  • Compliance
  • Risk management
  • Company directors

Membership

  • 12 in total
  • 6 Foundation

Meetings

  • Up to 6 meetings per year

SAST Finance and Resources Committee

Core Purpose

  • Finance
  • Audit
  • Premises
  • Financial compliance

Membership

  • at least 5 Trustees
  • the CEO
  • the SAST Finance Director
  • Two school HTs

Meetings

  • Up to 4 meetings per year

SAST Rooting and Leaning Improvement Committee

Core Purpose

  • Performance & standards
  • Educational development
  • Staffing
  • Safeguardng
  • Other compliance

Membership

  • at least 5 Trustees
  • the CEO
  • the SAST Head of HR
  • Two school HTs

Meetings

  • Up to 4 meetings per year

Other SAST Sub committees

  1. Pay and Remuneration
  2. Staff Disciplinary
  3. Student Disciplinary

Membership

  • Any 3 trustees

Meetings

  • As required

School Local Governing Body

Core Purpose

  • School improvement
  • Community provision
  • Curriculum
  • Teaching and learning
  • Behaviour
  • School facility and budget monitoring

Membership

  • Up to 12 per school
  • Designation to mirror existing school status

Meetings

  • Max 5 per year

Executive Group

Core Purpose

  • Quality
  • Consistency and coherence
  • Sharing
  • Improvement

Membership

  • CEO
  • All HTs
  • Finance Director
  • Head of HR

Meeting

  • Every 1-2 weeks

Chair of Governors Group

Core Purpose

  • Support strategy development
  • Board/LGB communication

Membership

  • Chair of Trustees
  • Vice chair or trustees
  • Chairs of all LGBs

Meetings

  • 2 per year

Executive Headteacher/CEO

Core role

  • Chair of Executive Board
  • Quality
  • Consistency and coherence
  • Sharing
  • Improvement

Meetings

  • Every 1-2 weeks with EG

Other operational groups

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Site/Premises
  • Grounds

To be developed

  • e-learning/ICT
  • Promotion/marketing
  • SEND
  • Catering/Food

Meetings

  • As required

Contact Us

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