Governance Structure

The Governance Structure of the Children First Learning Partnership Multi-Academy Trust

In a Multi Academy Trust, a single Trust is responsible for a number of schools. The MAT consists of the members and the trustees/directors. An Academy Trust is a legal entity. It is the direct employer of staff and the holder of land titles. An Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. An Academy Trust must have both Members and Directors.


The Director Board’s powers are delegated to them by the Members. They are responsible for controlling the management and operation of the Trust.

Please click here for the director’s terms of reference

Directors are responsible for overviewing each School Budget ensuring that the Trust is solvent, well run and that the academies are delivering the standards required. We have a specific sub-committee which has the expertise to provide the depth of financial scrutiny required to identify risk, (both financial and non-financial) to enable the Board to fulfil its duties to the highest standards. This is known as the Finance, Resource and Risk Committee (FARRC).

Please click here to read the Finance, Risk and Resource Committee Terms of Reference.

Directors are responsible for overviewing each School budget and appointing the governors in the Local Advisory Boards (LAB).

The most effective governance models recognise that in order for the Members to hold the Directors to account, there needs to be some separation between those serving as directors and those serving as a member. There should be a Director who acts as a bridge between the Members and the Directors. Similarly, in terms of accountability there needs to be separation between Directors and members of each of  the Local Advisory Boards.

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Members are the subscribers to the Trusts memorandum of association.  They have an overview of governance arrangements of the Trust and have the power to appoint or remove Directors.

Only the Members have the right to amend the articles of association and are responsible for ensuring the MAT Board of Directors are compliant. Click here for more information


The LAB responsibilities are delegated to them from the MAT Board of Directors in a document called The Scheme of Delegation.  The level of delegated responsibilities is negotiated with each School and reviewed on a regular basis.

Such delegated responsibilities are likely to include day to day operational management, leadership of teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum design, pupil welfare, staffing and budget monitoring.

Our Local Advisory Boards

If you would like more information about our Local Advisory Board Members, their business and pecuniary interests and meeting attendance please click the links below:

Castlechurch Primary School

Kingsfield First School | Biddulph | Staffordshire

Knypersley First School | Biddulph | Staffordshire

Oxhey First School | Biddulph | Staffordshire

Reginald Mitchell Primary School | Staffordshire