How we are governed

All Aspirations academies are part of a single charitable company known as the Aspirations Academies Trust. Our principal regulator is the Department for Education.

In a multi-academy trust such as Aspirations, the Board of Trustees is the legal governing body of every Aspirations school. The Board has the power to conduct the affairs of the Trust and its academies.

In practice, many of these powers are delegated to other governance structures and executive leaders. The Board challenges and holds the executive team to account for the educational and financial performance of the Trust.

Rigorous monitoring provides high-quality information about our academies, which supports effective decision-making at all levels of governance.

The District model

Our academies are located in geographic clusters, or Districts. Led by a Regional Director of Education, Districts leverage the geographical proximity of their academies in areas such as marketing, lettings opportunities, business partnerships and community relations. This also enables cross-phase and cross-academy working opportunities.

Our governance structures

Board of Trustees: Comprised of volunteer professionals chosen for their extensive experience in the education, charity and private sectors, the Board of Trustees is ultimately accountable for the performance of the Trust. Trustees agree the strategy for the Trust and monitor its implementation. The Board also approves policies, budgets and future plans.

Remuneration, Risk and Finance (RRF) Committee: The RRF Committee is a committee of the Board. It functions as an audit committee, focusing on financial governance across the Trust.

Executive Operational Board (EOB): Day-to-day operation of the Trust is delegated to the EOB. Operational leads in the Central Management Team and Regional Directors of Education deliver the Trust strategy and maintain oversight of Trust performance. As part of its oversight function, the EOB is responsible for conducting financial and educational monitoring of our academies.

District Boards: District Boards monitor, support and challenge academies within their regional area. District Boards scrutinise educational and financial data of each academy. This validates the monitoring activities that are undertaken by EOB members.

Local Advisory Bodies (LABs): Each academy has a LAB. An advisory structure, LABs provide an essential link between academies, parents, students, staff and the community. They focus on distinct areas where a local presence and knowledge are essential.

A complete outline of the remit and responsibilities of each structure can be found in Governance of the Aspirations Academies Trust.

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