The Skills For Life Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity.  The Trust’s Memorandum and Articles of Association are the primary governing documents of this Trust.

The Trustees of Skills For Life Trust are also the Directors of the company for the purposes of company law and the Secretary of State for Education is our principal regulator.

The role of the Members

Members play a limited but crucial role in safeguarding trust governance.  They assure themselves that the governance is effective and that Trustees are acting in accordance with the trust’s charitable objects, but they are not involved in the day-to-day running of the Trust.  Members may step in the governance is failing and use their powers as set out in the Trust’s Articles of Association.

The role of the Trustees

The Board of Trustees (“Trust Board”) is the decision-making body of the Trust and is accountable and responsible for the trust and all the academies within it.  The Trust is the employer of any central staff and those within the academies. 

The Trust Board has three core responsibilities:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

The role of the Local Governing Bodies

The Trust Board delegates specific roles and responsibilities through the Scheme of Delegation to committees, including the Local Governing Bodies.  This strategic direction and oversight will ensure that the culture, values and ethos of the Trust is being met at individual academy level.  The LGB is accountable to the Trust Board in relation to any matter delegated to it.  Roles and Responsibilities for all committees and the Local Governing Bodies are written in the Terms of Reference documents.

Trustees value the work undertaken by the Local Governing Bodies and is committed to ensuring that Governors are well supported as they carry out their duties for the Trust Board.