Governance Structure

We have been part of the NEAT Academy Trust family of schools since 1st April 2021.

The levels of governance within NEAT include:

Each level of governance has clear accountabilities to ensure we have significant separation roles.

The relationship between the different levels of governance is represented in a chart.

Roles

Members

  • may amend the trust's articles of association, subject to applicable restrictions
  • have the power to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances
  • are responsible for appointment the trust's external auditors to prepare its annual accounts

Directors/Trustees

  • focus on clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the trust
  • are responsible for holding individuals to account for the educational performance of the trust
  • are responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the trust and making sure that money is well spent

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

  • is responsible for the operation of the trust including the performance of its schools
  • is the accounting officer so has overall responsibility for the operation of the trust's financial responsibilities and must ensure the organisation is run with financial effectiveness and stability

Local Governing Committees of each school within the trust

  • carry out some school-level governance functions on behalf of the trust
  • build an understanding on how the school is performing through scrutiny and evaluation of the quality of education and quality of care
  • engage with stakeholders including parents and the local community
  • at St. Hild’s some of the functions of the LGC will initially be carried out by a Monitoring Committee established by the directors/trustees

Headteachers of each school within the trust

  • are responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and are accountable to the CEO
  • report to the local governing committee on matters within their remit including monitoring and scrutiny of the school's processes and performance
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Key Information

We publish a wide range of information about all levels of governance within NEAT:

 

 

St. Hild's Local Governing Committee
Constitution

The initial constitution of the St Hild’s Local Governing Committee is:

  • two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of Holy Trinity, West View, Hartlepool
  • two nominations made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with the Parochial Church Council of St. Hilda’s, Hartlepool
  • one nomination made by the Durham Diocesan Board of Education in consultation with the Deanery Synod, Hartlepool
  • the minister of Holy Trinity, West View or St. Hilda’s (ex officio)
  • at least two parent members
  • at least one staff member
  • the headteacher (ex officio)

With the exception of the headteacher and staff governors, all local governors are volunteers although they may claim expenses under certain circumstances.

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We publish profiles of each of our local governors.

We are currently appointing a Local Governing Committee for St Hild’s in consultation with the Joint Education Team of the Durham and Newcastle Dioceses.

Members will include representatives of local Churches, parents and staff, as well as the Headteacher.

Details of St. Hild's Local Governing Committee will appear here when appointed.

The terms of office of all governors are four years, except:

  • any co-opted governors where the term of office is one year
  • ex-officio appointments which are based on the person holding a particular office and continue as long as the person remains in post.

Some of the functions that would usually be delegated to the Local Governing Committee will initially be carried out by a Monitoring Committee for St. Hild’s comprising:

  • Roger Alston, NEAT non-executive director/trustee
  • Debi Bailey, NEAT CEO
  • Nichola Brannen, NEAT non-executive director/trustee (Chair)
  • Shaun Fooy, NEAT non-executive director
  • Paul Rickeard, Director of Education, Newcastle and Durham Diocese

We publish profiles of each of our Non-executive directors/trustees 

Over time the functions carried out by the Monitoring Committee will be transferred to the Local Governing Committee for St Hild’s and the Monitoring

Governing Committee Meetings

We publish our meeting dates for the current school year.

Meetings

The meeting dates for the Local Governing Committee and Monitoring Committee will be published here.

 

 

 


Minutes of meetings

Minutes of the meetings of the Local Governing Committee and Monitoring Committee will be published here.

Governance Documentation

Articles of Association

These are the written rules which explain the roles and responsibilities of both the members and the directors of NEAT and how the charitable company is run.

You can view the articles on our trust website.

Code of Conduct

NEAT aims to work to the highest standards of governance at all levels of the organisation.

There is a Code of Conduct for Directors and Local Governors.

All individuals involved in governance personally agree to operate according to the Code upon appointment and then on an annual basis.

The Code itself is reviewed at least annually.

Scheme of Delegation

This sets out the decisions that the trust board has delegated to the Local Governing Committee and the Monitoring Committee for
St. Hild’s. Scheme of Delegation

The trust board reviews this at least annually.

Funding agreements

The funding agreements between the Secretary of State and NEAT provide the framework in which we operate as a mixed multi academy trust.

We publish our funding agreements on the trust website.

Annual Report and Accounts

NEAT has an accounting reference date of 31st August each year.

Our annual report and accounts for the latest financial year are published on the trust website.

You can view the information we publish on the Companies House website which includes a company overview, filing history and key people.

Contact our Governors

You can get in touch with any of our governors via the school office or by using our school contact page.

You can also contact Hannah Hales, Clerk to the Local Governing Committee via the NEAT Academy Trust (NEAT) office on 0191 2284094, or via the NEAT contact page