What is The Spring Partnership Trust?
The Spring Partnership Trust is a Multi Academy Trust that is managed by a Board of Directors, or Trustees. The Trust Board is responsible for setting the Trust’s strategic direction and for ensuring that the financial management of the Trust meets all the legal requirements.
It is responsible for developing, reviewing and agreeing all the Trust’s policies (although responsibility for these may be delegated where appropriate), the appointment of staff and for holding the management and leadership of the member academies to account for the outcomes of every pupil. However, it can delegate certain decision making responsibilities where appropriate to the Trustwide committees, Local Committees (LCs) and to members of the senior leadership team (SLT). The full Scheme of Delegation for Governance for the Trust can be accessed below.
The Trust Board meets at least once a term. The minutes of these meetings are available to view on the website once they have been approved by the Directors.
As directors of the company and charity trustees, the Directors have a number of duties and responsibilities towards the management of the Academy Trust and its finances. In summary, the Directors are responsible for:
- the carrying on of the Academy Trust in accordance with its objects as set out in the Articles of Association and safeguarding its assets;
- the running of the Academies and for directing the education, pastoral care, financial and other policies of the Academies in accordance with the Articles of Association and the Funding Agreement;
- ensuring sound management and administration of the Academy Trust, and ensuring that managers are equipped with the relevant skills and guidance;
- financial controls and the financial management of the Academy Trust in accordance with the provisions of the Academies Financial Handbook, which sets out in detail provisions for the financial management of each Academy including guidance on financial systems and controls and accounting and reporting requirements;
- setting standards of conduct and values, monitoring performance and the achievement of objectives, and ensuring that plans for improvement are acted upon;
- risk management, that is identifying, quantifying and devising systems to minimise the major risks affecting the Academy Trust; and
- ensuring the Academy Trust and the Academies are conducted in compliance with the general law.
The Directors are held to account by the Members of the Trust, who are the equivalent of the shareholders in a commercial company (save that they do not receive dividends). In simple terms the Members "own" TSPT. They have a number of statutory rights, the details of which can be found by following this link:- Members Information
Finance and Resources committee (Chair - Mr R Taylor)
The Finance and Resources committee (FARCO) is responsible for managing the finances of the Trust and all schools in it on behalf of the Board of Directors. The committee will:
- Have an underlying commitment to enhancing standards for pupils for all academies within the Trust
- Consider academies indicative funding and raise matters of concern with the Trust Board
- Consider/recommend acceptance/non-acceptance of Trust and academies’ budget to Trust Board
- Monitor and review expenditure on a regular basis
- Receive auditors reports and recommend actions
- Consider/approve/recommend to Trust Board major/capital expenditure
- Review financial implications of Health & Safety recommendations made by Local Committees
- Develop, review, adopt policies supporting financial probity and resources
- Maintain a comprehensive risk register and delegate the monitoring of these risks as appropriate
- Delegate financial functions relating to the Local Committees of the individual academies where appropriate.
Achievement and Curriculum committee (Chair - Mrs B Simpson)
The Achievement and Curriculum committee (ACC) is responsible for pupil progress, attainment and quality of teaching for all schools within the Trust. The committee will:
- Propose/report on improvement targets to Trust Board
- Monitor performance and standards
- Monitor standards of teaching and learning
- Commission, and consider recommendations, from external reviews
- Set and monitor standards in relation to Pupil Premium Funding and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
- Develop, review, adopt policies to support academy performance
- Consider/propose curriculum developments to Trust Board
- Delegate academic performance functions relating to the Local Committees of individual academies where appropriate.
Pay and Performance committee (Chair - Mr C Lees)
The Pay and Performance committee (PPC) is responsible for setting the leadership pay scales and considering a strategic approach to staff recruitment, retention and succession planning. The committee will:
- Ratify and implement the Pay Policy and Performance Management Policy for the Trust
- Establish a CEO/Executive Headteacher (EHT) review Panel of at least two directors to review the performance of the CEO/EHT and to recommend the remuneration for the CEO/EHT.
- Consider for approval the recommendations of the CEO/EHT Review Panel
- Delegate to a director and a local committee member, the review of performance of the Headteacher with the CEO/Executive Headteacher
Audit committee (Chair - Mr R Taylor)
The Audit committee, as a sub-committee of the Finance and Resources committee, is responsible for liaising with the auditors and ensuring financial probity for all schools within the Trust. The committee will:
- Receive auditors’ reports and recommended actions
- Plan audits with auditors
- Deal with technical accounting issues
- Advise the Board on internal controls and annual audit programme