The governance structure of Athena Schools Trust (AST) has been designed to support the culture of the Trust and the effective management of a dynamic organisation.  The Trust believes that the best people to govern schools are their own governing bodies – those who are local to them, know them well, care about the students and have the appropriate professional skills.  

AST is governed by a board of trustees constituted under a Memorandum of Articles of Association. The board of trustees provides a strategic overview of the running of the academies and ensures that all schools in the MAT are well-governed. AST believes that trustees should be appointed for their professional, educational and governance skills. All trustees have the interests of every member school at their heart. 

AST puts the education of young people first, driven by the headteachers’ group, comprised of the head teachers, or head of school, from member schools. The group drives the school improvement and academic strategies of the MAT: monitoring standards and ensuring optimum collaboration between schools to enhance education and best practice in school management. 

A joint governors council (JGC) made up of two representatives from every member school ensures the voices of local governors are heard, communicating with the trust and the headteachers’ group. Its key role is to ensure that the knowledge and requirements of individual schools are fairly represented in the MAT.

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Local governing bodies (LGBs) will maintain a high level of strategic responsibility for their school and will continue to recruit members on a skillset basis as well as to represent and reflect their local community, especially parents.

An operations group, headed by the AST’s finance director, is comprised of the business managers and bursars of the member schools, plus appropriate co-opted professionals. Its responsibilities include ensuring that all schools are financially viable, examining and progressing synergies across the MAT and ensuring services, such as HR and payroll, are effectively run and monitored.

Members appoint the trustees and have the power to remove the trustees if necessary. Members do not sit on any other committees.

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Page Downloads Date  
AST Articles of Association 24th Sep 2018 Download
Athena Schools Trust Schemes of Delegation v1.4 05th Mar 2019 Download
Governor Training Programme 2019-21 19th May 2019 Download