Directors come from the local community of the school's within the Trust, as elected parent Directors, staff Directors, community Directors and Local Authority representatives.
To find out more about our individual Directors, as well as the other layers of governance at The Small Schools Multi Academy Trust, please click here.
What do Directors do?
The Directors are responsible for working strategically with the school to ensure that it delivers high quality education and other opportunities for children in both schools. They work with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, to set the school's aims and policies and to monitor all aspects of school life.
'The directors provide...support and challenge in equal measure. They have a wealth of skills and expertise to call upon. They have a clear understanding of their statutory functions and responsibilities. The well-being of pupils and staff is at the centre of their work. They are committed and enthusiastic about their work. Through regular meetings, the directors track the impact of developments across the school and the progress the pupils are making. Directors check out what they have been told by visiting the school to see for themselves. They share your vision and ambition for the school.' Ofsted inspection May 2018
Directors have three main roles:
To provide strategic direction for the MAT and the schools within it
To act as a critical friend to the CEO
To ensure accountability
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
Determining how the budget is spent
The appointing and dismissing of staff
Hearing appeals and grievances
Forming policy on the curriculum and collective worship
Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
Setting and monitoring the MAT's aims and policies
The role of the school director is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.