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Governance Structure

The Trust Structure

The James Cook Learning Trust has an effective framework for governance and accountability which:


The Trust’s Members are not involved in the day-to-day business of the Trust; however, they do have an important role in an academy trust based on a number of key powers set out in the articles of association and in company law.

Members help to ensure that Academy Trustees are exercising effective governance by utilising a range of powers including:


The Trustees are both Charity Trustees and Company Directors, who have ultimate accountability for the way in which the academies within the James Cook Learning Trust are managed.

The trustees focus on three core functions:

The Trust Board may discharge its responsibilities by delegating functions in accordance with the Trust’s Articles of Association, Funding Agreement and Academies Financial Handbook. The Trust has approved a committee structure and delegated responsibility to those committees.

Standards and Curriculum Committee

The Standards and Curriculum committee normally meets once a term. The Trust Board has delegated responsibility to the Curriculum and Standards Committee to:

Finance, Audit, Risk and Resources Committee

The Finance, Audit, Risk and Resources committee normally meets once a term. The Trust Board has delegated responsibility to the Finance, Audit, Risk and Resources Committee to:

Executive Head Teacher

In their individual capacity, each Head Teacher will ensure the effective management and strategic direction of their respective Academy in line with the Trust’s vision, aims, Development Plan and delegation arrangements. As a group, their role is to:

Local Governing Body

Local Governing Bodies are accountable to the Trust Board for ensuring individual Academies are managed effectively, taking account of the vision and aims of the Trust and adhering to any Trust-wide policies. Their key roles are:

Further detail on these roles and responsibilities can be found in the Governance Framework document (which includes committee terms of reference) and the Scheme of Delegation.


James Cook Learning Trust ArticlesView
JCLT Governance Framework and Delegation Schedule Sep 2020View
JCLT Delegation Schedule Sep 2020View

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