The Role of the Academy Trust and Governing Body The principles of governance in academies are not dissimilar to those in maintained schools. The Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and the governance arrangements are set out in its governing documentation (the Articles of Association). The Governing Body, on behalf of the Academy Trust, is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. It aims to ensure that students are attending a highly successful school which provides them with an outstanding education, supports their overall well-being and provides them with a successful transition to the next stage in their lives. The Governing Body: Sets the strategic direction of the school by: Setting the vision, values, aims and objectives for the school Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives Challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating: The effectiveness of the school in relation to external benchmarks The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework Progress towards annual priorities as detailed in the strategic plan Ensures accountability by: Ratifying the annual evaluation of school effectiveness Holding the Headteacher to account for the performance of the school Responding to OFSTED and other commissioned reports, where necessary Ensuring members of staff, parents and students are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate. Making available information to the community Appointing and performance managing the Headteacher who, with the Leadership Group and staff, will deliver the vision (through the day to day leadership and management of the school, implementation of the agreed policy framework and school improvement strategy, and delivery of the curriculum) and report appropriately to the Governing Body.