Effective governance is a key element to a successful school, and Local Boards provide a vital connection to the community and to the Board of Trustees. With this in mind, LAAT is committed to promoting and supporting the development of effective Local Boards within the Trust. Through the Scheme of Delegation, each Local Board is empowered to make decisions in the best interests of the children and community it serves. For a full breakdown of the powers and responsibilities delegated to Local Boards, please see the Local Board Decision Table, Appendix 3 of the Scheme of Delegation (page 27).
The Scheme of Delegation sets out, in detail the Governance structure, appointment process and delegated powers and responsibilities of Local Boards. A summary of key governance information is provided below, and the full Scheme of Delegation can be found here.
LAAT have a recommended structure for Local Boards, although this can be flexible to meet the needs of the individual school. The recommended structure is as follows:
x Staff – Headteacher – Ex Officio2 x Parent Members – Local Board Appointed – 4 Year Term of Office3 x LAAT Appointed – 4 Year Term of Officex LAAT Foundation Appointed – 4 Year Term of Officex Community – Local Board Nominated – 4 Year Term of Office
x Staff – Headteacher – Ex Officiox Parent Members – Local Board Appointed – 4 Year Term of Office5 x LAAT Appointed – 4 Year Term of Office1 x Community – Local Board Nominated – 4 Year Term of Office
The Chair of each Local Board will be appointed annually by LAAT.
Up to 2 co-optees may be appointed following a unanimous request from the Local Board being approved by LAAT for specific, time limited projects. Co-optees’ voting rights will be limited to the specific projects for which they are appointed, subject to LAAT approval.
Directors or their representatives have the right to attend and vote at all meetings of the Local Board and will attend where any academy is deemed at risk.
The Local Board has the following core strategic functions:
The expectation of individual Local Board Members is that they will:
LAAT wishes to work in partnership with local school communities who have the knowledge of the local community and the needs of their school. LAAT therefore invites members of the school community to apply for a position on the Local Board.
The Headteacher of the school is automatically appointed to the Local Board as an Ex Officio member, with full voting rights.
Parents of registered pupils at the relevant school may apply to the Local Board for selection as a Parent Member, when a vacancy arises. Parent Members will cease to hold office if they no longer have children at the school, unless consent is received from LAAT for their continuation.
LAAT Appointed Members are appointed directly by the LAAT Board. This is done in consultation with the local parish in the case of schools of religious character.
Local Boards may nominate up to two persons to be ‘Co-opted’ to the Local Board to give additional assistance to the Local Board on specific projects or more generally but for a limited period of time. The co-optees may be appointed by LAAT following unanimous request from the Local Board. A person to be ‘Co-opted’ to a Local Board means a person who is to serve on the Local Board without having been appointed or elected to serve on the Local Board. Such persons are appointed on terms approved by LAAT and voting powers of co-optees shall be limited to those projects.
Staff members may be co-opted onto the Local Board, as long as the total number of staff members on the Local Board at any time does not exceed one third of the total number of Local Board members (including the Headteacher).
All Local Board Members will be appointed with a four-year Term of Office, with the exception of:
Subject to remaining eligible, any person may be re-appointed or re-elected to the Local Board, following approval by LAAT.
All prospective Local Board Members must complete the LAAT Skills Audit and Application Form, as well as providing two confidential references to endorse the application (details in application form). Appointments to the Local Board are also subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, which will be carried out by the school at the time of appointment.
Local Board Members may resign from their position at any time by giving notice in writing to the Local Board or to LAAT. However, resignations will not be accepted if the number of persons on the Local Board will then be fewer than five. Staff members will be deemed to have resigned from the Local Board, should they cease to work at the relevant school.
All applications to serve on the Local Board should be sent (via post or email) to the LAAT Governance Officer.
“The Governing body still has the autonomy to work in the best interests of the school but has the support and back up of the trust when needed”