Governance Statement

The systems and processes that we have in place ensure that all levels of Governance can keep a close but strategic overview of each Academy and the trust as a whole. While the work of the Local Governor is never easy, The Trust Board has invested heavily in ensuring that anyone undertaking it is supported in their role.

 

Governorhub, for example, is a meeting management and communication system which makes Governance meetings easier. It enables trust wide communication while also allowing local bodies to communicate with each other to arrange meetings and share documents and information.

Governorhub


We offer a comprehensive training programme. This includes online support from the National Governors Association Learning Link and face to face training sessions throughout the year on pertinent subjects such as finance or understanding school data. All new governors receive induction training, an experienced Governor as a mentor and are welcome to see other LGBs in action. This is led by Nick Morgan our Head of Governance and Estates. We believe that this early interaction builds the best understanding of what’s involved and can ensure that new governors feel confident to undertake the role within a very short space of time.

National Governors Association Learning Link


While training is important, access to the right information at the right time is also vital. This is why we provide They Key for School Governors and membership to the National Governor Association to all our governors. Both services offer different information but provide an effective overview of the role of the Governor and how to approach the role effectively.  

The Key Support - School Governors NGA


We also offer systems which ensure security to the Trust Board while also making the work of the Governor much easier. Our General Risk Assessments undertaken by Ellis Whittam for example ensure that governors with an overview of Health and Safety have a useful reference point to see how their Academy is approaching its obligations for health and safety. GRC one offers an in-depth approach to risk analysis and review and our Correro finance system provides governors with reports and tables in a variety of user friendly ways.

Staying true to our values of Connecting, we hold regular meetings of Chairs and other Governors so that we can share each other’s practice and experience. This is all part of being a governor in our Academies and we are proud to support those who offer their time so freely. All of this investment is to ensure our Local Governing Bodies are fully equipped to support their leaders and hold them to account for delivering the vision they hold for their Academy community.

Scheme of Delegation and other Governance Documents

The Local Governing Body is a committee of the Trust Board and is granted responsibilities to undertake on a day to day basis. This is recorded in the Scheme of Delegation. Each Body is able to develop committees and monitoring systems which fit their individual needs but these will always be with a view to ensuring the responsibilities of the Scheme are met.

Please find below the details of our current scheme of delegation. This document outlines the responsibilities which are granted to each Local Governing body.
 

Latest Scheme

All governors in Aquila Academies commit and adhere to a code of practice. This covers individual and collective responsibilities for the Body. 

Code of Practice

Each body keeps a regular review of its skills using an audit tool created by the National Governors Association. The skills required by each of our bodies will depend on their local context and current priorities. If you are interested in joining one of our bodies, please be aware that all appointments are subject to the skills need of each body.

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By Trust News
Posted: 22/12/2020

Speech and Language Therapist

Speech and Language Therapist Locations: Central office base – Folkestone; Schools – Kent Wide Contract Type: Permanent Hours: 37 hours/week, 38 weeks/year (Term time only) (paid 44.0869 weeks per year inclusive of holiday pay entitlement) but we will also consider part-time and job share requests. Salary Range: Aquila Pay Level i (APLi) £34,245 to £40,281 FTE (pro-rata £28,954 -£34,058) Specialist areas: Education, Paediatric, Mainstream Close date: 31/01/21 Start Date: ASAP Are you a therapist with a commitment to reducing barriers to social mobility? Are you committed to working with children from some of the most deprived areas of Kent? As a multi academy trust, we have schools in some of the most challenging areas of Kent, with a commitment to reduce barriers to social mobility. As a trust, we have moved these schools on so that they provide a good or outstanding level of education and commitment to their children and community. To build on this excellent work we need the support of an independently minded, forward thinking and dynamic speech and language therapist, who is committed to inclusion and removing barriers to social mobility for our young children. We are seeking an experienced therapist who can work with school staff from teaching assistants to head teachers, who shows excellent leadership skills, independence and strategic thinking.  Comfortable working with families, teachers, parents and children breaking down these barriers you will be able to understand the bigger picture and draw on evidence informed and evidence based intervention that can be used to support children. If you show these attributes, then Aquila may be the trust for you. Consisting of 13 school, from small rural to large urban schools, with two specialist resource provision and talks ongoing for more, Aquila are a large trust looking to expand our provision. In collaboration with an educational psychologist a specialist teacher, SENCos and head teachers, you will be at the forefront of creating and developing a service tailored to the needs of children. For your hard work, as a trust we will offer you Enrolment to the Local Government Pension Scheme Travel reimbursement Excellent CPD opportunities HCPC registration is essential to this role as is Enhanced DBS with child and adult barring. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please contact Chris Clarke, Educational Psychologist, for a Job Description and Person Specification for further requirements for this role, at cclarke@diocant-aquila.org or on 07764946138.  
By Trust News
Posted: 27/10/2020

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

KCC announces dedicated helpline for free school meals support this half-term   Kent County Council has announced vouchers for food are available during half-term for families whose children are eligible for free school meals, so that no Kent child goes hungry.   The county’s families most in need will receive supermarket vouchers for each eligible child to ensure they are able to feed their children outside of term time.   A dedicated helpline has been set up and is now open so that Kent’s low-income families are able to quickly and easily access the help they need when they need it most, including during the school holidays. Families who apply will receive one voucher of £15 per child.    The announcement comes after KCC Leader Roger Gough pledged that no child should ever go hungry during school holidays, or at any time.   Speaking after today’s announcement, Mr Gough said: “Kent County Council and our partners in district and borough councils have already helped thousands of Kent residents, including families with school-aged children, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.   “At the weekend, with the half-term holiday approaching, I reminded residents about the help the Kent Together helpline and webpage offer and urged anyone who was struggling to contact us. This dedicated helpline will streamline and speed up the process so we can get urgent help to those that need it.   “We have now taken that offer of help a step further, setting up a dedicated helpline families can call to apply for vouchers for Free School Meals to be used in a local supermarket during the school holidays.    “This support for families in need has always been in place. I hope, though, that this helpline will enable people who need urgent help to get it, and to get it quickly.   “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we support the most vulnerable within our community. I hope that this service will quickly provide families with the help they need and ensure that no child in Kent is left to go hungry.”    Anyone eligible for free school meals who needs extra financial support to help feed their children can now visit www.kent.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals or call the dedicated helpline on 03000 41 24 24. You have until next Monday 2nd November 5pm to apply.   Meanwhile, the KentTogether helpline remains open for any other Kent resident who needs support with food, collection of medication and prescriptions and other urgent needs during the pandemic, 24 hours a day. You can get help by visiting www.kent.gov.uk/kenttogether  or calling 03000 41 92 92.
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