Westgate Academy is a charitable company/trust (except charity), limited by guarantee (not having a share capital) - company number 07669761 - was set up in September 2011. The Academy entered into a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education to run one of its academies.
The company was set up by three members who are subscribers to its memorandum of association.
The members who set up the company were: Michael Belcher, Elizabeth Hopkins and Maureen Geddis
The members as of the 1st September 2020 are: Michael Belcher, Elizabeth Hopkins and Simon Clarke
The Members meet twice a year to:
The Trustees are the directors of the charitable trust (Members can be Trustees but don’t have to be) who are responsible for the following three core governance functions:
Trustees are responsible for ensuring the leadership and management, education outcomes and pastoral welfare of pupils are achieved.
The trustees are subject to the duties and responsibilities of the charitable trustees and company directors and as such are responsible for ensuring that the charitable company achieves its objectives as well as compliance with charity and company law and the academy funding agreement.
The Trustees usually meet three times each school term (to make decisions linked to the above) and to be assured in relation to the matters linked to the leadership and management, educational outcomes and pastoral welfare of pupils.
The Trustees meet once each term as a Full Governing Body, once as a Finance and Resources Committee and once as an Achievement and Teaching Committee.
Finance and Resources Committee
This committee is responsible for assuring the strategic financial management of the Academy and for making recommendations to the Full Governing Body regarding decisions linked to:
Achievement and Teaching Committee
This committee is responsible for assuring the educational outcomes of the Academy and for making recommendations to the Full Governing Body regarding decisions linked to:
The Full Board of Trustees
The Full Board of Trustees takes reports and recommendations from the Finance and Resources Committee and Achievement and Teaching Committee and is responsible for assuring the Leadership and management excellence of the Academy - including the generation and implementation of the Academy Improvement Plan (AIP) and the identification and management of risk.
Specific Trustee roles
The Trust has a Chair and Vice Chair and each of the committee’s has an appointed chair.
There are three specific Trustee roles: Safeguarding governor; SEN governor; health and safety governor.
Decisions which are made by the Trustees and which are therefore not delegated to the headteacher
Assuring Operational Excellence
Pay, personnel and performance management (including the Trustees role as employer)
Budget setting and finance matters (including procurement matters)
Assuring educational outcomes
Personal develop, behaviour and welfare:
Assuring excellent leadership and management