WISE Academies – The Governance Structure Explained

The Academies Trust (“the Trust”) is set up as a company limited by guarantee and has a board of Directors. It has exempt charity status and is governed by company and charity law and bound by the Memorandum and Articles of Association. The company was set up to run a number of individual academies.

There is also a board of Directors who may establish a number of committees.   A scheme of delegation has been agreed, setting out the matters reserved for the Trust Board, those powers exercised by the Directors, those delegated to the committees and to the Local Governing Bodies.


Who will be represented on the Local Governing Bodies?

The Local Governing Body will include parents, staff, the Headteacher, representatives of the community and appointees of the Company.

What will the Local Governing Body do?

The Local Governing Body does not run the Academy day to day, as their role is at the strategic level in the academy. They are an essential part of the decision making process for the individual academy and for the group as a whole.

The Local Governing Body is focused upon the individual school contexts, monitoring standards and achievement and their local community needs and aspirations. The Local Governing Body will help us to improve academic standards by ensuring Trust policies are implemented and will support effective communications between the Academy and its stakeholders.

The Local Governing Body will in all cases act within the guidelines set down by the Trust.

You can find out more about who serves on the Local Governing Body of Malvin's Close Academy here (this includes details of terms of office, attendance etc.)

You can access information about the Directors of WISE Academies here

You can access legal documents relating to the Trust (Articles of Association and Funding Agreements) here

The Governance Scheme of Delegation can be viewed here together with an additional explanation of where the core functions of governance are dealt with, which can be read here


If any additional governance information is required please contact