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Supporting our Schools

Central Team Structure

The Central Team is made up as follows:

The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board and has overall responsibility for the implementation of the Trust Strategy and all aspects of the operation of the Trust. The CEO is line manager of all Principals.

The Education Team

The School Development team carries out the following core functions:

  • Strategic Trust development planning linked to evidence-based assessment of performance

  • Quality assurance including assessing the impact of leadership on provision

  • Support for school leaders in relation to key priorities identified by the school/Trust

  • Development of Trust wide systems/approaches to key areas e.g., pupil premium strategy, school status reports, self –evaluation

  • Development of opportunities to facilitate collaborative working practices

  • Best practice research and evaluation including links with external providers

  • Policy development and implementation

  • Reporting to the Education and Standards Committee, Trust Board and Regional Director (RD)

  • Professional development support: Early Career Teacher framework, SENDCo induction, safeguarding

  • Advice and guidance relating to safeguarding

  • Centralised lead for MAT contracts: FFT, GL Assessment, BlueSky, EdTech

The team is made up of the following central staff:

  • Director of Quality and Standards
  • Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning: PP Lead
  • Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning: SEND Lead
  • Trust Lead: Safeguarding [0.2 FTE]
The Finance Team

The finance team has both external and internal core functions:


  • Trust adherence to all statutory financial requirements including year-end accounts, audit, VAT, HMRC

  • Compliance with the ESFA funding agreement and the FNTI including monthly reporting to the ESFA, accounts returns, benchmarking


  • Providing Trustees and the BF&A committee with assurance and evidence that the Trust has sound financial annual and long term plans and budgets in place to achieve the Trust’s strategy, has a strong system of internal control, is able to mitigate financial risk, and has adequate levels of cash reserves to continue to operate.

  • Providing LGBs with financial information and assurance, attending meetings when requested

  • Providing financial advice and guidance to Principals including preparation of school level budgets/forecasts and monthly financial reports.

  • Providing technical support and guidance to school- based finance staff

The team is made up of the following central staff:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Senior Trust Finance Manager
  • 2 Trust Finance Managers
  • Trust Finance Officer
The HR Team

The HR team carries out the following core functions:

  • Effective and timely handling of HR and employee relation issues

  • Policy and procedure management, support and advice

  • Recruitment and Onboarding Services

  • HR Training for line managers and senior leaders on Employee Relation issues

  • Provision of advisory and consultative support on school staffing reviews

The team is made up of the following central staff:

  • Director of HR
  • Trust HR Officer
  • Trust HR Assistant
The Operations Team

The operations team carries out the following core functions:

  • Governance oversight/support

  • Legal support/advice

  • Compliance activities (including H&S)

  • GDPR/DPO support

  • ICT strategy

  • Estates strategy.

The team is made up of the following central staff:

  • Director of Operations
  • Trust Governance Manager
  • Trust Senior Estates & Compliance Officer
  • Trust Marketing Officer