Academy trusts are independent, but state-funded schools. Incorporated as companies limited by guarantee and also exempt charities, they are required to not just abide by education legislation but company and charity law, alongside other legislation affecting the way the organisation is run (such as health and safety, employment, safeguarding and other legislation). Those running an academy, the charity trustees, are therefore responsible for a considerable range of activities over and above the experience of pupils and their academic progress.
This guidance looks at how to recruit successfully, and how it is essential that all involved know exactly what the legal role and duties of trustees are. The Charities Act 2011 defines trustees as ‘…The persons having the general control and management of the administration of a charity’ (s177). For trustees to be able to fulfil this role it is crucial that the board has the skills, experience, background and knowledge required for the effective administration of the academy trust in pursuit of its objects.