Governance is a system of rules, practices and processes by which the Eden Academy Trust and each of the schools are managed.

Governance across the Trust has been established to support our vision:

The Eden Academy Trust will create centres of educational excellence where our young people will achieve exceptional outcomes.

Governance at the Eden Academy Trust is led by the following:

Board of Members

The Board of Members (or ‘members’) has ultimate control over the Eden Academy Trust.

They have the power to:

  • appoint (or remove) Trustees
  • issue instructions to the Trustees to take a specific action
  • appoint the Trust’s auditors and receive the Trust’s annual accounts
  • change the name of the Trust and ultimately, close the Trust.

Members meet once a year for an Annual General Meeting where they review performance across the Trust as well as discuss with Trustees new developments and their vision for the future. 

You can find more information, profiles of the members and review the Declarations of Interest of the Eden Academy Trust Members, Trustees and Audit Committee Members here.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (or ‘trustees’) are responsible for the performance, achievement and overall direction of the Eden Academy Trust. Legal accountability for all aspects of the Trust lies with the trustees including finance, personnel and premises, and the educational performance of the schools.

The trustees offer support, constructive advice and help to the CEO, Senior Leadership team and School Heads where needed, but will also challenge, ask questions and seek information to find the best solution for the Trust.

Trustees are responsible for four main areas:

  • Strategy – they create the vision, ethos and strategy for the Trust and its schools and make sure there there is a strong and effective leadership structure and personnel in place across the Trust.

  • Performance – they oversee and challenge the Trust’s education performance data and financial capability and management systems.

  • Compliance – they establish the governance structures for the Trust and make sure it complies with all relevant regulations and the law.

  • Communication – they engage with parents, pupils and staff and help to develop relationships beyond the Trust.

Board of Trustees Committees

The Board of Trustees establish committees to support the work of the Trust. These committees include a finance committee, a performance management committee and audit committee.

You can find more information and profiles of the trustees and the Eden Academy Trust’s annual accounts and report here.


EAT Scheme of Delegation

EAT Governance Charter

EAT Articles of Association

Trust Senior Leadership Team

Responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the Trust, implementing plans and policies is delegated by the Trustees to the Senior Leadership Team.

You can find more information and profiles of our Senior Leadership Team here.

Local Advisory Board

Each school within the Trust has a Local Advisory Board (LAB) which is a group of parents, staff and community representatives who provide advice and support to help the school achieve its aims. The LAB is not a legal entity in its own right. Legal accountability for all aspects of the school lies with the Trustees including finance, personnel and premises, and the educational performance of the school.

The LAB is designed to help key stakeholders to get involved in the life of the school and the Trust, contribute to its development and promote the school within the community. Individual members of the LAB can be invited to be part of a Board of Trustees Committee.

LABs meets three times a year but LAB members may also set up their own groups to focus on specific areas which might meet more frequently and include regular visits to the school. Please click below to read the minutes of the Local Advisory Board meetings.

Local Advisory Board members:

  • John Moffat (Chair)
  • Andrew Wallam
  • Jan Clarke
  • Kara Smallman
  • Katy Blacklock
  • Rachel Gleaves
  • Robin Lacey

Financial Benchmarking

  1. EAT Annual Financial Benchmarking
  2. EAT Finance and Governance reporting
  3. EAT Funding Agreement