The Vale Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The Charitable Company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust.
The Trust is a Multi Academy Trust with eight member academies: Larkmead School, King Alfred’s Academy; Millbrook Primary School; Wantage CE Primary School; Charlton Primary School; St Nicholas CE Primary School; St James CE Primary School and Thameside Primary School.
Each academy has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) led by a Chair of Governors; The Chair of Governors of King Alfred’s Academy is Jody Kerman.
The Vale Academy Trust’s Board of Directors oversees the work of each of these local governing bodies.
Parent and Staff Governors are recruited by advertising the vacancies amongst the respective constituencies as they fall due. Director appointed governors are identified by the Governing Body, with a view to ensuring that the overall Body possesses the variety of skills and experience needed to best govern the academy.
2. Organisational Structure
The Governing Body deals with the management and organisation of King Alfred’s in line with the overall development plan for the VAT. It sets the ethos and vision for the individual academy together with monitoring and challenging the Headteacher on pupil performance along with strong financial management. It is also responsible for ensuring the implementation of any policies set by the VAT.
In order to do this, the Governing Body has established 3 committees: Finance and Operations; Teaching and Learning; Inclusion.
2.1 The Finance and Operations Committee is responsible for overseeing the academy’s finances, premises and facilities on behalf of the LGB as a whole, making recommendations to the Governing Body on Finance; Health and Safety; Premises.
2.2 The Teaching and Learning Committee has responsibility for the scrutiny of the School Development Plan as it relates to teaching and learning, including outcomes for students.
It facilitates the oversight of teaching and learning by being informed on key issues so that aspects of the academy’s work in this fundamental area can be recognised and supported by Governors. The committee monitors performance, reporting back on any key performance issues and it provides input into the development of strategic targets and measurements. The committee also has responsibility for oversight of staffing and staff structures.
2.3 The Inclusion Committee facilitates the wellbeing of the academy, with a focus on Inclusion issues; Special Needs; Student Voice; Inclusion and Diversity; Community Links.
2.4 Governor responsibility for Disciplinary matters is covered by the VAT disciplinary committee, which includes member of the King Alfred’s Governing Body.
2.5 There is a governor with specific responsibility for Safeguarding, and Safeguarding is a standing item on the Governing Body agenda for each meeting.
2.6 There is a governor with specific responsibility for governor training, to ensure that the governors have access to support and training to enable them to perform their roles to a high standard.