Our Governance Framework

A Multi-Academy Trust is one legal entity which is set up to run a number of schools. The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education Multi-Academy Trust (SDBE MAT) has a number of tiers creating a governance framework designed to support our schools in delivering the best possible education for our children whilst promoting and protecting our core Christian values.  

Our Scheme of Delegation provides greater detail on the roles of each governance tier.

The Role of Members

The Members protect the Christian Character, Ethos and Values of the Trust, as well as the Charitable and Educational objectives. They take part in annual and extraordinary general meetings and appoint the Directors to the SDBE MAT Board. 

As our MAT is designed to be an extension of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, the Director of Education for the Board of Education will also act as a Member of the Southwark Diocese Multi-Academy Trust.    This role will play a crucial part in ensuring that the SDBE MAT remains closely aligned with the vision and values of the Southwark Diocese.  

The Role of The Board

The legal powers and responsibilities of Trust are held with the Southwark Diocesan MAT Board who are accountable to the Department for Education and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education.

As a group, the Board set the overall strategic direction of the Trust. They scrutinise, challenge and support our educational and operational performance data, stability, and emerging risks/opportunities.  Accordingly, the Board delegate certain powers and duties to our Local Governing Bodies. This delegation is explained in our Scheme of Delegation (SoD). The Board comprises some representatives from our schools and has a healthy balance of corporate and educational professionals who are each able to bring different perspectives and ideas to the table.

The Role of Our Local Governing Bodies (LGB)

Local Governing Bodies are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in every school and academy. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. Governing Bodies have a vital role to play in promoting and protecting the schools Christian Character, driving up school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education. Similar to the role the SDBE MAT Board Members play in the direction of the Trust, Governors play a similar role in their own respective schools.  They are an extension of the SDBMAT Board and are responsible for the day-to-day running of their schools. 

As the SDBE MAT Board is accountable to the Department for Education and Diocesan Board of Education, we need to have absolute clarity on the role each party plays to ensure we maintain our strong accountability framework.  We achieve this through our Scheme of Delegation.  Protecting our school’s autonomy will underpin our decision making processes and we will assume that all schools have earnt their right to be autonomous.  Where a school is not performing as well as we would expect, some delegated responsibilities may be withdrawn until the school is secure again.  

The Role of The Executive Team

The Executive Team is the delivery arm of the Trust and they support all schools with their educational and operational functions.  The education team support all schools in driving progress, attainment and standards. The operational teams are responsible for ‘back-office’ support, guidance, compliance and policy. Collectively, these teams are accountable to the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, who are held to account by the SDBE MAT Board.