TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010. Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation. TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.
The Members protect our Charitable and Educational objectives, including the ethos of the Trust. They appoint the Trustees to the TKAT Board, and hold annual and extraordinary general meetings.
The TKAT Members are: Raymond Vooght, Matthew Wilson, Jane Harrington, Sarah Jacobs and The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Company Limited, represented by Quentin Roper.
The legal powers and responsibilities of the Trust are held with the TKAT Board Trustees, who are accountable to the Department for Education.
We have a strong Board, with a healthy balance of corporate and educational professionals, who are each able to bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. As a group, the Board sets the overall strategic direction of the Trust.
They scrutinise, challenge and support our educational and operational performance data, stability and emerging risks and opportunities. The Board delegates certain powers and duties to our Local Governing Bodies.
We have a healthy balance of corporate and educational professionals who are each able to bring different perspectives and ideas to the table.
Our Local Governing Bodies know their schools well and provide Trustees with an independent local voice. They combine a passion to make a difference, with common sense, and a unique perspective. This means their challenge and support compliments how the Board holds schools to account. They have the flexibility to structure and organise themselves in ways that best benefit their community and stakeholders.
The TKAT Board has delegated 4 key responsibilities to Local Governing Bodies:
- Represent the Academy’s local community and stakeholders by ensuring that the Academy’s policies and practice meet the community’s needs. This includes ensuring appropriate and effective parent engagement and communication.
- Ensure that the Academy’s long term vision reflects the needs of its community beyond current postholders and is in line with TKAT’s vision and values.
- Support Directors of Education to improve Academy outcomes.
- Support the school’s Senior Leadership Team to ensure staffing is efficient and effective.
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Human Resources Committee
The Human Resources Committee (previously named Remuneration and Nominations Committee) is a committee of the TKAT Board. The Board has established the Committee to support it in its responsibilities for ensuring the highest standards of corporate governance in the remuneration and succession planning of the Chief Executive (CEO) and Senior Managers of TKAT, and oversee people, inclusion and culture strategies. Meetings are held four times a year.
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Members: Mrs E Thomas (Chair of Committee), Mrs G Bagley, Mr S Judge
Audit and Risk Committee
The Audit and Risk Committee is a committee of the TKAT Board. The Board has established the Committee to support it in the discharge of its responsibilities for financial systems, operational controls, governance and risk, including health and safety, at TKAT and all its academies.
Members: Mr M Swyny (Chair of Committee), Mr P Baines, Mr S Judge
The Finance Committee is a Committee of the Board of TKAT. The Finance Committee meet at least three times a year. The Board has established the Committee to support it in the discharge of its responsibilities for financial scrutiny and oversight at TKAT and all its academies.
Members: Mr P Baines (Chair of Committee), Mrs G Bagley, Mr M Swyny, Miss C Robins OBE, Dr K Roberts
The Education Committee (previously named the Performance and Risk Committee) is a Committee of the Board of TKAT. Meetings are held at regular intervals at least four times a year. The Board has established the Committee to support it in the discharge of its responsibilities to provide a high standard of education and duty of care to every student in its academies within available resources.
Members: Mr J Harrison (Chair of Committee), Mr P Baines, Mrs E Thomas, Miss C Robins OBE, Dr K Roberts
The following Trustees have been appointed to link roles:
- Safeguarding - Mark Swyny
- Whistleblowing - Elaine Thomas
- SEN - Claire Robins OBE
Local Governing Bodies
The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.