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Manor Multi-Academy Trust is a charitable company without share capital. The Trust Board, comprised of Directors, holds collective legal and regulatory accountability for the Manor MAT and its schools. They meet on a regular basis to support schools and provide strategic management and leadership of the Trust.

Directors are supported in their efforts at the individual school level by Advocates, who form School Progress Boards in order to ensure a dual focus on both individual school, and collective improvement and excellence across the Manor MAT family of schools. Advocate roles are streamlined with specific roles and responsibilities in order to enhance and support the strategic priorities of each school and the Trust, and to avoid bureaucracy and duplication of accountability.

MAT Governance Structures

Governance structures at Manor MAT are designed to both reflect and deliver the Trust’s ‘One Trust’ vision through a single Board of Directors, a single Scheme of Delegation and specific Terms of Reference for each Committee established by the Directors.

The Role of Members

Members of Manor Multi Academy Trust ensure that the Trust acts within its charitable objectives as set out in the “Articles of Association of the Multi Academy Trust”. The Members of the Academy Trust are the signatories to the “Memorandum of Association”. New Members are appointed by the current

Members. The Members are responsible for the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer and Trustees who are known as the Directors of the Trust.


The Role of the Board of Directors (Trustees)

The Board of Directors is the Governing Body for all the schools within the Manor Academy Trust. It has three core functions:

1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Trust.

2. To hold the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy CEO (DCEO) to account for the educational performance and wellbeing of the pupils and staff taught or employed in the schools of the Trust.

3. To oversee the financial performance of the individual schools of Manor Multi Academy Trust, ensuring value for money and compliance with the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) Academies Financial Handbook.

The Role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO)

The Board of Directors, who are accountable, have delegated to the CEO and DCEO the responsibility for the strategic leadership of the Trust and the day to day operation of the Trust. The CEO & DCEO lead the Academy Trust’s Headteachers team and delegate responsibilities to these Headteachers, located in the individual schools, for the day to day operation of their school. The CEO & DCEO are accountable to the Board of Directors for the performance of the Leadership Teams. The CEO has overall responsibility for the operation of the Academy Trust’s financial responsibilities and ensures the Trust is run effectively. The CEO delegates this responsibility to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who has day to day responsibility for the financial operations of the Trust.

The role of Advocates

The role of an advocate is to:

  • To provide support and challenge to Heads

  • To support and challenge headteachers to be great leaders

  • To monitor the impact of MAT practice at local level

  • To champion Manor MAT practice at local level

  • To review school progress and strategic priorities

  • To ensure the school is putting children at the heart of everything they do

The Parent and Community Advisory Forum

The Parent and Community Advisory Forum is vital to the success of the school. Our Forum members have an important role to fulfil that directly affects the education and wellbeing of children and improves standards throughout school.


The role of the Forums are to:

  • Consider parent and community engagement within the School

  • Represent the Directors on relevant panels e.g. Pupil Discipline, Complaints and staffing matters

  • Increase parent and community engagement between the School and Directors

  • Report through the Headteacher to the Board of Directors

  • Contribute to school improvement

  • Provide advice to Directors

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Manor MAT Governance Structure

Should you need to contact the Chair of Directors,

please email the Trust Governance Professional at

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