The Inspiration Trust is a not-for-profit charity. We are required to have members as stated in the Companies Act 2006. The members agree the trust’s Articles of Association, which include the trust’s charitable objects and describes how the trust will be governed.
While members hold the trust board to account for the effective governance of the trust, the members themselves have a minimal role in the actual running of the trust. It is the trust board, not the members, who are the organisation’s key decision makers. One of the members’ key responsibilities is the appointment of trustees.
The main documents that set out how we operate are our Articles of Association, which set our internal structure, and the Master Funding Agreement, which is the legal contract with the Secretary of State under which we run our schools. In addition, there are separate supplemental funding agreements for each individual school.
We are also governed by the Department for Education's Academies Financial Handbook and various pieces of legislation relating to both schools and charities.
Our governance structures
Our formal structures are designed to give robust oversight and management of our academies, without unnecessarily restricting innovation.
We have five members, including the Trust chairman David Tibble, who are responsible for appointing our trustees. Trustees provide strategic oversight and ensure the trust meets it legal obligations, both directly and through the audit and risk committee.
Formulation of strategy and day to day operations are delegated to the chief executive, Dame Rachel de Souza. She is supported by our academy principals and professional experts within our central services team.
Our principals are challenged and supported by Academy Committees. These are either individual to each academy, or, in the case of our Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Breckland schools, they operate across a number of related schools.
Parental opinion is gathered either through two elected parent governors or a parent advisory body. This larger group allows for more parents to be involved and meet regularly with academy staff.
Our principals also frequently meet with parents at open evenings and other events, and most schools operate a school council to encourage students to take an active part in their own education.