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The governance structure of Mayflower High School 


Mayflower High School is a single academy trust which is a charitable company limited by guarantee. It is an independent legal entity with whom the Secretary of State has entered into a funding agreement based on the trust articles of association which are available in the POLICIES AND DOCUMENTATION section of this website. Academy trustees are both charity trustees and company directors of the academy trust. The board of trustees manages the business of the academy trust and is the responsible employer of staff including appointing the headteacher and deputy head teacher and performance managing the head teacher. 


The board has a strong focus on the three core functions of governance: 

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; 

  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff;

  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 

In addition, trustees ensure compliance with the academy trust’s charitable objects and with company and charity law. The board of trustees signs off the annual accounts and is responsible for adherence to the academy trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State. Trustees also have a monitoring role ensuring that core school budgets, catch-up funding and Pupil Premium are being spent to have the greatest benefit for students as well as overall performance and outcomes for students. 


Trustees provide strategic leadership and a check-and-balance in monitoring and reviewing the schools risks and plans, as well as in supporting school leaders to implement plans that support staff, pupils and ensure that all children receive the education they deserve whatever the circumstance. Trustees perform their duties through formal board and committee meetings and through regular visits to the school. 


Sometimes parents or members of our community wish to raise a concern and are not always sure how to do this. The CONTACT US  section of this website contains multiple email contacts to allow direct access to the appropriate member of staff. If you remain unsatisfied with a response, you can ask for the matter to referred to a senior member of staff. Trustees should not be involved in resolving operational concerns as they have a formal role in dealing with formal complaints through the complaints policy. In the event your concern remains unresolved, the concerns and complaints policy is located in the POLICIES AND DOCUMENTATION  section of this website.


Scott Lister

Chair of Trustees


The chair of governors can be contacted via with the Subject FAO Chair of Governors. 

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