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Horncastle Education Trust

Governance... for Local Governing Bodies 

In our Trust we believe that the Local Governors of each Trust school are best able to meet and understand the needs of their school and the local community they belong to, and that governance should be as close as possible to the point of impact of decision-making.

Local Governing Bodies are a vital part of governance within the Trust, they act in the form of committees of the Trust Board, as set out within the Governance Handbook, and have the following responsibilities in order to carry out their essential duties and responsibilities.

View the Scheme of Delegation for full details.


  • Set aims & objectives for their Trust School
  • Develop and implement a School Improvement plan (incorporating any OFSTED priorities) in consultation with the Trustees



Be responsible for:

  • Quality of education
  • Behaviour & attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership & management
  • Outcomes for students
  • Forming panels when required: complaints, discipline & grievance, student discipline & exclusion



  • Comply with statutory regulations and the Funding Agreements
  • Recommend the annual budget for teaching and learning staffing and resources to the Trust Board and once approved, monitor expenditure against it
  • Monitor targeted grant expenditure, ensuring compliance with funding rules


People & Leadership

  • Ensure that all staff responsible for teaching and learning receive a regular appraisal of their performance
  • Appoint one Governor (usually the Chair) to be part of the Trust Panel who carries out the Headteacher’s appraisal with the CEO
  • Contribute to the research and preparation of the school’s annual self-evaluation (SEF) including the analysis of relevant performance data
  • Implement the school’s admissions policy (as approved by the Trust Board) in accordance with the Admission Code and the law



  • Implement a local, relevant curriculum that meets the needs of all students
  • Ensure high quality teaching, learning and assessment takes place and is continuously improved
  • Recommend the Pupil Premium Strategy and Recovery Premium plans to the Board
  • Monitor the impact of the Pupil Premium Strategy and Recovery Premium funding