Trust Structure & Governance

St Benet's is a Multi Academy Trust and the responsibility for governance rests with the Members and the Trust Board.The Members are responsible for appointing Trustees and they hold the Trust Board to account for the effective governance of the Trust.


The Board has 2 sub-committees whose role is to scrutinise the work of the Trust and hold Trust officers to account in accordance with the Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation. All sub-committees report back to Trustees at each Board Meeting.

The academies within the Trust are all based within a small geographical region in South Norfolk.  A Director of School Improvement (DOSI) provides support and challenge to the headteachers in the academies.  This is carried out via a regular schedule of visits to the academies.  The DOSI also facilitates meetings of the Academies Improvement Leadership Group which allows for collaborative working across the MAT.

Three times a year, an Academy Review Meeting (ARM) is held with each headteacher and their Chair of Governors.  These meetings are held at the academy and are led by the Director of School Improvement.  A Trustee is assigned to each academy, and they will also attend the ARM at least once, if not more often, during the year.

Local governance at academy level is conducted via a Local Governing Body which comprises Trust Appointed Governors, Parent Governors, a Staff Governor and the Headteacher.  Responsibilities from the Trust Board are delegated via a Scheme of Delegation which is reviewed on an annual basis.


The St Benet’s Governance Arrangements 2020-2021 explains the composition of committees and frequency of meetings.

The Trust’s Accounting Officer is Richard Cranmer (CEO).
Declared interest: Richard Cranmer is a Director for the Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company (DoNESC)