Trust Structure & Governance

St Benet’s MAT is a Multi Academy Trust and therefore 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 Trustees have a broad range of skills and experience from both the education and business worlds.




The board has two sub-committees whose role is to scrutinise the work of the Trust and hold St Benet’s MAT officers to account in accordance with the Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation:

  • Finance, Audit and Resources Committee
  • Standards and Performance Committee

All sub-committees report back to Trustees at each Board Meeting.

In addition, two St Benet’s Trustees represent the Trust on the Joint Policy Development Committee which develops and reviews policies for St Benet’s MAT, DNEAT (Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust) and DoNESC (Diocese of Norwich Education Services Company).

The 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.  The purpose of this meeting is to review the progress the academy has made since the last meeting, consider aids and barriers to further improvement, agree and overall assessment of the academy, discuss the effectiveness of the Local Governing Body (LGB) and review Scheme of Delegation responsibilities.  This meeting is formally minuted and the Minutes are made available to the Headteacher, Chair and the Standards and Performance Committee to assist in the flow of information between Trust Board and LGB.

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.  An outcome of the termly Academy Review Meeting will inform the level of delegation.  The LGB is expected to meet in full on a half-termly basis.  It is expected that the LGB will have three committees: Resources, Standards & Curriculum and Ethos & Community which will each meet on a termly basis.  The Chairs meets on a regular basis with the Trust via the Academy Review Meetings and the Chairs and Heads Forum.

The Trust provides guidance and support to the LGBs through the provision of draft agendas, supporting documents, quality assurance visits and in-house training for governors and clerks.  In addition, as part of St Benet’s MAT ongoing commitment to ensuring we have well informed governance at all levels, membership of the National Governance Association (NGA) is provided to all Trustees, Local Governors and Clerks.

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) and a Trustee of Unity Education Trust.