The Board of the Learning Trust currently has 10 Directors.
They have a wide range of backgrounds, including: education, finance, legal and business. Many directors have a close affiliation with the schools – as parents of current or past students or as past students themselves. Others have wider links to the region.
The Board maintains a skills audit of directors to ensure that the Board has the range of skills necessary to operate effectively. There are two board committees: one looking at all aspects of educational provision, curriculum and standards; the other one looks at matters of finance, facilities, people and resources. There is also an audit committee; and a futures and innovation committee - both of which have director representation as well as people from other organisations.
Apart from being accountable to students and parents/carers the Board is also accountable to the Department for Education for the proper operation of its schools.
The schools are independently inspected by Ofsted who has ranked Chantry as 'Requiring Improvement', Newminster as ‘Good’ and The King Edward VI High School as ‘Outstanding’.
Whilst we are delighted by the academic achievement of our students, the Learning Trust prides itself on developing and nurturing outstanding young people well prepared for life’s challenges, as described by our ethos.
The legal structure of The Three Rivers Learning Trust Ltd is as a charitable company limited by the guarantee of its members. The members are five individuals who are also Directors. The company is bound by both charity law and company law.
The company receives funds from the Education Funding Agency in line with the funds for which maintained schools qualify, together with some overhead costs which would have been borne by the local authority had the three schools remained under local authority control. The charitable status does qualify the Learning Trust to apply for certain capital grants from other charitable foundations.
The Learning Trust is also able to compete for capital funding from the Education Funding Agency and it has successfully achieved some £6.5M so far.