The Academy Trust Governance Code has been developed through the efforts and collaboration of a group of sector-based organisations, each of whom have contributed their time and expertise to bring the Code to life. We are immensely grateful to them and would also like to extend our thanks to the Department for Education and to the Charity Commission, who have acted as observers.

As a group, our purpose is to develop and promote the Code for the sector, with the ultimate aim of fostering good governance in the Academy Trust sector. The Code both supports existing good practice and encourages further reflection and progress. It is not only aspirational for individual organisations, but also, we believe, an indicator of an aspiration within and throughout the sector, and an acknowledgement of the power and significance of governance. Good governance leads to better outcomes for Academy Trusts, for their regulators and funders, and crucially, for their staff and pupils.

Prior to launch, we consulted on the draft version of the Code and were very pleased to receive a large number of positive comments. Many thanks to all who responded. We are committed to continuing this engagement with Trusts as they explore and implement the Code. We are available at for any questions or comments.

On behalf of the Steering Group by its joint chairs,

Peter Swabey
Policy and Research Director
Chartered Governance Institute UK and Ireland

Leora Cruddas CBE
Chief Executive
Confederation of School Trusts

  • The first edition of the code was developed by a steering group including Malcolm Trobe, Fiona McGrath, Samira Sadeghi, and Tomas Thurogood-Hyde, and representatives from the Catholic Education Service, Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland, Church of England Education Office, Confederation of School Trusts, National Governance Association, and Stone King LLP Solicitors.