Fundamental principle

The Academy Trust’s Directors are aware of and accept ‘The Seven Principles of Public Life’, understand the legal, regulatory and contractual obligations they must meet, and adhere to the statutory guidance published by the Secretary of State.

The Code’s starting point is that all Directors of Academy Trusts:

  • are committed to the Academy Trust’s charitable Objects and are determined to deliver the Academy Trust’s purpose and aims;  
  • understand their roles and legal responsibilities, and have read and understood the Articles of Association, the Academy Trust’s governance documents, DfE guidance and, in the context of Voluntary Academies, guidance from the Academy’s relevant Foundation; and
  • are committed to effective governance and contributing to the Academy Trust’s continued improvement.

All Directors should be aware of and adhere to these legal duties, along with other duties arising from all legislation relating to the running of educational establishments and entities employing staff.