The Code has a Fundamental Principle supported by seven further principles.
The Academy Trust’s Directors are aware of and meet ‘The Seven Principles of Public Life’, understand the legal, regulatory and contractual obligations they must meet, and have regard to the statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
Principle 1: Delivering the Academy Trust Charitable Objects
The Academy Trust’s Articles of Association set out the Academy Trust’s charitable Objects and how those must be fulfilled. The Board is clear about its aims and ensures that they are being delivered effectively and sustainably.
Principle 2: Leadership
The Academy Trust is led by an effective Board that provides strategic governance in line with the aims and values of the Academy Trust and engages effectively with its Members.
Principle 3: Integrity
The Board acts with integrity, adopting values and creating a culture which helps achieve the Academy Trust’s charitable Objects. The Board is aware of the importance of public confidence and trust in Academy Trusts and their Schools, and the Board undertakes its duties accordingly.
Principle 4: Decision making, risk and control
The Board ensures that its decision-making processes are evidence informed, rigorous and timely and that effective delegation, control, risk assessment and management systems are set up and monitored. There is effective reporting at all levels of Academy Trust governance to ensure decisions are taken at the correct level in accordance with the Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation
Principle 5: Board effectiveness
The Board works as an effective team, using the appropriate balance of knowledge, skills, experiences and backgrounds to make informed decisions.
Principle 6: Equality, diversity and inclusion
In ensuring the effective achievement of the Academy Trust’s charitable Objects, the Board has a clear, agreed and effective approach to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion throughout the Academy Trust.
Principle 7: Openness and accountability
The Board leads the Academy Trust in being transparent and accountable. The Academy Trust is open in its work, unless there is good reason for it not to be.