What is a Trust School?
A Trust School is a local authority maintained school which is supported by a charitable Trust which appoints some of the governors. It remains part of the local authority, family of schools.
It operates within the same frameworks as other maintained schools:
- It teaches the National Curriculum;
- Follow the Schools Admissions Code and;
- Can be inspected by Ofsted.
Teaching staff are employed under the terms of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. The local authority funds the school on the same basis as all other local authority schools and retains its intervention powers if there are problems at the school.
Trust schools differ because their charitable Trust (the North Tyneside Learning Trust) establishes a long-term relationship with external partners and involves them in the school’s governance and leadership. The governing body of a Trust School (which retains parents, staff, community and authority governors) remains responsible for all major decisions about the school and its future.
The skills and experience of the Learning Trust-appointed governors strengthen the whole governing body and make a contribution to the school’s ethos. The governing body remains responsible for all aspects of the conduct of the school (including the school’s budget and staff), and so responsibilities and accountabilities remain clear.
A Trust School does mean that:
- The school becomes its own admissions authority
- The governing body becomes the employer
- Land, building and assets will be transferred from the local authority (LA), and held by the Trust