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The Vale Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. 

The Trust has a multi-tier governance structure, consisting of Members, Trustees and local Governors.  Trustees are also Directors of the Trust and sit on the Board of Directors.  The Board is responsible for the governance and performance of all schools and operations in the Trust and is accountable to the Secretary of State for Education.

The Board assigns local governance responsibilities to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each school, in accordance with the Scheme of Delegated Authority and the LGB Terms of Reference. 

Each LGB has a composition of Board-appointed governors, the headteacher (ex officio), and elected parent and staff governors.  LGBs for Church of England schools also have foundation governors, appointed by the Oxford Diocese.  Further details of LGB composition and governors can be found on individual school websites.

The LGB provides oversight of the school's management, performance and finances, in line with the development plan for the Trust.  The LGB also ensures Trust-wide and local policies are implemented and monitored, and that meeting and reporting structures are aligned with those of the Board.