Constitutional

EPA Scheme of Delegation

 

Eynsham Partnership Academy Central Services Arm

 

 

 

EPA Constitution

The academy trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the academy trust. The trustees of Eynsham Partnership Academy Trust are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The charitable company is known as Eynsham Partnership Academy.

The following schools trade under the company name:

  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as Bartholomew School
  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as Eynsham Community Primary School
  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as Standlake Church of England Primary School
  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as Stanton Harcourt C of E Primary School
  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as Hanborough Manor C of E School
  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as Freeland Church of England Primary School
  • Eynsham Partnership Academy trading as St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Cassington

 

Method of Recruitment and Appointment or Election of Trustees

The Members of the Company shall comprise:

  1. the Diocesan Board of Education acting in its corporate capacity by the hand of a director or the Diocesan Director of Education;
  2. two (2) Members appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education, of whom at least one (1) shall be appointed from amongst the members of the Local Governing Bodies of those Academies falling under Article 4(a)(ii) of the Articles of Association;
  3. one (1) Member with experience and expertise in the primary education sector nominated by the members of the Local Governing Bodies of the primary Academies falling under Article 4(a)(i) of the Articles of Association and appointed by the Members;
  4. three (3) Members with experience and expertise in the secondary education sector nominated by the members of the Local Governing Bodies of the secondary Academies falling under Article 4(a)(i) of the Articles of Association and appointed by the Members;
  5. and the chairman of the Directors.

 

The Members shall appoint up to 16 Directors, of whom:

  1. five (5) shall be appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education, of whom at least one (1) shall be appointed from amongst the Local Governing Bodies of those Academies falling under Article 4(a)(ii);
  2. one (1) shall be appointed from amongst the Principals of the primary Academies;
  3. one (1) shall be appointed from amongst the Principals of the secondary Academies;
  4. five (5) shall be appointed from amongst individuals nominated by the Local Governing Body of the secondary Academy falling under Article 4(a)(i);
  5. two (2) shall be appointed from amongst individuals nominated by the Local Governing Body of the primary Academy falling under Article 4(a)(i); and
  6. two (2) shall be appointed by the Members by majority in respect of their skills, knowledge and experience.

 

The Members’ shall ensure that the total number of Directors, including the Chief Executive Officer, who are employees of the Company does not exceed one third of the total number of Directors.

The Directors, after consultation with the Diocesan Board of Education, may appoint up to two (2) Co-opted Directors for such term (not exceeding four years) and otherwise upon such conditions as they shall think fit. The Directors may not co-opt an employee of the Company as a Co-opted Director if thereby the number of Directors who are employees of the Company would exceed one third of the total number of Directors including the Chief Executive Officer.

 

Organisational Structure

The academy has defined the responsibilities of each person involved in the administration of the academy’s finances to avoid the duplication or omission of functions and to provide a framework of accountability for directors, governors and staff. The financial reporting structure is illustrated below:

The Members

The core roles, accountabilities and responsibilities of the Members’ of the Eynsham Partnership Academy (EPA) are to:

  • undertake any and all roles, accountabilities and responsibilities as outlined in the Articles of Association and Memorandum of Understanding of the EPA;
  • be, and take on the role of, the ‘owners’ of the company;
  • appoint the Directors of the Company in accordance with the Articles of Association and Scheme of Governance of the EPA;
  • remove when appropriate, and in accordance with the Articles of Association of the EPA, Directors from their position and replace them appropriately;
  • monitor the strategic actions of the company and thereby oversee the achievement of the objectives of the company;
  • take part in annual and extraordinary general meetings of the EPA;
  • receive the company’s audited accounts in timely fashion;
  • have the right to amend the Articles of Association when deemed appropriate and necessary;
  • hold the Members’ liability which is limited to £10;
  • undertake all of the above by holding Members’ meetings throughout the year as appropriate.

 

 The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has overall responsibility for the administration of the academy’s finances. The main responsibilities of the Board of Directors are prescribed in the Master Funding Agreement and respective Supplemental Funding Agreements between the academy and the DfE and in the academy’s scheme of delegation.

  The main responsibilities include:

  • ensuring that grants from the DfE are used only for the purposes intended;
  • approval of the annual budget;
  • appointment of the Accounting Officer;
  • appointment of the Chief Financial Officer, in conjunction with the Accounting Officer.

 

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for the proper stewardship of academy’s funds and for ensuring economy, efficiency and effectiveness in their use – the three key elements of value for money. It must also ensure that it uses its discretions reasonably and takes in to account any and all relevant guidance on accountability and propriety.

A schedule detailing current Chairs of Members, Directing Board and Committees and attendance at meetings are included as downloads below.

 

The Objectives of the EPA

 

The Eynsham Partnership Academy was founded to build a family of schools dedicated to high academic achievement and developing well-rounded children, providing the best possible learning environment for all young people in our communities and for those outside of our communities who choose to attend the member schools.

Each school is committed to working together to generate excellence in their education provision. To this end, the Strategic Leadership Group of all the school’s headteachers works collaboratively to design and create a strategic development plan that encompasses the actions required to generate outcomes that will contribute to delivering the overarching generic aims for the Eynsham Partnership Academy as summarised below:

 

  • raising aspirations;
  • promoting thinking;
  • developing leaders;
  • building community;
  • ensuring well-being;
  • celebrating diversity;
  • embracing the future;
  • promoting British values

 

Collaborative working and creatively is designed to maximise the effective use of our educational resources at a highly challenging and turbulent time in the educational environment. By doing so can we truly aspire to all our schools being sustainably good and working towards delivering the outstanding provision we desire, whilst ensuring that the unique identity of each school is protected, celebrated and valued.

The involvement of the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education as a corporate member ensures that the trust is an inclusive partnership that preserves and develops the different characteristics of each school, allowing the schools to work together, regardless of their religious designation, in mutual support and collaboration.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Eynsham Partnership AcademyWitney Road, Eynsham, Oxon, OX29 4AP Tel: 01865 881 430 Email:

Eynsham Partnership Academy is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales with Company Number 07939655.
The registered office is Bartholomew School, Witney Road, Eynsham, Oxon OX29 4AP

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