How we work

The Trust is a multi academy trust (MAT), a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity.  This means it must work to the regulations affecting companies and charities and those related to MATs. It works within approved Articles of Association

A small group of Members oversees the work of the Trust and is responsible for overarching decisions, such as changing the Trust’s Articles of Association, the appointment of Directors who sit on the Trust's Board, and Governors who sit on the Trust's Local Governing Committees and may hold Directors and the Board to account.

A Board of Directors, appointed by our Members and which includes our Members, is responsible for the strategic direction of the Trust, in the same way as a Board oversees a Company or Charity. Board meetings are held at least once every term.

Directors' responsibilities are set out in our Terms of Reference and include:

  • ensuring the Trust is being run effectively
  • controlling its management and administration
  • ensuring the Trust maintains its vision and values and delivers the outcomes which it has defined for pupils and the Trust.

The Board delegates some functions to committees and their structure and membership is set out in a public document.

In their meetings, the Trust's committees focus on different areas of the Trust's work and make recommendations for action to the Board. 

  • The Finance, Premises and Risk Committee oversees and controls issues related to the Trust’s budget and accounting, health and safety and premises management.
  • The Personnel Committee oversees issues staffing and employment.
  • The Pay Committee oversees pay and pensions for all staff employed by the Trust who work to common and consistent standards and conditions. 

Local Governing Committees (LGCs) are appointed by the Board  to provide oversight for each of the schools within the Trust. Made up of Governors who are recruited locally, the work of LGBs resembles the governing bodies of maintained schools. Their work is set within the vision, values and policies defined by the Trust and governed by an approved Scheme of Delegation

Governance Documents

Local Governing Committees 

Attendance at UPS LGB Meetings 2018-19

Attendance at US LGB Meetings 2018-19

US LGB governors' declaration of business interests 2018-19

UPS LGB governors' declaration of business interests 2018-19


Attendance at UPS LGB meetings 2017-18

Attendance at US LGB meetings 2017-18

Governors' declarations of business interests  2017-18 UPS LGB 

Governors' declarations of business interests 2017-18 US LGB

UPS and US LGB Governor information 2017-18

Governors' attendance at the combined US and UPS LGB meetings 2016-17

LGB 2016-17 Governors' Declaration of Interest

Data Protection

Privacy notice Members, Directors and Governors 

Privacy notice employees

Privacy notice Parents and Carers

Privacy notice Students


Uffculme Academy Trust Governance 

UAT Articles of Association

UAT Terms of Reference 2019-20

Scheme of Delegation Summary September 2019

UAT Directors' appointments and business interests 2017-18

UAT Directors' appointments and business interests 2018-19

Committee structure and membership 2018-19 

Code of conduct

Esafety and data protection Directors and Governors 


Government Guidance on Academy Governance 

Education and Skills Agency Governance Handbook 2019

Education and Skills Agency Financial Handbook 2019