• is made up of three layers, details of which can be found below.  For details of who our Members, Directors and LAG members are, please follow this link

  • 1. Members of the Trust


  • Appointment of the Board of Directors following advice, nomination and the fulfilment of any articles of government that might apply

  • To hold the Board of Directors to account on the following matters:

    • Standards, over time, in the schools that make up the Trust

    • Financial probity and confirming CEO salary

    • The effective and efficient discharge of the remaining functions and duties of the Board of Directors

  • The dismissal of a Director, or the Board of Directors, if circumstances are deemed to require it supported by reasoning and, if necessary, legal advice.

  • Initiating, and confirming, the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer when necessary

Scheme of Delegation

  • Membership

    [Recognising the need for the Church of England to hold the majority of seats]

    Diocese of Lichfield Director of Education or an appointee (1)

    This Member will serve by right of incumbency . In the case of an appointee then the Diocese will review this annually.

    The senior clergy person in each of the parishes where a school is located (no substitutes allowed) (2/3)

    These Members will serve by right of incumbency

    2 further Members acceptable to the Church of England (Diocese) and the Secretary of State, who will fulfil at least two of the following criteria:

  • Are sympathetic to the aims and objectives of a Christian foundation for the education of children

  • Have demonstrable links to a Christian denomination that is recognised by the UK Churches Together organisation

  • Have direct links with at least one of the communities served by the schools in the trust

    And fulfil at least one of the following criteria

  • Have, or have had, at least ten years experience in a senior role in the education of children aged between 5 to 11 or 11 to 19.

  • Have, or have had, at least ten years experience in business at a senior level. The business must be of a kind that the experience offered is of clear benefit to the running of the Trust.

    And can demonstrate, by the provision of a CV and letter of application, why they should be appointed

    These Members will serve for a period of five years and if required this can be extend by a further three years but must not exceed eight years.

  • As the SSMAT grows it will strive to maintain a 4 to 2 ratio between clergy and non clergy and when this is judged to be impracticable it will be required to redefine its membership.

  • The Chair of the Members will be the Diocesan Director of Education by default but any Member can become Chair if it is the majority will of the Members and will hold the post for no more than two years.

  • There is no remuneration for the role of Member.

  • Out of pocket expenses will be paid for matters defined by the Board of Directors and at rates also defined by the Board of Directors.

  • Members meet twice a year in June and December. Other meetings can be called by the Chair if circumstances require it or if a minimum of three Members so move.

2.  Board of Directors

Directors Code of Conduct

For a full breakdown of the Directors Roles & Responsibilities please follow this link.

To see the Pecuniary Interest Register, please click here.


  • Accountability for, and oversight of, the leadership and management of the schools in the Trust by:

    • Setting the vision and values of the trust that will drive the ethos of the schools

    • To act as an Audit Committee to ensure propriety and value for money

    • Creating SSMAT policy and process

    • Setting the expectations that will be used to judge the effectiveness of each institution in the Trust

    • Providing the resources for each institution to deliver what is required including CPD

    • Appointing and dismissing teaching and support staff

    • To act as a Pupil/Staff Discipline Committee

    • Monitoring the quality of local leadership

    • Performance management functions including recommending CEO remuneration to Members

    • Ensuring that thorough, rigorous and regular self-evaluation is undertaken and reported to the Board by each institution

    • Ensuring that the leadership of each institution is held to account by the Board

    • Ensuring that standards, progress and attainment meet expectations, can be accounted for, measured and reported

    • Challenging aspects that appear to be inconsistent, weak or failing in any or all of the institutions

    • Approving Admissions to the schools and managing the appeals process

    • To monitor Finance, Personnel, Health & Safety, Safeguarding and Curriculum matters and ensure that they are fit for purpose and meet all regulations.

      •      The Directors, when required, will form individual committees to manage matters relating to   

               Pupil/Staff discipline, Admissions and Appeals. This is to ensure that there is no conflict of  



Appointed, following  recommendation and criteria validation, by the Members.

The Small Schools Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors - To read the Directors pen portraits, please follow this link.  To see the Pecuniary Interest Register, please click here:

  1. Chief Executive Officer – executive role, salaried, responsible for fulfilling the will of the Board and facilitating the functions of the Board

  2. Director of Strategy & Development – non-executive, non-salaried, oversight of the SSMAT’s development and strategies to achieve its growth, sustainability and capacity to improve [Appt]

  3. Director of Performance and Quality – : non-executive, non-salaried, oversight of the SSMAT’s standards in pupil performance and the quality of teaching in order to maintain institutions being judged as at least good if not outstanding and to focus on self- evaluation   [Appt]

  4. Director of Corporate Affairs - Human Resources: non-executive, non-salaried, oversight of personnel processes including CPD, legalities, salaries, processes in order to ensure viability, sustainability and development of the SSMAT   [Appt]

  5. Director of Pupil Care – non-executive, non-salaried, oversight of all matters in the SSMAT relating to the well-being, behaviour and inclusiveness of all pupils (their spiritual, social, moral and cultural development) including those with special needs and and/or in receipt of pupil premium support.   [Appt]

  6. Director of Corporate Affairs - Estates, Learning Environment and Health and Safety– non-executive, non-salaried with oversight of the SSMAT’s estates and their safety and the quality of the learning environments. This role also includes any trading arm that involves h/s issues and legalities. (Appt)

  7. Director of Finance and Trading – non-executive , non-salaried oversight of the financial affairs of the SSMAT and its trading functions in order to ensure probity, viability and sustainability. This will involve close liaison with the auditors and the bursar.   [Appt]

  • Corporate Director of Communication & Local Advisory Groups (LAGs) – non-executive, non- salaried oversight of the SSMAT’s relationship with its stake holders & LAGs ensuring that all relationships are beneficial and the Board gives appropriate attention to matters of concern raised by the due process of the LAGs[Appt)

    Companies Secretary/Bursar

    There is currently one main committee of the Board of Directors with delegated power.

    Elected Director – open to anyone who is a the member of a LAG but not an employee and who is nominated by at least two other members of the LAG and can meet the criteria for a Board member. Each LAG will elect their candidate for the role using first past the post. The successful candidate in each LAG will provide a pen portrait of themselves (not exceeding 300 words) and a statement as to how they might fulfil the role (not exceeding 300 words). The membership of all LAGs will vote using a preferential choice voting system in order to establish a winner.

  • 1.Board members (except for CEO) normally appointed for a period of four years which can be extended by another four years by agreement and a then a further two year in exceptional circumstances which must be accounted for.

  1. Chair to be elected annually from amongst Board members

  2. Default Chair is the CEO who will facilitate the election of the Chair

  3. Meeting half termly and providing minutes of each meeting to the trustees and following a structured schedule to ensure proper coverage of all elements of the Board.

  4. All appointed Board members must be acceptable to the Church of England and fulfil at least two of the following criteria:

    • Are sympathetic to the aims and objectives of a Christian foundation for the education of children

    • Have demonstrable links to a Christian denomination that is recognised by the UK Churches Together organisation

    • Have direct links with at least one of the communities served by the schools in the Trust

  5. As well as one of the following criteria:

    • Can demonstrate substantial experience that prepares them for the proposed role

    • Have never been disqualified from holding the role of company director

  6. And are willing to be examined in these matters prior to appointment by at least providing a CV and, if required references.

  7. The Board has the responsibility of considering if reasonable expenses should be paid to Trust or Board members and at what rates.

  8. The Board will be required to create appropriate sub groups in order to comply with statutory requirements.

    3.  Local Advisory Groups

1. Each institution within the SSMAT will have a constituted Advisory Group known as a Local Advisory Group (LAG). The LAG is not a committee of the board but is used to inform and support the work of the board.

2. Each will be made up of elected parents, all qualified teaching staff based in that institution, elected support staff, appointed members of the community and where the school is a Faith school then appointed representatives:

3. The Senior Leader in the institution will be responsible for facilitating the group and is an ex officio member of the group and its Chair.

The Group will be supported by Heads of School and Foundation Directors, who will help to support the ethos of each school and the Christian distinctiveness of our Church schools.





St. Mary’s


Richard Crosse


School PAN size

Less than 100

Less than 100

100 - 199

100 - 199

Elected parents





Head of School





Community Representative





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N.B. – Board members can attend any LAG meeting

LAG members elected are for a period of three years with an further elected period of two years if required.

Elected parents must have a child in the school at the point of election.

To see a list of current members of the LAG, please click here.


  1. Engaging in local dialogue with local professionals

  2. Identifying local needs and characteristics that create uniqueness

  3. Scrutinising the work of the institution – standards, behaviour, safety, care and guidance, provision

  4. Meetings will follow agendas provided by the CEO and decisions made or advice given or sought will be recorded.

  5. Scrutiny element will follow the processes outlined and expected by the SSMAT Board.

  6. Meetings will be held termly.

  7. Understanding the vision and values of the SSMAT and their implementation

  8. Understanding the policy and process of the SSMATand how it its implementation impacts in their institution

  9. Raising concerns with the Board and seeking advice

  10. Responding to challenges from the Board

  11. Being part of the electoral process for the Director of LAGs role

  12. Sharing its understanding with the parent body.

  13. Help support the Christian distinctiveness of our Church Schools

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