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Governance

The Consortium Multi Academy Trust is committed to maintaining and enhancing the position of community primary schools in the heart of their local communities. To achieve this, a robust system of governance has been put in place, drawing on the wide-ranging skills and experience of its trustees and members, who are drawn together by the passion they have to ensure that educational opportunity is decided on, and delivered at a local level.  We are fundamentally committed to protecting the status, ethos and statue of rural primary schools.

Our core principles below underpin our working:

•       Partnership and collaboration;

•       Mutual respect through effective challenge;

•       Delegated responsibilty.

Members of the public may view the Trust's Public minute book by visiting the Trusts registered office, or by requesting a paper copy to be sent by post.  Please note that an administration fee will be required for a paper copy.

The Nolan Principles of Public Duty

The Consortium Multi Academy Trust, its Trustees, Members, member of the Local Governing Bodies and Staff uphold the highest integrity and embrace the 7 principles of public life known as 'The Nolan Principles' first set out by Lord Nolan in 1995 and which are included in the Ministerial code. The Nolan Principles apply to anyone who works as a public office-holder, this includes people who are elected or appointed to public office, nationally and locally, those in other sectors that deliver public services and all people appointed to work in:-

  • the civil service
  • local government
  • the police
  • the courts and probation services
  • non-departmental public bodies
  • health, education, social and care services

1. Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.

2. Integrity
Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.

3. Objectivity
Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.

4. Accountability
Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.

5. Openness
Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.

6. Honesty
Holders of public office should be truthful.

7. Leadership
Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest arises when the best interests of an individual Member, Trustee, Local Governor or volunteer are, or could be, different from the best interests of The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust (The Charity itself, or any of the Academy Schools or Trading Company). There is a duty to put the best interests of the Academy School's and The Consortium Multi-Academy Trust first and to safeguard the assets and reputation of the Charity. There is also a duty to avoid conflicts of interests. Please refer to our Conflict of Interest Policy at the following link: https://consortiumacademy.co.uk/suffolk/primary/consortium-mat/staging/pages/governance/policies?designMode=true

Code of Conduct

The Consortium Multi Academy Trust, our Trustees, Members embraces a Code of Conduct which sets out the expectations on, and commitment required from Trustees and Members of The Consortium Multi Academy Trust, in order for the Trust Board to properly carry out its work.  

Members of the Locality Commitees embrace a Code of Conduct, which sets out the expectations on, and commitment required from school governors in order for the governing body to properly carry out its work within Trust schools and its community. Unless otherwise stated and it applies to all levels of school governance. 

Where together excellence and pupils thrive

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