Governance Structure

Benfield School became an academy and joined Newcastle East mixed multi Academy Trust (NEAT) in April 2017.
The levels of governance in NEAT include:
Each level of governance has clear accountabilities to ensure we have significant separation between the roles.
The chart below shows the relationship between the different levels of governance:
  • may amend the trust's articles of association, subject to applicable restrictions
  • have the power to appoint and remove trustees in certain circumstances
  • are responsible for appointing the trust's external auditors to prepare its annual accounts
  • should focus on clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the trust
  • are responsible for holding individuals to account for the educational performance of the trust
  • are responsible for overseeing the financial performance of the trust and making sure that money is well spent
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • is responsible for the operation of the trust including the performance of its schools
  • is the accounting officer so has overall responsibility for the operation of the trust's financial responsibilities and must ensure the organisation is run with financial effectiveness and stability
Local governing committees of each school within the trust
  • carry out some school-level governance functions on behalf of the trust
  • build an understanding on how the school is led and managed
  • monitor whether the school is working within agreed policies, meeting agreed targets and managing its finances well
  • engage with stakeholders including parents and the local community
Headteachers of each school within the trust
  • are responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and are managed by the CEO
  • report to the local governing committee on matters within its remit including monitoring and scrutiny of the school's processes and performance
We publish a wide range of information about all levels of governance within NEAT: