Governance

The University of Birmingham School functions as a separate, charitable company limited by guarantee, but also as a subsidiary of the University. The charitable objects of the School are aligned with those of the University and together we pursue the advancement of education. We are establishing and managing a School with a broad and balanced curriculum; our charitable objects provide Initial Teacher Training and further advanced training for qualified teachers, including but not limited to masters level programmes. As a subsidiary of the University, University Council will have an obligation to monitor the School, to ensure that it is properly and effectively run, with financial probity, in accordance with its objects. It will not have a management role.

The subsidiary company is called the University of Birmingham School and referred to as the Academy Trust in the School’s Articles. In broad terms, the University is responsible for appointing the Members of the Academy Trust who, in turn, are responsible for appointing the majority of the Governors. Full details are included within the School’s Memorandum and Articles.

The constitutional role of the School Governors is both that of Charity Trustees and also Company Directors. Broadly speaking the Governors will ensure that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the School is clearly defined, that the Principal performs his responsibilities for the educational performance of the School, and that there is a sound, proper and effective use of the School’s financial and other resources. This is achieved through the termly Board of Governors meetings and four main committees: Resources see Resources Committee Terms of Reference 15/16 (251kb), Pastoral see Pastoral Committee Terms of Reference 15/16 (256kb), Teaching and Learning see Teaching and Learning Committee Terms of Reference 15/16 (236kb), and Audit and Risk see Audit and Risk Terms of Reference 15/16 249kb).

We are building a close, productive and mutually beneficial relationship between the University’s School of Education, other academic schools within the University and the teachers and pupils at the School. As part of this, we are developing synergies and collaborations to enhance the students and pupils experience, and also the experience of those teachers who work at and visit the school to share teaching and learning. This will be overseen by the University School Advisory Group.

The current Members are:

- Professor Sir David Eastwood (representing the University of Birmingham)
- Dr Chris Banks CBE (Chair of Governors and Resources Committee)
- Professor Adam Tickell
- Mr Richard Haywood

The current Governors, who are also Trustees and Directors, are:

- Mr Lee Sanders
- Professor James Arthur (Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee)
- Professor Saul Becker
- Dr Chris Banks CBE (Chair of Governors and Resources Committee)
- Mr Joey Islam (Chair of Audit Committee)
- Mr Stephen Washbourne
- Ms Michele Deeks
- Ms Eleanor Ellis Bryant
- Mr Michael Roden (ex officio)

The Members and Governors, as well as senior staff, make an annual Declaration of Interests (255kb), which includes their date and nature of appointment.

The School's responsibilities and its governance arrangements are set out in its Funding Agreement (3,332kb) with the Department for Education and its Memorandum and Articles of Association (218kb). Our annual accounts include our annual report and a summary of trustee attendance at meetings. The accounts from 2014/15 (445kb) and 2013/14 (147kb) relate to the pre-opening phase, including the capital project. The first full accounts from 2015/16 (1817kb) are now available. 

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