CSET is a charitable company limited by guarantee, and is registered as such with Companies House. CSET has charitable status and is classified as an “exempt charity”. Therefore, CSET is required to comply with three different sets of legislative requirements – company law, charity law, and educational law.
There are three layers of governance in CSET: Members, Trustees and Community Councillors, with each tier having a distinctive role.
The Articles of Association are the legal documents that set out the governance composition and procedures for the Trust.
CSET has a Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State for Education. This is the legal mechanism by which the government controls the activities of trust schools. A central clause of the Funding Agreement is the requirement to be compliant with the Academy Trust Handbook.
All authority in CSET is ultimately derived from the Board of Trustees. The CSET Scheme of Delegation sets out which authority the trustees choose to delegate and which are reserved to the Board itself. The Scheme of Delegation has been carefully constructed to ensure that the trust’s ultimate accountability for schools is balanced with each school’s strong understanding of its own local context. The ultimate test for where decisions are made is what is in the best interests of students, in line with our Shared Ambition to Provide a Great Education for Every Child.