Our school trustees do a wonderful job at providing support and leadership for our whole school community.
They are highly visible around school and show commitment and drive to ensure we always strive to be 'The best we can be'.
Our Self Assessment Of The Trust's Governance
Strategic leadership and structure are closely defined in the overall Scheme of Delegation (Members through to all staff) and the composition and terms of reference of committees.
Governors are fully accountable to the Education, Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA), Companies House and the Charity Commission, to which annual returns are required. Through recruitment and selection, training and experience in the role Governors develop the skills necessary to support the school. Periodic skills audits are used to identify any gaps that need to be addressed.
Ongoing compliance with the requirements of various bodies is maintained and supported by accountancy audits and inspections by Ofsted and the Diocese.
Governors work closely with the SLT to ensure the School Improvement Plan remains relevant and is being applied. Reviews are held of policies, pupil data, the use of grant funding and financial performance to budget. Comparisons and benchmarking is undertaken through membership of the GRACE Schools group and use of ESFA data obtained from academies across the country.
The view of Ofsted inspectors from their 2019 visit
The view of our accountants from the preparation of the latest accounts.
" We have audited the financial statements of Long Bennington Church of England Academy (the 'Academy') for the year ended 31st August 2018 which comprise the Statement of financial activities incorporating income and expenditure account, the Balance sheet, the Statement of cash flows and the related notes, including a summary of significant accounting policies. The financial reporting framework that has been applied in their preparation is applicable law, United Kingdom Accounting Standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice), including Financial Reporting Standard 102 'The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland', the Charities SORP 2015 and the Academies Accounts Direction 2017 to 2018 issued by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.
In our opinion the financial statements:
As an Academy it is our statutory duty to provide a statement of our published annual accounts.
This is all contained in our Trustees Report which can be found in the Key Documents section of the website.