Governance in the GFM

Brune Park Community School is proud to be part of Gosport & Fareham Multi-Academy Trust, trading as GFM Education.

GFM Governance – An Overview


The Members are the guardians of the constitution and hold the purpose of the Trust, changing the
Articles of Association if necessary and ensuring the charitable objects are fulfilled. It is their
responsibility to hold the Board to account for its conduct and performance. The Members can
exercise powers to appoint and remove Trustees. The Multi-Academy Trust will ordinarily have a
minimum of four members.


The Trustees, who sit on the Trust Board, have overall accountability and legal responsibility for the
Trust. They hold the strategic ambitions of the Trust and, as non-executive directors, are responsible
for ensuring that the GFM meets its obligations as a company. As charity trustees they must ensure
compliance with the Trust’s charitable objectives and charity law. Trustees, as governors, are
responsible for the governance of the Trust and its schools.


The Trust Board delegates authority and responsibility for a range of duties to the following in order to
ensure effective leadership, management and governance of the Trust:
● The CEO – provides professional governance and is responsible for the leadership and
management of the Executive Team;
● Executive Team – responsible for the implementation of the strategy designed to achieve the
ambitions of the GFM as well as the day-to-day running of the Trust;
● Board Finance Committee
● Board Audit and Risk Committee

Scrutiny and Advisory Groups (SAAGs)

The Trust benefits from teams of non-executive ambassadors who work with Trust leaders in Scrutiny
and Advisory Groups. These groups include parents, community members and staff of the Trust’s
schools as well as Trustees from the Trust Board. SAAG ambassadors ‘walk alongside’ trust leaders
in the school improvement journey, providing support, challenge, scrutiny and advice. Trustees who
sit on the Scrutiny and Advisory Groups act as the link to the Trust Board.


● The Board Committees and Scrutiny and Advisory Groups are accountable to the Board;
● The Trust CEO is accountable to the Board;
● The Executive Team are accountable to the CEO;
● The Board is accountable to the MAT (i.e. the Company and its Members);
● The Trustees and the CEO are accountable to the DfE and the ESFA: the Trustees through
the funding agreement and the CEO as the Accounting Officer.


The Chair of the Board of GFM Education is Cris Beswick, who can be contacted at the following address:-

Cris Beswick, Chair of the Board, GFM Education, Bay House School & Sixth Form, Gomer Lane, Alverstoke, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 2QP. Telephone: 02392 505202.

Financial Statements

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