Local Academy Boards

Each academy within the Worcester Diocese Academy Trust (DoWMAT) retains its own Local Governing Body. However, on joining the Trust, this group will be known as Local Academy Boards. This reflects the change in legal status from pre-academisation “Governing Bodies”, and the fact that they are expected to act as “Boards” at a local level in holding their executive (the Headteacher and SLT) to account.

DoWMAT remains committed to the principle of local governance by local people; recognising and valuing the effort taken by members of the Local Academy Boards who support our academies in delivering strategic management and operational oversight.

In particular, our Local Academy Boards (LABs) have an important role to play in promoting high standards and upholding the Christian distinctiveness of their academy. Our academy LABs must ensure that the students are attending a successful academy which provides them with a good education and supports their holistic well-being.

There is a scheme of delegation outlining the responsibilities of the LAB.