Saint John Southworth Academy Trust (SJSCAT) is a Catholic multi-academy trust in the Diocese of Westminster. The Trust is a private company limited by guarantee registered with Companies House. It is also an exempt charity.
The Board of Directors governs the Trust and is legally responsible for each individual school. Andrew Ndoca is the Chair of the Board of Directors. To get in touch with the Chair, email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Andrew Ndoca, Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust, 89 Addison Road, London W14 8BZ.
Governance Structure, Remit and Exercise of Functions
Our governance structure mirrors the structure in other companies. There are members, directors, committees with delegated functions and an executive tier.
The Members are guardians of the governance of the Trust. They have ultimate control, appoint some of the directors and can change the constitution. Members hold the Board of Directors to account for the effective governance of the Trust and adherence to its charitable purpose. They have a minimal role in the actual running of the Trust, which is the responsibility of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors governs the Trust and is legally responsible for each individual school. The Board is the key decision-making body. Its purpose is to provide:
- Strategic leadership: It defines the Trust’s Catholic vision for high quality and inclusive education in line with its charitable objects. It establishes and fosters the Trust’s culture and sets and champions the strategy, including determining the governance functions delegated to local governing bodies.
- Accountability and assurance: The board has robust effective oversight of the operations and performance of the Trust, including the provision of education, Catholic character, pupil welfare, overseeing and ensuring appropriate use of funding and effective financial performance and keeping the estate safe and well-maintained.
- Engagement: The board has strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders. It involves parents, schools, parishes and communities so that decision-making is supported by meaningful engagement.
The Board meets twice a term to conduct business. Many aspects of its strategic work are carried out by committees, which meet regularly throughout the year, or by lead directors who visit our schools to focus on particular areas. The terms of reference for committees and lead director roles shows which responsibilities have been delegated and records the names of those appointed.
Each school in the SJSCAT has a local governing body, which is a committee appointed by the Board to conduct three core governance functions at local level: ensuring clarity of Catholic vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding school leaders to account for educational performance and ensuring money is well spent. Local governing bodies are accountable to the Board of Directors and must follow Trust priorities when exercising their responsibilities. The powers, constitution and proceedings of local governing bodies are set out formally in a Scheme of Delegation and a Delegation Matrix. Use these links to find out more about our local governing bodies and how they function.
In common with other companies, the SJSCAT has a memorandum and articles of association. The memorandum sets out the names of the initial members of the academy trust and the articles are the rules that govern the running of the company. The terms upon which the Academy Trust is funded are set out in a funding agreement with the Secretary of State for Education.
Registers of Business Interests and Meeting Attendance
At Saint John Southworth Catholic Academy Trust, we must ensure that decisions taken by the SJSCAT Board and our local governing bodies are free from personal bias and do not unfairly benefit any individual or company connected with the trust. To that end, directors and local governors must register their personal and business interests at the start of the year and declare potential conflicts of interest if they arise.
The Board of Directors and Senior Staff
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Local Governing Body
St John XXIII Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Cadogan Street, Local Governing Body
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Maida Vale
The Trust maintains accounting records and prepares an annual report and accounts in line with the Charity Commission's Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) and Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Accounts Direction. Our reports and accounts will be published on this website by 31 January each year.
Minutes of Board Meetings
Once agreed by the Board of Directors, the minutes of board meetings will appear here. Minutes of local governing body meetings are either available on school websites or by contacting schools directly.
The number of employees whose full-time equivalent gross remuneration (including on-costs) for the academic year 2021/2022 and private health cover, if applicable, employers’ pension contributions exceeded £100,000 was:
£100,001 - £110,000 1
£120,001 - £130,000 3
£130,001 - £140,000 1
£180,001 - £190,000 1