Trustees are responsible, under the charity’s governing document, for controlling the management and administration of the Foundation.
Trustees are required to act reasonably and prudently in all matters relating to the Foundation and need always to bear in mind that their prime concern is the interests of the Foundation.
Trustees need to take an active part in the running of the Foundation and therefore need to be willing and able to give time to the efficient administration of the Foundation and the fulfilment of its trusts.
Trustees are responsible for setting the strategic aims, objectives and direction of the Foundation. They must identify the risk (including the financial risk) arising from activities undertaken and manage this risk to ensure that the strategic aims and objectives are achieved. Trustees have a statutory duty to make a declaration in their accounts every year that this risk assessment has been carried out.
Trustees should be concerned with future, as well as current, beneficiaries of the Foundation.
Much of the responsibility for running the individual schools of Foundation has been given to the relevant governing bodies via the Articles of Government. However, the trustees retain the ultimate accountability for the Foundation and its component parts (e.g. the schools). That is one of the reasons why the majority of governors are Foundation governors.
The main ‘link’ (apart from the Foundation Office) between the Foundation and its schools is via governors; in particular, the Chairman of governors, who is an ex-officio trustee, reports on the school’s activities at each trustees’ meeting.
“As well as the academic education – which delivers excellent results across a full spectrum of abilities – there is every opportunity and encouragement for the students to become involved in a very dynamic and wide-ranging co-curricular line-up.”
“The school understands our children as individuals; and, as an institution, has the necessary financial strength, cultural values and, most importantly, a coherent and effective leadership, dedicated teaching staff of a very high standard and strong governance support to foster our children’s development into self-confident adults, who can achieve their best in life.”
“My biggest achievement at SV is securing a solid set of GCSE and A Level grades to set me up for the best start in life. I have never been academic, but the way Sutton Valence assists their students to work to their best ability has meant I am incredibly proud of the results I have achieved.”
Teddy Turpin, ex-pupil
“It has made me more organised, and has allowed me to establish a good balance between work and sport. The school has inspired me to succeed and has motivated me to try my hardest in whatever I do”
Patrick Backhouse, ex-pupil
“The sense of community makes it feel as though you are part of a safe but exciting family. Nowhere looks out for you like Sutton Valence School does”