Scheme of Delegation 

We have developed a large number of successful school leaders from within our organisation and blended this existing talented leadership in schools which have joined our family. School leaders are supported to lead confidently and to use the experience and resource of the Trust to help their school move forward.

We have an experienced group of non-executive directors who hold the executive to account through a process of robust challenge and support. Non-executive directors have a variety of professional backgrounds and use this experience to ensure that we are a reflective, self-aware and agile organisation.

The Governance Structure is set out in the following diagram:


Swale Academies Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. Responsibility for the academies that make up the Trust and for the funds granted by Parliament for providing education in those academies is entrusted to the Board of Trustees. These Trustees are also Directors of the company. The details of the Members of the Company and of the Board of Trustees is shown in diagram above.


Chairman of the Board, Swale Academies Trust Mr Paul Goodson


The Trust's Board, of which Paul is Chairman, is responsible for the governance of the Trust, for setting its strategy and objectives and for holding the executive team to account for the performance of the Trust and its schools.

Paul is an Oxford law graduate who worked in fund management for over twenty years before becoming Chairman of a logistics company which he sold in 2016.  He is currently a non-executive director of Electra plc.



Earned Autonomy

The Trust believes that the best outcomes will be achieved when each school’s Local Governing Body/Governor Challenge Committee receives a level of responsibility and autonomy appropriate to its specific circumstances.

As a Trust we pursue the principle of intelligent accountability by providing ‘intervention in inverse proportion towards success’. Thus, where the school is in an Ofsted category, there will be close supervision of the school by Swale Academies Trust through the Trust Principal. Where a school has shown the ability to move confidently and assuredly in terms of performance and overall standards there is a much greater emphasis on providing a more soft touch approach that allows the individual leadership of the school to creatively move forward and innovate in a way that will further the overall provision and capacity of the Trust. This is very much in keeping with the current Ofsted framework and is driven by the principle that in order to take a school out of trouble it is necessary to tighten up all areas of consistency, in contrast, to allow a school to become outstanding one has to let go a little more to allow innovation and excellence to flourish.

Where a school is Good or Outstanding and financially sound without any serious areas of concern, minimal day-to-day intervention by Swale Academies Trust is needed and the Local Governing Body/Governor Challenge Committee will operate with maximum autonomy. However, where the school is Good or Outstanding the school will make a sizable net contribution to the Trust in terms of leadership capacity and the sharing and development of good practice. It is essential that all Trust schools play an active role in the development of the Trust in a collegiate and supportive manner.


For governing bodies to carry out their role effectively, governors must be:

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously
  • Accountable to the Trust Board
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance


We would expect that the core business of each Local Governing Body/Governor Challenge Committee to be:

Reviewing and monitoring:

  • the School Improvement Plan;
  • Leadership and Management and Safeguarding;
  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare;
  • Outcomes for Pupils;
  • Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment;
  • Staffing;
  • Premises and Health and Safety.

Have financial awareness and review the impact of Sports Funding and Pupil Premium expenditure.


Local Governing Bodies/Governor Challenge Committees

Please find information about our individual schools  Local Governing Bodies and Governor Challenge Committees 

Swale Academies Trust has very experienced governors who are committed to ensuring its success. All information published on our Trust website, is in accordance with the requirements set out in the Academies Financial Handbook 2019