Welcome from the Chair of Trustees, Andy Downing.

Andy Downing

Chair of Trustees

On behalf of the Board of SGS Academy Trust, welcome to our website.

Students within our trust are our number one priority and all staff, local school board members and trustees work together with a common aim of providing a safe and vibrant learning environment in which all learners can reach their potential and have an enjoyable and positive time at school.

We are committed to improving access to education in the communities we serve at primary, secondary and special school level. We are committed to the aim of delivering a high quality and broad educational experience across the Trust; the continued improvement of schools within our Trust is absolutely fundamental.

Trustees are volunteers and the Board of Trustees has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the CEO to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of each school in the Trust and of the Trust overall and assuring value for money.

As we are a Trust, we can provide support and challenge to our schools, help with staff development and succession planning and, because of the economies of scale, pool our resources. All this helps to improve our schools and provide a better education for the young people in our care.

The Board of Trustees encourages the recruitment of trustees from all sections of the community and applications are always welcomed from people of all cultural backgrounds with a range of skills and experience. The Trustee Role Description and Person Specification can be found in the document section below.

The Trust Board of SGSAT believe it is important that Board reflect the diversity of the school communities they serve. Diverse boards promote inclusive school environments and provide diverse role models for staff and young people.

The SGSAT Trust Board are currently collecting data on the diversity of the board, including data on age, gender and ethnicity. They will use that data to inform their recruitment and training needs and ensure there is always a diverse range of perspectives around the table to support robust decision making.

Due to our relatively small governing bodies we do not publish this diversity data online as individual governors could be identified and we have a legal obligation to protect their personal data.

Our Trustees and Members


Members are the subscribers to SGSAT’s memorandum of association and have a strategic overview of the governance arrangements of the Trust.

The members of SGSAT are:

Our Local School Boards

The Board of Trustees appoints Local School Boards. They provide local oversight of school activities and engagement, to assist in the decision making of the Trust Board.