Governance

Adams' Grammar School (AGS) and Abraham Darby Academy (ADA) are both part of the Haberdashers' Adams' Federation Trust (HAFT).  HAFT is sponsored by The Haberdashers' Company (the Company), a livery company which was made trustee of AGS by its founder, William Adams.

Day to day and operational running and management of the academies is led by the Headmaster, in the case of AGS, and the Principal, in the case of ADA, in each case together with their respective senior leadership teams and staffs.

The Governors are unpaid, non-executive volunteers with different backgrounds and experience who, with the benefit of the recommendations of the management, make the strategic, financial and other major decisions for HAFT and the academies, and monitor the implementation by management of the strategic decisions.  Governors should act as critical friends of the Headmaster and Principal and their senior colleagues, with the benefit of their different interests, experience and expertise.  Governors include persons who live locally to the academies and elected parents and members of staff.

All Governors are Governors of both academies but, apart from the Master of the Company and the Chairman of the Board, are only members of one LGB.  All Governors are a member of at least one other committee.

The governance of HAFT and therefore both academies is as follows:

HAFT has 5 members (the Company and 4 Haberdashers nominated by the Company) who elect the Directors.

HAFT has a Board of Directors, which currently has 8 members, with Haberdashers constituting a majority, and is chaired by Anthony Cann.  All the chairs of the main committees are Directors.  The Board has the ultimate legal responsibilities and liabilities for the governance of the Federation and its schools.  All the other committees report to the Board and are subject to it.  The Board reviews the minutes of all committee meetings and matters referred to it by any committee, as well as itself conducting matters appropriate only for the Board.  The Board usually meets twice a term.

There are 6 principal committees:

The Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) of each school.  The LGB for AGS is chaired by Sam Taylor; that for ADA is chaired by John Gallagher.  They meet once a term.  They govern each school subject to, and within the authority granted by, the Board.  They assist the development of strategy of the relevant school and monitor its implementation.  The members of each LGB include the Headmaster of AGS or, as the case may be, Principal of ADA, two Governors elected from among parents and one Governor elected from the staff.

The Finance and Buildings Committee (FBC).  This is chaired by Sam Taylor.  It has oversight of and responsibility for the financial matters of each school and the Federation, as well as their premises and their maintenance.  It meets once a term but members receive monthly financial updates.

The Audit Committee.  This is chaired by Roddy Barrow and its membership is the same as FBC except that the chair of FBC and the chair of the Board are not members.  It meets twice a year - to review the audit plan in the summer and the audited accounts and the auditor's report and management letter in the autumn.

Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee (TLS).  This is chaired by Jeremy Goulding and reviews teaching and learning in both schools and so it reviews the academic outcomes.  TLS usually meets four times a year.

Pupil Welfare Committee (PW).  This is chaired by Colin Watt.  PW has responsibility for pupil welfare matters including Boarding at AGS and Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) at both schools.  It meets four times a year, including once with a Boarding focus.

Ad hoc committees.  These are convened as and when required.