David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to broaden the horizons of our pupils through the provision of a world-class education.



In a Multi-academy Trust, a single Trust is responsible for a number of academies. The MAT consists of the members and the trustees.


The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy Trust, with the ability to appoint some of the trustees and the right to amend the trust’s articles of association.

The current Members are: 

The Ross Foundation – represented by Joanne Hoareau
David Ross – Chair of Trustees
The Diocese of Peterborough – represented by Peter Cantley
David Overton 
Christopher Houlding


The trustees are responsible for the same three core governance functions performed by the governing body in a maintained school: strategic leadership, accountability and assurance and engagement. 

Local governors

Individuals who sit on local Academy Scrutiny Committees (ASCs) are referred to as ‘local governors’. This is because trustees can delegate governance functions to the local level. Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Local governors are at the heart of the Trust.

We have over 220 parents, business people and educationalists who volunteer their time and expertise for the benefit of our young people.

Harnessing their talents and recognising and acknowledging the impact that they have is critical. As a result, a great deal of work has been undertaken to refine roles and responsibilities, and support governors to help their academies become Outstanding.

The documents below outline how the relationships between the three groups work, and Trustee Declarations.


Articles of Association

Scheme of Delegation

Trustees and Governors Declarations

Academy Governing Bodies, Chairs and Principals

Annual Reviews

Terms of Office and Attendance

Trust Board Meetings and Committee Minutes