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ODST delegates considerable autonomy to its school governing bodies and we regard ourselves as a ‘bottom up’ rather than a ‘top down’ organisation.  We aim to develop strong, accountable governing bodies made up of highly skilled, well-informed, well-trained governors who ensure statutory duties are met, set a standard of excellence and are focussed on improving teaching and learning.

Each of our academies’ governance arrangements are undertaken by a single board of governors, the Local Governing Body (LGB).  LGBs have extensive powers of delegation, as ODST is committed to empowerment at a local level.

ODST develops and supports effective, knowledgeable and well-trained governors through:

  • a central Governor Services Officer and support for chairs and clerks
  • high-quality governor training & support
  • bespoke whole governing body training
  • termly events for chairs.


Our Governor Services Officer will facilitate support for Governors and school governance in a number of ways:

  • Support for the appointment process for all governors to ODST academies
  • Telephone and email access to advice
  • Briefings on statutory changes relevant to trustees and governance
  • Places for governors on ODBE organised governor training sessions at a discounted rate
  • Support for governors’ independent review panel, disciplinary, capability or grievance hearings
  • Briefings for chairs of local governing bodies in ODST and other academies
  • Options to attend governing body training events through ODST packages
  • Bespoke governing body training created to meet individual school and governing body needs by request.
  • Governor representation at Trustee level
  • Briefings on specific national and local issues
  • Briefings/support/mentoring for Clerks to Governors
  • Statutory and other checks and reports
  • Support materials for Chairs and other induction.

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