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What is an Academy?

Academies are publicly funded autonomous independent local schools. Academies benefit from greater freedoms to innovate and raise standards. The increase in operational autonomy is widereaching covering aspects such as teaching and learning and the operation of school business such as, delivery of contracted services.

Academies are required to follow the law and guidance on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as if they were maintained schools.

Academies have greater freedom over how they use their budgets to best benefit their pupils.

Constitution of The Dean Trust Board

The trustees are a small group of governors (and other specialists) who take on the legal role of coordination of the educational charitable company set up to run the Multi Academy Trust. The trustees are responsible for determining the governance of all the schools within the Trust, through a written constitution.


Mr Damian McGann (Chair)
Mrs Sharon Bagshaw
Mrs Anna Beaumont
Mr Jonathan Bowers
Mr Paul Edwards
Mr Tarun Kapur CBE (Chief Executive)
Mr John Shiels

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Associate Members

Mr Nick David (Chief Finance Officer)
Mr Barry Bridden (Academies Director)
Mr Andrew Shakos (Operations Director)
Mrs Philippa Williamson (Finance Director – Dean Trust West Hub)

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