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The Richmond upon Thames School

The Richmond upon Thames School

Excellence Through Endeavour

The Function of the Trust Board

The trust board manages the business of the academy trust and focuses on the three core functions of governance:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The trustees also ensure compliance with the trust’s charitable objects, with company and charity law, and ensure adherence to the trust’s funding agreement with the Secretary of State. The full board of trustees meets six times a year to pursue these objectives. Minutes of the full trust board meetings are available on request.


The trust board delegates certain functions to dedicated committees. There are three main committees:

  • Finance & Resources (Chair: Gordon Deas) oversees budget setting, monitoring and review, oversees staffing arrangements including pay, oversees statutory compliance, the school premises and health & safety.
  • Quality of Education (Chair: Manju Walia) oversees student progress and outcomes, the curriculum and quality of teaching. 
  • Students, Parents & Community (Chair: Even Demetriou) oversees safeguarding, inclusion, attendance, behaviour and the wider school community. 

These committees meet at least every term and there are further committees and panels which meet as and when required.

School Improvement Process

Trustees agree the school's development and improvement objectives with the senior leadership team at the start of each school year and they receive termly updates on the progress being made towards meeting these objectives. Trustees play a role in the school's self-evaluation which takes place at the end of each school year. This feeds into the school's development plans for the following year.


School Development and Improvement Plan 2023-2024


A summary of the School Development and Improvement Plan for
2023-2024 can be found here.