Smith’s Wood Academy is part of the Educational Charity ‘Fairfax Multi-Academy Trust’.

Smith’s Wood Academy is governed by the Trust’s Board of Directors. The Trust Board is comprised of volunteers and is responsible for:

·         Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction for the Trust and its academies;

·         Holding the CEO Chris Stevens to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient management of staff; and

·         Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure money is well spent.

The Trust’s CEO Mr Chris Stevens is responsible for holding Katy Craig – Head of Smith’s Wood Academy to account for the academic performance and standards in each academy.

The Trust Board have established a sub-committee known as the ‘Academy Association’ at each of its academies to provide the Trust Board with local oversight. The Chair of [Name of Academy] Association is [Name of Chair].

The Trust board establishes the remit and terms of reference for the Academy Association. The Academy Associations meet at least four times a year, and have responsibilities which include:

·         Supporting and challenging the Head of Academy on key performance matters (KPIs) as determined by the Trust Board

·         Providing local intelligence to the Trust Board on matters of safeguarding, SEND provision, Pupil Premium and Careers Provision

·         Supporting and challenging leaders on specific development areas as identified by the Trust Board;

·         Ensuring the values of the Trust are reflected in leaders’ plans and actions.

·         Reviewing and supporting the academy’s strategy for income generation through pupil recruitment

·         Supporting on any permanent exclusions within the trust

·         Engaging with broader academy activities as a means of monitoring overall quality

If you wish to contact the Chair or any member of the Academy Association, you can e-mail them via the Academy’s General Office  [email protected] or write c/o Fairfax Academy, Fairfax Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 7JT

Parents/Carers and members of the local community are invited to join the Academy Association (for a period of four years). If you are interested in finding out more about the role please contact the Chair of the Trust Board Mr Simon Small ([email protected]) or write c/o Chair of FMAT, Fairfax Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 7JT

For further information on the Trust’s governance arrangements, please visit:

Financial Information for the Trust can be found here:

Trust Policies can be accessed here: