Governance is a system of rules, practices and processes by which the Eden Academy Trust and each of the schools are managed. Governance across the Trust has been established to support our vision: 


Click here to view The Eden Academy Trust Governance Charter, which includes our Scheme of Delegation


The Eden Academy Trust will create centres of educational excellence where our young people will achieve exceptional outcomes


The articles of association for the Trust can be found by clicking here


Governance at the Eden Academy Trust is led by the following:

  • The Board of Members

The Board of Members (or ‘members’) has ultimate control over the Eden Academy Trust.

They have the power to:

  • appoint (or remove) Trustees
  • issue instructions to the Trustees to take a specific action
  • appoint the Trust’s auditors and receive the Trust’s annual accounts
  • change the name of the Trust and ultimately, close the Trust.

Members meet once a year for an Annual General Meeting where they review performance across the Trust as well as discuss with Trustees new developments and their vision for the future.




  • The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (or ‘trustees’) are responsible for the performance, achievement and overall direction of the Eden Academy Trust. Legal accountability for all aspects of the Trust lies with the trustees including finance, personnel and premises, and the educational performance of the schools.

The trustees offer support, constructive advice and help to the CEO, Senior Leadership team  and School Heads where needed, but will also challenge, ask questions and seek information to find the best solution for the Trust.

Trustees are responsible for four main areas:

  • Strategy - they create the vision, ethos and strategy for the Trust and its schools and make sure there there is a strong and effective leadership structure and personnel in place across the Trust.
  • Performance - they oversee and challenge the Trust’s education performance data and financial capability and management systems.
  • Compliance they establish the governance structures for the Trust and make sure it complies with all relevant regulations and the law.
  • Communication they engage with parents, pupils and staff and help to develop relationships beyond the Trust.

You can find more information and profiles of the trustees here, the Eden Academy Trust's annual accounts and report here, and the Articles of Association here.

Access James Rennie School's Supplemental Funding Agreement here.



  • Board of Trustees Committees

The Board of Trustees establish committees to support the work of the Trust. These committees include a finance committee, a performance management committee and audit committee.

  • Trust Senior Leadership Team

Responsibility for the internal organisation, management and control of the Trust, implementing plans and policies is delegated by the Trustees to the Senior Leadership Team.

The Senior Leadership Team comprises the CEO, Director for Academy Development, Director for Finance and Operations and Regional Directors for Schools. You can find more information and profiles of our senior leaders here.  


  • Our Local Advisory Board

The James Rennie School Local Advisory Board (LAB) is a group of parents, staff and community representatives who provide advice and support to help James Rennie School achieve its aims. The LAB is not a legal entity in its own right. Legal accountability for all aspects of the school lies with the Trustees including finance, personnel and premises, and the educational performance of the school.

The LAB is designed to help key stakeholders to get involved in the life of the school and the Trust, contribute to its development and promote the school within the community. Individual members of the LAB can be invited to be part of a Board of Trustees Committee.

The LAB meets three times a year but LAB members may also set up their own groups to focus on specific areas which might meet more frequently and include regular visits to the school.

Our LAB members come from a wide range of backgrounds that work to support the School and make it a better place:


Kris Williams, Head teacher

Brian Eaton - also a member of the Eden Academy Trust Board of Trustees. Brian is an occasional University lecturer in Edinburgh and Hong Kong.

Canon Michael Manley - Married with 3 boys and a dog, Michael leads church youth club and children's work at Carlisle Cathedral.

Michelle Graham

Jean Rhodes - Jean has previously worked as a social worker with some of the pupils in school. Jean is retired but self-employed as a teacher of yoga for adult education, she also has a daughter who is a supply worker in school.  Jean would be happy to chat with any parent or carer by arrangement through school.

Joanne Gill

Jonty Hanlon - Jonty is a member of Bendles Solicitors and Director of Age UK Carlisle and Eden.

Dr. Arthur Paynter - Arthur used to be the school doctor and has been a friend of the school for many years

Please click here to read our LAB Members Declarations of Interest.


Contact us

Please complete this form to make contact with our Local Advisory Board