One of the benefits of the trust is that we have a central services team of highly qualified and experienced people that can deliver the services that would normally be provided by a local authority. With the role of local authorities diminishing rapidly, the ability to continue to provide those services from the centre is challenging.
We can offer the services of a Financial Director and a finance team who together can provide the full range of functions from payroll, purchasing, invoicing, budgeting and cash flow, management accounts and returns to EFA. That team is fully conversant with both local authority and academy funding.
We have a Human Resources Director who can provide any service from recruitment to absence management, performance management, disciplinary issues, employment law and staff welfare.
Our Building and Estates Director has expertise in buildings, catering, cleaning, grounds, regular maintenance and the monitoring and review of the provision of utilities.
Other expertise in the trust is in the form of a creative and media studio, which provides film, lesson support and the production of display and marketing materials.
An ICT support team maintains the hardware and software and the printing solutions for the trust and other services include web design and maintenance.