Staff portal: Governance induction pack

Welcome to The Mead Trust!

I would like to welcome you to The Mead Academy Trust as you take up post as part of our governance structure, as an Academy Advisor, Trustee or Member. Thank you for committing to join us and share your valuable time and skills. It is very much appreciated.

We are very fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated team of Academy Advisors, Trustees and Members who are skilled in their role and who strive to ensure that the children receive the best educational opportunities. We believe that effective school and Trust governance is essential to maintaining high expectations and standards across all of our schools.

Our positive reputation reflects our drive to provide Inspirational Learning for All of our children, right from the start. The enriched curriculum we offer provides exciting learning opportunities, which extend beyond the classroom to engage and inspire inquisitive minds.  It’s our aim to meet the needs of each child individually and we provide the resources and the staff to achieve this. Our dedicated team is committed to providing a wonderfully creative learning environment to fascinate every child. Our Trust Central team is at the heart of the development of our Trust and ensures outstanding opportunities for professional learning and leadership development. We have a strong emphasis on evidence based practice and encourage all practitioners to be resourceful.   AAGs, Trustees and Members are also welcomed at all professional development events and will have full access to our online CPD account with the National College.

Our Trust benefits greatly from the strong partnerships and sense of common purpose which we have developed with all of those involved in our Governance structure,  parents, and members of our local communities. You may already be familiar with our schools, however, we always welcome visits from AAG, Trustees and members. Please arrange these through the school offices.

The Trust staff team and I look forward to working with you and are hopeful that you will find your role within our governance structure an immensely rewarding one.

As part of your induction to your governance role, there are a variety of documents that you are required to read to support you in this role. These are listed below – please take the time to read them all, and ask if you have any questions. When you have read the documents, please complete the Induction Pack Confirmation Form, on the right.

In addition to the induction pack documents, there are three mandatory courses that we ask all members of our Governance Team to undertake. They are all available through your National College account, and more information is included in your induction letter. The National College contains hundreds of expert-led webinars and courses. These are available on demand and constantly updated to reflect changes in education. We would urge you to explore these, and view or join any of the content that is relevant and interesting to you. If you do complete any CPD, please send your certificate to Kyra ( for our records.

If you have any questions about your induction, or starting your new role, please contact Kyra in the Trust Central Team by emailing

With best wishes
Lyssy Bolton, CEO

Our governance structure:


Ser Document Action required
1 Welcome and Trust Overview Read the document
2 Induction letter (template for all) None – for information only
3 Glossary of useful terms / acronyms None – for information only
4 Behaviour Policy for Staff and Volunteers Read the document
5 Special Educational Needs & Disability Policy Read the document
6 Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Read the document
7 Data Protection Policy Read the document
8 Keeping Children Safe in Education Read the document
9 Cyber Security  Watch the video – this is a requirement of our insurance because you have a school email address
10 Being An Ally To Your Students Watch one of the videos
11 Code of Conduct for All Governance Roles Read the document
12 Scheme of Delegation Read the document
13 The Mead Trust Acceptable Use Policy Read the document and then complete the form at the end
14 Annual Registration of Business Interests Complete the form
15 Photo Consent Form Complete the form
16 Safeguarding training Complete the training (log in to your National College account first)
17 Prevent training Complete the training (log in to your National College account first)
18 GDPR training Complete the training (log in to your National College account first)
19 Confirmation Form Complete the form (you should only do this once you have completed the items above)