A Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) runs multiple academies, as opposed to a Single Academy Trust which runs only one.
The Sentamu Academy Learning Trust has three layers of governance (the Members of the trust, the Board of Trustees and Local Governing Committees).
The Members of the trust have limited financial liability to the trust and can appoint and remove Trustees. The Trustees oversee the running of the MAT and determine its strategic direction; the Trustees are also responsible for ensuring compliance with charity and company law and the academy trust’s Funding Agreement. The Trustees are accountable to the Members of the trust and the Secretary of State.
The Board of Trustees have delegated some of its functions to the Local Governing Committees via a Scheme of Delegation. Local Governors who sit on the Local Governing Committees are not Trustees. A Master Funding Agreement is with the MAT and Supplemental Funding Agreements with each individual academy as signed by the Secretary of State for Education.