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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Governance Structure

Sir Jonathan North College has academy status, and is a member of Lionheart Academies Trust. Governors form a Local Governing Body within the Trust organisation, with some delegated responsibilities to complement the top level responsibilities held by the Lionheart Trust Board.

Contact the governing body via the Chair of Governors:

John McGinley – hyperlink to

Trust Governance across all layers

Trust Board

The Trust Board has overall responsibility for all governance in the trust and carries the final accountability for this. the focus of the Board is on the big picture, working with the trust Executive Team to set the overall vision for the trust, lead strategically and identify and respond to risks and opportunities. 

Hub Governing Bodies

The schools are grouped into geographical governance hubs, which hold the schools to account and take a strategic lead on the back room services, which support the schools within their cluster. they also consider the marketing strategies of the group of schools and plan for developing effective partnerships with local businesses. they monitor complaints and hearings, with governors and trustees from across all 3 layers supporting panel meetings as needed. 

Local Governing Bodies

Each school has a Local Governing Body, which holds the school to account for the quality of teaching and learning, the experience of pupils, parents and staff, the processes to ensure safeguarding, and informal links with the local community and businesses. LGBs ensure that school leaders are mindful of the school's contact and work within the overall vision of Lionheart Academies Trust. 


The members of a trust are not involve in the practical running of the organisation and do not take part in governing body or Board meetings, except as occasional observers. Their role is to ensure that the Board keeps its core priorities at the centre of its work - providing education for children and young people - and retains its stated ethos and values. Members appoint some of the trustees and, in exceptional circumstances, can remove trustees who they have appointed. 


Local Governing Body: Role and Responsibilities of LGB Governors 

Trust Board: Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees

Hub Governing Body - one per cluster of schools - Roles and Responsibilities of Hub Governors 

Scheme of Delegation: Standards, Governance, Staffing

Scheme of Delegation: Operations, Stakeholders, Compliance, Policy