Academy trustees: legal obligations

As an academy trustee, you have legal duties as a charity trustee and a company director. Be clear on what they are, so you're compliant. Find out about sources of legal advice.

Last reviewed on 27 September 2022
School types: Academy · School phases: Primary, Secondary
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  1. Comply with charity law
  2. Comply with company law
  3. Comply with the Academy Trust Handbook (ATH)
  4. Sources of legal guidance for academy trustees

Comply with charity law

As an academy trustee you're a charity trustee. Therefore, under charity law, you must:

  • Ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • Comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
  • Act in the charity’s best interests
  • Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • Act with reasonable care and skill
  • Ensure the charity is accountable

This is outlined on page 72 of the governance handbook

The Charity Commission has published guidance on your responsibilities as a trustee, which you can find here

Comply with company law

As an academy trustee you're also a company director. Make sure you're clear on your academy's articles of association.

You must comply with your duties under the Companies Act 2006 to:

See page 72 to