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An annual governance statement is required for an academy, and is good practice for a maintained school. Get guidance on what your statement needs to contain, and take a look at examples from other schools.


An annual governance statement is a report that sets out information on how your school’s governance works.

The aim is to demonstrate that your school is appropriately managed and is looking after public money properly.

Requirements for academies 

Academy trusts are required to submit their annual report and financial statements to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) by 31 December every year. These documents must include a governance statement.

This requirement applies to all types of academy trust with a funding agreement with the secretary of state for education during the accounting period. It includes free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges (UTCs).

This is set out in the academies accounts direction (see page 11) from the ESFA.

What to include

In summary, the sections you need are:

It must be