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Foundation Trustees sit together as the Foundation Board which has responsibility for protecting the interests and assets of each Foundation school, as well as for ensuring that the ethos and values of the Foundation are maintained.

Foundation Board is responsible for the group strategy, management and governance of the Foundation together with the financial and educational performance of the schools.

Foundation Board are the legal governors and are accountable for all statutory functions. Many of these functions are discharged on behalf of the Foundation Board by the Executive Team.

At local level, trustees delegate governance functions to a LGB at each school. Trustees have complete discretion over what is delegated to each LGB. They may, for example, decide to delegate all functions to academies in the chain that are performing well and only a few to those academies that need greater support.

It is important to note that local governors are not trustees of a school, unless they also sit on the Foundation Board. The Board of Directors details can be found under About Us - Who are we?

ESF Declarations

ESF Board Attendance

ESF Structure Chart

ESF Audit and Risk Assessment Attendance

The Board has implemented the following committees:

Committee Name of Trustee Responsibility Date of Appointment
Finance and Resources Peter Pickthall

Chair, Human Resources, Health & Safety

 (Bede, Emmanuel and Grace)


Martin Oldknow

Health & Safety (Trinity, The King's and Christ's), 




Stewart McKinlay

Simon Goon
Education, Standards and Performance Helen McEvoyChair30/11/2021
Maura  Regan 16/06/2017

Mark Pike  16/06/2017
Remuneration Peter Pickthall

Mark Pike

Stewart McKinlay 11/10/2018
Audit and Risk Committee Simon GoonChair 15/10/2021
Peter Pickthall 15/10/2021
Martin Oldknow 15/10/2021

Committee attendance and declarations of interest:

ESF Finance and Resources Declarations

ESF Finance and Resources Attendance

ESF Education Standards and Performance declarations

ESF Education Standards and Performance Attendance

ESF Remuneration Committee Declarations

ESF Remuneration Committee Attendance

ESF Investment Panel Declarations

ESF Audit and Risk Declarations

ESF Investment Panel Declarations

The terms of reference are as follows:

Finance and Resources - Terms of Reference

Education, Standards and Performance Committee - Terms of Reference

Remuneration Committee - Terms of Reference

The duty of each Committee is to ensure that ESF discharges its responsibilities for educational improvement in providing excellent education both in terms of academic attainment and character development, consistent with the ethos and values of ESF, so that all students are able to progress, achieve and to go on to succeed in life.

Did you know?
After opening in 2005, Trinity Academy became the most improved school in England, and was named as the “most improved school in Yorkshire” for three consecutive years.
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In the five Ofsted inspections over the course of its history, Emmanuel has maintained an unbroken record of Ofsted “Outstanding”.
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Trinity Academy opened in September 2005 and replaced Thorne Grammar School as it celebrated its 75th Anniversary.
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The King's Academy, a specialist business and enterprise Academy in Coulby Newham, South Middlesbrough, opened as an 11-19 school of 1200 students in September 2003.
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In its first decade, The King’s Academy was placed among the top 10% of schools in England for added value and became the “most improved school in the North East”.
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To celebrate its 25th anniversary Emmanuel College raised £45,000 to build a primary school in Tembisa township, South Africa.
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Emmanuel College students’ academic results place the College amongst the highest ranked schools in England for both progress and attainment.
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The King’s Academy welcomes four times the average proportion of students with special needs, and its provision for these young people has been described as “exemplary” and “outstanding”.
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The Emmanuel Schools Foundation has been involved in education since 1989.
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The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough, marked its tenth anniversary with its best results to date and a £1.2m investment in Sixth Form and Performing Arts facilities.
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Examination results last year placed Bede Academy in the top 8% of state-funded schools in England for Progress 8 and for progress in mathematics.
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Named after an eighth-century monk and scholar from Northumbria, Bede Academy, Blyth, opened in 2009 as one of the first “all-through” Academies in England, educating students from age 3 to 19.
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Emmanuel College was founded in 1990 as Tyneside’s City Technology College (CTC) and opened with just 150 Year 7 students. Emmanuel now educates over 1,300 students across the 11 to 19 age range.
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Trinity Academy in Thorne was described as “a beacon of hope” by Lord Andrew Adonis, Education Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair, in 2007.