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What is a local governing body?

Within a MAT, each academy school will usually have its own LGB. These have similar status to committees of a maintained governing body and the only powers they have are those delegated to them by the board. This is normally formalised into a scheme of delegation. Individuals serving on a LGB may or may not be directors of the academy trust. It is common for them to be referred to as ‘governors’, although technically the governors of an academy trust are the directors/trustees.

Whilst the LGBs will usually have delegation authority to run the academy school, the directors of the MAT will ultimately be responsible for all of the academies it runs.