Leadership & Governance

ACE Learning Structure

The following chart illustrates the management structure of ACE Learning and staff associated with the Academy Trust.

ACE Learning Structure

You can download a PDF version of the ACE Learning Structure from the ACE SharePoint:


Chief Executive Officer : Paul Ketley
Education Director : Joanna Ronayne
Chief Financial Officer : Janine Owen
Chief Operations Officer : -


The ACE Learning governance structure is as follows:

  • the Members,
  • a Board of Trustees,
  • a Finance, Audit and Risk Committee,
  • and Local Advisory Boards.

The names of those with a Governance role can be found in the ACE Members, Board of Trustees, Local Advisory Boards and Committees document on the ACE SharePoint.

Register of Business Interests

It is important that Members, Trustees, Governors and staff of ACE Learning not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. The Board (Trustees and Governors) and school staff have a responsibility to avoid any conflict between their business and personal interests and affairs and those of the school/academy. There is a legal duty on all to declare an interest likely to lead to questions of bias when considering any item of business at a meeting and for the person concerned to withdraw, if necessary, whilst the matter is considered.

The current Register of Business Interests can be found on the ACE SharePoint:

Attendance Record of Trustee Meetings

At ACE Learning we keep an attendance record of all trustees and members attending meetings.

You can view a copy of the Attendance Register on the ACE SharePoint:

Minutes of Meetings

Detailed minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees (BoT) are kept by our Clerk to Trustees.

Minutes are available on request from the Trust office.

Funding Agreement

The Academy Trust is responsible for Furley Park Primary Academy and Hamstreet Primary Academy and any schools that join the Academy Trust in the future.

The Academy Trust has entered into a master funding agreement and separate supplemental funding agreements for each school under section 1 of the Academies Act 2010 with the Secretary of State for Education in relation to the funding of the Academies (together, the “Funding Agreement”).

The Funding Agreement places a number of requirements on the Academy Trust including the requirement to comply with the Department for Education’s (the “DfE”) academies financial handbook (the “Handbook”).

The ACE Learning Master Funding Agreement is available to view on the ACE SharePoint:

Scheme of Delegation & Governance

ACE Learning Academy Trust (the “Academy Trust”) is a company, limited by guarantee, and an exempt charity. The principle activities are to advance, for public benefit, education in the UK by establishing, maintaining, carrying on, managing and developing academies. Its main aim is to develop teaching, learning and leadership in its academies resulting in improved outcomes and life chances for learning.

This Scheme of Delegation has been put in place by the ACE Trustees in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association (the “Articles”) and it should be read in conjunction with those Articles.

The ACE Learning Scheme of Delegation and Governance can be viewed on the ACE SharePoint:

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference supplement the requirements set out in legislation and the articles of association of the Company and provide a framework for the governance of Ace Learning.

The Terms of Reference were adopted by a direction of the Members, which was passed by a special resolution of the Members pursuant to article 93 of the Company’s articles of association, requiring the Trustees to manage the Company and delegate authority in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

The ACE Learning Terms of Reference can be viewed on the ACE SharePoint:

Memorandum & Articles of Association

The ACE Learning Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Like all companies, the academy trust has a memorandum and articles of association. The memorandum sets out the names of the initial members of the academy trust and the articles are the rules that will govern the running of the company.

The ACE Learning Memorandum and Articles of Association can be viewed on the ACE SharePoint:

Annual Accounts & Reports

The ACE Learning Annual Accounts and Annual Report are published each year and can be viewed on the ACE SharePoint: