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Governance Information


The Harbour School officially joined the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) family in January 2021. The Trust was formed with a simple and clear vision: ‘to ensure high quality education at the heart of the community.’

Details of the Trust members and directors can be found here.

Each academy within the CMAT family has its own Academy Council to provide local Governance.



Harbour School Academy Council- combined interests and attendance register -07.12.2021


While the Trust is the employer of all staff, it has delegated powers to the Academy Councils to exercise governance arrangements for the academies within the Trust.

The Academy Council is focused upon the individual school context, monitoring standards and achievement, and their local community needs and aspirations.

  • Setting strategic priorities and plans
  • Monitoring standards and achievement within the school
  • Ensuring Trust policies are implemented
  • Engaging with all stakeholders to improve outcomes
  • Supporting and positively challenging practices within the Academy, through the School Leadership Team.

Each Academy Councillor takes on the role of Champion for a particular area, in which he/she holds the Academy leadership to account by providing challenge from their local knowledge and support from their own wider experiences.  The Champions link with the Trust leadership and directors to represent the interests of the Academy.  The Academy Council meets as a full body six times in the year.  There are no committees.

Governance structure and the scheme of delegation of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust can be found on


The master funding agreement for the trust and the supplemental funding agreement for The Harbour  can also be found here: