The local tier of governance for each CSET school is undertaken by a Community Council. The Trust is particularly keen to emphasise the importance of each of the schools within their local community, so ensuring a strong link to the local community is fundamental to the Trust’s approach. Schools are an important part of local democracy and the link between a strong community and a good school providing a high quality education for that community cannot be underestimated.
Through their representation of different stakeholder groups (parents, staff, community), Community Councillors will have a strong understanding of the school and its community. The current Councillors are listed on the Department for Education's Get Information about Schools website.
The Community Councils feedback to trust leaders and trustees through formal termly meetings. The Chairs’ Group coordinates agendas and programmes of work to ensure each council is able to provide a valuable community insight and avoids duplication of work with the role of trustees and trust leaders.