Governance at XP

Dates of Trust and Board meetings 2021/22

Trust AGM

  • Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 3:00pm at XP East

Board of Directors Meetings

  • Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 8:00am at XP East

  • Wednesday 30th March 2022 at 8:00am at XP East

  • Wednesday 13th July 2022 at 8:00am at XP East

About our Trust

XP SCHOOL TRUST LTD is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) consisting of:

  • Three secondary 11-19 mainstream schools

    • XP which opened in September 2014, and

    • XP East which opened in September 2017

    • XP Gateshead which opened September 2021

  • Three primary schools

    • Green Top which academised and joined the Trust in September 2017

    • Plover Primary which academised and joined the Trust in June 2020

    • Carcroft Primary which acadamised and joined the Trust in September 2021

  • One Junior school

    • Norton Junior School which academised and joined the Trust in July 2019

  • One Infant School

    • Norton Infant School which academised and joined the Trust in July 2019

Strategic Vision - Our Design Principles

The Trust’s strategic vision, as defined in its opening application to the DfE is to create and effectively manage schools which are based on our Design Principles:

"At XP, we build our community through activism, leadership and equity, sharing our stories as we go..."

  • Building community - "What do we do to survive, sustain and thrive...?"

  • Activism - "How are we actively contributing to building a better world...?"

  • Leadership - "How are we moving towards where we want to be...?'

  • Equity - "What do we need to be the best version of ourselves...?'

  • Sharing stories - "How are we doing the right things, in the right way, with the right tools...?"

To ensure our design principles are carried all the way through our governance to our students, we align all our practice through these five principles:

Governance Structure

The governance structure of XP Trust is a simple hierarchy:

  • The Trust

  • The Board of Directors

  • The Executive Leadership Team

  • The Committees

  • Working Groups representing appropriate stakeholders

All governance is focused on active and purposeful engagement of stakeholders to ensure each school is continually proving and improving their practice.

Our committees reflect our design principles:

  • Governance

  • Curriculum

  • Performance

  • Wellbeing

  • Finance & Legal

As well as our Director Committees, we have a Local Governing Committee (LGC) for each school campus.

Growth of the Trust

XP Trust believes passionately that our children deserve a three dimensional education. We would like to see this offered to as many families as want it, and there are a number of ways this is being achieved. We allow our Trust to grow organically and purposefully. We consider our capacity, capability and motivation to work with others, which includes location, cultural alignment and leadership availability.

Conferences, Workshops, Visits and Publications

Our practices are being disseminated through our work with others by facilitating conferences, workshops and school visits. When we can share our work easily through digital distribution, we will freely do so. We also have published work available through our XP Trust shop.

Creating new schools

We create new schools when opportunities arise to build them around a strong foundation of existing leadership. Schools within our Trust will only be named 'XP' if we have created them ourselves.

Existing schools joining our Trust

We consider other schools who ask to join our Trust and we promote our Trust in areas where we have leadership capacity.

Working with other MATs

We consider working with other MATs that are culturally aligned with us.

Working with other organisations

Partnership with other organisations allows us to amplify our practices. We currently have a strong partnership with the Edge Foundation amongst others.


XP Trust would like to acknowledge the continuing informal support and challenge provided to us by EL Education. Their continuing example, mentorship, publications and above all, friendship is instrumental to our success.

We would also like to acknowledge the influence of High Tech High schools which set us out on our journey in 2012.