The Academy

Heckmondwike Grammar School is a standalone outstanding convertor academy, having been one of the first 32 outstanding schools to convert and open on the first day possible under the Academies Act 2010. We do not have a sponsor, and this means we are entirely self-governing, and senior staff and governors are accountable directly to the DfE for all aspects of the operation of the school.

The school is no stranger to this kind of status, having previously been a grant-maintained school for many years. Since the late 1980s we have taken responsibility for our own staff and payroll, maintenance and development of our premises, catering and so on, as well as the standards achieved by the students of course.

The academy is run by a trust, which is called Heckmondwike Grammar School Academy Trust. This body appoints governors (apart from those who are elected, ie staff and parent  governors). Governors are responsible for supporting and challenging senior staff in setting the strategic direction of the academy, setting up and maintaining robust systems and processes and rigorous prudent financial management. It is the senior leadership team who are accountable for the day to day decisions and running of the school. All staff members are employees of the Academy Trust.

Scheme of Delegation

Financial Delegated Authority

Companies House

Heckmondwike Grammar School Academy Trust is a registered company, limited by guarantee, in England and Wales, registered Company number 07348329 and is an exempt charity.

The company registered address is:

Heckmondwike Grammar School, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, WF16 0AH.

Follow this link for the registered entry with companies house:

Register of Business Interests

Governors hold an important public office and their identity should be known to their school and wider communities. The register gives information of any relevant business interests of the governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. The register  also sest out any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

Memorandum and Articles of Association

The academy’s memorandum and articles of association sets out the internal management, decision-making and running of the academy trust and its liability. They form an annex to the funding agreement for each academy.

The Funding Agreement

The Funding Agreement is the contract between the Secretary of State for Education and the academy that sets out the terms on which the academy is funded.

Financial Statements

Heckmondwike Grammar School Academy is charitable trust and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 07348329. The Academy is required to prepare and submit audited annual financial statements to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and Companies House. The form of the financial statements is set by the Companies Acts and the Charities applicable Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).

Copies of the latest financial statements are available here:

Academy Trust Handbook

The Academy Trust Handbook (ATH) is the financial management requirements that apply to academy trusts. Academy trusts must comply with this handbook as a condition of their funding agreement. It provides an overarching framework for implementation of effective financial management and control.

The ATH requires us to publish the following information:

Executive Pay


Financial Statements – see above

Please note we are not required to publish info on gender pay gap under the Equalities Act 2010 (Specific Duties & Public Authorities) Regulations 2017, as we have less than 250 employees.