The legal status of a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) is quite different from that of other forms of school collaboratives, such as federations. In a MAT, it is the trust itself that is the legal entity, and not the schools that are its constituents.
This means that the MAT has responsibility for the governance of its schools, although MATs may delegate specific powers to local governing bodies (LGBs). You can download a copy of Tandridge Learning Trust's Scheme of Delegation at the bottom of this page.
The MAT is accountable for the performance of each school in the group. A master funding agreement with the MAT and supplemental funding agreements with each individual academy are signed by the Secretary of State for Education. For documentation relating to the funding agreements for Tandridge Learning Trust, please click here.