Each Academy has an Academy Council which comprises members of the local community, parents, teachers, staff and a representative of the Multi Academy Trust. The Academy Council is responsible for the overall management of the school. The actual size of the Council depends on the size of the school; the membership is determined by law, and each is made up of different types of councillors.
When vacancies arise for parent Academy Councillors, information is circulated to all parents / carers, and to be eligible to be nominated as a parent councillor, a person must have a child registered at the school for which the Academy Council is responsible. The term of office is for four years and a parent councillor can, if he / she so chooses, serve the full term of office even if his / her child is no longer a pupil at that school.
Academy Councils are required by law to meet at least once a term but can meet more frequently in order to discuss specific matters.
The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.
All governance boards, no matter what type of school or how many schools they govern, have three core functions: • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.