Academy Council

The Academy Council is made up of representatives from the Diocese, parents, staff and local community, all of whom donate their time and expertise freely for the benefit of the school. Each Academy Councillor brings something different, whether that is educational, professional or spiritual.

The Academy Councillors are responsible for the overall strategic direction and focus of the school. They are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the schools, which rests with Mrs Godfrey, our Head Teacher, and her staffing team. The Academy Council approve school policies and procedures, agree budgets, ensure the National Curriculum is taught to all children to the highest standard, that the children can learn in a clean and safe environment and also act as a “critical friend” to the Head Teacher. They offer support and advice, but where necessary they also challenge and ask questions that parents would want them to be asking.

The Academy Council meet 5 times per year. Every representative, where possible, attends these meetings which usually last 2-3 hours. There are agreed Terms of Reference which set out the responsibilities for the Head Teacher, Academy Council and Acorn Education Trust.

In addition to this, each member of the Academy Council has at least one specific area of responsibility which might be a curriculum area, or a key aspect of school life such as SEN or Health and Safety. They will work closely with the relevant staff member throughout the academic year, reporting back to the Full Academy Council.

If you would like to find out more about the Academy Council and even consider becoming a member, please feel free to speak to any of our representatives at anytime, or contact our chair person through the school office.

Heytesbury VA Primary School Academy Council
Name     Date of appointment Date term of office ends/ended Date of     resignation Appointing body Business & Pecuniary   Interests Attendance 2018/2019
Mr Stuart Porter (Exec Head) 10/01/2019 09/01/2023   Appointed by academy members None 3/3 meetings
Mrs Carole Godfrey 23/03/2017 22/03/2050   Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal None 4/4 meetings
Mr Thomas Hartshorn (Chair) 11/10/2018 10/10/2022   Appointed by academy members None 4/4 meetings
Mr Kieren Macmahon (Vice Chair) 11/07/2019 10/07/2023   Appointed by academy members None 1/1 meeting
Mr Paul Branscombe 23/03/2017 26/06/2021   Appointed by foundation/Trust None 2/4 meetings
Mrs Sarah Davis 23/03/2017 22/03/2021 10/10/2019 Elected by parents None 3/4 meetings
Mrs Susan Whitehead-Whiting 23/03/2017 22/03/2021   Appointed by academy members None 4/4 meetings
Rev Trudy Hobson 10/10/2019 09/10/2023   Appointed by foundation/Trust None  
Mrs Ann Perry 23/03/2017 22/03/2021   Appointed by foundation/Trust None 4/4 meetings
Mr Danny Gould 23/03/2017 22/03/2021 10/10/2019 Elected by parents None 3/4 meetings
Mrs Ann Perry 23/03/2017 22/03/2021   Appointed by foundation/Trust None 4/4 meetings
Mrs Jackie Kirby 06/10/2017 05/10/2021 25/07/2019 Appointed by foundation/Trust None 4/4 meetings
Rev Clifford Stride 24/05/2018 23/05/2022 25/07/2019 Appointed by foundation/Trust None 4/4 meetings