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Academy Council

Governance within a multi-academy trust

Uphill Village Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.  Governance for a multi-academy trust operates at two levels.  At trust level, there is a Board of Directors.  The directors are accountable to the Department for Education and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education the trust provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, financial probity, safety and good practice. The Board is provided assurance on a number of these areas through various sub-committees, as shown in the diagram below.

Academy Council

At a local level, each academy has an Academy Council comprising of up to 13 Academy Councillors.  Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academic experience of the students under their care with the aim of securing effective school improvement.  They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and by overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.

Uphill Village Academy Council

Mr Shane Hawkings – Chair of Academy Council

Shane became a Co-opted Governor in 2013. He serves as the Chair of the Governing Body and is the Governor with responsibility for Safeguarding. He works as an operations manager at a local primary school and both his children attended Uphill Village Academy.

Declaration of interests: Shane works within CLF

Toby Blackburn – Parent Governor

Toby is a full-time parent to three children, two of which are at Uphill Village Academy, with the third following along in a few years. He previously worked in IT for over 10 years as a Technology Manager.  He is the Link Governor for both Technology and Health & Safety; and is currently the School PTFA Secretary.

Declaration of interests: Toby has two children at Uphill Village Academy. PTFA Secretary

Stewart Castle – Parent Governor

Stuart lives in Uphill Village. He was elected as a Parent Governor over 25 years ago and is currently a Local Authority Governor. During his time as a governor at the school Stewart also served on the governing bodies of Westhaven and Broadoak Academy schools, the latter for 12 years including as vice chair. He was the Chair of the Governing Body at Uphill Primary School until July 2016. He is a Trustee and Chair of the Uphill Village Society and Trustee of the Village Hall. He has a grandchild at Uphill Village Academy.

Declaration of interests: Nil declared.

Becky Frise – Staff Governor

Becky has worked at Uphill Village Academy since 2011 as part of the administration team. Becky is also a Governor at a local secondary school. She has previously had three children attend Uphill Village Academy

Declaration of interests: Becky works within the Academy.

Sarah Goode – Staff Governor

Sarah has been a Co-opted Governor since 2014. Sarah teaches at the school and has responsibility for mathematics.

Declaration of interests: Sarah teaches within the Academy.

Lizy Jones – Parent Governor

Lizy became a parent governor in 2018 and has two children who attend Uphill Village Academy.  Lizy is a professional bid writer and works for a regional conservation and education charity.

Declaration of interests:  Lizy has two children at Uphill Village Academy.

Wayne Sugg – Parent Governor

Wayne lives in Uphill Village and both this children attended Uphill Village Academy. He became a Parent Governor before becoming a Co-opted Governor in 2006. Wayne is a Corporate Bank Manager and has extensive experience of finance and business strategy.

Declaration of interests: Nil Declared

Jen Wakefield – Parent Governor

Jen lives locally and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018.  Jen works full time at Weston Hospicecare Ltd as the Family Support Team Manager and is passionate about wraparound care for school age children.  Following on from being Chair of North Somerset Partnership Board for Children’s Services, Jen is keen to dedicate time to Uphill Village Academy governance.

Declaration of interests: Jen has one child at Uphill Village Academy

Sue Burns – Clerk to the Governing Body

Useful Documents

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019-2020

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