Academy Council

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Academy Council

Academy Council Members

Community Academy Council Members

Anthony Slack (Chair)

Kathryn Nicholas (Vice Chair) 

Emma Turtle 

Foundation Academy Council Members

Marianne Fernandez
Anne Owens

Parent Academy Council Members

James White - SWP Parent

We currently have a vacancy for Seagry and Christian Malford. If you are interested please contact the School Office.

Staff Academy Council Members

Christina Brugger – Headteacher
Shaun Carter
Lynne Baylis – Clerk

Role of Our Academy Council Members

Schools and academies in England have a Governing Body or Board which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. The Vine CE Primary Schools are a member of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT). DBAT has a Main Board and its schools each have an Academy Council which is responsible for local governance. Our Academy Council is proud of the schools, its staff and pupils. It is an active and enthusiastic team helping to make strategic decisions about the direction of the school, acting as a critical friend and offering support and challenge to the senior leadership of the school.

 What are the Academy Council's core functions?

  • ensuring clarity of school vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • holding the Head of Schools to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • implementing leadership and management plans made by DBAT.

How is the Academy Council structured?

The Academy Council is made up of:

  • the Headteacher (executive/head of school) (ex-officio)
  • one Staff member (elected by school staff)
  • one Parent member of each school (elected by school parents)
  • Foundation members (appointed by the Diocese of Bristol)
  • Ex-officio Foundation member (usually the incumbent vicar) - appointed by the Diocese of Bristol
  • Community members (appointed by the Academy Council)
  • The Academy Council may also appoint non-voting Associate members where specialist skills or experience are needed.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. Our Academy Council has a chair and sub-committees, but also creates working parties and/or specialist panels as needed. Academy Council meetings are held at least 6 times per year.

Contact Us

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  • Upper Seagry Chippenham SN15 5EX

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