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Governance

Our governors are responsible for the management of the academy.

They must ensure that resources and finances are used with maximum efficiency and strong value for money. Find out more about our Co-op Academies Trust governance on our Trust website.

Governors are volunteers who give up their time to help the academy be the best it can be. Their role is to work together with academy leaders to set the strategic direction of the academy.

The academy is a member of a trust which delegates certain decision-making powers to our Academy Governing Council.

Introduction to our Academy Governing Council

Co-op Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust which runs a number of academies. Please visit the Trust website to find out about the Trust Board and also to view the Trust’s Annual Report, Policies and Financial Statements.

The Trust operate within an established Scheme of Delegation detailing those matters that are reserved for the Board and those delegated to governors and Headteacher:

  • Decisions reserved for the Trust Board include providing strategic direction to the Trust, ensuring financial viability, establishing an Audit Committee and compliance with Department for Education requirements.
  • The governors at each academy are responsible for ensuring a high-quality student experience that meets the needs of the local community. This will include remaining informed about what children are learning and the progress they are making, making sure children are safe, ensuring resources are used effectively and engaging the stakeholders.

How our Academy Governing Council is organised

The Academy Governing Council consists of 8 to 12 governors, of which between 2 to 5 governors are appointed by the sponsor. In addition, the local governing body includes 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors and the Headteacher. The Academy Governing Council can then appoint a number of community governors to be representative of the local community, provide insight into local partnership links, or bring a particular skillset.

Contacting governors

Governors can be contacted by writing to the regional governance manager. Contact details below.

Katie Whitmore (smgovernance@coopacademies.co.uk)

Co-op Academy Glebe
Park Place
Fenton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 3HZ

 



Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising standards in schools. Find out more about them by clicking their names. 

Our Academy Governing Council

Kay Price (Chair of Governors)

Full Name

Kay Price

Date of appointment

04/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community: Chair of Governors

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

Pay Committee

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

1/1

Chris Brady

Full Name

Christopher Brady

Date of appointment

04/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Managing Director of PlaySmart UK, April 2021- present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

2/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Tim Griffin

Full Name

Tim Griffin

Date of appointment

04/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Entity

Nature

 

Dates

GB recruitment (Staffs) Ltd

Owner/MD

 

29 Sep 2022-present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

4/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Daniel Jones

Full Name Daniel Jones
Date Appointment 04.10.2022
Category of Governor Community
Appointed by Academy Governing Council
Declarations of Interest Employee Sandford Hill Primary school 2nd September 2019- Present
Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23) 5/6
Subcommittee membership (2022/23) Pay Committee
Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022/23) 1/1
Date of Resignation N/A

Kate Rushen

Full Name Kate Rushen
Date Appointment 01.10.2022
Term of office 4 years
Category of Governor Sponsor
Appointed by An employee of the Co-op appointed by the Sponsor
Declarations of Interest Husband owns Digital Advantage
Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23) 6/6
Subcommittee Membership (2022/23) Pay Committee
Attendance at sub-committee meetings (2022/23) 1/1

Lara Wilkinson

Full Name

Lara Wilkinson

Date of appointment

01/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Sponsor

Appointed by

Appointed by the sponsor

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Luke Jenkinson

Full Name

Luke Jenkinson

Date of appointment

01/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Staff

Appointed by

Elected by staff

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Johnny Anderson

Full Name

Johnny Anderson

Date of appointment

18/05/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Chair of Trustees at St.Barts Multi Academy Trust (ongoing)

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

2/2

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Katherine Martin

Full Name

Katherine Martin

Date of appointment

20/10/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Parent

Appointed by

Elected by parents

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

TBC

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Anthony Stott

Full Name

Anthony Stott

Date of appointment

20/10/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Parent

Appointed by

Elected by parents

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

TBC

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

 

Kirsty Suleman

Full Name

Kirsty Suleman

Date of appointment

17/07/2023

Term of office

n/a

Category of Governor

Ex-officio

Appointed by

By virtue of appointment as Headteacher

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

2/2

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a

Vicki England

Full Name

Vicki England

Date of appointment

04/10/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittee membership (2022-23)

n/a

Declarations of Interest

Entity

Nature

Additional info

Dates

Co-op Academies Trust

Employee

Project Manager

23 Aug 2021- present

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings (2022-23)

2/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings (2022-23)

n/a