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Notice of Academy Parent Councillor Election

We currently have a vacancy for an Academy Councillor, and you are very welcome to put your name forward should you wish to stand for election.

What does being an Academy Councillor involve? 

You don’t need to be an experienced professional to be a brilliant Academy Councillor – it’s about attitude and your personal skills as much as it is professional experience.

Our Academy Councils normally meet five to six times a year, although there may be occasions when an extraordinary meeting is convened to discuss urgent business.   Councillors are encouraged to link up with a specific part of academy life.  This might be taking a special interest in a subject area, such as English, or having a focus on a group of students, such as those with special educational needs.

It is important that Councillors attend Council meetings regularly; this is where key decisions are made and where the Council have a good opportunity to challenge the academy teams. Councillors will receive the meeting agenda and associated papers in advance of the meeting and are expected to spend some time preparing for the meeting.  Councillors are also required to complete core training on an annual basis via the online Nimble training platform.

Councillors are regularly invited into academies; these visits are valuable opportunities to learn more about the academy and provide another perspective to the information received at Council meetings.

Parent Councillors are not elected to represent parents. Rather, they are representative of the parent body; they are able to bring a parent’s perspective to discussions and decisions being made by the Academy Council.

All parents and carers are eligible to stand for election, except

  • Persons liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
  • Undischarged bankrupts
  • Persons recently convicted of a serious offence
  • Persons disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986
  • Persons subject to disqualification as a Charity Trustee
  • Persons whose employment is prohibited or restricted
  • Persons disqualified from being proprietors of independent schools
  • Persons on the DfES List 99 (this is a list of people banned from working with children)

If you would like to put your name forward, please complete the tear-off slip at the foot of the letter sent by email on 26/02/2024, and return it to the Academy by 08/03/2024. If you do not have a copy of the letter, or for more information on the vacancy, please contact the Clerk to Council, [email protected].

Wendy Hellin
Clerk to the Academy Council