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Academy Council

Governance within a Multi-Academy Trust

Hanham Woods 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. For further information about the Board, please search https://www.clf.uk/governance/

Academy Council

The Academy Council at Hanham Woods is made up of:

Chair of Academy Council

Jon Gould (Appointed October 2017)

Academy Council

“I have been involved in School Governance in East Bristol for over 20 years and also work in a Bristol secondary school – this has helped my understanding of the needs of students,staff and parents/carers.

I believe that every child has the right to attend a good local school which is at the heart of it’s the community. I am proud to be part of the team at Hanham Woods Academy which has the highest aspirations for the success of its students in every aspect of their lives”

Charlotte Seavill – Clerk to the Academy Council – [email protected]

Sponsor Councillors

Kevin Hawthorn

Michael Quinn

Lisa West


Student Advocate


Parent Councillor

Azeem Haroon

Awaiting Confirmation

Teaching Staff Councillor


Support Staff Councillor

Adie Woodgate

As a Creative Arts technician across two institutions, I work closely with staff as well as children of various ages; I have therefore gained a true insight into their educational environment and recognise the ways in which we can support all academy members. I am excited to utilise my experiences to develop comprehensive strategies with my team, whilst becoming more involved in important academic matters


Steve O’Callaghan

Executive Principal

Dan Nicholls


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