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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, North Somerset, Gloucester and 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. Visit the CLF website for more information about the board.

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.

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”

The Clerk to Academy Council, Wendy Hellin, can be contacted by email: [email protected]

Sponsor Councillors

Kevin Hawthorn

Amanda Dale

Lisa West


Student Advocate


Parent Councillor

Azeem Haroon

John Bowman

Teaching Staff Councillor

Nicholas Tucker

Support Staff Councillor



Steve O’Callaghan

Executive Principal

Jon Jones


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