Local Governance

The Trust's Academy Councils advise the Trust Board, through the Standards Committee, on matters relating to individual academy provision and achievement.

Academy Council (Complex Needs) - Abbey Hill Academy & Sixth Form

Membership is as follows:

Category Name Term of office
Staff governor Adam Gascoigne 01.01.22-31.12.22
Parent governor Chris Aitkin 25.04.22-24.04.24
Co-opted governor Penny Walker 16.03.21-15.03.23
Co-opted governor Gill Burnett 16.03.21-15.03.23
Co-opted governor Stan Glover 25.04.22-24.04.24

There is currently one parent governor vacancy

  • The Principals of Abbey Hill Academy and Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form attend meetings in an advisory capacity
  • The Chair of the Academy Council is Chris Aitkin.

Governor resignations over the past 12 months - Penny Walker, Parent Governor, whose term of office came to an end on 10.02.21.  Penny declared no personal or pecuniary interests.  Penny has been re-appointed as a Co-opted Governor.  Joanne Tough, Parent Governor, resigned wef 22.11.21.  Joanne declared no personal or pecuniary interests.  Vas Fagan's term of office came to an end on 31.12.21.  Vas had declared no personal or pecuniary interests.

Academy Council (Archway) - Archway Academy

Membership is as follows:

Category Name Term of office
Parent governor Samantha Eyre 01.09.21-31.08.23
Staff governor Christine Newton 01.09.21-31.08.22
Co-opted governor Andrew Woolf 01.09.21-31.08.23
Co-opted governor Andrew Parsons 01.09.21-31.08.23
Co-opted governor Lawrence McAnelly  18.11.21-17.11.22

There is currently a vacancy for one parent governor

  • The Principal of Archway Academy attends meetings in an advisory capacity
  • Chair of the Academy Council - TBC

Academy Council (SEMH - Primary) - Green Gates Academy & Mo Mowlam Academy (Primary)

Membership is as follows:

Category Name Term of office
Staff governor Bryony Scoffin 01.01.22-21.12.22
Co-opted governor Jason Murgatroyd 01.01.22-31.12.23
Co-opted governor Helen Dyson 01.10.21-30.09.23
Parent governor Jade Bahrani 25.04.22-24.04.24
Parent governor Jane Beattie 25.04.22-24.04.24
Challenge Principal

James Newman (James is Principal of Abbey Hill Academy)

01.01.22-31.12.22

There is currently one co-opted governor vacancy

  • The Principals of Green Gates Academy and Mo Mowlam Academy (primary) attend meetings in an advisory capacity
  • Chair of the Academy Council - Helen Dyson 

Governor resignations over the past 12 months - Philippa Dale's term of office came to an end of 31.12.21.  Philippa declared a pecuniary interest with regard to her son being a student.

Academy Council (SEMH - Secondary) - Hollis Academy, Mo Mowlam Academy (Secondary) & Westlands Academy

Membership is as follows:

Category Name Term of office
Parent governor Karl Murtagh 16.03.21-15.03.23
Staff governor Tracey Foster 01.01.22-31.12.22
Co-opted governor Mary Denham 01.09.21-31.08.23
Co-opted governor Alexa Lang 01.01.22-31.12.23
Challenge Principal

Kathryn Thompson (Kathryn is Principal of Abbey Hill Academy Sixth Form)

01.09.21-31.08.22

There is currently a vacancy for one parent governor and one co-opted governor

  • The Executive Principal and Principals of Hollis, Mo Mowlam (secondary) and Westlands Academies attend meetings in an advisory capacity
  • Chair of the Academy Council - Alexa Lang

Governor resignations over the past 12 months -  Rebecca Whelan's term of office ended on 31.08.21. Rebecca had declared no business or pecuniary interests. Rachel Kaya resigned wef 15.12.21.  Rachel had declared no business or pecuniary interests.  Verona Challinor's term of office came to an end on 27.03.22 - Verona had declared no business or pecuniary interests.

 

Academy Council Terms of Reference  

As detailed in the Board of Trustees' Terms of Reference, the remit of the Academy Councils is as follows:

  1. An obligation to ensure high standards in all academies.
  2. Through Link Governor visits, and supported by the Trust’s Safeguarding Lead / Deputy, review individual academy safeguarding audits on an annual basis and report back to relevant Academy Council
  3. Contribute to ensuring systems are in place to ensure quality, safety and good practice.
  4. Contribute to ensuring high standards of probity in the management of public funds, in particular securing value for money.
  5. To evaluate, monitoring and challenge academy standards and outcomes.
  6. To evaluate, monitoring and challenge Academy Improvement Plans.
  7. To evaluate, monitoring and challenge the SEFs, including quality of PEPs as part of the outcomes for learners.
  8. To receive Link Governor updates.
  9. To evaluate, monitor and challenge outcomes at each Academy level – this includes KPIs updates in relation to attendance, exclusion, racial incidents, parent/student questionnaires and progress data.
  10. To monitor and evaluate quality assurance information.
  11. Monitoring viability of extended services and community needs (reporting to Trustees accordingly).
  12. To evaluate, monitor and challenge implementation of the curriculum.
  13. To evaluate, monitor and challenge learners’ experience in one or more academies.
  14. To receive the annual report from the School Development Partner for one or more academies.
  15. To ensure academy website compliance.
  16. In conjunction with Trustees, contribute to the estate management strategy which will identify the suitability of building and facilities in the light of long term curriculum needs and the needs for, and availability of, capital investment.
  17. Follow policies for all staff, including contracts, terms and conditions as set by Trustees.
  18. Contribute to Academy financial priorities.
  19. Monitor and ensure effective use of/impact of specific targeted resources, eg Sports Premium and Pupil Premium.
  20. To provide input at Academy level as to the need for any unplanned expenditure.
Contact
Horizons Specialist Academy Trust
Abbey Hill Academy
Ketton Road
Stockton-On-Tees
TS19 8BU

Email: enquiries@horizonstrust.org.uk
Tel: 01642 677113

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Horizons Specialist Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (Company No 08608287) and exempt charity registered in England and Wales.

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