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Academy Council

Governance within a Multi-Academy Trust

Broadoak 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.

Academy Council Members:

1Sponsored Academy Councillor
Chair of Academy Council
Becky Frise
Sponsored Academy CouncillorSue Marshall
Sponsored Academy CouncillorSarah Matthews
Sponsored Academy CouncillorFelicity Williamson
Sponsored Academy CouncillorVacancy
PrincipalDanny McGilloway
Executive Principal (CEO of CLF)Steve Taylor
Student AdvocateSarah Hardwidge
Local AuthorityVacancy
Elected Councillors:
10 Parent Academy CouncillorStuart Veale
11 Parent Academy CouncillorVacancy
12 Staff Academy Councillor
(Support Staff)
Catherine Back
13 Staff Academy Councillor
Mel Gee
Clerk to Academy CouncilSue Burns


Academy Council Meeting Minutes

Minutes – 28.02.24

Minutes – 29.11.23

Minutes – 09.10.23

Additional Information

Pecuniary Interest Register 2023-24

Pecuniary Interest Register 2022-23