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Governance - Academy Council

As an academy, the Academy Council of Abbey School has delegated powers from the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors, which are outlined in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation

The Chief Executive Officer and Officers of the Trust act as advisers to the Academy Council and attend most meetings

Abbey School Academy Council was constituted on 1st June 2016 and the following structure of Governance is now in place:

Academy Council
The total membership shall be not less than 7 and not more than 12.

The membership shall comprise:
• The Chair who is elected by the Trust Board of Directors;
• The Headteacher;
• No fewer than 2 elected Parent Governors;
• Two elected Members of Staff, one Teaching, one Non-Teaching;
• The remaining Governors are appointed by the Academy Council. Governors can be Parents or Members of Staff but the number of Staff Governors (inc Headteacher) must not exceed one-third of the total number of Governors.

How are Governors chosen?
There are different categories of Governors:
Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Governors.

Parent Governors are elected by current parents when a vacancy becomes available. Staff Governors, are representatives of the teaching or support staff and are elected by the eligible staff when a vacancy becomes available. All Governors are appointed by the Academy Council.
They are selected to provide skills and experience which Governors feel are required.

The Chair of the Academy Council is appointed by the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors.

All Governors initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed. Governors are free to resign before the end of their four-year term if they so wish.

Further information on policies, current memorandum of association, articles of association and funding agreements  click here

Academy Council Members and their register of interests for 2023 24 are - 

Chair – Mr. Darren Dickinson

Community Gov - Mr. Jim McIntosh

Community Gov - Ms. Rachel Kent

Parent Gov- Mrs Sarah Hill

Parent Gov- Mrs Lauren Pigg

Parent Gov- Mr. Andrew Hogg

Headteacher – Mrs Luci Windle