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Academy Council

Evergreen Primary 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 click https://www.clf.uk/governance/

Governance within a multi-academy trust

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

Rachel Fleetwood- Chair of the Academy Council

Kate Richardson – Executive Principal

I am one of the Executive headteachers working for Cabot Learning Federation. I support school improvement by working closely with the Principal, Vice Principal and staff team of each school. I have worked in education in Bristol for 8 years, having moved from London.

Vicky Counsell – Academy Principal

I have been the Principal of Evergreen Primary Academy since it joined Cabot Learning Federation in September 2018.  I have worked in primary schools in Somerset and Bristol for over 15 years.

Melissa Nash – Sponsor Councillor – Pupil Premium, SEND and LAC

I became an Academy Councillor in 2019 because I want to support my community and apply the skills I’ve built up through my career in a different context.

I work at the University of Bristol in Change Management – making sense of what big, strategic changes will mean for them, supporting them through the change and making sense of what they’ll need to do differently.    

Mike Small – Sponsor Councillor – Health and Safety

I have been involved in education for many years, previously working in alternative education provision.  I have a passion for ensuring young people get the opportunity to develop the skills they need to succeed.

Mara Sankey – Sponsor Councillor – Safeguarding

I am a Project Lead at the Department for Education. Prior to this role I worked in the Higher Education sector both teaching and in administration and I am keen to use my skills and knowledge from these previous roles to help local schools in Bristol. I am a firm believer in the difference education can make to the lives of children and young people and I am keen to be a part of helping improve and maintain the quality of schools in the area both through my current job and through volunteering as a governor.

Julie Vincent – PSA and DSL

I am the Parent Support Advisor, Attendance Lead and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at Evergreen Primary Academy and have worked at the school for nearly 10 years.  My role is to provide emotional and practical help and advice to families who are experiencing long or short-term difficulties.  My role is to also assist in tackling underachievement by working in partnership with families, parents, carers and pupils in school to enable pupils to have full access to educational opportunities and overcome barriers to learning and participation.  I have worked in primary schools in Bristol and South Gloucestershire for over 18 years.

Ben Lacey – Behaviour and Attitudes

I have been a teacher is various roles for over 10 years, in private, comprehensive and independent schools. I have a passion for teaching and learning and have a wide range of experience and knowledge that I believe I could contribute. I believe strongly in a sense of service and in helping to improve your community in whatever way you can. I am keen to dedicate more of my time to supporting local schools to be the best they can be and in their pursuit to help young people fulfil their potential.

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T5 AC Minutes – 21.04.21

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