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Academy Council

The role of a Local Councillor within a Multi-Academy Trust is an important one.

In developing our governance arrangements, the Trust Board has sought to ensure that the responsibility to govern is vested in those closest to the impact of decision making and that such responsibility matches the capacity of those assuming responsibility.

The Trust Board establishes Local Academy Councils for the Academies, for the most part made up of individuals drawn from the Academy’s community, both as elected and appointed members.

The Local Councillors are accountable to the Trust Board (who in turn are accountable to the Department for Education) as well as to the communities they serve.

Academy Council Structure

Academy Council Structure for Governing a Single School 
Type of Member Number Term of Office How they are elected
CEO 1 Indefinite Ex-officio
Principal of relevant Academy 1 Indefinite Ex-officio
Co-opted Councillor (including Chair and Vice-Chair) Up to  4 4 years

By The Inspire Learning Partnership Board of Trustees resolution. 

The Board will take into account any representations made by the Academy Council when considering the re-election of the co-opted Councillor. 

Teaching staff Academy Councillor 1 2 years Teacher election – secret ballot to be organised by the relevant Academy
Support staff Academy Councillor 1 2 years Support staff election – secret ballot to be organised by the relevant Academy
Parent Academy Councillor 2 4 years Parent election – secret ballot to be organised by the relevant Academy
Clerk to the Academy Council 1 Indefinite To be appointed by the Central Team recruitment processes 
Academy Council Structure for Governing Multiple Schools
 CEO Indefinite  Ex-officio  
Executive Principal/Principals and their chosen representatives  Up to the number of schools represented   Indefinite   Ex-officio 
Co-opted Councillor (including Chair and Vice Chair)  Up to 4 4 years 

By The Inspire Learning Partnership Board of Trustees resolution. 

The Board will take into account any representations made by the Academy Council when considering the re-election of the co-opted Councillor. 

 Teaching staff Academy Councillor  Up to 2  2 years  Teacher election – secret ballot to be organised by the relevant Academy
 Support staff Academy Councillor  Up to 2  2 years Support staff election – secret ballot to be organised by the relevant Academy
 Parent Academy Councillor  Up to 4  4 years Parent election – secret ballot to be organised by the relevant Academy
 Clerk to the Academy Council  1  Indefinite  To be appointed by the Central Team recruitment processes

Academy Councils within the Trust

Blackfield and Fawley Academy Council
Kanes Hill and St Monica Academy Council
Hightown Interim Executive Board

If you are interested in becoming an Academy Councillor, click here to download an application form and return it to the respective school.