Academy Council

The CET Board is the overall governing body of the Trust and all its Academies. It is charged with the strategic direction of the Trust and is responsible to the Secretary of State for Education for executing its statutory duties. It appoints Academy Council members and chairs. Its main functions are:

  • setting annual performance targets
  • determining all statutory and other policies
  • ensuring that curriculum requirements are met
  • setting the budget for the Trust and each academy
  • being the employer of all staff
  • being the ultimate body of appeal within the Trust
  • agreeing all major building work with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

The Academy Council (AC) is a sub-committee of the Creative Education Trust Board of Directors. It is accountable to the Board of Directors and is its local presence. It may include representatives from such groups as the school community, the local community and other local organisations and businesses as appropriate.

The main functions of the AC are:

  • supporting CET’s plans for the school as set out in the ADIP, SEF and annual budget
  • providing understanding of the local context and the challenge that the local environment presents
  • acting as a sounding board for senior leaders, especially the Principal or Head Teacher
  • providing regular monitoring of health and safety matters, safeguarding provision, the welfare of looked after children, and provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • providing hearing panels for pupil behaviour matters
  • building and maintaining positive local perceptions of the school
  • building and maintaining relationships with the local and regional business community
  • building and maintaining relationships with community partners (e.g. health services, police, social services)
  • undertaking local fundraising
  • the Chair of AC assisting in the recruitment process for Head Teachers and Principals
RoleName of Governor
Chair of Academy CouncilAlan Murphy
Vice ChairAndrew Drake
GovernorJoanne Greenfield
GovernorLuke Bowers
GovernorMelanie Havelock
GovernorNeil Cameron
PrincipalRachael Sandham
GovernorSarah-Jane Workman
GovernorSean O’Meara
GovernorSteven Gasser
Clerk to GovernorsSuzanne Prior
GovernorTracey Pavier-Grant
GovernorZoe Hasketh-Boston

Contact the Academy Council

If you wish to contact the Chair, please do so in writing to:

Private & Confidential
Alan Murphy Chair of Academy Council
c/o The Hart School Penkridge Bank Road
Rugeley
WS15 2UE
Email: enquiries@hartschool.org.uk

Statutory Information

Below is a link to the following Statutory Information on the Creative Education Trust’s website:

  • Annual Report and Financial Statements
  • Register of directors’ Interests
  • Scheme of delegation
  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Master funding agreements