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Our Governance

The High Weald Academy Governance

The 2017 DfE Governance Handbook defines the three main functions of governance for academies as being:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The Trust Board of Brook Learning Trust (BLT) retains overall responsibility and accountability for ensuring these three areas are fulfilled it delegates certain decision making activities to its committees, Standards Panel and local governance.

Councillor Roles & Responsibilities
Alison Smith

Academy Councillor (Chair) - Safeguarding Monitor

Carly Shapland

Academy Councillor - PP/SEND Monitor

Lesley Atkins

Academy Councillor – H&S Monitor & Parent and Community Advocate 

Laura Upton

Academy Councillor – Staff and Pupil & Wellbeing Link 

Jess Eales-White Academy Councillor – Careers Link 

Each councillor role listed above has its own remit.  A brief description of each role is included in the document published below which is available for you to download.

Councillors also monitor progress made in respect of the core priorities identified in the Academy Improvement Plan.  These are:

  • The Quality of Education
  • Behaviour & Attitudes
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership & Management

If you are interested in joining the Academy Council we would very much like to hear from you. 

Please contact the Clerk, Cheryl Kuit, at or 01580 712754 ext 275.