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The High Weald Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Our Governance

The High Weald Academy Governance

The Academy Council is the foundation stone of the system of governance operating across Brook Learning Trust and has replaced the Local Governing Body. All three academies in the Trust have Academy Councils and councillors’ advocacy and monitoring roles are replicated across each. For more information about how the new system of governance operates, please click here for the Brook Learning Trust website.

Roles & Responsibilities Councillors

Chair of Academy Council  (AIP Core Priorities 2, 4 & 5) Robert Gordon
Vice Chair of Academy Council Jeanette Batten
Health & Safety Link Councillor Matthew Field-Lucas
Safeguarding Link Councillor Vicki McLaren
Pupil Premium / SEND Link Councillor Julia McGinley
Student Advocate Councillor (Vacancy)
Staff Advocate Councillor  (AIP Core Priority 1) Matthew Gossage
Parent Advocate Councillor Vicki McLaren
Community Liaison Councillor  (AIP Core Priority 3) Gordon Gove
Standards Panel Robert Gordon
Audit & Risk Committee membership Jeanette Batten
Finance Committee membership Matthew Field-Lucas

The Chair of the Academy Council can be contacted via the Clerk, Dr Alie Bird, at: or written to c/o The High Weald Academy, Angley Road, Cranbrook TN17 2PJ.

Each councillor role listed above has its own remit. A brief description of each role is available below for you to download.

Councillors also monitor progress made in respect of the key priorities identified in the Academy Improvement Plan. The Priorities are summarised as follows:

  1. Quality first teaching and assessment
  2. High quality learning and outcomes
  3. High levels of engagement and positive conduct
  4. A knowledge rich curriculum
  5. High quality post-16 provision and outcomes

If you are interested in joining the Academy Council we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact the Clerk, Dr Alie Bird, at: or telephone 01580 712754 ext 277.

May 2018, Trust Clerk