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The High Weald Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

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.

The High Weald Academy currently operates with an Interim Advisory Board (IAB) responsible for its local governance. The terms of reference for the IAB and its delegated responsibilities are captured in the BLT scheme of delegation which is available to view on the BLT website here.

The Interim Advisory Board will assume responsibility for the local governance of The High Weald Academy until Easter 2020 at which point it will undertake to recruit suitable candidates to populate an Academy Council. The IAB will work alongside the new Academy Council for the remainder of that academic year and the Academy Council will then begin its work without the IAB guidance from September 2020.

Membership of the IAB is shown below:

IAB Member Information
Jeanette Batten

Trustee of Brook Learning Trust (IAB Vice Chair)

Health & Safety Link IAB Member

Martin Garner

Member & Trustee of Brook Learning Trust (IAB Chair)

Safeguarding Link IAB Member

Julia McGinley


PP/SEND Link IAB Member

Nicola Taylor Education Director, Brook Learning Trust 

The IAB is committed to supporting and challenging the leaders of The High Weald Academy to secure the best possible outcomes for the young people it serves through continuous self-evaluation and improvement activity.

Executive Principal: Daniel Hatley

Clerk to the IAB: Cheryl Kuit

For further information about the role of the IAB or to express an interest in becoming an Academy Councillor in the future please contact the Trust Clerk, Cheryl Kuit, at or 01580 721754 ext 275.