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Appleton Academy


Governance within Exceed Academies Trust

There are three layers of governance within Exceed Academies Trust:

  • Members – responsible only for fundamental decisions such as changing the constitution of the academy trust.
  • Trustees (Directors) – have ultimate responsibility for making strategic decisions about the day to day running of all the schools in the Trust.
  • Governors – support the Trustees by monitoring and challenging the performance of each school at a local level.

Each school has a Local Advisory Board (in some cases a more focussed interim board will be implemented to support rapid improvement), which has delegated responsibility for monitoring the day to day running of the school. The LAB is made up of the Governors of the school. Some Governors are appointed by the Trustees whilst others are elected by parents or carers of pupils/students at the school or by staff. A LAB includes:

  • A representative of the Trust;
  • The Principal;
  • 2 Parent Governors;
  • 2 Staff Governors;
  • Up to 3 Co-opted Governors.

For further information about governance within Exceed Academies Trust please visit the Trust’s website by clicking here.

Our Local Advisory Board

Our governors act as the critical friend of the Principal and senior leadership team, and provide support and challenge to ensure effective running of the school. Their key responsibilities include:

  • ensuring the quality of educational provision;
  • challenging and monitoring the performance of the school;
  • ensuring good financial health and probity;
  • supporting the SLT in management of staff.

In order to fulfil these responsibilities, our Local Advisory Board will:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement;
  • keep the pressure up on school improvement by monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards it’s set aims and objectives;
  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice;
  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does;
  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping these under review;
  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the Principal and staff;
  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.

Meet the Governors

You can contact the Chair of our Local Advisory Board (or another Governor) through the school by calling 01274 600550 or emailing info@appletonacademy.co.uk, or via our Clerk (Peter Taylor) by emailing info@exceedacademiestrust.co.uk.

Interested in Being a Governor?

If you feel you could make a positive contribution to the work of our Local Advisory Board, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact our Clerk, who will provide further advice and information, by emailing info@exceedacademiestrust.co.uk.

Local Advisory Board Members & Declarations of Interest

I confirm that:

  1. I have read and understand the relevant Articles of the Company’s Articles of Association and relevant Terms of Reference and Scheme of Delegation.
  2. I have set out below all beneficial interests (potential or actual) which I or any person closely connected with me have with businesses or other organisations which may have dealings with the academy, that I am aware of at the date of this Declaration.
  3. I understand that in the event of a further interest (potential or actual) arising prior to my being asked to update this Declaration that I should request, complete and return a revised Declaration to the Company Secretary.
Governor DetailsDeclarations of InterestAttendance in last academic year (18/19)
NameCategoryDate AppointedBy WhomTerm of OfficeName of BusinessNature of InterestDate of Appointment / AcquisitionTraded with EATDate of CessationDate of Declaration
Kate BatemanStaff Governor14.10.19Staff4 yearsAppleton AcademyEmployee01.09.18--Updated / confirmed 14.10.19n/a
Lindsey FallonParent Governor01.11.17Parents4 yearsNone to declare----Updated / confirmed 14.10.195/6
Duncan JacquesTrust Representative01.11.17Exceed Academies TrustIndefiniteDfE Lancashire & West Yorkshire Headteacher BoardMember of the BoardSeptember 2017--Updated / confirmed 14.10.196/6
Canterbury Nursery SchoolGovernorSeptember 2015--
Bradford Opportunity Area BoardMember of the BoardNovember 2017--
Helen JonesExecutive Headteacher01.11.17By virtue as Executive HeadteacherIndefiniteAppleton AcademyEmployed as Executive Headteacher---Updated / confirmed 14.10.196/6
MAST Multi Academy TrustTrustee---
NAHTMember of ---
Cassandra MacdonaldCo-opted Governor30.01.19EAT Trustees4 yearsDixons Cottingley AcademyGovernorMay 2019--Updated / confirmed 14.10.194/4
Julie TurnerStaff Governor01.11.17Staff4 yearsAppleton AcademyEmployee01.02.13--Updated / confirmed 14.10.195/6
Lisa VogelCo-opted Governor29.11.18EAT Trustees4 yearsNone to declare----Updated / confirmed 14.10.193/5
Rod WhitsonParent Governor (VICE-CHAIR)01.11.17Parents4 yearsNone to declare----Updated / confirmed 14.10.195/6
Sally WikeCo-opted Governor (CHAIR)14.11.17EAT Trustees4 yearsNone to declare----Updated / confirmed 14.10.194/5
Peter Taylor (Non-voting)Clerk03.09.18EAT TrusteesIndefiniteNone to declare----Updated / confirmed 14.10.196/6
Judith KelbyStaff Governor16.10.18Staff31.07.19Appleton AcademyEmployee--31.08.19Updated / confirmed 29.11.185/5