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Welcome from the


“Accrington Academy is an exciting place to be as we move forwards in the twenty first century. Governors, Principal and staff are united in their aim to provide a first class education for all students. We are in a time of rapid change with the ongoing evolution of new technologies and new government initiatives which keep us all on our toes. Preparing children for their future, where there will be jobs not yet invented, is a demanding and significant challenge. But we are up for it!  We have brought together a highly qualified and dedicated staff along with a Board of Governors with immense enthusiasm, knowledge and wide expertise.”

Lillian Croston – Chair of Governors

Who are Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for the Strategic leadership of the Academy.  Their role is to provide support and challenge to the Academy Leadership Team to ensure that it acts within in the best interests of the school at all times.  Governors are in place to represent the interests of local community, parents, ofsted and United Learning to ensure that resources are used in the best way possible to benefit the pupils of the Academy. All governors are volunteers and receive no remuneration from the Academy Trust or the School. 

The body, as specified by United Learning is made up of elected member in the following way:

  • 4 Foundation Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 2 Associated School Governors
  • 4 Community Governors
  • 1 Parent Governors
  • 2 staff governors – 1 teaching & 1 non teaching
  • Headteacher (Ex-Oficio)

Governors serve on the governing body for 3 years from appointment. At the end of the 3 years they can be re-appointed for up to 6 further years.

How the governors carry out their role

The Full Governing Body meets once every term. The governing body is further divided into 3 sub committees to look in more detail at specific areas of the school. 

  • Pupil Achievement Committee
  • Pupil Development Committee
  • Resources Committee 

All governors sit on at least 1 sub committee, which meets termly and feeds into the full governing body meetings. Each committee has a chair, who is elected at the first meeting of each new academic year. It is the role of the chair to feed back findings and discussions to the Full Governing Body.

In order to develop a good understanding of the Academy, governors regularly visit the acdemy to meet with staff and pupils.  Some governors are linked to specific departments within the Academy and  meet with their link departments at least once every term. FIndings from these visits are fed into committee meetings to inform the body.

Some governors are also occasionally required to form other committees to handle matters as they arise, such as Pay Committee;  Significant Change, disciplinary matters, appeal hearings and interviews.  Typically a governor will spend around 6 – 10 hours each month on governance duties.

5 Year Strategic Aims

The Governing Body have the following 8 Key Strategic Aims for the Academy:

  • A World Class Learning Hub
  • Beyond expectations
  • Everyone a Leader
  • Every Learning Experience outstanding
  • Specialisms as our engine room
  • A dynamic, aspirational and individual curriculum
  • Everyone an expert
  • To hear and support today, to prepare for tomorrow
How to become a governor

The governing body is made up of elected members who are chosen specifically for the skills and experience they can contribute to the school.

When a vacancy for a parent governor becomes available details of the election process will be advertised to the parents.  Parent governors are voted for and elected by parents of enrolled pupils of the Academy.  Any staff governor vacancies will be advertised internally to staff and are voted for and elected to post by the staff body.

Currently there are no vacancies on the governing body. Any person who is interested in becoming a governor at the Academy is warmly invited to register an interest with The Chair of Governors and Principal.

How to Contact the Governors

The Governors are always keen to hear the views of parents/Carers and pupils.  If you wish to contact the Governing body you can do this by writing to:

Chair of Governors
Accrington Academy
Queens Rd West,

United Learning Trustees

Accrington Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook.

Governors Meetings 2018-2019

Register of Business Interests - Governors