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Academy Council

Governance within a multi-academy trust

Haywood Village Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Gloucester and Somerset.  Governance for a multi-academy trust operates at two levels.  At trust level, there is a Board of Directors.  The directors are accountable to the Department for Education and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education the trust provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, financial probity, safety and good practice. The Board is provided assurance on a number of these areas through various sub-committees, as shown in the diagram below. Visit the CLF website for more information about the board.

Academy Council

At a local level, each academy has an Academy Council comprising of up to 13 Academy Councillors.  Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academic experience of the students under their care with the aim of securing effective school improvement.  They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and by overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.

If you are interested in joining our Academy Council, please contact us on [email protected]. We would like to know more about you and your motivations to support our school.

Haywood Village Academy Council

The Academy Council at Haywood Village Academy is made up of:

Chair of the Academy Council

Chair of Academy Council is currently vacant – Please email [email protected] if you would like further information about the role.

Fiona Mayne – Responsibility for SEND

I am passionate about young people and helping them to succeed. I have previously worked in the financial services sector as well as in education where I was particularly involved with children with special needs.  My son is Autistic so I have significant personal experience of ensuring a child’s needs are met in a school setting. I care passionately about education and want to do everything I can to help children have a positive experience of school and opportunities to succeed. I am committed to the local  community and keen to strengthen the link between Community and school. I am also Community Pastor for Haywood Village and lead Haywood Village Church. I run local outreach events such as Take 5 which is a weekly pop up Community Café held at Haywood Village Academy.

Susie Weaver – Executive Director of Education

Kathryn Volk – Sponsor Councillor with Responsibility for Safeguarding

Academy Council

I have lived in Haywood Village since 2016 and been lucky enough to see Haywood Village Academy grow from strength to strength.

I graduated from university in South Africa with a degree in Veterinary Science and work as an Associate Veterinarian at a local practice.

I strongly believe that the greatest gift we can give a child is an education.  I felt that by joining the academy council it would enable me to do my best to ensure that every child received the best possible education available to them.

Naomi Cox – Sponsor Councillor with Responsibility for Pupil Premium

I have lived and worked in North Somerset since 2009. I work as a Lawyer within the local area, specialising in child protection.

I am in my first year of being an Academy Councillor and I am enjoying the role.

Hannah Cooke – Parent Councillor with Responsibility for Children in Need/Looked After Children and Attendance

I am a mum of two children, and I work as a Surgery Manager in the NHS. I am in my first year of being an Academy Councillor and I am enjoying the role.

My area of responsibility in the council is Children in Need/Looked after children and attendance. This is due to my experience being a foster carer for North Somerset Council.

In my spare time, I support local charities, including a local homeless shelter once a week. I also like to go paddle boarding and on days out with my children.

Ewa Bowman – Parent Councillor

I graduated from Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw, Poland, with a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Family Support. I furthered my education in the UK by achieving NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care.

I am very passionate about children being given the best opportunities and support to reach their potential. I have a special interest in supporting children’s mental health and promoting reading for pleasure. I want to support Haywood Village Academy in providing the best education in a safe and friendly environment.

Vacancy – Local Authority Representative Councillor

The role of Local Authority Representative Councillor is currently vacant – Please email [email protected] if you would like further information about the role.

Craig Jones – Principal

My name is Craig Jones and I am the Principal of the school. This is my second headship and have taught in Kent, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire, as well as a 4-year period in a school in Dubai. I have been the Principal since the school opened and always attend Academy Council meetings.  I and various staff members present and report to the council at each meeting.  We in turn receive support and challenge from members of the Academy Council.

Della Hall – Teaching Staff Councillor with responsibility for Staff Wellbeing

I am Della Hall, Associate Assistant Principal at Haywood Village Academy. I am a Reception Class teacher with leadership roles that include Attendance and Raising Attainment across the school. I have been a teacher for 9 years in North Somerset and I specialise in the Early Years. I enjoy my role as an academy councillor where I am able to support staff by sharing their views. I am able to highlight areas of development and success to the academy council to support the school’s overall vision. I care personally about not only the school but also the staff and children in our community.

Sarah Saunter – Support Staff Councillor

I’m Sarah Saunter, designated safeguarding lead and family support worker at Haywood Village Academy. I have been in post for just over a year and thoroughly enjoy supporting our children and families.
School, both as a child and an adult, has always been my safe space, and I believe that every child has a right to a limitless education. As an academy councillor, I hope to support the school’s continuing development by sharing information with colleagues and engaging in professional challenge to secure the best educational outcomes for all children.


The email address for our Chair of the Academy Council is [email protected]


Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2023-2024

Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2022-2023

Meeting Minutes

2022-2023 Term 5

2022-2023 Term 4

2022-2023 Term 1