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Academy Council

We are interested in hearing from people who would like to play an important role supporting our school as part of our Academy Council.

Similar to a school governing body, the Academy Council’s role is to ensure your children learn in a safe environment and to the best of their ability. We meet once a term at Haywood Village Academy. There will be a standard agenda for each meeting, which includes reviewing information on the quality of teaching and learning, progress, attendance, staffing, behaviour and safety.  There are also opportunities to support the development of policies and procedures.

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) will provide training to support Academy Councillors to help them better understand their roles and responsibilities.

If you are interested in joining our Academy Council, please contact us on enquiries@haywoodvillageacademy.org.uk. We would like to know more about you and your motivations to support our school.

Our current Academy Councillors

David Jordan – Chair of the Academy Council

I have been involved in education all my working life both as a teacher and latterly as an advisor for a local authority.  I am now semi-retired and feel able to use my experience and expertise to support the academy as it grows and flourishes in WSM.

Fiona Mayne – Responsibility for SEND

I am passionate about young people and making a difference and helping them to succeed.

I have worked at Herons Moor and St Anne’s Primary school’s locally as a TA, particularly with children with special needs and my son is Autistic so I have significant experience of ensuring that his needs are met in a school setting.

I currently work as an Independent Financial Adviser.  I am also Community Pastor for Locking Castle Church, which involves setting up and running outreach events such as Take 5 which is a Community meet-up for families held at Haywood Village Academy. I am also a member of the Church council so I have experience of being in a committee environment. I care about education and want to do everything I can to help children have a positive experience at school. I want to contribute locally in my community and help strengthen the link between Community and school.

Tim Branfield – Parent Councillor with Responsibility for Health & Safety & Risk Register

I have lived in Weston-Super-Mare since 2002 and I currently have one child that attends HVA. I am a Director at a building contractor that undertakes various building projects across the south west. I became a councillor at HVA as I am keen to contribute to the development of the school in order that HVA can build on its excellent start that it has made.

Susie Weaver – Executive Principal CLF

Kelly Chard – Parent Councillor

I have been working with children for the last 12 years in various settings including the Vulnerable Learners’ Service. For the last 5 years, I have primarily been working in schools across North Somerset with children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and also challenging behaviour. I am passionate about the learning and development of children and young people and believe school life should be a positive, stimulating and fun experience for all. I would like the opportunity to contribute to this, at a school my daughter attends.
Fred Fraser: Staff Councillor

Kathryn Volk – Sponsor Councillor with Responsibility for Safeguarding

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.

Cara MacMahon – Sponsor Councillor

I have been Director / CEO of a number of charitable organisations: Flowerfield arts centre (Portstewart), Queens Hall arts centre (Hexham), Watershed Media Centre (Bristol), Voluntary Action North Somerset (Weston-super-Mare).

I have extensive experience of being a Chair of trustees: e.g. Student Housing Association- 5 years (Northern Ireland), Show of Strength Theatre Company -4 years (Bristol).

I have also been a board member of a number of charitable organisations: e.g. Big Telly Theatre Company (Northern Ireland), ss Great Britain (Bristol), Curzon Cinema (Clevedon)

I live in Weston-super-Mare and I was involved in the planning of the school and the community facilities and gained a real interest in its development.

Schools do so much more then teach facts to young people, they have the privilege and challenge to help give a young person the tools they will need to become a healthy and rounded adult. I am keen to use my skills to support the development of the Academy. I am currently Heritage Action Zone Officer at north Somerset Council.

Sarah Codling – Local Authority Representative Councillor

Sarah Codling is a North Somerset and Weston-super-Mare Town Councillor representing the Winterstoke ward in which she lives and Hayward Village Academy is situated. After graduating with a Law degree she worked in the public sector for 15 years. Sarah is also a Trustee of a small local charity and Chairs the Children’s Centre Partnership at the nearby Campus. The daughter of teachers and now a mum herself, Sarah has a passion for education and helping to foster a lifelong love of learning.

Fred Fraser – Staff Representative

My name is Fred Fraser and I am the staff’s representative for the Academy Council. I have been teaching for five years. I help support to the staff at Haywood Village Academy and provide a voice for them at council meetings. I make sure the staff’s best interests are known and work with the council to further support the school team.

Craig Jones – Principal


The email address for our Chair of the Academy Council, David Jordan, is coac@haywoodvillageacademy.org.uk.


Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2019-2020

Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2018-2019

Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2017-2018

Meeting Minutes

2019-2020 Term 1

2018-2019 Term 6

2018-2019 Term 5

2018-2019 Term 4

2018-2019 Term 3

2018-2019 Term 1