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The Hayesbrook School

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Our Governance

The Hayesbrook School Governance

The Academy Council is the foundation stone of the system of governance operating across Brook Learning Trust and has replaced the Local Governing Body. All three academies in the Trust have Academy Councils and councillors’ advocacy and monitoring roles are replicated across each.

For more information about how the new system of governance operates, please follow this link to the Brook Learning Trust website.

The Academy Council

Roles & Responsibilities


Chair of Academy Council
[AIP Core Priorities 2 & 3]

Andrew Childs

Vice Chair of Academy Council
[AIP Core Priorities 3 & 4]

Kieran McDaid

Health & Safety Link Councillor
[AIP Core Priority 5]

David Athey

Safeguarding Link Councillor
[AIP Core Priority 1]

Vicky Widdicombe

Pupil Premium / SEND Link Councillor
[AIP Core Priority 5]

David Athey

Student Advocate Councillor

Frances Concannon

Staff Advocate Councillor

Chris Waight

Parent Advocate Councillor

Linda Garratt

Community Liaison Councillor

Ruth Lowe

Standards Panel

Andrew Childs

Audit & Risk Committee

Kieran McDaid

Finance Committee

Andrew Childs

Associate Councillor

Chris McNamara

Principal: Mr Daniel Hatley
Clerk to the Governors: Dr Alison Bird

Each councillor role listed above has its own remit. A brief description of each role is included in the document published below which is available for you to download.

Councillors also monitor progress made in respect of the key priorities identified in the Academy Improvement Plan. The priorities are summarised as follows:

Core Priority 1:

Create an inspirational learning environment that reflects the academy’s culture and ethos and inspires all members of the academy community to be the best that they can be.

Core Priority 2:

Develop highly effective relationships within the academy community (and with other stakeholders) which supports student engagement and inspires confidence.

Core Priority 3:

Embed a culture of rigour and accountability through robust, supportive and challenging leadership and management that drives sustained improvement in achievement and professional development.

Core Priority 4:

A unified vision and shared understanding of high standards and expectations in all areas of the academy.

Core Priority 5:

Ensure consistently high standards of pedagogy and practice which is well driven by exceptional CPD and has direct impact on students and their progress.

If you are interested in joining the Academy Council we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Clerk, Alie Bird, at or 01580 712754 ext 277.