Academy Council

Governance within a multi-academy trust

Winterstoke Hundred Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North 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. For further information about the Board, please click here.

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.

Winterstoke Hundred Academy Council

The Academy Council at Winterstoke Hundred Academy is newly formed as of September 2020 and currently comprises of three members as below:

Sponsor 1 – ChairFelicity Williamson
Sponsor 2
Sponsor 3
Sponsor 4
Sponsor 5
Executive/Senior PrincipalTony Searle
PrincipalIan Garforth
Student Advocate
LA Representative
Parent 1
Parent 2
Teacher Councillor
Support Councillor


If you are interested in a governance role within Winterstoke Hundred Academy Council, we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact Wendy Hellin ([email protected]) who will be able to provide further information.

To contact the Chair of Academy Council, please mark your email for the attention of Felicity Williamson at [email protected].

Minutes of the Academy Council meetings will be published here once approved.

Pecuniary Interest Register 2020-21

Term 4 – Council Minutes – 31.03.21

Term 3 – Council Minutes – 08.02.21

Term 2 – Council Minutes – 14.12.20

Term 2 – Council Minutes 03.11.20

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