Academy Committee

Academy Committee

The local academy committee serves as a knowledgeable resource within the community, offering a distinct perspective and the delegated duty to both assist and question the school and the Trust. Members of the local academy committee act as the Trustees' representatives in the community, providing valuable insight and feedback.

 

In line with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation, representatives are responsible for supporting school improvement and engaging with school leaders and the community in order to ensure that all pupils and students reach their full potential, regardless of background or level of ability.

 

Fully supported by the Trust’s Board of Trustees and Governance team, representatives are responsible for:

 

  • knowing, understanding and challenging pupils’ overall progress and attainment. This means being clear about where the attainment gaps are, what provisions are in place to close those gaps and the impact of those provisions;

  • monitoring child protection and welfare in the school including attendance, behaviour, suspensions and permanent exclusions;

  • hearing any appeals as part of the complaints process and sitting on discipline panels in relation to suspensions and permanent exclusions;

  • evaluating their own effectiveness through the committee action plan, annual impact assessments, skills audits and governance professional facilitated self-evaluation.

 

School visits help representatives to understand more about their school and the reality of school life.  We encourage representatives to take on specific roles, dependent upon their personal interests, professional skills, and experiences within the community.

 

Being a representative is a very rewarding experience.  You will be part of a team who is working to improve the life chances of children across the city of Birmingham, some of whom come from very challenging backgrounds. You will learn new skills whilst giving something back to the community you live and work in.  Our local representatives are committed to the Trust’s vision of ‘enabling every child to succeed in school and in life’, they give their time and energy to oversee the school’s performance and commitment to its wider civic duty. 

School governance is enhanced by a team from a diverse range of professional, social, and cultural backgrounds: if you are interested in becoming a local community representative please get in touch with our governance team: clerk@the-pact.co.uk.

 

Principles of Public Conduct


Local academy committee representatives are required to follow the principles of public conduct set out by the Nolan Committee, including the declaration of individual Representatives' interests. The full register of interests along with the key information about the current membership of the committee can be accessed here:

Name

Position

Connections to Staff

Appointed

Term of Office

Other School Governor Posts Held

Business Interests Declared

Mrs Stephanie Davies

Head of School

None

01.09.2017


None

Distant relative of ACR + Partner of ACR (PA)

Mrs Maura Carney

Deputy Head

None

01.09.2023


None


Mrs Nasra Hussain

Deputy Head

None

01.09.2023


None

NPQ Assessor for Teach First

Dr Scott Banks

Appointed - Chair

Yes

04.10.2018

03.10.2025

None

Distant relative of member of SLT

Ms Shabina Bi-Baroo

Appointed

None

28.03.2022

27.03.2026

None

None

Mrs Zoe Thewlis

Appointed

None

11.07.2022

10.07.2026

None

HoS of Birchfield Primary School

Ms Maria Jahangir

Appointed/Parent


27.10.2023

26.10.2027

None

None

Mr Ian Lowe

Appointed Representative

None

07/05/2024

06/05/2025

Trustee - Elmhurst Ballet School
Chair – TEAM Education Trust
Chair – Lea Forest Academy board
Vice Chair - Water Orton Primary

CEO of PRIME7

Mr Ashley Knibbs

Resigned

None

01.09.2017

31.08.2023

Forest Hills School since March 2021

None

Mrs Kate Nicholls

Resigned

None

14.10.2021

17.04.2024

None

None


Contact Us

Highfield Junior & Infant School
Highfield Road
Saltley
Birmingham
B8 3QF

Phone: 0121 647 1708

Email: enquiry@hifield.bham.sch.uk

 

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