Coppice Rise
North Yorkshire

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Harrogate, a Voluntary Academy

"Let all that you do be done in love." (1 Corinthians 16:14)

Academy Council

Academy Council Statement September 2021

Academy Council Structure and Responsibilities

Name Position on Academy Council Term of Office Lead Governor Business Interests Governor Interests Class link 2021-22 Relationship to member of school staff
Jonathan Haley Foundation member and Chair 01/09/2021– 31/08/2024 by Bishop Resources and CPD None None 3 None
Aneta Field Foundation member and Vice-Chair 13/01/2021 - 12/01/2025 by Bishop CPD None None 4 None
Valerie Clemerson Foundation member 02/12/2020 - 01/12/2024 by Bishop School Development (KPG & TLP) None None Reception None
Father Stephen Webb Foundation member 01/09/2019 - 31/08/2023 by Bishop Safeguarding & School Development (TLP only) None None Not applicable None
Mary Beggs-Reid Foundation member 15/12/2020 – 14/12/2024 by Bishop NA None None 6 None
Roxane Delforge Foundation member 19/11/2020 – 18/11/2024 by Bishop Resources None None 5 None
Mary Young Foundation member 13/10/2021 – 12/10/2025 by Bishop NA None None Not applicable None
Domini Lusardi Parent member 19/11/2020 – 08/11/2024 by election None None None 1 None
Tak On Wong Parent member 09/11/2020 – 08/11/2024 by election None None None 2 None
Rachel Rouse Acting Headteacher Ex-officio Safeguarding None None Not applicable None
Gill Delahay Staff Governor 17/09/2020 - 16/09/2024 Safeguarding None None Not applicable None
Vikki Wilkinson Clerk By the Trust Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

Attendance at Academy Council Meetings

Name AC meetings attended 2020-21
Jonathan Haley 6 of 6
Valerie Clemerson 6 of 6
Father Stephen Webb 6 of 6
Mary Beggs-Reid 2 of 5
Roxane Delforge 6 of 6
Aneta Field 6 of 6
Dominic Lusardi 5 of 5
Tak On Wong 5 of 5
Rachel Rouse 6 of 6
Gill Delahay 6 of 6

Former members of the Academy Council who have served within the last 12 months:

Alison Ashworth

  • Term ended 01/09/2020

  • Business interests: none

  • Governance interests: Ofsted inspector

  • Relationships to member of the school staff: none

Kathryn Dillon

  • Term ended 31/08/2021

  • Business interests: none

  • Governance interests: none

  • Relationships to member of the school staff: none

What we do:

Academy Council Members are jointly responsible for the conduct of the school, ensuring that the best possible Catholic education is provided for the pupils attending the school. 

We provide strategic direction to the school by:

  • setting its aims and objectives

  • establishing policies and targets to achieve them

  • monitoring, evaluating and reviewing the progress of the school

As members of the Academy Council, we are the employers of the school staff, teaching and support, with the legal and ethical responsibilities of good employers.  We each take on a serious responsibility and make available time and energy to:

  • attend meetings;

  • consider documents;

  • undertake governor training;

  • visit the school.

Foundation Members have an additional responsibility to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos and distinctive Catholic nature of our school.

Link Academy Council Member

1. At St. Joseph’s School link academy councilors are appointed by the academy council to understand, oversee, monitor and report on their subject area especially focusing on any specific aspects of the School Development Improvement Plan (SDIP). Link academy councilors enrich the whole academy council's understanding of their particular area and contribute to informed decision making. 

2. We also consider that link academy councilors help the academy council to develop positive links with staff and create a visible and professional profile within the school. Each AC member is a Class Link acting as a supportive friend ( attending assemblies, school visits etc) ,and Subject Link as a critical friend ( looking at Action plans and Policies/subject data and assessment).

3. There are additional link academy councilors who have specific roles in supporting the academy council to fulfil its statutory responsibilities in areas such as Child Protection, Special Educational Needs, Catholic Life of the School and Health & Safety. 


Please see below for more information about the role of a  Link Academy Councilor:

Role of the Link Academy Councilor

Academy Conversion

St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Harrogate, a Voluntary Academy joined The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust on 1 July 2015.