Aquinas Advisory Council

MEMBERS: (appointed from September 2016):
Mrs Wendy Seeley – Council Chair
Mrs Geraldine Shackleton – Executive Head Teacher
Mrs Ellen Peyton - Head of School
Cllr Colin Smith – Trust Member
Father Richard Norman – Trust Member
Mr Olu Coker – Trust Member
Mrs Louise Chambers - Staff Member
Mrs Anita Warnett – Parent Member
Mrs Philippa Kings – Council Clerk
Dr Asanga Fernando – Trust Member
Mrs Elizabeth Kirby – Parent Member

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St George's school is an academy within the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust (Aquinas). The responsibility for the oversight and management of all aspects of the Aquinas rests with the Board of Trustees. The day to day management of Aquinas has been delegated by the Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer, Kathy Griffiths. The day to day operation of St George's school has been delegated to Mrs Geraldine Shackleton as Executive Head Teacher and Mrs Ellen Peyton as Head of School. In order to assist Mrs Shackleton and Mrs Peyton, the Trustees of Aquinas have established Aquinas Advisory Councils (AAC) for each academy including St George's.

Following a consultation process with the Head Teachers and local Governing Bodies of all the academies within the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust (the Trust), the local Governing Body of the school will, from 1 September 2016, no longer be in place. Instead there will be an Aquinas Advisory Council (‘AAC’) which will provide advice, support and guidance to the Executive Head Teacher in relation to the running of the school. The school’s educational leaders will remain the same. The membership of the AAC will consist of 6 members appointed by the Trust, 2 elected parent members, 1 elected staff member and the Executive Head Teacher. The AAC will continue to operate in the best interests of the children and staff at the school.

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The purpose of the AAC is to support, advise and be a critical friend to Mrs Shackleton and Mrs Peyton in raising standards of achievement and progress for all learners. The AAC does have delegated responsibility in relation to aspects of admissions, appointment of staff, complaints, performance management, permanent exclusions, school inspections, staff grievance and disciplinary. The AAC also has the ability to escalate concerns to the Executive Head teacher, Head of school, CEO or Trustees.

The AAC members meet at least 3 times a year and certain members will have specific functions as agreed by the AAC and the Executive Head teacher and Head of School. Members will also forge links with the school and wider community. Notes of the AAC meeting are available on request. AAC Members' code of conduct and declaration of business interests support the following principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

For Trustees and members of the AAC to carry out their role effectively, they must be:

  • Prepared and equipped to take their responsibilities seriously;
  • In the case of the Trustees, acknowledged as the accountable body by the lead professionals and in the case of the AAC acknowledged as being able to provide effective advice to the lead professionals;
  • Supported by the appropriate authorities in that task; and
  • Willing and able to monitor and review their own performance

Elected or Appointed Members of the Aquinas Advisory Council usually serve a term of 4 years - reference Delcaration of Interest for actual terms of office. Should you wish to contact the Chair of the AAC or any of its members, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and in the subject box, please insert 'For the attention of the Clerk to the Aquinas Advisory Council'. Annual reports and accounts, including an annual governance statement, Memorandum and articles of association, funding agreement and How to become a Trust member, can be found on the main Aquinas website

Meeting Dates:
8:00 a.m. Tuesday 7th November 2017
8:00 a.m. Tuesday 6th March 2018
8:00 a.m. Tuesday 10th July 2018

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