Academy Council

The Role of the Academy Council

The Academy is a member of Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT). Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of OGAT (OGAT governance details and scheme of delegation can be found by clicking here) but some of the work of the Board is delegated to the Academy Council (the Governors of the Academy).

Some Governors are appointed by the Trust whilst others are elected by parents or carers of students at the Academy or by staff. 

Each academy, or a group of academies across a close geographical area, has local governance arrangements in the form of an Academy Council. The Academy Council is a sub-committee of the Board. The role of the AC is to carry the Trust’s vision, values, policies and priorities forward, provide internal assurance and, in addition, to develop the local community and employer links.

The Academy Council are made up of governors who are expected to question, challenge and support the academy’s leadership.

Each of the above bodies have detailed Terms of Reference which set out their roles and responsibilities and function. The authority of each group is controlled by the Board via the Scheme of Delegation.

The Role of the OGAT Board of Directors/Trustees

The role of the Trustees mainly involves strategic oversight across the Trust, governance, contractual relationships with third parties and setting the Trust’s vision and policies.

The Trustees are responsible for:

  • Compliance with all statutory regulations and Acts of Parliament governing the operation of the academy, including health and safety.
  • Compliance with the provisions of the Funding Agreements.
  • Compliance with the Academies Financial Handbook.
  • Setting the risk management strategy, reviewing the strategic risk profile, considering strategic risks in the context of future Trust planning and decision making and reviewing the effectiveness of the risk management arrangements.

The Trustees delegate responsibility to the Chief Executive Officer for:

  • Appointment of the Principal at an academy.
  • The determination of the extent of the services provided to the academy by the Trust and how the costs should be allocated.
  • Determination of the educational targets of the academy.
  • Determining any additional financial and reporting targets for the academy.
  • Determination of any statutory policies and procedures for the academy and other policies and procedures as the Trustees deem necessary to fulfil their responsibilities.
  • Identifying resources to effectively and efficiently implement the risk management strategy.
  • Reporting regularly to the Trust Board on the performance of its academies and conduct the performance management of the Principals.

Seven Principles of Public Life

The Board and Academy Councils and their members will, at all times, uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life, known as the Nolan Principles. They are:

  • Selflessness

    Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

  • Integrity

    Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties.

  • Objectivity

    In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts, or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make choices on merit.

  • Accountability

    Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.

  • Openness

    Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands it.

  • Honesty

    Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public interest.

  • Leadership

    Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and example.

OPA Newstead Green Academy Council


Mrs Christine Gregory
I am proud to be a sponsor Governor and Chair of the Academy Council at Newstead Green. I have been a Governor at Newstead Green for approximately 2 years, and prior to this I was a Governor at two maintained schools in Leeds. I am retired now but my profession was within the Court Service and have managed several Magistrates Courts. I have three grandchildren at Newstead and want to give my time now to supporting all the children to achieve the very best they can and to assist the school to move forward in this exciting time.

Mrs Jennifer Sides-Crump
Parent Representative
I have 2 girls at OPANG and I am the link governor for Maths and Science as well as the co-link for community engagement. I have been a tutor of Mathematics since 2013 and teach adults across a range of levels up to GCSE. I am also currently working towards a BSc and MSc in planetary sciences. I am a fellow of the Geological Society and the Royal Astronomical Society and a keen advocate for the development of STEM in schools. Engaging children at a young age helps develop problem solving skills and may also promote an interest in the wider world and beyond.
I also believe skills built outside the classroom to be just as important to develop more rounded children who can become part of a larger network.

Mr Andrew Gregory
Parent Representative
I am currently a Parent Governor and SEND link governor at Outwood Academy Newstead Green. I am keen to support the school during this new chapter and help to ensure the best outcomes for all children. I also work in a Primary School as a Teaching Assistant and have done for a number of years throughout Leeds, Barnsley and Wakefield. I am passionate about promoting inclusion, happiness and progress for every child and look forward to supporting the school in my role as governor.


Mr Chris Fogg
Vice Chair

Mr Thomas Bower
Teaching Staff Representative
My name is Mr Bower and I am currently the Associate Vice Principal for Outwood Primary Academy Newstead Green. My role consists of developing teaching and learning across the academy and raising standards in all areas. I have previously taught in Barnsley and Kirklees local authority schools, across both key stages, and became an SLE for Physical Education.

Mrs Louise Miller
Non-teaching Staff Representative

To contact the Chair of Governors, please send all correspondence to;
c/o Outwood Primary Academy Newstead Green,
Cow Lane,
West Yorkshire,
WF4 2BE or telephone 01226 722484