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


Christine Gregory

Mrs Christine Gregory - Chair of Academy Council I am proud to be a sponsor Governor and Chair of the Academy Council at OPA Newstead Green. I have been a Governor at OPA Newstead Green since 2018, becoming Chair of Governors in 2019. Prior to th...

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Chris Fogg

Mr Christopher Fogg - Vice Chair of Academy Council and Health and Safety Governor. I have worked alongside OPA Newstead Green for a number of years, becoming a member of the Academy Council in 2018. I am a School Business Manager at a school in ...

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Lindsey Corbett

Mrs Lindsey Corbett I have recently taken up the position of Associate Principal at Outwood Primary Academy Newstead Green. I have worked with Outwood for a number of years supporting various Primary Academies throughout the Trust.

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Nathan Fozzard

Mr Nathan Fozzard - Teachers Governor My name is Mr Fozzard and I am currently the KS2 Phase Leader for Outwood Primary Academy Newstead Green. I am also the staff representative on the Academy Council and the Year 6 class teacher. Prior to this ...

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Louise Miller

Mrs Louise Miller - Teaching Support Staff Governor My name is Louise Miller, I have worked at OPA Newstead Green since 2009. I am the support staff representative on the Governing Body. In my time at the school, I have worked throughout all ye...

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Jennifer Sides-Crump

Mrs Jennifer Sides-Crump - SEND and Community Governor I have 2 girls at OPA Newstead Green 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 ...

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Zac Zachariah

Mr Zac Zachariah - Community Link Governor. I joined OPA Newstead Green Academy Council in 2019 and I am a Community Link Governor. I have two children who attend Newstead Green. I actively come into school on a regular basis to deliver Assemblie...

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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