Introduction to our Academy Governing Council

Governors are volunteers who give up their time to help the academy be the best it can be. Their role is to work together with academy leaders to set the strategic direction of the academy.

The academy is a member of a trust which delegates certain decision-making powers to our Academy Governing Council.

Co-op Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust which runs a number of academies. Please visit the Trust website to find out about the Board of Directors and also to view the Trust’s Annual Report, Policies and Financial Statements.

The Trust and its academies operate within an established Scheme of Delegation detailing those matters that are reserved for the Board and those delegated to governors and Principal:

  • Decisions reserved for the Trust Board include providing strategic direction to the Trust, ensuring financial viability, establishing an Audit Committee and compliance with Department for Education requirements.
  • The governors at each academy are responsible for the management of the business of the academy, including adopting an annual plan and budget, monitoring the academy by the use of targets and budgets and handling senior staff appointments.

How our Academy Governing Council is organised

The Academy Governing Council consists of 6 to 15 members, of which between 2 to 5 governors are appointed by the sponsor. In addition, the local governing body includes 2 staff governors, 2 parent governors and the Principal. Up to two further governors can be drawn from formal partners and up to one from the local authority.

Our academy has two committees who meet in addition to general governing body meetings:

  • Student, Standards and Community
  • Finance and Resources

Contacting governors

Governors can be contacted by writing to the Clerk to the Academy Governing Council at the academy by writing to

Katie Stobbart (

Co-op Academy Woodslee

Croft Avenue



CH62 2BP

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