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The Academy Committee

The Academy Committee (AC) has a vital role in the governance of the Penrose Learning Trust.  It is accountable to the Board of Trustees and supports the Trustees and Trust school leaders to deliver their responsibilities, and commit to the vision, values and strategic objectives of the trust. Visit the Penrose Learning Trust's website for a wide range of information.

The AC Chair has a Trust-wide leadership role in ensuring that the AC fulfils its accountabilities and maintains effective communication with the Board of Trustees and the CEO.  

The knowledge, experience and skills of the AC members enable the AC to:

> monitor school performance and outcomes and to challenge school leaders on that performance;

identify and agree school improvement priorities and to monitor progress against those priorities within the School Development Plan;

have a fundamental role in leading the strategic oversight of safeguarding and assuring the Trust that effective safeguarding is in place in the school; this includes safeguarding in its widest form focusing on attendance, welfare and pastoral care;

take primary responsibility for the Trust’s strategic ambitions for effective community engagement and promotion of the school in its community.

Further details of the governance of the Trust can be accessed in the Penrose Learning Trust's website and Scheme of Delegation policy.

To view the trust's annual Report and Financial Statements for 2022-23, please click here

We are very grateful for the time given to governance within our Trust and value the important part AC members contribute to each of our schools.

If you are interested in joining the Academy Committee, please email our Governance Manager, cbarratt@penroselearningtrust.uk.

 Committee Structure

 The Academy Committee only has Full Academy Committee meetings.

 Code of Conduct

 Please click to access the Code of Conduct

 Business and Other Interests

 Please click to access the list of Pecuniary Interests 2023-2024

 Meeting Attendance

 Please click below:

Meeting Attendance 2022-2023

Meeting Attendance 2021-2022

  Membership of the Academy Committee


  • Mr Nigel Andrews
    Trust Appointed Member (Chair)
  • Mr Ed Voller
    Trust Appointed Member
  • Ms Emily Ruegg
    Trust Appointed Member
  • Ms Petra Lahtinen-Kalsi
    Trust Appointed Member
  • Mr Tom Booth
    Parent Member (Vice Chair)
  • Mrs Claire Welsby
    Parent Member
  • Mr Mark Ismay
    Staff Member (Headteacher)
  • Mr Richard Pope
    Staff Member (SENDCo)
  • Mrs Julie Nicholls
    Staff Member

Please click to access Membership of the Academy Committee 2022-2023