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.

Outwood Junior Academy Brumby Academy Council

Gail Hewitt – Chair of the Academy Council, Safeguarding and Health and Safety
Janice Moran – Vice Chair – sponsor governor and SEND
Angela Sanderson – sponsor governor and LAC
Carrie-Louise Dixon – parent governor

To contact the Chair of Governors, please send all correspondence to c/o Outwood Junior Academy Brumby, Queensway, Scunthorpe, DN16 2HY or telephone 01724 865644.


Gail Hewitt

My name is Gail Hewitt and I am the Chair of the Local Academy Council for Outwood Junior Academy Brumby. I am a mum of two grown up daughters who both attended Brumby Junior School and Outwood Academy Brumby. I have been a governor of the school ...

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Janice Moran

I am a former pupil of Brumby Comprehensive School, now Outwood Academy Brumby. I have been a school governor for many years and I am currently the SEND Governor for Outwood Junior Academy Brumby. My main priority as a governor is to ensure that e...

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Angela Sanderson

I have been a member of the local academy council for approximately 2 years and I am the LAC link governor at Outwood Junior Academy Brumby. I am an ex-pupil and my child is currently a pupil. Previously I have been employed in various roles fro...

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Carrie-Louise Dixon

My name is Carrie-Louise Dixon and I am one of the parent governors for the Local Academy Council for Outwood Junior Academy Brumby. I have a child who attends the school and lives locally, I am interested in the milestones achieved by the school ...

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