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As an academy, the Academy Council of Heatherwood School has delegated powers from the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors, which are outlined in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation 

Scheme of Delegation

The Chief Executive Officer and Officers of the Trust act as advisors to the Academy Council and attend most meetings


Heatherwood School Local Governing Body was constituted on 1st November 2019 and in September 22 became our Academy Council and the following structure of Governance is now in place:

The total membership shall be not less than 7 and not more than 12.

The membership shall comprise:

  • the Chair who is elected by the Trust Board of Directors;
  • the Headteacher;
  • no fewer than 2 elected Parent Governors;
  • two elected Members of Staff, one Teaching, one Non-Teaching;
  • the remaining Governors are appointed by the Academy Council. Governors can be Parents or Members of Staff but the number of Staff Governors (inc Headteacher) must not exceed one-third of the total number of Governors.

How are Governors chosen?

There are different categories of Governors: Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Governors.

Parent Governors are elected by current parents when a vacancy becomes available. Staff Governors, are representatives of the teaching or support staff and are elected by the eligible staff when a vacancy becomes available. All Governors are appointed by the Academy Council.  They are selected to provide skills and experience which Governors feel are required.

The Chair of the Academy Council is appointed by the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors.

All Governors initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed. Governors are free to resign before the end of their four-year term if they so wish.  

Members of Heatherwood School Governing Body

G Bullock

Chair, Parent Governor & T&L Link Governor

Interests & Attendance Data

L Suter

Executive Headteacher

Interests & Attendance Data

Daryl Bennett  

Interim Head of School

Interests & Attendance Data

M Bratcher


Interests & Attendance Data

F Kirkham

T&L Link Governor

Interests & Attendance Data

M Pidgeon

Vice Chair

Interest & Attendance Data

K Smith

Teaching Staff

Interests & Attendance Data

P Burbanks

Non Teaching Staff

Interests & Attendance Data




Governor Interests are reviewed at every meeting.  All individual Governor Information with regard to Interests & Attendance can be found within the Individual Governor Profiles.

Approved minutes of the Academy Council can be accessed at the bottom of this page



The Academy Council meets at least once a half term, with additional meetings being arranged as required.


Meet the Governors:  

Governor Gallery (ID 1279)

  • G Bullock
    Chair, Parent Governor
  • M Pigeon
    Vice Chair
  • L Suter
    Executive Headteacher
  • D Bennett
    Interim Head Of School
  • M Bratcher
  • F Kirkham
    T & L Link Governor
  • K Smith
    Teaching Governor
  • P Burbanks
    Non Teaching Governor



How can I contact the School Governors?

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School office Tel: 01302 322044  

You can also contact Clerking Services about any aspect of school governance at this address clerkingservices@nexusmat.org


Past Governors: 

Bridget Coy Resigned - 31 August 23 Interests & Attendance Data
A O'Dell Resigned - 31 August 22 Interests & Attendance Data
K Latimer Resigned - March 22 Interests & Attendance Data


GB Minutes and Agendas 

Below are copies of the Academy Council agendas and minutes. Reports on the agendas for any of these meetings are available to the public for public inspection. If any member of the public would like to request a copy of any of the reports from a meeting agenda, please submit a request in writing, specifying which reports are being requested, to foi@nexusmat.org


Academy Council Agendas

Academy Council Agenda 14 March 24

Academy Council Agenda 07 December 23

Academy Council Agenda 22 June 23

Academy Council Agenda 16 March 23

Academy Council Agenda 17 January 23

Governors BM Agenda 23 June 22

Governors QOE Agenda 05 May 22

Governors BM Agenda 17 March 22

Governors QOE Agenda 27 January 22

Governors BM Agenda 09 December 21

Governors QOE Agenda 07 October 21


Governor Minutes

Academy Council Minutes 07 December 23

Academy Council Minutes 22 June 23

Academy Council Minutes 16 March 23

Academy Council Minutes 17 January 23

Governors LGB Minutes 05 May 22

Governors LGB Minutes 17 March 22

Governors LGB Minutes 27 January 22

Governors LGB Minutes 09 December 21

Governors LGB Minutes 07 October 21


Please note that published minutes will include the previous academic year and the current academic year for records management purposes. Should you wish to see minutes from previous years, we will happily provide these to you and would ask that you follow the FOI process as stated above.



Further useful governance information can be found on the Nexus Trust website.  Please click here to locate documents such as the Governance Handbook, Glossary of Terms and the Scheme of Delegation. 


Designated Safeguarding Lead: Rachel Wilson DSL Contact 01302 322044
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads: Rochesca Moody DDSL Contact - 01302 322044 & Lyndsey Proctor - DDSL Contact 01302 322044

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