The role of the Local Governing Body at Bruntcliffe Academy is to help the establishment fulfil its main aim: which is to provide the best possible education for all of its students.

There are many things which governors are expected to do.  The following provides a brief outline:

  • Governors have responsibility with the Principal for deciding, reviewing and monitoring many of the policies, plans and procedures within which the academy operates
  • The governors’ role is strategic. The Principal’s role is both strategic and operational
  • It is important to recognise that governors are part of a team. They all have equal status and though they are appointed by different groups (parents, staff, The Gorse Academies Trust, etc.), their main concern is the welfare of the whole academy
  • Governors make decisions democratically, by consensus. Governors do not have individual powers to act alone
  • Governors have a duty to act fairly and without prejudice at all times
  • Governors share the responsibility of appointing staff with the academy and must act in the same way as any good employee
  • Governors should consider carefully how their own decisions might affect other academies
  • Governors should encourage openness in all of their work for the academy and should welcome enquiries from parents and the general public

Bruntcliffe Academy’s Local Governing Body

Chair of TGAT Board – Terry Elliott

Name Category End of Term of Office Committee Membership Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy
Zoe Bawn Parent Governor 27/03/2023 n/a Yes TBC None None
Almut Beige Community 31/12/2021 n/a Yes None TSLA None
Colin Fisher Staff Governor 27/03/2023 n/a Yes None TFA None
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 n/a n/a Yes None TFA, TRGA, TMA, TSLA None
Kate Grimshaw Parent 27/03/2023 n/a Yes None None None
Ralph Hyde Community 31/12/2022 n/a Yes None None None
Andrew Micklefield
Vice Chair
Community 31/12/2022 n/a Yes None None Husband to Christine Micklefiled, SIMS and Cover Officer
Caroline Priestley Community 31/12/2022 n/a Yes Bowling College – Board of Directors None None
Steven Sharpe TGAT 30/12/2022 n/a Yes None None None
Claire Shaw Staff 31/12/2021 n/a Yes None None None
Chris Stokes Principal  n/a n/a Yes None None None
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer  n/a n/a Yes None TGAT, TFA, TMA, MNA, TRGA, RA, HA, EHC, LTSA None
Tarsilo Onuluk
TGAT 31/12/2020 n/a Yes None None None
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