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Academies Trust

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors, which works across both academies in the Trust, is responsible for all decisions made within the academies and has a clear role in the on-going strategic development of the Trust. Any decisions they make come into effect on all sites.

Although there are many similarities between the governing bodies of Local Authority maintained schools and academies, there are also important differences. As independent schools, academies are set up as charitable companies to give sponsors and governors broader scope and responsibility for ethos, strategic direction and challenge. For example, in academies, governors have responsibility for:

  • Employment of academy staff
  • The appointment of Headteachers and senior leaders
  • Administration of the academies’ finances
  • Authorisation of any appointments or changes to terms and conditions
  • Approval of personnel policies and procedures

Unlike Local Authority schools, academies have a broader responsibility for their strategic direction, ethos and leadership. The Trust's Board of Directors, therefore, has a key role in driving up standards since it is able to challenge traditional thinking.

The Board of Directors acts as The Trust's "critical friend" by challenging and supporting The Trust's Senior Leadership Team. The Board of Directors holds the Team to account, ensuring that it is answerable to parents. At the same time, The Trust is committed to its local community and is working hard to build good relationships and offer its facilities to the public.

Directors offer their time voluntarily and are unpaid for their work. As a team, they offer a wide range of qualities and experience from different backgrounds to collectively uphold The Trust and provide a link with the community.

The Board is led by the Chair of the Board, supported by the Vice-chair.  The Board includes co-opted, Foundation, parent and staff Directors.

Board of directors


Type of Director


Term of office

Mrs Susan Dench

Ex Officio

Executive Headteacher

From 1 September 2015

Mr Ian Woolerton

Ex Officio

Acting Headteacher

From 1 May 2015

Mrs Janet Crook

Co-opted Pupil Premium 28 March 2017 to 27 March 2021
Mr Jack McGhee Co-opted   1 September 2017 to 31 August 2021
Mrs Emma Austen Co-opted

Audit and Finance Committee

Health and Safety

20 October 2017 to 19 October 2021

Mrs Jayne Robb


Audit and Finance Committee

25 September 2017 to 24 September 2021





Mrs Cherry Edwards OBE


Chair of Board

Curriculum and Standards and Behaviour

29 June 2016 to 28 June 2020

Mrs Grace Morton


Curriculum and Standards and Behaviour

24 March 2016 to 23 March 2020





Mrs Natalie Smyth



1 September 2017 to 31 August 2021

Mr Lee Hulse



18 May 2016 to 17 May 2020

Mrs Julie Swatton




Record of attendance at director meetings 2016/17


Committee meetings attended

Main board meetings attended

Mrs Susan Dench 8/9 7/7
Mr Ian Woolerton n/a 5/6
Mr Chris Robinson (resigned 5 June 2017) 2/2 3/5

Miss Deb Bass (resigned 9 November 2016)

n/a 1/1
Mr Stephen Mitchell (removed 5 July 2017) 4/5 4/5
Mrs Jayne Robb 6/7 6/7
Revd Susan Evans n/a 5/7
Mrs Cherry Edwards OBE 3/3 7/7
Mrs Grace Morton 4/4 7/7
Mrs Emma Austen 6/6 7/7
Mrs Nicola Woolerton (term ended on 21 October 2016) n/a 1/1
Mr Lee Hulse n/a 7/7
Mr Jack McGhee n/a 5/6
Mrs Janet Crook n/a 3/4

Minutes of meetings are not published on our website.  Copies of minutes may be seen by appointment with the Clerk or can be sent by email on request.

declaration of interests

Director Declaration
Mrs Susan Dench Board of Governors, Grantham College
Mr Ian Woolerton Married to Mrs Nicola Woolerton, teacher at St John's 


Mrs Cherry Edwards OBE

Director of Cherry Edwards Education Consultancy Limited

Board of Governors for Harlaxton C of E Primary and Denton C of E Primary Federation of Schools

Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education

Mrs Jayne Robb Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education
Mrs Grace Morton Works for Earlesfield Community Church providing services to St John's without financial renumeration
Mrs Emma Austen  
Mrs Janet Crook  
Mr Lee Hulse  
Mr Jack McGhee  
Mrs Natalie Smyth  
Lincoln Diocesan Trust and Board of Finance Limited

Company limited by guarantee without a share capital, governed by law of England and Wales

Register of Companies under company number 249355 and Charity Commission under registered number 97256


The AGM of the Members of the West Grantham Academies Trust will take place on 8 December 2016.


The Directors can be contacted through the Clerk at