The Meadows Primary Academy

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Poplar Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST3 3AZ

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The Meadows Primary Academy

Sowing the Seeds of Success

Academy Council

The Academy Council plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  The main aim of the Academy Council is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.

The Academy Council has three main roles:


The Academy Council sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve.  This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.  Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.

Critical Friend

The Academy Council works with the Headteacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The Academy Council is able to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.


The school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Academy Council has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The governing body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.






Term of Office Start Date

Term of Office End Date

Attendance at Full Academy Council meetings for the previous academic year

01/09/2019 - 31/08/2020

Declaration of Interests including Business & Financial Interests

Mrs Christine Freeman

Co-opted Academy Councillor


(originally started 2.5.2000)



Yes, None Stated

Miss Helen Taylor

Head Teacher





Yes, None Stated

Mrs Diane Swift

Co-opted Academy Councillor


(originally started 19.5.15)



Declared Business Interests: Director of Keele & North Staffs Primary SCITT which comes under the governance of the Shaw Education Trust.

Other School Governor Posts:  Associate Academy Council Member at Seabridge Primary School

Mr Tony Mathews

(Vice Chair)

Co-opted Academy Councillor

Finance Committee Chair


(originally started 05.12.2016)

04.12.2023 5/7

Yes, Lay Member of North     

Staffs GP Practice.    

Wife is School Business Manager at Merit PRU.   

Finance & Commercial Director of MLCSU until 1.6.20

Mr Stuart Shickell


Co-opted Academy Councillor

29.11.2018 28.11.2021 6/7 Yes, child attends school, in relationship with a member of staff

Mrs Charlotte Woodall

Parent Academy Councillor

25.11.2019 24.11.2022 4/4 Yes, married to a member of staff

Mrs Donna Copley

Co-opted Academy Councillor

17.08.2021 16.08.2025 N/A Yes, None Stated

Mr Karl McCormack

Co-opted Academy Councillor

23.09.2021   22.09.2025 N/A Yes, None Stated

Mrs Jill Walton

Staff Academy Councillor

11.10.2021 10.10.2025 N/A Yes, None Stated


Governors from the previous 12 months

Mrs Miranda Burgess - Staff Academy Councillor

Mr Kevin Williams - Parent Academy Councillor


Miss Amy James and Mrs Lindsay Armstrong also attend meetings in the capacity of Associate Members. 

Associate Members do not have any voting rights.


Link Governors

Safeguarding Link Academy Councillor

Stuart Shickell

Health & Safety Link Academy Councillor

Chris Freeman

SEN and Inclusion Link Academy Councillor

Charlotte Woodall

Statutory Grants Link Academy Councillor

Di Swift

Finance Link Academy Coucillor

Tony Matthews


How to contact the Chair of Governors:

Mr Stuart Shickell (Care of the School)  

The Meadows Primary Academy,  

Poplar Drive,



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