The Meadows Primary Academy

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

01782 235025

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.






Connections to Staff

Yes or No

If Yes, who and how.

Term of Office Start Date

Term of Office End Date

Attendance at FGB meetings for the previous academic year

01/09/2019 - 31/08/2020

Business & Financial Interests Declared

Mrs Christine Freeman

Co-opted Governor



(originally started 2.5.2000)



Yes, None Stated

Mrs Emma Gater

Head Teacher


Yes related to Mrs Wheeldon




Yes, Husband works for British Gas

Mrs Miranda Burgess

Staff Governor





Yes, None Stated

Mrs Diane Swift

Co-opted Governor



(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

Co-opted Governor

Finance Committee Chair No


(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

Mrs Fiona Stagg

 Co-opted Governor



(originally started 08.02.2017)


6/7 National Leader of Governance, Owner of SBW Governance (Governance consultancy),  Clerk to Governing Boards in Stoke and Staffordshire, Chair of Trustees at Children First Learning Partnership Academy Trust, Biddulph, Governor at Walton Priory Middle School, Stone

 Mr Kevin Williams

(Vice Chair)

 Parent Governor

No 04.10.2018 03.10.2021 5/7 Yes, None Stated 

Mr Stuart Shickell


Co-opted Governor

No 29.11.2018 28.11.2021 6/7 Yes, Children attend school

Mrs Charlotte Woodall

Parent Governor

Yes, married to Mr Woodall 25.11.2019 24.11.2022 4/4 Yes, None Stated


Governors from the previous 12 months


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

Associate Members do not have any voting rights.


Link Governors

Safeguarding Link Governor

Fiona Stagg

Health & Safety Link Governor 

Chris Freeman

Standards Link Governor

Stuart Shickell

Statutory Grants Link Governor

Di Swift

Finance Link Governor

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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