The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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The Village Academy offers generic policies for its schools, which are reflected on this website. The individuality of each school’s context means there may be occasions when a school needs to include Appendices to the main Policy document in line with its own context. As a Trust, we continually review all our policies.
To access all our Policies, please click on the link below:

Strategic management

As an Academy Trust, our Articles of Association determine our Governance Structure.

For a full list of our Governance membership, please click HERE

For a full list of attendance at Governance meetings, please click HERE

Members and Trustees

The Members ensure we abide by our Articles of Association.

•Rev Stephen Lillicrap*
•Bruce McGlashan
•Martin Swainson
• Petra Bensted (Ex-Officio by role)

The Trustees add a strategic layer of governance across the whole Academy.

•Petra Bensted (Chair)
•Damaris Gardiner* (Vice Chair, Standards and Data)
• Hayley Spedding (Acting Academy Director)
•Carrie Gilbody (Finance and Audit)
•Temi Bufford (Safeguarding)
•Dawn Smith (Health, Safety and Compliance)

* Appointed by the Diocese


Local Governance

Each school has an Academy Council, which comprise one Trustee, the Head Teacher, and a number of non-Trustee members. Academy Council's are chaired by one of its members – not necessarily the Trustee.

Day to Day management

The Head Teachers are responsible for day-to-day management of their school.