Governance within a multi-academy trust

Hans Price Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.  Governance for a multi-academy trust operates at two levels.  At trust level, there is a Board of Directors.  The directors are accountable to the Department for Education and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education the trust provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, financial probity, safety and good practice. The Board is provided assurance on a number of these areas through various     sub-committees, as shown in the diagram below. Visit the CLF website for more information about the board.

At a local level, each academy has an Academy Council comprising of up to 13 Academy Councillors.  Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academic experience of the students under their care with the aim of securing effective school improvement.  They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and by overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.

Hans Price Academy Council

The Academy Council at Hans Price Academy is made up of:

David Jordan – Chair of Hans Price Academy Council

I am very proud to be the Chair of Hans Price Academy Council and really enjoy the opportunity to work with a strong team of fellow councillors in supporting the school on its exciting journey to becoming the most improved school in North Somerset.

My wife and I recently retired to Hutton.  Having been involved in schools and education all my working life I felt I wanted to use some of that knowledge and experience to support my local secondary school and offered myself to Hans Price Academy.  I have been most impressed with the positive attitude & behaviour of the pupils and with the dedication & hard work of the staff & the leadership team.

It is clear that the school is making excellent progress in its endeavours to raise standards and I am delighted to support the staff in their endeavours to encourage every student to achieve the very best they can – they are given so many opportunities in which to grow in confidence and make progress.

Our job as an Academy Council is to be a critical friend to the school and challenge the Principal to ensure that every student is safe and given the support to achieve the best that they can possibly can.  We scrutinise every aspect of school life and leave no stone unturned!

Hans Price Academy is an excellent school and its future is bright.  I am proud to be associated with its progress.

David Jordan – Chair of Hans Price Academy Council

Steve Taylor – Chief Executive Officer, Cabot Learning Federation



Tony Searle – Academy Principal


I have a son in Year 8 and one joining the Academy in September 2017.

I am currently a stay at home mum but I have a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching & Learning and have spent a year supporting children with severe autism.

I have always been very involved with my children’s education and was a Parent Governor for 4 years when my eldest started primary school.

I was very pleased to be able to join the council at Hans Price and hope to be able to fulfil the role of critical friend to the academy in order to ensure that it achieves its goals and, in turn, provides the best possible education to all its students.

Louise Statter – Safeguarding and Looked after Children Link



I have lived in Weston Super Mare since 1983 and have been involved with Hans Price and its earlier incarnation as Wyvern School for at least 20 years.

My 3 children all went to Wyvern School.

My background is 40 years in Retail Banking and I retired in the same year as Concorde!

My outside interests are reflected in my Volunteering with the National Trust and also with the RSPB and by following Somerset County Cricket Club.

I have always felt that both Wyvern and now Hans Price Academy staff work hard for their students and am happy to be a Councillor and support the Academy as it moves forward with an exciting future ahead.

Paul Marsh – Councillor (Health and Safety Link)



Christine Weeks – Support Staff Councillor



Leanne Swinney – Teacher Councillor


My name is Rachel Allchurch and I’m the Student Advocate on the Hans Price Academy Council.

I am the Learning Resources Manager and a tutor at Hans Price and I also have responsibility for student voice, running the student council and student interview panels. On the Academy Council I ensure that student voice is represented and heard and that the students at Hans Price Academy are provided with the highest level of education, opportunity and support.

Rachel Allchurch – Student Advocate Councillor


Kathryn Volk – Sponsor Councillor 

I graduated from university in South Africa with a degree in Veterinary Science and work as an Associate Veterinarian at a local practice. I strongly believe that the greatest gift we can give a child is an education.  I felt that by joining the academy council it would enable me to do my best to ensure that every child received the best possible education available to them.

Chris Cox – Parent Councillor
I am part of a  Nursing Team  for Outpatient Departments Weston Area Health Trust. I have been in Weston-super-Mare for 20 years. I have 4 children including one son in Year 8 at Hans Price and a daughter who as just left this Academy.  They are enjoyed/enjoyed their school life and hopefully in my role as Parent Governor, I can ensure that many more children rise through the ranks at our fantastic academy

Each academy in the CLF is overseen by its own Academy Council and is represented at the CLF Board level by the Chair of the Council. The Academy council is responsible for the following:

  • Being the critical friend of the Academy Principal and the leadership team.
  • Assuring the quality of the educational experience for all staff and students.
  • Performance managing the Principal & senior leaders with the support of the Executive Principal.
  • Approval and monitoring of local Academy Budget and monitoring its implementation.
  • Appointing on behalf of CLF all staff who will work at the Academy.
  • The monitoring of teaching and learning, curriculum delivery and Academy performance.
  • The Development Plan of the Academy.
  • Providing support for the CLF and the quality of education at the other Academies.