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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

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)
  • Ian Fidge (CEO)
  • Emma Campbell (Training and Development)
  • 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

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