Unsworth Academy

Academy Council
The Academy Council works very closely with The Principal in a positive and highly effective partnership and has a vital role to play in making sure that each of our learners receives the best possible education.

Statutory Information

  1. Name of Academy Council: Unsworth Academy
  2. Academy Council:
    CouncillorNumberCurrent Vacancies
    Co-opted61
    Parent21
    Staff (teaching/non-teaching)02
    Principal10
    Total9

The Academy Council is composed of 9 councillors as listed above. The term of office for academy councillors of all categories is four years (with the exception of the Principal).

The Academy Council meets at least once a term. In order to function effectively and efficiently a substantial part of its work is delegated to three committees. These are:

  • Standards
  • Finance and Audit
  • Performance & Pay Committee

Each committee meets at least once a term and academy councillors and in addition there are a number of committees that only meet when the need arises.

The Academy Council works very closely with the Principal in a positive and highly effective partnership. The Principal is the professional leader and chief executive of the school. They are responsible for the organisation, direction and management of the school, the leadership of staff and for all the activities, academic or otherwise, of the school.

The Academy Council at Unsworth Academy has a vital role to play in making sure that each of its learners receives the best possible education. In particular the Academy Council:

  • sets the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, and making creative use of resources ;
  • monitors and evaluates performance, acting as a critical friend to the Principal to support and challenge them in managing the school;
  • ensures that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, the local authority, as well as to the staff it employs;
  • oversees the financial performance of the school and makes sure its money is well spent.

  • monitoring and evaluating the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives.

The Academy Council also carries out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • appointing and dismissing of staff;
  • hearing appeals and grievances;
  • setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline;
  • making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe;
  • setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

Being an academy councillor means giving time, energy and commitment. The role of a school academy councillor is a voluntary position that is much valued within the education system. It is a position of importance and trust.

Academy Councillors

Mr Liaqat Ali

Mr Liaqat Ali

Co-opted

Date of appointment:
11/10/18
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Academy Council
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Bury College
Specific Responsibilities:
Chair of Finance & Audit
Link Academy Contact:
Scot Neild, Head of Science

Mr Ray Boucher

Mr Ray Boucher

Academy Council Vice Chair

Date of appointment:
1/9/16
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Academy Council
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Nil
Specific Responsibilities:
AC Vice Chair

Rev Laurie Bullas

Rev Laurie Bullas

Co-opted

Date of appointment:
30/11/17
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Academy Council
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Whitefield Community Primary School
Specific Responsibilities:
Social, moral, spiritual & cultural (SMSC)
Link Academy Contact:
Bill Leyland, Assistant Principal

MR Peter McKay

MR Peter McKay

Academy Council Chair

– – Date of appointment:
30/11/19
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Academy Council
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Governor at St John with St Mark C of E  Primary School
Specific Responsibilities:
– Teaching, Learning & Assessment leading to progress,
– Pupil Premium to be included in Teaching and Learning assessments of Maths and English, 
– Careers Support, information and tracking leavers,
– Website Audit
Link Academy Contact:
Alex Fair, Deputy Principal (T&L)
Tim Orrell, Assistant Principal (PP)
Elaine Turner, Executive Business Manager (Website)

Mr Keith Bardsley

Mr Keith Bardsley

Co-opted

Date of appointment:
14/3/19
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Academy Council
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Butterstile Primary School
Specific Responsibilities:
Safeguarding children including missing learners & CYPIC
Link Academy Contact
Bill Leyland, Assistant Principal

Mrs Christine Sandiford

Mrs Christine Sandiford

Co-opted

Date of appointment:
28/3/16
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Parent appointed by Academy Council due to no election candidates
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Nil
Specific Responsibilities:
SEN
Link Academy Contact:
Kathryn Atkinson, SENCO

Mrs Sue Armstrong

Mrs Sue Armstrong

Principal

Date of appointment:
1/11/16
Term of office:
n/a
Appointed by:
Ex-officio by virtue of office as Principal
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Nil
Specific Responsibilities:
n/a

Mrs Claire Mason

Mrs Claire Mason

Parent

Date of appointment:
30/11/17
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Parent appointed by Academy Council due to no election candidates
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Nil
Specific Responsibilities:
Financial Audit. Monitoring of budgets, expenditure, surplus carry forward and cash flow.
Link Academy Contact:
Elaine Turner, Executive Business Manager

Mr Paul Sewell

Mr Paul Sewell

Co-opted

Date of appointment:
18/7/18
Term of office:
4 years
Appointed by:
Academy Council
Details of Business Interest:
Nil
Details of Personal Interest:
Nil
Governance role in other educational institutions:
Nil
Specific Responsibilities:
Health & Safety
Link Academy Contact:
Elaine Turner, Executive Business Manager

Miss C Allen

Clerk to Academy Council

Committee Structure

Terms of reference for all committees are available on request from the Clerk to Academy Council at the school.
 
Sub Committees:

Standards Committee

Chair: TBC
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Sandiford
Mr P Sewell
Mr K Bardsley

Finance & Audit Committee

Chair: Mr L Ali
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Mason
Mr P Sewell
Mr K Bardsley

Pay & Appeals Committee

Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mrs C Sandiford

Disciplinary / Grievance / Complaints & Appeals Committee

Mr P McKay
Mrs S Sandiford
Mr P Sewell

Attendance Registers

Academy Council Meetings
2/3/17
Mr Ray Boucher
Rev Laurie Bullas
Mr Peter McKay
Mr Geoff Hirst
Mr Peter McKay
Mrs Christine
Sandiford
Mrs S Armstrong

29/6/17
Mr Liaqat Ali
Mr Ray Boucher
Rev Laurie Bullas
Mr Peter McKay
Mr Geoff Hirst
Mr Peter McKay
Mrs Christine
Sandiford
Mrs S Armstrong

30/11/17
Mr Liaqat Ali
Mr Ray Boucher
Rev Laurie Bullas
Mr Peter McKay
Mr Geoff Hirst
Mr Peter McKay
Mrs Christine
Sandiford
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Mason

15/3/18
Mr Liaqat Ali
Mr Ray Boucher
Rev Laurie Bullas
Mr Peter McKay
Mr Geoff Hirst
Mrs Christine
Sandiford
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Mason

18/7/18
Mr Ray Boucher
Rev Laurie Bullas
Mr Peter McKay
Mr Geoff Hirst
Mr Peter McKay
Mrs Christine
Sandiford
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Mason
Mr P Sewell

6/12/18
Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs C Mason
Mr G Hirst

14/3/19
Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs C Mason
Mr K Bardsley
Mr G Hirst

11/7/19
Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs C Mason
Mr P Sewell
Mr K Bardsley
Mr G Hirst

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finance & Audit Committee
20/4/17
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher

18/5/17
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst

12/10/17
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mrs C. Mason
Mr A. Fair – Deputy Principal

15/2/18
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mrs C. Mason
Mr A. Fair – Deputy Principal

24/5/18
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mrs C. Mason
Mrs H. Cusick
Mr A. Fair – Deputy Principal

11/10/18
Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Mason
Mr P Sewell
Mr G Hirst

23/5/19
Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S Armstrong
Mrs C Mason
Mr P Sewell
Mr K Bardsley
Mr G Hirst

Finance & Audit Committee
Chair: Mr L Ali
20/4/17
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher

18/5/17
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst

12/10/17
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mrs C. Mason
Mr A. Fair – Deputy Principal

15/2/18
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mrs C. Mason
Mr A. Fair – Deputy Principal

24/5/18
Mr L Ali
Mrs S Armstrong
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mrs C. Mason
Mrs H. Cusick
Mr A. Fair – Deputy Principal

Standards Committee
29/3/17
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mr T. Orrell
Mr A Fair
Mr D.Whittam

19/7/17
Mr R Boucher
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mr T. Orrell
Mr A Fair
Mr D.Whittam

28/9/17
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mrs C. Mason
Mr T. Orrell
Mr A Fair
Mr D.Whittam

9/11/17
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mrs C. Mason
Mr T. Orrell
Mr A Fair
Mr D.Whittam

1/2/18
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mr T. Orrell
Mr A Fair
Mr D.Whittam

26/3/18
Mr R Boucher
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong

3/5/18
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs C Sandiford
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mr T. Orrell
Mr A Fair
Mr D.Whittam

27/9/18
Mr L Ali
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr G Hirst
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mrs C Mason

8/11/18
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mrs C Sandiford

24/1/19
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mrs C Sandiford
Mr P Sewell
Mr G Hirst

9/5/19
Mr R Boucher
Mr L Bullas
Mr P McKay
Mrs S. Armstrong
Mr P Sewell

2019-20 Meeting Dates

TermAcademy Council
5.00 pm
Finance & Audit
5.00 pm
Standards
5.00 pm
AutumnThursday 5th December 2019Thursday 10th October 2019Thursday 26th September 2019 (GCSE results 2019)

Thursday 14th November 2019
SpringThursday 12th March 2020Thursday 6th February 2020Thursday 23rd January 2020
SummerThursday 9th July 2020Thursday 14th May 2020Thursday 7th May 2020

Get In Touch

Location: Unsworth Academy, Parr Lane, Bury. BL9 8LP

Telephone: 0161 796 9820

Email: information@unsworth.shaw-education.org.uk

For general enquiries please ask for Miss Charlotte Allen, Principal’s PA

Privacy Policy (excerpt)

Unsworth Academy collects a lot of data and information about our pupils so that we can run effectively as a school. This privacy notice explains how and why we collect pupils’ data, what we do with it and what rights parents and pupils have. Unsworth Academy is an academy within the Shaw Education Trust (“the Trust”), a multi academy trust with 10 academies. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee (registration number 09067175) whose registered office is The Lodge Wolstanton High, Milehouse Lane, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England, ST5 9JU. The Trust is the Data Controller for all the academies within the Trust. The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is Natalie Kennedy: natalie.kennedy@shaw-education.org.uk.

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