Academy Council

It’s my pleasure to introduce the Academy Council of Kibworth Mead Academy.
As of the 1 April 2021, we are proud to be a member of The Mead Educational Trust (TMET). Responsibility for the governance of all schools within TMET lies with the Trust Board, but each individual school operates an Academy Council and as such we retain a local oversight of our school.

The Academy Council is comprised of members appointed by the Trust, elected parents and staff and the school principal. Please see the Academy Council Constitution and Terms of Reference in the documents section below for details of how Academy Councils function. At Kibworth we have a team of Councillors with a range of skills and experience from different sectors who bring their business knowledge, experience and professional skills, as volunteers, to support Mrs Merry and the wider multi-academy Trust. Meet our current team further down this page…

The role of the Academy Council is to act as the local eyes and ears of the TMET Board of Trustees. We know the school in detail, and our activities include monitoring what is happening in school; looking in detail at performance data, reports and reviews; hearing from staff members; visiting school regularly and engaging with parents, students and the wider community.

The key responsibilities of the Academy Council include to:
• provide robust challenge and positive support to the principal and senior leadership team
• determine the educational character, mission and ethos of the school
• monitor progress against the school improvement plan
• monitor student progress and attainment
• monitor the effectiveness of the school’s SEND provision
• monitor the deployment and impact of Pupil Premium, Year 7 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium
• monitor the implementation of the school’s behaviour policy
• ensure the safeguarding, wellbeing and health and safety of pupils and staff
• support the senior leadership team in planning staffing structure and in management of staff
• ensure good financial health and probity
• develop appropriate local risk management strategies
• ensure effective health and safety practice
• establish and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and the wider community

This year, we are also, of course, facing the unprecedented challenges of the global pandemic. Through early and pro-active planning the leadership team have ensured that school is a safe environment for both students and staff, that everyone’s wellbeing is our first priority, that school can afford to invest in ongoing safety and testing facilities and – most importantly – that student’s learning continues and our most vulnerable students are supported throughout.

If you’d like to meet us in person, we try to ensure we have representatives at school events and activities throughout the year, both formal and informal, or you can get in touch at any time.
We’re incredibly proud of what the school has achieved to date under the leadership of Mrs Merry, the phenomenal hard work and commitment of the whole staff team and the talent and enthusiasm of our wonderful students. There is still much to do, but the future, now as a member of TMET, is extremely exciting and we look forward to your support to help us to ensure all our students reach their full potential.

Kate Foster
Chair, Academy Council

Kate Foster, Chair of Academy Council

Kate worked in Higher Education marketing and student recruitment for 14 years before opening her own craft gallery. She now works part-time at the Attenborough Arts Centre, part of the University of Leicester, and opened her new shop, Paper House, in Great Glen, in August 2020. Kate has extensive school governance experience and has previously been Chair of Governors at Kibworth CE Primary and Woolden Hill Primary in Anstey, and Vice-Chair at Birkett House Special School in Wigston. She lives in Kibworth with her two daughters.

Simon Riley, Vice-Chair of Academy Council
Simon is a qualified accountant and has worked in Local Government for over 30 years. He is currently the Director of Finance for Derby City Council, and prior to that he was the Finance Director for Harborough District Council. Since relocating to Kibworth in 2013, Simon has been a Governor at Kibworth CE Primary School and more recently here at The Kibworth School, and holds the post of Vice-Chair at both schools. He has a daughter in Year 10. He brings to the Governing Body a wide range of insight and skills and passionately believes that every child matters and should feel safe and fulfil their potential.
Ed Cufflin, Community Governor
Ed was born and educated in Leicester, graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, and is currently a Senior Investment Manager at Charles Stanley in Leicester. He has recently been head of the regional office for four years; a role he handed over to a colleague at the end of 2016. Ed is a parent of four children all of whom have been through or are in the local state school system either at Robert Smyth, TKS or Kibworth CE Primary. Ed is also treasurer of two local charities and enjoys working in community projects. Ed and his family moved to Kibworth from Leicester in 2013.
Richard Nichols, Parent Governor
Richard is a Parent Governor with experience in a varied environment, including twenty years working as a telephone exchange engineer followed by a period within manufacturing, where he worked up from the shop floor to the Senior Management team with responsibility for Computing, Health & Safety and Human Resources. Latterly Richard worked within the Civil Service (JobcentrePlus) and as a Trade Union H&S responsible person, and he is currently engaged in the roll-out of new service innovations.
Rebecca Draper, Parent Governor
Originally from Bolton, Rebecca has lived and work in Leicester for the last 20 years. She has over twenty years experience in the HE sector as a biomedical postdoctoral researcher before moving into senior management. Rebecca is currently the Director of Operations for the College of Life Sciences at the University of Leicester. Rebecca lives in Great Glen with her husband and two boys, who both attend school.
Emma Merry, Headteacher

 Vacancies on the Governing Body

We are always very pleased to hear from members of the community, professionals, parents, staff members or others who have the relevant skills and the time to commit to joining the Governing Body. If you would like to explore current or future opportunities further, please contact Kate Foster, Chair of Governors, at [email protected] or via the school office.

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