Academy Council

Academy Council

The Orchard Mead Academy Council is made up of volunteers (known as academy councillors) who commit their time to work alongside the leadership team of the school to play an important part in raising school standards.

The Academy Council has a strong focus on the following core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; and
  • Holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.

The Orchard Mead Academy Council meets regularly to meet these functions and other responsibilities. The academy councillors also visit the school to ensure they understand what is happening and to monitor and evaluate the impact of actions.

Academy councillors can be contacted through the school ‘contact us’ tab. Any parent or staff councillor vacancies are advertised through the school communication systems and if necessary a ballot takes place to elect the new councillor.


NEWS! Parent Councillor Vacancies

There is a vacancy for 2 academy councillors at our school and to invite you to nominate yourself.
Academy councils have three main roles:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Academy councillors need a strong commitment to the role, the curiosity to question and analyse and a willingness to learn. We would particularly welcome nominations from parents looking to support Orchard Mead Academy develop local community links and develop positive working relationships with local organisations and service providers.

Our parent academy councillors have a term of office of 4 years. Our academy council meets four times a year at 4 pm to 6 pm and academy councillors are expected to visit the school at least once per term during the school day.

If you would like to nominate yourself, you should complete the attached form and return it to the school reception via your child. Alternatively, completed nomination forms can be returned to the school electronically to [email protected]

Please clearly state in the subject line: PARENT COUNCILLOR ELECTION.
Completed nomination forms must be returned by the end of the school day on 10th May 2022. If there are more nominations than vacant posts, a ballot will be held.

If you would like further information on your eligibility to serve as a parent academy councillor or on the role of an academy councillor, please visit the following link –


Related documentation:

Letter about Parent Councillor Elections

Nomination Form

Election Guidance for Parents

Scheme of Delegation

The Orchard Mead Academy Council operates under a Scheme of Delegation agreed by the TMET Trust Board. To view our current scheme please click here.

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