Four Acres Academy Governance
On February 1st 2015 Four Acres Primary School stopped being a Bristol City Council maintained school. It is now an Academy under the umbrella of the Little Acorn Trust who are a Mulit Academy Trust. Please see the web page listed above for details ot the Little Acorn Trust.
How Four Acres Academy is Run and Governed:
The Board of Directors of the Trust
The Board of Directors responsible for how the funding for the Academy is used. It must ensure that funding is used lawfully, economically, efficiently and effectively to achieve value for money.
The Executive Head Teacher (Robert Lane)
Robert Lane, the Executive Head Teacher for Four Acres Academy with responsiblity for Bristol City Council owned Four Acres and Bishopsworth Children's Centre, is also a Director of the Little Acorn Trust Mulit Academy Trust and is the Chief Executive of the Little Acorn Trust.
The Local Governing Body
There is a Local Governing Body for each Academy in the Multi Academy Chain which comprise sub committees of Local Governors set up by the Board of Directors to develop areas of work, provide advice and information about the way their Academy is working and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. There must be at least two elected parents on the Local Governing Body and at least one elected parent in each of the sub-committees. Advisors with specific areas of expertise are also invited to join the sub committees. The parents elected to the Governing Body of Four Acres School before it became an Academy will continue to serve on the Local Governing Body until the end of their term of office, or they resign. There are Terms of Reference for the Four Acres Academy structure and the current list of Local Governors and advisors who also attend each sub committee can be found here.
Elected parents for 2016/17 are: Debra Bryant (now former parent) and Sabrina Bidgood-Gittings
Local Governing Committees
The Board of Directors has established a Board of Local Governors who meet as a whole once a year in term three and two sub-committees to develop areas of work and make recommendations as follows:
Teaching and Learning
To oversee and provide scruitiny and direction for standards, attainment and progress; attendance; curriculum; teaching staff; special needs and home learning. This committee meets six times a year.
Chair: Pat Triggs (Chair of the Little Acorn Trust and Director for Education)
Local Governors: Bianca Ramsden - employee of Merchant's Academy, Sabrina Bidgood-Gittings - Parent
Vice Chair: Robert Lane (Executive Head Teacher of Four Acres Academy)
Community and Wellbeing
To oversee and provide scruitiny and direction for Safeguarding, health and safety, behaviour, School Council, Parent Voice, family support in Four Acres Academy and Children's Centres, community engagement and PR and marketing. This committee meets six times a year with a strategic planning and introduction meeting in term one.
Chair:Debra Bryant (Parent Director of the Little Acorn Trust and for Safeguarding in the Little Acorn Trust)
Local Governors: Steve Lewis - Health and Safety, Sabrina Bidgood Gittings - Parent, Siobhan Walsh - Four Acres Childrens Centre, Jim Hodgeson - Wider Community (HWCP)
Vice Chair - Rachel Barfoot (Academy Business Manager)