Academy Governance Committee

Governors have a vital part to play in raising the standards in our schools through their work in three key areas;
  • Setting strategic direction.
  • Ensuring accountability.
  • Monitoring & evaluating school performance.
Each of our academies has an Academy Governance Committee (AGC) made up of Governors who are parents of school age children (often who also attend the school), members of the community co-opted by the AGC or LLT Board and school staff, including the Headteacher.
Dedicated to school development and improvement, the AGC works in partnership with the school management team and makes important decisions with regard to the running of the school. This is in relation to curriculum provision, pupil targets, school development plans, budget management, staffing, health & safety and management of the premises. Most importantly, they act as a source of external challenge - operating as a critical friend.


The Lydiate Learning Trust Board oversees the work of the Academy Governance Committees.



If you need to contact the Academy Governance Committee or have any questions relating to Governance, please contact:
  • Deborah Moss, MSc, MCIPD
  • Senior Governance Professional, Lydiate Learning Trust
  • Email:
  • Mobile: 07853 140551


Meet the Governors


Governor Type

S​ophie Priest

Board Appointed Chair

Janette Vincent - View Welcome

Ex-officio, Staff Governor

Suzanne Pountain - View profile

Co-opted Governor

Catherine Unsworth - View profile

Co-opted Governor

Catherine Bate - View profile

Co-opted Governor

Mike Rice - View profile

Co-opted Governor

Eddy Bannon (2nd Term) - View profile

Parent Governor

Stuart Cheetham - View profile

Teaching Staff Governor

Welcome from the AGC Chair

Read a welcome from Sophie Priest here.

Key Governance Information:

Terms of Office

Declarations of Interest

Terms of Reference

Linked Governors

Code of Conduct


  • T​o be added

  • Minutes of the meetings are available by contacting Deborah Moss, Senior Governance Professional to Lydiate Learning Trust on


    Key Reference Documents

    Archive Documents

    Board of Governors & Committees Attendance 2019-20
    AGC Linked Governors
    AGC Terms of Office
    LLT Governance Structure 2021



    AGC Terms of Office

    Declarations of Interest 2019-20

    Register of Attendance 2019-20



      AGC Terms of Office

      Declarations of Interest 2018-19

      Register of Attendance 2018-19



      AGC Terms of Office

      Declarations of Interest 2017-18

      Register of Attendance 2017-18



      AGC Terms of Office

      Declarations of Interest 2017-18

      Register of Attendance 2017-18


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