School governors replaced

PUBLISHED: 08:15 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:15 17 November 2015

Andrea Rice

Andrea Rice


Axminster Primary Academy’s governing body ‘no longer able to undertake their legal duties’ effectively

Axminster Primary Academy has replaced its governing body.

The school, criticised for over-aiding pupils during their recent SATS, will now be overseen by the directors of the Acorn Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which is responsible for its management.

In a statement, its chairman Barry Allsop said: “MAT have met recently to discuss the position of the governing body at Axminster. The number of governors willing and able to serve has fallen and the directors judge that the existing governing body is no longer able to undertake their legal duties in governing the school effectively.

“The directors have decided that an interim advisory group should be appointed to replace the governors and undertake their role until such time as a new governing body can be appointed.”

The group will be chaired by Mr Allsop, a former headteacher and adviser to the Department for Education, as well as being an experienced chairman of governors. He will be joined by Katherine Mansi, an experienced school governor, and Nigel Whitaker, a retired businessman and chairman of the finance committee of Acorn MAT. Others with particular expertise will be invited to join the advisory group.

The directors say they are aware the school has been experiencing change and turbulence in recent months and want to bring renewed stability and direction.

They stress that the previous governors had worked hard to support the school, but circumstances ‘have reduced their capacity to do this’.

Executive headteacher Andrea Rice and all the directors of Acorn Multi Academy Trust say they are determined to support the pupils, staff and community in providing the highest quality teaching, learning and provision to enable the children to make the most of their primary education. The advisory group says it intends to keep parents regularly updated on progress towards these important goals.

Mrs Rice added: “The directors of Acorn MAT will be working closely with myself, acting headteacher Ingrid Edginton, and our two parent governors, Lin Coley and Emma Heighway, to support the pupils, staff and community to enable the children to make the most of their primary education.

“We have already established a thriving new Early Years Centre and also have new opportunities for our families provided by the Children’s Centre in the Acorn Studio.”

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