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Local Academy Committee

Welcome to the English Bicknor & Aylburton Local Academy Committee Section.


Our Local Academy Committees play a vital role in the life of our schools and the wider Trust. All governance within schools and the wider Trust follow the three pillars of effective governance to provide the best possible outcomes for our stakeholders:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


The Severn Federation Academy Trust are committed to having a rigorous standard of governance, and everyone involved with governance within the Trust agrees to uphold the Code of Conduct.

The Local Academy Committee


The Local Academy Committee has a responsibility for delegated matters concerning English Bicknor & Aylburton schools; including the upholding the Christian ethos of the schools, promoting ties with the outside community, monitoring the impact of the curriculum and ensuring the wellbeing of pupils and staff. The Local Academy Committee meet at least once a term. The Committee Terms of Reference outline the responsibilities and duties of the English Bicknor & Aylburton Local Academy Committee.

The Local Academy Committee represents English Bicknor & Aylburton school's within the wider Severn Federation Academy Trust.


They are responsible for:

  • Monitoring the Christian distinctiveness within the schools.
  • Ensuring accountability.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the schools progress.
  • Monitoring safeguarding procedures within the schools.
  • Monitoring and promoting links between the schools and the local parish, parents and local community.
  • Ensuring the highest possible standards are set, achieved and maintained in the schools.
  • Ensuring pupils spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development is nurtured.
  • Ensuring the well-being of pupils, staff and families is supported. 
  • Having a role in the appointment senior members of staff including the Head of School.


Whilst the committee is always open to ideas and opinions they are not primarily responsible for:

  • Discussing the individual needs of pupils (please contact your child's teacher for this).
  • Complaints/concerns about staff (this should initially be addressed to the HeadTeacher).
  • Fund raising and social events (this is run by the Friends).

If you would like to get involved in local governance, or to contact the Chair of Committee, please contact the Governance Professional; 


Composition of the Local Academy Committee


Governance TypeCompositionAppointmentsVacancies
Head of School110
Parent 431

Register of Interests & Governor Roles

NameCategoryAppointing BodyResponsibilityRegister of Interests/Declaration of Pecuniary InterestGovernor at another schoolTerm of Office
Mrs. Emma IsaacExecutive HeadteacherEx-Officio


Trust Employee 31.08.22 to ongoing
Rev. David GardinerFoundationDiocese of GloucesterSIAM's/ Christian Distinctiveness 

Chair of Lydney PCC

Chair of Aylburton, Alvington and Woolaston PCC

Primrose Hill Primary Academy 

Ex-officio December 2020

01.07.22 to 30.06.26

Mrs. Linda JamesFoundationDiocese of Gloucester



SIAM's/Christian Distinctiveness


Newnham St. Peters Primary School 

March 2022 to March 2026

01.05.22 to 30.04.26

Miss. Chloe PenfoldStaffMembers of Staff Trust Employee 20.09.23 to 19.09.25
Mrs. Katherine Sian RolphParentParents of English Bicknor School

Chair of Committee

12.09.23 -11.09.24


Pupil Premium & Pupil Led Grants

Secretary of English Bicknor school PTA

Volunteer at F.D. Baby Bank

Child at a Trust school

No08.04.22 to 07.04.26
Dr. Andrew MantonParentParents of English Bicknor School



Looked After Children

Spouse of the Secretary of FOEBS

Child at a SFAT school

No14.11.22 to 13.11.26
Ms. Rebecca LaceyCo-optedElected by LAC




Director Saltbox EscapesNo18.04.23 to 17.04.27
Mr. David WalkerParent Elected by the committee on behalf of the parents of Aylburton school Child at a SFAT schoolNo16.01.24 to 15.04.28
Mr. Maurice BloomfieldAssociate Member*Elected by LAC 

Trustee of Bledisloe New Zealand Memorial Trust


Lydney LAC09.10.23 to 08.10.24

*Associate Members have no voting rights.

Retired Local Governors

NameGovernor TypeAppointing Body ResponsibilityRegister of Interests/Declaration of Pecuniary InterestGovernor at another schoolTerm of Office
Mr. Luke CollinsParentAppointed by the committee on behalf of the parents of Aylburton schoolHealth & Safety

Children at a SFAT school

Member of TechIosh

Volunteer Regional H&S Advisor for MS Society


24.0.22 to 23.03.26



Miss. Ellie JohnsonStaffMembers of Staff Trust employeeNo

04.04.22 to 03.04.24

RETIRED: 19.09.23

Geraldine BucklandCo-optedLocal Academy CommitteeSafeguarding & Children in CareTreasurer for Edge End Recreational TrustNo

08.09.22 to 07.09.26





Attendance at Committee Meetings


Mrs. E. IsaacYYY     
Mrs. K. RolphYYY     
Dr. A. MantonApologiesYApologies     
Ms. R. LaceyYYY     

Miss. C. Penfold

(Appointed 20.09.23)


Mr. L. Collins

(Resigned 02.11.23)

Rev. D. GardinerYYApologies     

Mrs. L. Jones


Mr. D. Walker

(Appointed 16.01.24)


Mr. M. Bloomfield

(Associate Member)




Mrs E. IsaacYYYYYYY7/7
Rev. D. GardinerYYApologiesApologiesApologiesApologiesApologies2/7
Mrs. L. JamesYYApologiesYYYY6/7
Mrs. K. RolphYYYYYYY7/7
Miss. E. JohnsonYApologiesYApologiesApologiesYY4/7

Mrs. G. Buckland

(Retired 18.10.22)

Mr. L. CollinsYYYYYApologiesY6/7

Dr. A. Manton

(Elected 14.11.22)


Ms. R. Lacy

(Elected 18.04.23)


Mr. M. Bloomfield

(Associate Member)



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