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Bishop Creighton Academy

Advisory Council

Each Academy within the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has its own Advisory Council (AAC) that works closely with each Principal and Executive Principal.

Each AAC is a small group and has both staff and parent representation. It is not, however, the same as a traditional governing body as it has no legal responsibilities. These responsibilities are held by the GDFT Trust Board.

Each AAC meets formally at least once a year and AAC members are encouraged to play an active part in the day to day life of the Academy .

This Council has three key roles in terms of the development and success of the Bishop Creighton Academy:

  1. To advise and act as a critical friend to the Principal of the Academy and to advise the Trust Board about local issues they need to consider that affect the Academy.
  2. To represent the interests of the Academy community in the running of the Academy and to represent the Academy in its community.
  3. To provide support to the Principal in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy, such as disciplinary and complaints procedures.


As a minimum, DfE guidance requires each AAC to have:

  • Two parents of pupils at the Academy
  • A member of staff at the Academy
  • At least six sponsor appointed members
  • The CEO or a member appointed by him
  • The Principal of the Academy

The AAC must appoint from their membership a member or members to take Council oversight for:

  • Aafeguarding
  • Pupils with SEND
  • Looked After children