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:
- 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.
- To represent the interests of the Academy community in the running of the Academy and to represent the Academy in its community.
- 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:
- Pupils with SEND
- Looked After children