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Academy Advisory Group (AAG)

Governance of the Trust

Chulmleigh Academy Trust is governed by the Board of Directors.

Why have Academy Advisory Groups?

To maintain the local distinctiveness of each of the Trust’s schools, the Board of Directors has established an Academy Advisory Group at each of its schools.
The group at each school exists in an advisory capacity and contributes to the information flow between the school and the Board of Directors.

Who is on an Academy Advisory Group?

The Advisory Group consists of:

  • The Head of School
  • Two Parent Advisors
  • A Director of the Trust

What is the Function of the Academy Advisory Group?

The Group has a key function in supporting the school, and influencing and shaping decisions that affect the school.
Each Academy Advisory Group has the following responsibility:

  • Promote the vision and values of the Trust
  • Support Ethos, Behaviour and Safeguarding
  • Consider the school environment, including safety and facilities provision
  • Consider parent and staff liaison and relations
  • Contribute to knowledge about strengths of the school and improvement priorities
  • Act as consultees in relation to strategic developments affecting the school
  • Receive information from the Board of Directors relevant to the specific school

The Board of Directors may also ask the Academy Advisory Group to respond to questions and requests for the perspectives of the AAG on specific issues.

What is the commitment for Parent Advisors?

Academy Advisory Groups meet once a term, remotely, on Microsoft TEAMS, for approximately one hour during the day.

How are the meetings organised?

The link Director to the school will chair the Academy Advisory Group meetings.
The three meeting dates and times will be scheduled annually by the Board of Directors, appreciating that there may be a need to reorganise meetings from time-to time.
The clerk to the Directors will circulate agendas and take and circulate minutes.
When the minutes have been approved, they will be forwarded to the rest of the Board of Directors.

Parent Advisors

Susan Kivell

Susan has been a parent at Chulmleigh Primary School for over 10 years and has three children currently in CAT schools.
Having practised as a solicitor before moving down to Devon, she is now a freelance marketing and copywriting consultant. She also works as an exam invigilator at the College and as a member of polling station staff for Torridge District Council.
Outside of work, Susan is a coach for the girls' teams at Chulmleigh Youth Football Club, and is also a scout leader.

Jessica Smale

Jessica previously worked in the Financial Service sector but has had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mum since the arrival of her eldest daughter in 2016.
She has recently taken over organising the Baby & Toddler Group in Chulmleigh and in her spare time she likes to bake and read a good adventure novel.


Dates of Academy Advisory Group Meetings for 2021-2022

AAG meetings are termly, the next one will be in the Autumn Term 2022-2023 and the date will be shown here when available.

Minutes will be published here: Chulmleigh Primary School AAG Minutes 29-12-2021

To contact the Parent Advisors, please use the contact form.