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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Academy Committee

LAAT Local Governance – Academy Committee


Following a Trust-wide consultation in which proposals were put forward to change the way local governance operates within LAAT, a single model of governance was brought into effect from the 1st September 2022


Branston C of E Infant Academy now operates its governance as an Academy Committee.


The Scheme of Delegation allows the Academy Committee to:

  • help the Board of Directors fulfil its core functions by:
    • Helping shape a vision for the school appropriate to its foundation
    • promoting the academies place in its community
    • helping the Board of Directors have the understanding it needs to improve outcomes for all pupils
    • helping the Board of Directors have the understanding it needs to hold the CEO to account.
  • help the CEO and school leader fulfil their roles by:
    • supporting and challenging the school's senior leader to improve certain aspects of the academy
    • providing external input to processes
    • helping the School's senior leader to understand the local community, including commerce and industry
    • building links with the wider local community including parents
  • looks at the school through the lens of the child:
    • seeking to answer on behalf of the board and executive: "what it is like to attend this School?"


In areas of finance and school standards, the Academy Committee will be aware of the position of the school through the QA reports (6 per year), information from the Headteacher, Signatures of Risk documents (termly) and the annual LAAT meeting.


Academy Committees will not be expected to monitor these as this is done by skilled School Effectiveness Advisers, in conjunction with peer visits.

Message from Mr Dale Brownless Chair of the Academy Committee at Branston Church of England Infant Academy


Hello and welcome to the Academy Committee area of our website


I am pleased to have been appointed as Chair of the Academy Committee at Branston Church of England Infant Academy.


As a school, we are proud to be part of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust and look forward to sharing in the Lincoln Diocesan vision of ‘Excellence, Encouragement and Enjoyment within the love of God’ for all our pupils’.


Our Academy Committee offers both support and challenge to the school in a number of ways, using our experience and skills from a variety of backgrounds.


We are here to promote high standards of educational achievement and share in the strategic development of our school Vision and Values creating the distinctive Christian ethos of which we are so proud.


We ensure our legal obligations are met in respect of ‘Keeping children safe’. Most of all we are here because we care deeply for our school and want it to succeed in all aspects of its life. We are committed to visiting the school on a regular basis and undertaking training, ensuring we are the ‘best we can be’ as we each fulfill our respective role within the scheme of delegation for our committee.


It is important to us that as parents you always feel welcome to visit our school. We depend on your co-operation, support and involvement in your child’s education together ensuring they have a happy, stimulating, safe and caring environment in which to learn. Look out for us at Parent Consultation evenings and other school events. We will be there!!


With warmest wishes

Dale Brownless

Chair of the Academy Committee at Branston Church of England Infant Academy

Academy Committee Members















Diocesan Board

of Education

11/04/20204 Years


Governor at Potterhanworth

Church of England Primary School

Brownless, DaleParent

Local Council


07/12/20204 Years




None Declared
Cook, LianneHeadteacher

By virtue to post

Local Council

01/09/2020N/A None Declared
Ives, ChristopherCommunity

Local Council


02/11/20214 Years



None Declared
Kinnaird, JamesCommunityLAAT08/03/20234 YearsHealth & SafetyNone Declared
Savage, ClaireStaff

Local Council


13/06/20214 Years None Declared
Wilson, JanetFoundation

Local Council


17/09/20224 Years

PCC/Parish Links

SEND/Pupil Premium

None Declared


Four meetings of the Academy Committee are held per year, at which all members attend and have voting rights.  In the case of a split vote the Chair of the Academy Committee will cast the deciding vote.


Additional committees/working parties will be formed as and when required depending on the needs of the school.  All members attending these additional meetings will have voting rights.

Previous Local Council Members (within last academic year)


Dickin, JudithFoundationLAAT31/08/2023
Mason, SachaLAAT Appointed

Local Council



Academy Committee Information

Clerk to the Academy Committee:


Charlotte Tomlinson