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Chulmleigh Primary School

Beacon Road, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7AA Tel:01769 580535

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 Advisers
  • 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 Advisers?
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.

Susie Catling 

Susie’s family joined Chulmleigh Primary School in 2014 on their return to England from Australia, and her youngest child is currently a pupil; her two older children are now at the College. Susie is a firm advocate of school and community partnership and this is why she is part of the PAG as she believes in the importance of open dialogue between schools and families.
She has worked in education since 2009, following a career change away from the corporate world.  Susie is also the Secretary of Chulmleigh Youth Football Club and was Chair of the Primary School PTA for several years.

Dates of Academy Advisory Group Meetings for 2021-2022

23rd May 2022

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

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