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Dogsthorpe Academy

Academy Advisory Council

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

Each AAC is a small group and has staff, parent and community 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 termly 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 Dogsthorpe 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.


The Dogsthorpe Academy Advisory Council will be set up during the first term of the new academic year and parents and staff will be invited to submit an application if they are interested in joining.  Further details will follow.

The Academy has the following list of current members:

Principal - Julie Cranke

Trust Senior Education Advisor - Emma Nutall

Staff Member - Jemma Simper (Assistant Principal)

Parent Members   -Melissa O Brien

                                  -Houda Smythe

                                   - Catherine Wilson (Chair)

Community and Business Members

                                          -Rebecca Waters (Head Teacher Dogsthorpe Infant School)

Clerk - Michelle Horsley


Please note:

The Academic Advisory Council is currently renewing members as it looks to move to the new Terms of Reference during this academic year; if you are interested then please contact Mrs Horsley in the school office for more information and an application form.

Click Here to view the Trust Governance Arrangements