Trustees and Members at Huntcliff Academy


Mr S Chandler – Chair of Trustees

Mr E Gibbs – Vice Chair of Trustees

Mr M Brown – Trustee

Mr P Dickinson – Trustee/Accounting Officer

Mr R Woodgate – Co-opted Trustee

Dr P Mack – Community Trustee

Mr A Edwards – Interim Headteacher


Mr N Clarke, Mr S Chandler, Mrs M Coote, Dr P Frankish, Dr P Mack and Mrs M Rands

Governance Clerk: Mrs M Tomlinson


What Does a School Trustee Do?

Trustees are responsible for overseeing the management side of a school: strategy, policy, budgeting and staffing. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, working alongside senior leaders and supporting teachers to provide excellent education to children.

Being a school trustee is a commitment to attending trustee board meetings that consider issues such as setting the school vision, mitigating financial risk and scrutinising educational outcomes. They are all involved in the school community, acting as critical friends to the headteacher and senior leaders. Trustees bring a wide range of skills and expertise from their professional lives to the trustee board and schools benefit greatly from working with skilled volunteers.

Core Trustee Responsibilities

Setting the strategic direction – trustee boards are the key strategic decision makers in every school. Along with the Headteacher, it is the job of a trustee board to set the school’s aims and objectives around how the school will develop and improve.

They set policies, formulate plans and agree targets to help the school achieve these objectives, as well as regularly reviewing their strategic framework in light of that progress.

Creating robust accountability – the trustee board is there to support and challenge the school’s senior leadership team. They play a crucial role in holding the Headteacher to account for securing the best possible outcomes for pupils. By challenging key decisions and asking pertinent questions about the school’s performance data, trustees aim to guarantee high standards in education.

Ensuring financial accountability is adhered – the trustee board have a strategic role in the financial management of schools. Their key responsibilities include, setting financial priorities through the school development plan and 3-year financial plan and the annual budget. They also decide on how the school’s delegated budget is spent in accordance with the school improvement plan and statutory curriculum requirement.


Link to document here

“Trustees and governors are, in my view, the unsung heroes of the system”. About Governors for Schools Become a governor: David Carter National Schools Commissioner

School Governance Document 2022-2023

Trustee Attendance Document 2022-2023
School Governance Document 2021-2022

School Governance Document 2020-2021

Annual Accounts