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Morton CE Primary School

Morton CE Primary School

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

Morton CE Primary School now operates it 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 it 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.

To contact the Chair of our Academy Committee or any other member of the Committee please email:

Our Academy Committee meets on a regular basis and reports to LAAT (our Muli-Academy Trust) via the Scheme of Delegation.


​​​​​​Academy Committee Members

Bullen, Rev. Neil  Ex-Officio LDBE By virtue to post 04/12/2018   SIAMS None Declared

Heather, Andrew

Parent Parents 31/12/2022 30/12/2026 Health and Safety None Declared
Lincoln, Chris Chair / Community Trust 14/06/2021 13/06/2025   None Declared
Morris, Abbegail Community Trust 01/02/2022 31/01/2026  Safeguarding None Declared
O'Riordan, Sue Foundation Trust 11/09/2021 10/09/2025  SEND None Declared
Thomas, Kelly Head of School By virtue of post 01/09/2022     None Declared
Trafford, George Executive Headteacher By virtue to post 04/08/2008     Executive Headteacher at Ruskington Chestnut Street C of E Primary Academy
Walker, Natalie Community Trust 01/06/2022 31/05/2026 Attendance 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 Governing Board Members (within last academic year)





Keep, Rebecca Head of School  By virtue of post 31/08/2022
Palmer, Richard Parent LAAT 31/08/2022  
Richard Reed Parent LAAT 31/08/2023


Governance documents - LAAT (


Clerk to the Academy Committee

Kelly Pottle