Academy Council

Academy Council (AC) work closely with the Headteacher of the individual academies to support the development and improvement of teaching, learning and standards within them. 

They are the voice of the school and the community, communicating with the Board and the Central Committees, ensuring there are always opportunities to engage, to listen and to and communicate key messages.

The role of an Academy Councillor is voluntary, however, in order for the Academy Council to function efficiently and effectively, there are allocated responsibilities for AC in order to achieve this.  Support and guidance is given in the form of induction and on-going training. 

The primary responsibility of the AC is to support the monitoring and evaluation of the quality and impact of leadership in any given academy. The AC also contributes to monitoring the extent of community involvement by the academy and considers how the academy ‘reaches out’ to its local community. The AC also has a vital responsibility in ensuring the Christian Distinctiveness of St, Michael’s.

Meet our Academy Councillors

Name Role
Sarah Awyue Headteacher of St Michaels Primary
Caroline Lacey Chair, Foundation Member, Lead Safeguarding, SEND and behaviour
Stephen Flower Parent Member, Data and Assessment
Alastair Parkinson Community Member, Service Liaison and Attendance 
Timothy Burr Associate Member, Parent member

If you would like to contact any of our Academy Councillors, please visit our Contact Us page.

Please click here to see St Michael’s Academy Council Membership information and meeting attendance

Click here for the names of Trustees and Directors of Acorn Education Trust and their business and pecuniary interests

Click here to see the Acorn Education Trust Scheme of Delegation 

Sarah Awyue - Headteacher of St Michaels Primary School

Hello I am Sarah and I am the Headteacher of St Michaels Primary School. 


Caroline Lacey: Chair of the Council, Foundation Member, Lead, Safeguarding, Send And Behaviour

I am a retired teacher with a wealth of experience in a variety of educational settings and roles. My last 25 years in teaching, were as Deputy Head in a residential, special needs school.  There I was privileged to work with young people with complex special educational needs, such as Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, etc.

It is with all of my experience and a belief in the power of education that I am drawn to being an Academy Councillor at St. Michael’s. My main interests being in the learning that is taking place and the progress that  children make, along with SEN provision, Safeguarding practices and in ensuring that as a church school the Christian ethos is maintained and further developed in the future.

Stephen Flower: Parent Member, Data And Assessment

I joined the governing body of St Michael’s (as it was called at the time) as parent governor in 2012. Both of my daughters have attended the school from Reception through year 6, so I have experienced all classes from a parent’s point of view.

In my first years as a governor, I was on the finance committee, but with the more recent structure within the MAT, the AC is principally concerned with the quality of teaching and learning as well as offering constructive support to the staff and Principal.

I have particular responsibility for interpreting the wealth of data that is produced. This data is used to analyse the progress that the school is making, to ask relevant questions and to focus attention where it is most needed.

It has been and continues to be a pleasure, a learning and an eye-opening experience to work with the other Academy Councillors to ensure that the children’s education is the best that it can be. The aim is always to allow the children to grow and develop as young people in a safe and nurturing environment and to equip them to be able to thrive and succeed when they leave St Michael’s.

In the wider world, having worked as a professional musician for many years, I now work primarily for a world-renowned instrument manufacturer. I hope that this experience of the arts, business, travel and managing relationships with people all over the world and from many different cultures, helps me bring a variety of skills to add to those of the other Academy Councillors and to use them to work for the benefit of the school.

Alastair Parkinson: Community Member, Service Liaison And Attendance

Timothy Burr: Associate Member

I am a Chartered Surveyor with over 10 years’ experience of helping to deliver large infrastructure projects across the UK.

This background has enabled me to not only become involved in the day to day activities within the school, but also provide support  in ensuring that the safety of the children is maintained outside the school gates as well as within them. With two young children, we have 10 years to look forward to as part of the St Michael’s family and I therefore have a strong vested interest in helping the school grow and adapt to the ever changing environment that we live in.