Governance and Academy Council

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust established by the Swavesey Village College on 1st April 2011.

The purpose of the Trust reflects the Objects of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust:

‘high quality educational provision at the heart of the community’

Where every child is a:

  • Successful Learner, who enjoys learning, makes progress and achieves;
  • Confident Individual who is able to live a safe, healthy and fulfilling life;
  • Responsible Citizen who makes a positive contribution to the communities in which they live.

Where the school is a:

  • hub for community activities and a place where people of all ages meet and integrate;
  • centre for extended services for children, families and the community;
  • source of immense pride for the whole community.

The focus of the Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust is upon:

·         The strategic direction of the Trust as it responds to local and national demands and policy;

·         Efficiency and effectiveness of executive leadership and services across the schools;

·         Standards and achievements across the Trust’s schools.

Whilst the Trust is the employer of all staff, it has delegated powers to the Local Governing Bodies to exercise governance arrangements for the two academies within the Trust.

The Local Governing Body is focused upon the individual school contexts, monitoring standards and achievement and their local community needs and aspirations.

·         Setting strategic priorities and plans

·         Monitoring standards and achievement within the school

·         Ensuring Trust policies are implemented

·         Engaging with all stakeholders to improve outcomes

·         Supporting and positively challenging practices within the school, through the School  Leadership Team.

Academy Council




Trust appointed Chair of Governors

John Bridge



Trust Appointed - Community Representative

Nick Wright (Councillor)

Associate member

Martin Campbell

Trust appointed

Claire Thorne (Child Protection Champion)

Trust appointed Primary school representative

Liz Bush

Trust Appointed - HE/FE Representative

Martin Dixon

Parent elected

Dave Hackshaw

Parent elected

Andrew Purton

Trust appointed Primary school representative

Sonia Hegan


Andy Daly

Trust appointed

Melanie Pankhurst


Any correspondence to the Chair of Academy Council should be addressed: C/o Graham Whiting, Clerk to the Academy Council, Swavesey Village College, Swavesey, Cambs CB24 4RS.
Please open the document attached below to see further details on the structure of our new Academy Council and their roles.



  1. Update on Governance Arrangements at Swavesey Village College - Parents