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Academy Council

Governance within a multi-academy trust

City Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Gloucester and Somerset.  Governance for a multi-academy trust operates at two levels.  At trust level, there is a Board of Directors.  The directors are accountable to the Department for Education and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education the trust provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, financial probity, safety and good practice. The Board is provided assurance on a number of these areas through various sub-committees, as shown in the diagram below. Visit the CLF website for more information about the board.

Academy Council

At a local level, each academy has an Academy Council comprising of up to 13 Academy Councillors.  Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academic experience of the students under their care with the aim of securing effective school improvement.  They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and by overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.

The City Academy Council meet on a regular basis throughout the year to oversee the running of the Academy.

The Chair of the Academy Council is Ruth Pickersgill – Ruth can be contacted by emailing the Clerk to the Academy Council, Linda Corbidge by emailing [email protected]. Please mark your email subject line with FAO Chair of Academy Council.

Please see the documents below to access further information about the Academy Council members and the Academy Council meetings.

For any enquiries regarding the Academy Council at City Academy please contact Linda Corbidge, Clerk to the Council – [email protected]

Academy Council Members

City Academy Council
TypeAppointing BodyNameDate of ApptTerm ExpiresLink Role
Sponsor 1 – ChairCLF BoardRuth Pickersgill30.11.202129.11.2025Safeguarding, SEND, PSHE&RSE, Com Eng Network
Sponsor 2Chair of Academy Council (COAC)Mahalah Katz21.11.202310.11.2027Pupil Premium, Careers
Sponsor 3 – Co Vice ChairCOACSejal patel08.06.202307.06.2027
Sponsor 4COAC / Local Authority (tbc by LA)Abdi Mohamed07.10.202106.10.2025Behaviour, Attendance
Sponsor 5COACLM – tbc
Executive PrincipalCLF Board – Ex OfficioCameron ShawEx OfficioEx Officio
PrincipalCLF Board- Ex OfficioBen TuckerEx OfficioEx Officio
LA Representative – Co Vice ChairCOACLeah Dowty15.09.202214.09.2026Teaching and Learning
Parent 1Elected by ParentsDonna Taylor20.03.202419.03.2027SEND, RHSE
Parent 2Elected by ParentsMarlène Rak15.05.202414.05.2028
TeacherElected by TeachersClaire Rodgers22.09.202221.09.2026
Support StaffElected by Support StaffVacancy
Student AdvocatePrincipalJason Clarkson01.09.202331.08.2027Student Voice
Extra Additional Sponsor Councillor 1COACME – tbc


Academy Council Minutes – 7th February 2024

Academy Council Minutes – 29th November 2023

Academy Council Minutes – 11th October 2023

Academy Council Minutes – 28th June 2023

Academy Council Minutes – 26th April 2023

Academy Council Minutes – 08th February 2023

Academy Council Minutes – 30th November 2022

Academy Council Minutes – 5th October 2022


City Academy Council Register of Business Pecuniary Interests 23-24

City Academy Pen Portraits