Academy Council

Barlow Hall Academy Council 



On the 1st April 2017 Barlow Hall Primary School joined with Brookburn Primary School in Chorlton to form LINK Learning Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust, (MAT), which allowed both schools to retain their unique identity and be governed by their own Academy Councils.

From the 1st April 2017 until 31st August 2017 Barlow Hall continued to be presided over by it's Governing Body.

On 1st September 2017 the Governing body was replaced by the Academy Council, with those members who wished to continue working with Barlow Hall moving across to the Academy Council, to be joined by other members whose skill set served to enhance the vision and achievements already made by the School.  

Our school’s Academy Council is a voluntary group of members who are responsible for the strategic direction of our school. Academy Council members are responsible for major decisions about the school and its future. The Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school.

The Academy Council is currently made up of 9 governors, three parent governors, three staff and three community. Council Members serve a term of four years and will hold full meetings 3 times a year. 


Our Core purpose:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational  performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff  

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.



  • ·Andy Gibson  (Chair, co-opted)
  • ​ Jayne Kennedy (Head),
  •  Jen Holden. (Deputy Head)
  •  Alex Vaughan (staff)
  •  Angela Young (community)
  •  Michael Cowell, (parent)
  • Janine Gibbs (Parent)
  •  Matthew Williams (Parent)
  •  Philip Gay


Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Lead Responsibility Committee Memberships Declaration of Business and Pecuniary Interests Governor Roles in other Educational institutions Any material interests arising from relationships  (partners and close relatives  Academy Council Attendance
Staff Governors                
Jayne Kennedy      N/A    N/A  Headteacher Curriculum and Standards; Resources Sign and Display None  None  
Jen Holden 1/9/17 31/08/21  School Lead - Safeguarding Curriculum and Standards, Resources None None None  
Alex Vaughan  1/9/17 31/08/21  Communications Curriculum and Standards; Resources P Z Cussons None  None  
Co-opted Governors                
Andy Gibson (Chair) 1/9/20 31/8/24            
Angela Young 1/9/17 31/8/21 Health and Safety - Buildings and site Respurces PWC None None    
Parent Governors                
Mike Cowell  1/9/17 31/08/21  Year 2 and Safeguarding,  including LAC Curriculum and Standards  None None  None  
Janine Gibbs 1/9/20 31/8/24            
Helen Glyde (Vice Chair) 1/9/20 31/8/24            
Associate Governors    ( no voting rights)                
Phillip Gay  01 09 15 01/09/19  Pupil Leadership and Parent  Voice Curriculum and Standards St Clement's Parish Church Council.

Barlow Hall Neighbourhood Group

Chortlon and Didsbury foodbank

None  None  





Governors who have served in the last 12 months and are no longer governors

Governor Date of Appointment End of Term of Office Governor Category Further Information 
Cath Yorke 1/9/17 31/8/20 Co-opted  
Teresa Regan 1/9/17 31/8/20 Community Current Member of the Link  Learning Trust
Aminah Duale 1/9/17 31/8/20 Parent  
Lucy Nicholls 28/3/18 31/8/20 Parent  


Academy Council Minutes are available upon request. Please email to request a copy if required.


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