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Governance – Academy Advisory Committee Providing support and challenge

We, as Academy Committee Members, are volunteers from the community appointed by the Trust Board of Ambitions Academies Trust.  Our experience is drawn from all walks of life and we aim to provide grounded support and challenge.

We strive to ensure that the academy serves its community by providing education of the highest quality in a supportive atmosphere based on the academy vision.

We meet regularly throughout the school year to support and challenge the academy to ensure the highest standards of achievement and best possible outcomes for all our pupils. Working together with the academy, we set and monitor development priorities and we act as critical friends to the principal and other staff.

The committee compromises of a maximum of 8 members in total.  There are five positions for general volunteer members, two positions for parent members and one position for a staff member.

The Committee has a Link Trustee allocated to them ensuring communication and accountability is fed back to the Trustees directly as set out in the AAT Scheme of Delegation.

Further information regarding the Scheme of Delegation, Trust Strategic Plan and Governance Model can be found on the Ambitions Academies Trust website or by clicking here.


The current committee membership is set out below:

Chair and Committee Member Vacancy
Committee Member Celia Pepper
Committee Member Lawrence Williams
Committee Member Matthew Spendley
Parent Committee Member Amy Hurst
Parent Committee Member Johan Nayar
Staff Committee Member Sue Heathman
Link Trustee Berni Catling


All members of the committee are contactable through the academy office.

Record of meetings:

Governance Information – AAC – KPA

Academy Committee Meeting Attendance 2022-23

AAC Members’ Attendance Record 2023-24

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer committee member for this academy or for one of our other academies in the trust, please do contact us.

Mrs C Pepper

Celia is currently working as Chair of the Youth Committee with Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary and has many years’ experience of teaching. She joined the KPA Advisory Committee in July 2018 and is responsible for health and safety within the Support and Challenge Programme.

Mr L Williams

Lawrence is a Ward Councillor for Littledown and also has many years’ experience working as a governor at another local secondary school.  Lawrence joined the KPA Advisory Committee in 2021 and has the responsibility of SEND.

Mr M Spendley

Matthew works as a Senior Project Manager of a large investment bank based in London.  Matthew is actively engaged in the local area; attending forums and residents’ meetings and has recently joined the advisory committee.  He is responsible for the quality of education within the academy.

Miss A Hurst

Amy works as a professional lead within Adult Social Care.  Amy is a new member of the advisory committee and she is keen to support the school in building on its strengths in achieving ‘outstanding outcomes for all’ through support and challenge as a parent committee member.  She is responsible for Safeguarding.

Mr J Nayar

Johan has 8 years experience working as a freelance film maker and tutor to young adults. He has a masters in psychology, which has deepened his understanding of how learning can best take place and how important it is to offer support when needed, but also to allow children the opportunity to discover things for themselves.  Johan is responsible for outcomes within the support and challenge programme.

School Information

Thought of the week

Ever Garrison A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom in the pupils.