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Academy Council

Coppice School

Nexus Multi-Academy Trust

As an academy, the Academy Council of Coppice School has delegated powers from the ​Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors, which are outlined in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation.

The Chief Executive Officer and Officers of the Trust act as advisors to the Academy Council and attend most meetings

Membership

Coppice School Local Governing Body was constituted on 1st December 2019 and the following structure of Governance is now in place:

The total membership shall be not less than 7 and not more than 12.

The membership shall comprise:

  • the Chair who is elected by the Trust Board of Directors;
  • the Headteacher;
  • no fewer than 2 elected Parent council members;
  • two elected Members of Staff, one Teaching, one Non-Teaching;
  • the remaining Council Members are appointed by the Academy Council. Members can be Parents or Members of Staff but the number of Staff members (inc Headteacher) must not exceed one-third of the total number of council members.

 

How are Academy Council Members chosen?

There are different categories of Members: Parent, Staff and Community Council Members.

Parent members are elected by current parents when a vacancy becomes available.

Staff council members, are representatives of the teaching or support staff and are elected by the eligible staff when a vacancy becomes available.  All members are appointed by the Academy Council.  ​They are selected to provide skills and experience which the council feel are required.

The Chair of the Academy Council is appointed by the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors.

All members initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed. Members are free to resign before the end of their four-year term if they so wish.

Members of Coppice School Academy Council

Paul Burns

Chair of the Academy Council

Paul Burns Interests & Attendance Data

Karl O’Reilly

Headteacher

Karl O’Reilly Interests & Attendance Data

Kathryn Deacey

Staff member

Kathryn Deacey Interests & Attendance Data

Beverley Fox-Norris

Staff member

Bev Fox-Norris Interests & Attendance Data

Paula Fraser

Parent member

Paula Fraser Interests & Attendance Data

Zenab Khan

Parent member

Zenab Khan Interests & Attendance Data

Damon Stead

Community member

Damon Stead Interests & Attendance Data

Sarah Johnson

Community member  

 

Council Members Interests are reviewed at every meeting.  All individual members information with regard to Interests & Attendance can be found within the Individual Governor Profiles.

Approved minutes of the Academy Council can be accessed at the bottom of this page

Frequency

The Academy Council meets at least once a half term, with additional meetings being arranged as required.

 

Meet the Academy Council:

Paul Burns

I am the Chair of the council, a role I find both rewarding and challenging. Before retirement, my careers included Primary Education (Teaching) and a Senior Manager in Doncaster Health Authority. I endeavour to bring my knowledge of both education and health issues to enhance my role as the Chair of the Council.

Karl O'Reilly

Karl OReilly

Karl is currently the Head Teacher of Coppice and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Special Educational Needs. He has worked in and supported a number of schools to improve provision for children and young people. He has a passion for developing leadership in schools and is a Specialist Leader of Education, supporting other head teachers and senior leaders.
Karl has held a number of posts in education including chairing boards for safeguarding; representing schools and young people on special needs panel boards, strategic lead for SEND within Doncaster Teaching Schools and Special Needs Reviewer lead.  

Kathryn Deacey

Kathy Deacey

Beverley Fox-Norris

Bev Fox

Hi my name is Beverley but everyone at Coppice knows me as Bev. I have been a Teacher here for about 6 years now and I am delighted to be a Staff Council Member. Before teaching at Coppice, I worked in mainstream education and had a brief experience of working for the education department at North Lincolnshire Museum. I am passionate about outdoor learning and am the Forest School Practitioner here at Coppice. I am also part of the Outdoor Learning Team and we look especially at how learning and simply being outside can have beneficial impacts on our student’s health and mental well-being. As I love being creative, I was recently very excited to take a lead role in the delivery of art at Coppice and I have no doubts that great things will be happening as we all get our creative thinking hats on.

Perhaps most important of all my greatest achievement in life is being a mum of 4 amazing children. Though they will always be my babies, they are incredible young adults now, ready to fly or already having left the nest…but believe me I know what a rocky road parenting can be, especially when your child is faced with extra difficulties that you could not predict or expect.

The greatest thing about Coppice are the people who make the school; staff, students and families, and together we make a wonderful community where help, support and advice are always available and readily given and I am proud to be part of the drive and vision to give our students the best education and experiences that we can.

Paula Fraser

Paula Fraser picture

Paula is the proud full time carer and parent of two children with additional needs, one of which is a pupil at Coppice School. Paula previously worked for ten years in HR for the NHS at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Paula is a Parent Council member and very keen to support Coppice School.

In her free time, Paula enjoys cooking, baking and road running.

Zenab Khan

Zenab Khan Photo 

I am a Parent Council Member at Coppice School, where my two children attend. I believe being a parent gives me a unique insight into the challenges the children and school face.
I have a background in education as I have completed an English degree, attended a Post Graduate Certificate of Education as well as completing Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and most recently a Makaton course. I believe this gives in-depth understanding and knowledge of the requirements of the teachers and the school.
My ambition is to ensure the children, parents and teachers receive the best possible experience and outcomes.

 

 

How can I contact the Academy Council?

The Chair can be contacted at Coppiceschool@nexusmat.org

You can also contact Clerking Services about any aspect of Academy Councils at this address clerkingservices@nexusmat.org

Past Governors: 

Jenny Burnett

Governor

9th December 2020

Dan Vokins

Governor

25 September 2021

Natalie Swearman

Head of School 

1st September 2022

 

Academy Council Minutes and Agendas

Below are copies of the  agendas and minutes. Reports on the agendas for any of these meetings are available to the public for public inspection. If any member of the public would like to request a copy of any of the reports from a meeting agenda, please submit a request in writing, specifying which reports are being requested, to foi@nexusmat.org

 

08/12/2021 Agenda

13/10/2021 Agenda

14/07/2021 Agenda 

26/05/2021 Agenda

24/03/2021 Agenda

10/02/2021 Agenda

09/12/2020 Agenda

14/10/2020 Agenda

09/02/2022 Agenda

23/03/2022 Agenda

25/05/2022 Agenda

13/07/2022 Agenda

 

Governor Minutes:

 

2021-2022

08/12/2021 Minutes

09/02/2022 Minutes

23/03/2022 Minutes

25/05/2022 Minutes

 

2020-2021

13/10/2021 Minutes

26/05/2021 Minutes

14/10/2020 Minutes

09/12/2020 Minutes

10/02/2021 Minutes

24/03/2021 Minutes

 

2019-2020

16/10/2019 Minutes

04/12/2019 Minutes

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

Further useful governance information can be found on the Nexus Trust website. Please click here to locate documents such as the Governance Handbook, Glossary of Terms and the Scheme of Delegation.

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