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Governing Body


The Aspire Educational Trust Governance Model

The Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee and has a three tier management system.  The Members are akin to the ‘shareholders’ in a company and they are responsible for strategic oversight. There is only one body of Members irrespective of the number of individual academies.

Click this link to find out more about the Members.


The Trustees are appointed to challenge and scrutinise the strategic direction and day-to-day running of the company, led by the Chief Executive Officer, and they have three functions:


They are Directors – because the MAT (Multi-Academy Trust) is a company;


They are Trustees – because the MAT is a charity; and


They are Governors – because the MAT is responsible for running the schools.


Good governance is at the heart of delivering educational excellence.  


Click this link to find out more about the Trustees.




Local Academy Committee

Each Academy has their own local committee.  


What do the Puss Bank School & Nursery Local Academy Committee do?

  • Determine, with the headteacher and Aspire Educational Trust, the aims and policies of the school.

  • To agree targets and priorities to continually improve the school.

  • To monitor progress against the targets.

  • To act as a "critical friend" to the headteacher providing support and challenge as appropriate.

  • Ensure that the National Curriculum is followed.

  • Review the school budget.

  • Monitor the condition of the school buildings and grounds.

  • Ensure that Special Educational Needs are met.


We meet at least once a term and also carry out visits to school.  We may attend training sessions and seminars to help us do our job effectively.


Structure of the Committee

The Local Academy Committee consists of governors who are parents, members of the local community and staff.


Who are the Governors?

Kathy Nichol, Principal
Ann Harris, Chair 
Trevor Langston
Ed Griffen, Vice Chair
Diane Milne
Susanne Tidswell
Matt Cooper
Michael Warren


Pecuniary interests/terms of office

Mrs Ann Harris - Co-opted governor. Chair of Local Committee. Special responsibility for writing.  Term of office 4yrs from 27/1/2015 to 26/1/19. Pecuniary interests: No pecuniary interests.
Mrs Kathy Nichol - Headteacher. Term of office from 1/9/10. Pecuniary interests: No pecuniary interests.
Mr Ed Griffen - Co-opted governor. Deputy Chair. Term of office 2 yrs   26/1/19. No pecuniary interests.
Mr Trevor Langston - Co-opted governor. Special responsibility for Pupil Premium. Term of office 4 yrs from 27/1/15 to 26/1/19. Pecuniary interests: Julie Langston (wife) is Teaching Assistant at Puss Bank.  Governor at Tytherington School.
Mrs Diane Milne -  Co-opted governor. Term of office 4 yrs from 27/1/15 to 26/1/19. Special responsibility for safeguarding & for reading. No pecuniary interests.
Mrs Susanne Tidswell - Parent governor. Term of office 4yrs from 8/11/13 to 7/11/17. Special responsibility for Nursery. No pecuniary interests.
Mr Matthew Cooper - Staff governor. Term of office 4yrs from 8/2/16 to 7/2/20. Special responsibility for health and safety. No pecuniary interests.

Mr Michael Warren - Co-opted governor. Term of office 4 yrs from 15/05/17 to 14/05/21.


If you wish to know more, please contact us care of the school office.

For more about our Local Academy Committee members please click here.


Further information about our Local Academy Committee can be found here.