Governance within a multi-academy trust

Begbrook Primary Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North 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. For further information about the Board, please search

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.

If you would like to contact the Chair of the Academy Council, please email Linda Corbidge (Clerk to the Academy Council) on

Record of attendance at meetings is above and our register of pecuniary interests is completed with no pecuniary interests.


Academy Councillors

Chair of Council
Councillor 1
Su Coombes
Sponsor Councillor 2 Graham Wilkie
Sponsor Councillor 3 Vacancy – tba
Sponsor Councillor 4 Vacancy – tba
Sponsor Councillor 5 Vacancy – tba
Executive Principal Susie Weaver
LA Representative Councillor Shashi Mcgregor
Parent Councillor 1 Tony Mooney
Parent Councillor 2 Sally Harrison
Principal Laurie Munro
Teacher Councillor Vacancy – Election Nov18
Student Advocate Emily Mowlem

Pecuniary Interest of the above – Nothing to declare


I have worked in education for over 20 years with experience and expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion. I have worked with schools, local authorities, government departments and the voluntary sector with a specialist in mainstreaming diversity and inclusive practice, speaking at international, national and regional events.

I am committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of children and young people through supporting continual professional development and school improvement, with a passion for mainstreaming diversity and inclusive practice.

I am currently a Teaching and Learning Consultant in Trading with Schools in Bristol City Council and the Local Authority lead on Equalities and The Prevent Duty in education settings.

As Chair of Academy Council at Begbrook Primary I have enjoyed developing an effective team that understand their accountability and part they play in the strategic leadership of the school and driving school improvement.



I am really pleased to be part of the Academy Council for Begbrook, where my son now attends.  I’m committed to provide the support and challenge to help our children reach their full potential and enjoy their school experience. I have 19 years’ experience working in the public sector in a number of finance, policy and project management roles.  I currently manage the policy and partnerships function for adults, children and education services in Bristol City Council. I will provide support and challenge to help our children reach their full potential and enjoy their school experience.






TONY MOONEY:  I have always been actively involved in school life, helping with reading, school trips, PTFA and talks to early year’s children. I want all Begbrook pupils to have the best start in life, to enjoy going to school, make positive friendships and gain the knowledge and skills to help them thrive. I hope to make a positive contribution to the school.  I am supporting the Principal and his team to take the school from being ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’, by drawing on my experience and constructively challenging the senior leadership team. Begbrook is a great school, has a great staff team, fabulous kids and parents and I am doing my part in helping it grow from strength to strength.

SHASHI MCGREGOR: I retired from Bristol Children’s Services five years ago. During my 35 years in Education I have worked across most of the Education Sectors from Infant and Nursery through to Secondary and 10 years in FE at the City of Bristol College. On retirement I was an employed consultant for Bristol Children and Young People Service, advising and supporting the delivery of the Foundation Stage in East Bristol. As a BPA Councillor I have had responsibility to support the Nursery and Reception units. Currently, I am the designated councillor for the Academy Improvement Plan 2017/18 Priority four, Staff Well-being and Workload. I am a member of an Ethnic Minority. My first language is Punjabi and so have worked extensively in Education to support learning and development of black and Asian children. As a a BPA Councillor, my aim is to ensure the best possible teaching and learning for all of our children.


This is now my sixth year working at Begbrook and still thoroughly enjoy  working with all of our pupils and families. Since joining, I have taught in Years 4 and 5 and now lead Year 5 and I am also responsible for leading the foundation subjects across the school.
I have recently joined the governing body as the representative of the support staff at Begbrook. Support staff include classroom assistants, dinner staff, office workers, site controllers and wrap-around care play leaders. I have had four children involved at Begbrook, three of whom are still there. I enjoy learning about the inner workings of the school and contributing to the safe and smooth running.
My children are 4 and 6 and started at Begbrook in nursery. I’m very impressed with the school and all of the support, teaching and management staff. I’ve been a doctor for 12 years, 7 of those as a GP in Bristol. I spend my professional life dealing particularly with mental health, as well as safeguarding, and social inclusion. I have a professional and personal interest in physical, mental health (resilience) and learning disabilities. I will be objective and committed and bring my skills and enthusiasm to the role.

The delegated framework from the executive to the governing body can be seen here: Delegated Authority Framework June 2017