We are interested in hearing from people who would like to play an important role supporting our school as part of our Academy Council.

Similar to a school governing body, the Academy Council’s role is to ensure your children learn in a safe environment and to the best of their ability. We meet once a term at Haywood Village Academy. There will be a standard agenda for each meeting, which includes reviewing information on the quality of teaching and learning, progress, attendance, staffing, behaviour and safety.  There are also opportunities to support the development of policies and procedures.

The Cabot Learning Federation (CLF) will provide training to support Academy Councillors to help them better understand their roles and responsibilities.

If you are interested in joining our Academy Council, please contact us on enquiries@haywoodvillageacademy.org.uk. We would like to know more about you and your motivations to support our school.

Our current Academy Councillors are:
David Jordon: Chair of the Academy Council with responsibilities for: Health & Safety & Risk Register, Responsibility for Safeguarding
Fiona Mayne: Responsibility for Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and SEND
Tim Branfield: Parent Councillor
David Robson: Responsibility for Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and SEND
Tony Searle: Senior Principal for CLF Primary
Kelly Chard: Parent Councillor
Fred Fraser: Staff Councillor

The email address for our Chair of the Academy Council, David Jordan, is coac@haywoodvillageacademy.org.uk .

Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2018-19

Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2017-18

Register & Pecuniary Interests for Academy Councillors 2016-17

Minutes of meetings:
2018-19 Term 1

2017-18 Term 6
2017-18 Term 5
2017-18 Term 3
2017-18 Term 2
2017-18 Term 1

2016-17 Term 6
2016-17 Term 5
2016-17 Term 4
2016-17 Term 3


I have been involved in education all my working life both as a teacher and latterly as an advisor for a local authority.  I am now semi-retired and feel able to use my experience and expertise to support the academy as it grows and flourishes in WSM.

I wanted to be a member of the Academy Council because I am passionate about young people and making a difference and helping them to succeed. I have worked at Herons Moor and St Anne’s Primary school’s locally as a TA, particularly with children with special needs and my son is Autistic so I have significant experience of ensuring that his needs are met in a school setting.

I currently work as an Independent Financial Adviser.  I am also Community Pastor for Locking Castle Church, which involves setting up and running outreach events such as Take 5 which is a Community meet-up for families held at Haywood Village Academy. I am also a member of the Church council so I have experience of being in a committee environment which would be relevant. I care about education and want to do everything I can to help children have a positive experience at school. I want to contribute locally in my community and help strengthen the link between Community and school. I think that the role will be a challenging one but also very rewarding. I am very enthusiastic about being part of the Academy Council and will take my part in helping Craig and the other staff make Haywood Village Academy an outstanding school.

My name is Dave Robson and I moved to Haywood Village (HV) WSM when I left the Royal Navy after 32 years of service as an Aircraft Engineer.  I currently work for Assystem UK within Rolls- Royce, Bristol as a Senior Service Engineer managing a range of military engines.

I am currently the Chair of Haywood Village Residents Association (HVRA) which we set up shortly after moving to HV in July 2014.  The purpose of HVRA is to help build a sustainable, inclusive and cohesive community, to build a sense of responsibility and belonging within HV and developing sustainable links to the wider WSM community.

I am also a Director of Haywood Airfield Leisure Enterprise (HALE) the company responsible for managing the community spaces within Haywood Village Academy (HVA).  The objective of HALE is to bring together the HV community by providing access to affordable sports and meeting room facilities as a social enterprise investing in the future of HV and its residents.

I strongly believe in the importance of building a resilient relationship between HVA and the HV community and that HVA should be seen at the centre of our community and that by becoming an Academy Councillor I can help forge those relationships.

I have previously been a School Governor (Milford School, Yeovil) and believe that all schools should be inclusive and safe whilst providing an atmosphere where all children feel that they can learn and achieve their full potential and to be the best they can.

I have a particular interest in “attachment issues” and the effect it can have on individual learning and how strategies for coping with this issue can be read across to the whole classroom environment for the benefit for all pupils and staff.

I have lived in Weston-Super-Mare since 2002 and I currently have one child that attends HVA. I am a Director at a building contractor that undertakes various building projects across the south west. I became a councillor at HVA as I am keen to contribute to the development of the school in order that HVA can build on its excellent start that it has made.

I have been working with children for the last 12 years in various settings including the Vulnerable Learners’ Service. For the last 5 years, I have primarily been working in schools across North Somerset with children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and also challenging behaviour. I am passionate about the learning and development of children and young people and believe school life should be a positive, stimulating and fun experience for all. I would like the opportunity to contribute to this, at a school my daughter attends.

I am the Staff Academy Councillor at Haywood Village Academy. I joined the school last May. I undertook my teaching training at the University of Gloucestershire specialising in Primary Education route 5-11. I am in the fortunate position to support my colleagues at the school and look after both the staff and the school’s interests.