As a member of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) the structure of the Academy Council and its responsibilities are set out in the FCAT Scheme of Delegation.

The Academy Council plays a vital role in the governance and accountability of Blackpool Aspire Academy; its responsibilities include:

  • Support the vision and direction of FCAT
  • Set and review the vision and direction for Blackpool Aspire Academy within the framework of FCAT’s vision
  • Approval of Blackpool Aspire Academy budget
  • Oversee financial monitoring of Blackpool Aspire Academy
  • Hold the Blackpool Aspire Academy Principal to account for standards and report annually to the Directors
  • Act as a critical friend to Blackpool Aspire Academy Headteacher
  • Approval of capital programmes before submission to the Board of Directors

The Academy Council is not responsible for the operational and day to day management of Blackpool Aspire Academy, this is the remit of the Headteacher who reports to the Chief Executive.

The Academy Council is made up of people who want to make a positive contribution to your child's education:

Jill Gray (Chair)

Richard Graham (FCAT Governor)

Jenny Campbell (FCAT Governor)

Mica Goldstone (FCAT Governor)

Sarah Matthews (Staff Governor)

Chris Westhead (Staff Governor)

Karen Hirst (FCAT Governor)

Lesley Nelson (Parent Governor)

Claire Elliott (Parent Governor)

John Woods (Headteacher)

Stephen Cox (Executive Headteacher)


The address of the Chair is care of the school - Blackpool Aspire Academy, Blackpool Old Road , Blackpool, Lancashire , FY3 7LS

Governance Documents

Updated: 01/03/2022 60 KB

Governors are advised to include interests of both themselves and any member of their immediate family (including partners).

Governors have read the guidelines regarding Register of Pecuniary or Business Interests and declared whether or not they have
any interests that may conflict with their duties as a Governor on Aspire Academy Council or as a Governor within Fylde Coast
Academy Trust and its other academies.


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