The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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The Village Academy offers generic policies for its schools, which are reflected on this website. The individuality of each school’s context means there may be occasions when a school needs to include appendices to the main policy document in line with its own context. As a Trust, we continually review all our policies. Please click HERE to go to our Policies page.

Strategic Management

As an Academy Trust, our Articles of Association determine our governance structure. For a copy of this and further information about the Trust's governance, including membership and attendance at governance meetings, please click HERE. Statutory information is found under membership and under policies.

Further information relating to our local and Trust governance can also be seen on the DFE Website 'Get Information About Schools' (GIAS). Please click HERE.

Join Us!

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Local Academy Council (local governance) or a Trustee, please click HERE, to go to the Vacancies page on The Village Academy Website for further information and an application form.

Local Governance

Each school has a Local Academy Council, which comprise of the Headteacher, the Headteacher from another school within the Trust and a number of non-Trustee members.

Academy Councils are chaired by one of its members. They provide local challenge to the Headteacher using the published School Improvement Plan as a basis for their monitoring.

 During our recent Ofsted (September 2018) several positive comments were made about the effectiveness of our governance team and how they work to develop the school.

 'Governors in the small local academy council take their role seriously. They are

passionate about the school and ambitious for the pupils. '

'Governors regularly visit the school to monitor the initiatives and changes. This dedication ensures that they are well informed about teaching, learning and pupils’ achievement '

Katharine Perkins (Chair, Trustee appointed)


I am a secondary school science teacher who stopped working when the first of my two children started at Lynsted and Norton School. I became a governor to help the school with its improvement and to ensure that every child at the school is given the opportunity to achieve their potential. My areas of responsibility are standards and health and safety.

Julie Lemon (Trustee appointed)
I was a teacher in main stream and special schools before I retired and moved to Lynsted with my husband, so that we could live closer to our family.  I am particularly interested in SEND and the school curriculum and that is my main area of responsibility on the Lynsted and Norton Academy Council.  I visit the school regularly for meetings, monitoring visits, coffee mornings and training as well as completing governor training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.  I particularly enjoyed completing a pupil voice questionnaire with some of the children recently, attending school services at Lynsted Church and helping with the pupils’ talent show.

Helen Stevens (Headteacher)

Katherine Baker (Headteacher of Milstead and Frinsted School)


Day to Day management

The Headteachers are responsible for day-to-day management of their school.