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The Beech Academy is part of a Nexus Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)

For further information regarding the Trustee and governance structure, please click here

As per our Nexus MAT Articles of Association and Nexus Scheme of Delegation, each school within Nexus Multi Academy Trust has its own Academy Council, which must have a minimum of 2 parent governors in its membership. Academy Councils have powers and responsibility delegated to them by the Trust Board of Directors and from the Chief Executive Officer, so that those people closest to a school have the prerogative to governor effectively.

The Academy Council was constituted on 1st September 2022 and the following structure of Governance is now in place:

B​eech Academy Council

Beech Academy Council was constituted on 01/09/2022 and the following structure of Governance is in place:

As detailed in the Trust Scheme of Delegation, the total membership shall be not less than 7 and not more than 12.

The membership shall comprise:

  • The Chair who is elected by the Trust Board of Directors;
  • The Headteacher;
  • No fewer than 2 elected Parent Governors;
  • Two elected Members of Staff, one Teaching, one Non-Teaching;
  • The remaining Governors are appointed by the Academy Council. Governors can be Parents or Members of Staff but the number of Staff Governors (inc Headteacher) must not exceed one-third of the total number of Governors.

We strongly believe that excellent schools have excellent leadership and management from within, and a key component of this is governance. The Trust has a duty to ensure that it enables excellent leadership in each of our schools through empowerment and support.


How are Governors chosen?

There are different categories of Governors: Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Governors.

Parent Governors are elected by current parents when a vacancy becomes available. Staff Governors, are representatives of the teaching or support staff and are elected by the eligible staff when a vacancy becomes available.  All Governors are appointed by the Academy Council.  ​They are selected to provide skills and experience which Governors feel are required.

The Chair of the Academy Council is appointed by the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors.

All Governors initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed. Governors are free to resign before the end of their four-year term if they so wish.

Members of Beech Academy Council

Beech Academy joined Nexus 1st September 2022 and had transitional governance in place prior to this, which was led by the Nexus CEO and the school leaders.  Our Academy Council was established, and our first meeting was held on 9th December 2022.

Name Role Appointed Expiry

Sacha Schofield

Executive Director for SEND, Nexus MAT


Jacky Tattershall

Assistant CEO,
Nexus MAT


Neil Davies 

Head Teacher


Paula Williams

Executive Director for SEND, Nexus MAT 01/09/2022  

Lara Decelis

Parent Governor


Sue Elliott

Community Governor


Kathryn Johnson

Staff Governor


Bev Cooper

Staff Governor


Governor Interests are reviewed at every meeting.  All individual Governor Information with regard to Interests & Attendance can be found within the Individual Governor Profiles which are accessed via the page on the right of this page.

Approved minutes of the Academy Council can be accessed by selecting the year to the right of this page.


The Academy Council meets at least once a term, with additional meetings being arranged as required.

How can I contact the School Governors?

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the School office.  

You can also contact Clerking Services about any aspect of school governance at this address

Past Governors

Mandy Simmons-Achapero Parent Governor  31st August 2023

Governor Minutes

Please see the link on the right or click here.

Useful Documents

The Nexus Governance Handbook includes the terms of reference for Academy Councils and outlines the code of conduct for governors.  To view this document click here.

To view the DfE Governance Handbook please click here.  

To view the Glossary of Terms please click here.