Aquinas Advisory Council

The school is an academy within the Aquinas Church of England Education Trust (Aquinas). The responsibility for the oversight and management of all aspects of the Aquinas rests with the Board of Trustees. The day to day management of Aquinas has been delegated by the Trustees to the Chief Executive Officer, Kathy Griffiths. The day to day operation of Bishop Justus C of E School has been delegated to Simon Murphy.

In order to assist Simon Murphy, the Trustees of Aquinas have established Aquinas Advisory Councils (AAC) for each academy including Bishop Justus C of E School. The members of Bishop Justus C of E School AAC are as follows:

Trust appointed Members:

Mrs. Liz Carter - Chair

Mrs. Gill Thompson - Vice Chair

Mr. Robert Cliff

Fr. Jeremy Blunden

Mr. Christopher Town

Mr. Terry Hyland

Parent Members:

Mr. Nigel Mainwaring

Mrs. Sarah Muzzelle

Staff Members:

Mr. Simon Murphy

Mr. Patrick Boughton - Reynolds

The purpose of the AAC is to support, advise and be a critical friend to the Headteacher in raising standards of achievement and progress for all learners.

The AAC does have delegated responsibility in relation to aspects of admissions, appointment of staff, complaints, performance management, permanent exclusions, school inspections, staff grievance and disciplinary. The AAC also has the ability to escalate concerns to the Headteacher, CEO or Trustees.

The AAC members meet at least 3 times a year and certain members will have specific functions as agreed by the AAC and the Headteacher. Members will also forge links with the school and wide community. Notes of the AAC meeting are available on request.

AAC Members’ code of conduct and declaration of business interests support the following principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

If you wish to contact the Chair of the AAC or any of its members, please email: and insert in the subject box ‘for the attention of the clerk to the Aquinas Advisory Council’.

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Page Downloads Date  
AAC Protocol Appendix 1 BpJ 30th Aug 2018 Download
Funding Agreement 29th Aug 2018 Download
Deed of Variation to the Funding Agreement 23rd Nov 2018 Download
Declaration of Business Interests 27th Nov 2018 Download
AAC Attendance at meetings from September 2018 19th Sep 2019 Download
Protocol and Delegation September 2019 08th Oct 2019 Download
Summary of the Declaration of Interests as at October 2019 08th Oct 2019 Download
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