Aquinas Advisory Council

Aquinas logo july 2017

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 Samantha Thompson.

In order to assist Samantha Thompson, 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:

Mr. Robert Cliff - Chair

Mrs. Gill Thompson - Vice Chair

Mrs Liz Carter

Revd. Neil Coleman

Mr. Christopher Town

Mr. Matthew Powell

Parent Members:

Ms Suzy Pallett

Miss Jaime Rose

Mrs Rebecca Rajakumar (Co-opted)

Staff Members:

Ms Samantha Thompson - Headteacher

Mrs Melanie Santamaria - Staff AAC member


The chair of the AAC is contactable by writing to:

Mr R Cliff - Chair of Bishop Justus AAC

c/o Mrs Laura Sinani

Bishop Justus Church of England School

Magpie Hall Lane



or via email at:

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, 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 Head of School. 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.


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Page Downloads Date  
Funding Agreement 29th Aug 2018 Download
Deed of Variation to the Funding Agreement 23rd Nov 2018 Download
AAC Protocol Appendix 1 04th Nov 2019 Download
AAC Protocol Appendix 2 04th Mar 2020 Download
Privacy Notice AAC members 09th Oct 2020 Download
Summary of AAC Meeting Attendance Academic Year 2021 08th Sep 2021 Download
Business Interests Declaration AAC Summary December 2021 03rd Dec 2021 Download
Pen Portrait of AAC Members 05th Jan 2022 Download
Protocol and Delegation March 2022 21st Apr 2022 Download
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