Our Academy


Bluecoat Meres Academy is a member school of  The West Grantham Academies Trust.  

The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions made within the academy and has a clear role in the on-going strategic development of the Trust.

Although there are many similarities between the governing bodies of Local Authority maintained schools and academies, there are also important differences. As independent schools, academies are set up as charitable companies to give sponsors and governors broader scope and responsibility for ethos, strategic direction and challenge. For example, in academies, governors have responsibility for:

  • Employment of academy staff
  • The appointment of Headteachers and senior leaders
  • Administration of the academies’ finances
  • Authorisation of any appointments or changes to terms and conditions
  • Approval of personnel policies and procedures

Unlike Local Authority schools, academies have a broader responsibility for their strategic direction, ethos and leadership. The Trust’s Board of Directors, therefore, has a key role in driving up standards since it is able to challenge traditional thinking.

The Board of Directors acts as The Trust’s “critical friend” by challenging and supporting The Senior Leadership Team. The Board of Directors holds the Team to account, ensuring that it is answerable to parents. At the same time, The Trust is committed to its local community and is working hard to build good relationships and offer its facilities to the public.

Directors offer their time voluntarily and are unpaid for their work. As a team, they offer a wide range of qualities and experience from different backgrounds to collectively uphold The Trust and provide a link with the community.

The Board is led by the Chair of the Board, supported by the Vice-chair.  The Board includes co-opted, Foundation, parent and staff Directors.

NameType of appointmentDate of appointment/resignationTerm of officeBusiness/pecuniary interests declaredAttendance 2018/19
Emma AustenCo-optedResigned 19 September 20194/5
Jayne RobbFoundationRe-appointed 25 September 20174 yearsLincoln Diocesan Board of Education4/5
Grace MortonCo-optedRe-appointed 1 September 20194 years5/5
Cherry EdwardsFoundationResigned 11 March 2019Lincoln Diocesan Board of Education4/4
Janet CrookCo-optedResigned 6 February 20192/2
Natalie SmythStaffResigned 14 December 20182/2
Suzanne Davison-AllottParentResigned 17 December 20182/2
Lee HulseStaffEnd of term 17 May 20204 years4/4
Jackie Waters-Dewhurst (Chair)MemberAppointed 20 September 20194 yearsLincoln Diocesan Board of Education
Tony WoodMemberAppointed 26 September 20194 years
Mike AdnittFoundationAppointed 25 September 20194 years
Stuart EllamFoundationAppointed 25 September 20194 years
Ann TreacyMemberAppointed 1 October 0194 years

You can contact the Chair of the West Grantham Academies Trust Chair through the Clerk: 

Julie Swatton – Clerk 

The West Grantham Academies Trust 

The Avenue, Dysart Road 


Lincolnshire  NG31 7PX 

Tel:01476 405200

Contact Us

Bluecoat Meres Academy
The Avenue
NG31 7PX

E-mail: office@bluecoatmeres.co.uk
Tel: 01476 405200

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