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Advisory Council/Governance

St Mark’s 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 St Mark’s school has been delegated to Mrs Jennifer Richards as Executive Head Teacher and Mr Chris Hollands as Head of School. In order to assist Mrs Richards and Mr Hollands, the Trustees of Aquinas have established Aquinas Advisory Councils (AAC) for each academy including St Mark’s.


 The members of St Mark’s C of E Primary School AAC are as follows:


Chair of Advisory Council:

Bethany Lewis (Clerical Member)



Kerim Ramadan

Trust Appointment

Andrew Skinner

Trust Appointment

Kate Wallington

Trust Appointment

Kate Lymer

Trust Appointment

Philippa Gawthorpe

Staff Member

Melissa Janvier

Parent Member

Dorota Tsataris

Parent Member


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 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’.