Aquinas Advisory Council

Aquinas Advisory Council - Governance

Cudham Church of England Primary

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 Cudham Church of England Primary has been delegated to the Mr. Daniel Finch (Head of School).

In order to assist Mr Daniel Finch (Head of School), the Trustees of Aquinas have established Aquinas Advisory Councils (AAC) for each academy including Cudham Church of England Primary. The members of Cudham Church of England Primary AAC are as follows:

Trust appointed Members: Rev William Musson (Chair), Rev Rachel Archer, Ms Lauren Richards, Lizi Hamilton and Dawn Ardern

Parent Members: Mrs Jodie Ritchie and Mr Rikus Harmse

Staff Members: Mr Daniel Finch and Ms McKatherine

The purpose of the AAC is to support, advise and be a critical friend to Mr Daniel Finch (Head of School) 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 Mr. Daniel Finch (Head of School), 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 and/or 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.

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".

Sept. 2020

Aquinas Advisory Council Declarations of Interest (Sep 2021) Click Here to view this document

Aquinas Advisory Council Meeting Attendance (Sep 2020 - Jul 2021) Click Here to view this document

Aquinas Advisory Council Protocol and Delegation (May 2021) Click Here to view this document