Academy Council & BKCAT Governance

The Academy Council of St Austin’s School makes a real difference in helping the school to provide the best possible education for their pupils. To achieve this, the Academy Council is there to ensure that the school offers a safe, happy and healthy environment in which the pupils and staff can thrive to each reach their full potential.

The Academy Council, together with the Headteacher and the Leadership team help lead the school by providing a monitoring and strategic setting functions for the school. Governors monitor the schools functions by providing supportive challenge and acquiring assurance that the school leaders are fulfilling their duties. Examples of the functions are ( but not limited to);

  • Mission and Catholic life
  • Safeguarding
  • SEND
  • Staff training
  • Governance
  • Curriculum/pupil attainment
  • Pupil grants
  • Well-being- staff and pupils
  • Equality/Diversity
  • Data protection
  • Attendance
  • Complaints
  • HR
  • Staff grievances
  • Budget
  • Recruitment of school staff/safer recruitment
  • Health and Safety

The Academy Council is a subcommittee to the Bishop Constant Catholic Academy Trust’s Trust Board, and they are put in place to oversee the delivery of the Trust’s overall strategic plan and communication of information through the meeting minutes generated, school visits and meetings to inform future needs and set targets.

Governors play a vital role in the support, leadership and development of a school. It is important to note that Governors are volunteers, who usually have previous skills and experience in at least one or more of the functions noted above. Governors also receive regular up to date training and have a number of resources at their disposal to ensure that they are able to comfortably and effectively carry out their roles. If you would like more information about the role of a Governor please visit the Trust website

Become a Foundation Governor

St Austin’s is looking  2  Foundation Governor candidates to join our fantastic Academy Council.

Upon joining the Academy Council you will be welcomed into a friendly team of people, all working towards one purpose, which is to develop the school and to enhance the educational experience of our pupils.

As a Governor you will have the opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills and build experience in a multitude of areas,  meet new people and benefit from multiple training opportunities.

You will be provided with annual training based on your needs and advantage from a supportive Trust Governance team to assist your needs and questions throughout your journey as a Governor.  At St Austin’s you will join a knowledgeable and experienced Academy Council who will also nurture your development.

Even if you have little/no experience in education, but you wish to learn and have an interest in developing your knowledge of education for the benefit of our pupils, this could be for you!


  • Governors must be over the age of 18 to apply.
  • Foundation Governors must be Practising Catholic.

For more information about the Governor role and the specifics surrounding Foundation and Parent Governors please visit the Trust website Governor & Director Recruitment


The Chair of the Academy Council is Mrs Anne Parkes.

If you would like to contact Mrs Parkes, please do so via email at or by post to St Austin’s Catholic Primary School, Back Duke of York Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3PF.

If you would like a copy of the public minutes of an Academy Council meeting, please contact the school office and a time will be arranged for you to view them on the school premises.

  • Foundation Governors:

Mrs A Parkes (Academy Council Chair)

Mr M Auty (Academy Council Vice Chair)

Fr C Butler



  • Headteacher:

Mr J Molyneux

  • Staff Governor:

Miss Workman

  • Parent Governors:

Mr S France

Mr Q Mahmood

  • Observer:


Governance-related documentation, Governor & Director recruitment details and Trust financial information can be found in the Governance section of the Trust website:

Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation & Code of Conduct