Aquinas Advisory Council

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 St John's C of E Primary School has been delegated to Lynda Doel.

In order to assist Lynda Doel, the Trustees of Aquinas have established Aquinas Advisory Councils (AAC) for each academy including St John's C of E Primary School.


The members of St John's C of E School AAC are as follows:


Trust appointed Members:

Rev Nigel Poole - Chair

Yvette Evans

Tanya Grant

Angelina Idun

James Clements

Emma Foster

Mary Cooke


Parent Members:

Eider Gutierrez

Samantha Bruno


Staff Members:

Mrs. Lynda Doel

Miss Shannen Doherty

Miss Nicola Stilwell (Clark to Members)


The purpose of the AAC is to support, advise and be a critical friend to Trust Improvement Partner and 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 the 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’.


Aquinas Advisory Committee Declaration of Interest (November 2019)

Aquinas Advisory Committee Meeting Attendance (September 2019)