Academy Council (Governing Body)

Sawtry Village Academy officially joined the CMAT family in April 2015. The Trust was formed with a simple and clear vision: ‘to ensure high quality education at the heart of the community.’

Details of the Trust Members and Directors can be found here:

Each academy within the CMAT family retains their own Academy Council (formally local Governing Body), identity and individuality.

While the Trust is the employer of all staff, it has delegated powers to the Academy Councils to exercise governance arrangements for the Academy within the Trust.

The Academy Council is focused upon the individual school context, monitoring standards and achievement, and their local community needs and aspirations.

  • Setting strategic priorities and plans
  • Monitoring standards and achievement within the school
  • Ensuring Trust policies are implemented
  • Engaging with all stakeholders to improve outcomes
  • Supporting and positively challenging practices within the Academy, through the School Leadership Team.

Each Academy Councillor takes on the role of Champion for a particular area, in which he/she holds the Academy leadership to account by providing challenge from their local knowledge and support from their own wider experiences.  The Champions link with the Trust leadership and directors to represent the interests of the Academy.  The Academy Council meets as a full body six times in the year.  There are no committees.

More information about the structure of our Academy Council; Governance Arrangements at SVA 2018-19

We will have a vacancy for the role of Chair of the Academy Council from September 2018, further details about the role and the application process can be found here: CMAT Academy Council Vacancy SVA

Academy Council Members

CMAT interest register SVA 03-18


Martin Coote– Chair of Academy Council and Stakeholder Champion (retiring from role August 2018)

“I joined SVA as chair of the academy council in September 2016.

I live in Stilton and have two children in year ten at the academy, both of whom have been provided with an excellent start to their academic futures.

I have a long standing career as a private sector senior manager within the NHS, supplying numerous different outsourced services.

Working in an NHS environment provides me with many transferrable skills around finding solutions to problems with a results driven focus which allows me to understand the importance of evidence based practice and the role this has in building a robust and accountable school.

Supporting the school is the key priority and requires a multi skilled and committed academy council to grasp its full potential ensuring we have a bright and sustainable future.”

Should you wish to contact the Chair, please use the following correspondence:

Mr M Coote Chair of Academy Council, Sawtry Village Academy, Fen Lane, Sawtry, PE28 5TQ

Email address – Via


Sarah Wilson – Principal of Sawtry Village Academy

Mark Woods – CMAT Chief Executive Officer: Safe Guarding link

Paul Phillipson – Link Trustee

Helen Anderson – CMAT Finance Director, Trust Appointed Councillor

Mary Rayner – CMAT Executive Director for SENDV, Trust Appointed Councillor

Martin Goodliffe – Vice Chair – Parent Academy Councillor, Achievement Champion

Penelope CooperTrust Appointed Academy Councillor, Finance Champion

Samantha England – Trust Appointed Councillor, SENDV Champion

Philip Harker Trust Appointed Councillor, Premises Champion

Pending application: Trust Appointed Councillor, Experience Champion

Dee Pike – Parent Academy Councillor, Safeguarding & Welfare Champion

Richard Tuplin – Trust Appointed Academy Councillor, Personnel Champion 

Pete Evens- CMAT Area Manager West, Staff Academy Councillor

Cora Davies-  Pupil Premium Champion at SVA, Staff Academy Councillor


Minutes of meetings are available on request from:

If you would like to contact our Academy Council please email on:

Annual Reports

Please click on the following links for more information regarding the Annual Reports and Accounts for the Academy, as part of the Trust.

Annual Report

Annual Audited Accounts

Memorandum of Association

Articles of Association

Charity Trustees and Members

Funding Agreement

To contact the Cambridge Meridian Academy Trust (CMAT) – please use :