The principles of governance are the same in academies as in maintained schools, but the governing body has greater autonomy.

Academies are required to have at least two parent governors.

The governing body at Fishponds Church of England Academy is called the Academy Council.  

The Academy Council reports directly to a Multi Academy Trust, which is called the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) with the chair and Principal sitting on DBAT with the chairs and Principals of any other schools who are also part of the Trust.

DBAT is a sub committee of the main sponsor of the school, the Diocese of Bristol Academy Company (DoBAC).


Diocese of Bristol Academy Company 



Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust



Other Academy Trusts

(none at present)

Academy Council:

Fishponds Church of England Academy

  •       Five Members appointed by the Diocese
  • Four Members appointed by the school including the Principal, two parent Members and one staff Member

Academy Councils of other Academies:

Christian Malford CE Primary School, Wiltshire

Easton CE Academy, Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe CE Primary Academy, Bristol

St Peters CE Academy, Chippenham

Tadpole Farm CE Academy, Swindon

Seagry CE Academy, Wiltshire

Somerfords’ Walter Powell CE Academy

Lydiard Millicent CE Primary Academy, Swindon

Ridgeway Farm CE Academy, Swindon

 The Deanery, Swindon



Our Academy Council members:

Trish Dodds (Chair) - Foundation Member

Katie Leaver - (Vice Chair) Foundation Member

Lizzie Kesteven - Ex Officio/ Foundation Member

Debbie Coker - Principal

Steve Douglas - Foundation Member

Zoe Faullhurst - Foundation Member

Nicki Antwis - (DBAT Member)

Vacancy    - Parent Member

Rachael Illsley - Parent Member

Eric Blencowe - Community Member

Pippa Knowles - Staff Member

Rebecca Goodman - Co-opted Member (Vice Principal): no voting rights

Louisa Aldred - Clerk


Academy Council Attendance

 Local Board Attendance 2019-2020 click here

Academy Council Attendance 2020-2021 Click Here


Academy Council Declaration of Interests

Declaration of Interests and Term of Office


To contact the Chair of The Academy Council, please email: