Trustee Impact Statement 2023

The Trust Board at Selwood Academy plays a strategic role in the management and leadership of our school. There is a consistent strong focus on the three core features of school governance:

•    Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
•    Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance of the       staff
•    Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its allocation money is well spent.


Vision, Ethos and Strategic Direction

Selwood Middle School converted to Academy status in 2011 and has a unique position as the only Anglican / Methodist Middle School in the country. Trustees maintain the distinctly Christian ethos of our school which is closely associated with the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Methodist Council. Our core Christian values of Hope, Community, Wisdom and Joy underpin every decision that we make.  We are instrumental in holding the school vision of creating a safe, happy and enriching environment where all aspire to thrive, achieve and celebrate success together. We promote the dignity and wellbeing of every child and staff member and ensure they flourish in the course of their journey with us.

Selwood Academy has been running successfully for over ten years as a Single Academy Trust. Following recent government directives trustees are now actively seeking to work with a family of schools known as a multi-academy trust (MAT). Our target is to find a suitable partner, to match our vision and ethos, within the next two years.

We continue as a member of the Frome Learning Partnership. (FLP) to foster educational links within the town.

Trustees have recently updated the Articles of Association that govern the school and have reappointed a restructured board. The 5 appointed members are now separated from the Trust Board to provide greater accountability. There are 8 Trustees on the Trust Board, with two committees, Quality of Education and Resources (audit and risk). 

The Academy maintains the profile of the school within the local community and have been the first school in Frome to offer taster days for prospective pupils in year 4, opening up the opportunity to try the school before joining in Year 5.

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To contact the Trustees of Selwood Academy please email Emma Hardy, Clerk to Trustees


Our Trustees

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Mrs Clare Cardnell

Chair of Trustees


Mrs Kyrstie Kirkwood

Vice Chair of Trustees

Mr Paul Acres




Mrs Linda Puttock


Ms Abi Lyons


Mr Luke Snape





                     Mr Russell Morrison


Our Members

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Mrs Clare Cardnell

Mr Richard Phillips

Rev Liz Dudley


Mr David Oliver




Mr Frank Collins    




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Mrs Emma Hardy

Clerk to Trustees



Minutes and Agenda's can be obtained from the Clerk to Trustees if required.



Trustee Attendance Records





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