Academy Council

Great Ouse Primary Academy is part of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).  The Trust was formed with a simple and clear vision: to ensure high quality education for all at the heart of the local communities.

The school has an Academy Council which provides local governance.  It is made up of volunteers from the local community, parents, headteacher and colleagues from CMAT. 

The Academy Council is focused upon the individual school context, monitoring standards and achievement, and supporting and challenging school leaders to provide the best possible education for the students.  The Academy Council role includes:

  • 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 school leaders.

Each Academy Councillor takes on the role of Champion for a particular area, in which they hold the Academy leadership to account by providing challenge and support within an agreed framework.  The Academy Council meets as a full body six times in the year.  There are no committees.

Key information about CMAT, including governance structure, the scheme of delegation and key legal and financial documents can be found

More information about CMAT trustees and members is on

Please contact if you would like access to approved minutes of the Academy Council or the trust board or for more information.


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More information about our Academy Council can be found in the document below. The Trust has a Board of Directors who are the accountable body for the Trust which
includes all the schools within it. To provide challenge and support to individual member academies all schools within CMAT have their own Local
The Academy Council to ensure that CMAT do their very best for all the young people in their care. The LGB is
an advisory group consisting of parents, co-opted members of the local community and staff representatives
(including the Academy Principal).


Paul Ives - Principal

Sarah Flack - Interim Chair

Jane Dooley - Executive Principal

Elizabeth Shippen - Parent Governor

Ashni Tyler - Parent Governor


parentgovernor1My name is Elizabeth Shippen and I joined the Great Ouse Academy in January 2021. I have two children who attend the school and I also volunteer there, so feel I am well placed to offer a parental view!
My career in audit has provided me with knowledge and experience of governance, alongside being proactive in offering challenge but in a way which is constructive and supportive - we are of course all working towards the aim: for Great Ouse to be the best school it can be for our children.
I am fortunate that working in the public and charity sector has offered me the opportunity to contribute to improving the lives of individuals, families and communities. This is something I hope to continue to do in this role. Please do get in touch if you have any queries on the LGB or if I can help in any way.

parentgovernor2My name is Ashni Tyler and I have two children who attend GOPA. I have been a parent at GOPA since it opened in 2017. I have volunteered to be a parent Governor which forms part of the Local Governing Board for Great Ouse Primary Academy.
I work at the Department for Education and have been in a range of posts involving programme delivery, policy development and procurement within Children’s Social Care, which I feel will add value in my role as a governor.
As a resident of the local community, I am very passionate in supporting GOPA to thrive and become an outstanding school where children feel safe, that provides world class education and encourages children and staff to become confident, well rounded individuals who have ambition to achieve to the best of their ability no matter what their start in life has been. Therefore, in my role as a governor I hope to offer a ‘critical friend’ approach regarding the school’s policies and support them whilst acknowledging the best outcome for the families that attend the school.
I have also been a member of the PTA since its formation and have seen the determination and contribution of parents and carers to see GOPA succeed for their children which gives me confidence that we can all work together to make the school a great place to be.



Welcome to Great Ouse Primary Academy

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our school. Great Ouse Primary Academy is a school that thinks and dreams big for its pupils. Expectations are high for all who make up the Great Ouse Primary Academy community and these standards reflect the wonderful physical environment we have developed to enable children to flourish within and beyond the school walls. We are committed to developing learners who are: resilient, focused, aspirational in their goals as well a being prepared to be successful citizens of the 21st century.

Great Ouse Primary Academy opened as a brand-new primary academy in September 2017 and is a proud member of the Meridian Trust. The school is a named feeder school for Lincroft Academy and Sharnbrook Academy. The school is a bright, modern and inspiring learning environment with up-to-date technology and vibrant teaching and learning spaces for our pupils and staff.

We believe that the school absolutely belongs to our community of children, staff, parents and carers. We urge you to actively support and be involved in the school. It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to be part of something special.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”
(Martin Luther King, Jr)


Chris Payne