What is an Academy?

Academies are independent, state-funded schools, which receive their funding directly from central government, rather than through a local authority.

The day-to-day running of the school is with the head teacher, but they are overseen by individual charitable bodies called academy trusts.

At Eppleton Academy, we are a Single Academy Trust which has a board consisting of five members.  These members determine the ethos and purpose of the Trust and the way it will be governed - this is set out in the Articles of Association which you can access via the below document.


Meet the Academy Trust Members

Name Type Date Appointed
Sue McNeilly Member 8th December 2023
Jeffrey Park Member 10th October 2019
Colin Richardson Member 10th October 2019
Brian Johnson Member 25th August 2016
David Wallace Member 1st June 2012

Meet the Board of Trustees 

The Trust Members devolve the day-to-day running of the Academy Trust to a Board of Trustees
Further information on the Trust Members and Trustees can be found on Get information about schools 


Name Type Appointment Date Selection Panel Personnel Personnel Appeals Committee Performance Management of HT Audit, Finance & Premises Curriculum Pupil Discipline Complaints Link role
Mrs Sue McNeilly 
Co-opted 06.02.20
Y Chair Y Chair Y Y Y Chair Y SEND/Numeracy
Mrs Margaret Haswell  Co-opted 04.06.20 resigned 31.03.24 Y Y Y Y Y Y Literacy
Mrs Kimberley Bushby  Co-opted 13.10.22 Y Y Safeguarding / LAC / Attendance / Health & Safety
Mrs Paige Huntingdon Staff 30.11.22 Y Curriculum 
Mrs Claire Webb Parent 24.09.20 Y Y Y Y EYFS
Mrs Rachel Chapman Parent 24.09.20 Y Y Y Y Sports Premium / Pupil Premium
Mrs Laura Jackson  HT Staff 01.09.22 Y Y
Mrs Michelle Hogg
Vice Chair
Co-opted 13.10.22
Y Y Y Curriculum / Literacy / Pupil Premium / Sports Premium / Personal Development / Wellbeing
Mrs Sandra Mason Co-opted 21.03.24 Y
Mrs Susanna Wall Parent 08.03.24 Y Curriculum

Eppleton Academy Primary makes available for public inspection:

  • the agenda for every meeting of the trustees, local governing bodies and committees
  • the approved minutes of each meeting
  • any report, document or other paper considered at each meeting.

Please submit a freedom of information request to office@eppletonacademyprimary.co.uk detailing your reason for the request and trustees will consider and release the requested information.

The trust may exclude from any item any material relating to:

  • a named teacher or other employee or proposed employee
  • a named pupil or student at the academy, or candidate for admission or referral to it
  • any matter which, by reason of its nature, the trustees are satisfied should remain confidential.



Eppleton Academy Primary Governance with Interests September 2023
Eppleton Academy Primary Governance with Interests September 2023


Eppleton Academy Primary Meeting Attendance 2022 - 23
Eppleton Academy Primary Meeting Attendance 2022 - 23


Memorandum & Articles of Association
Memorandum & Articles of Association