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The Academy Improvement Board for Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy is part of a delegated structure within the Cavendish Learning Trust. For more information please visit the Cavendish Learning Trust Website by clicking on this link


Our Academy Improvement Board is structured to reflect the three schools under the leadership of our Head of Academy and Executive Primary Lead and includes associates that link directly to the individual schools and key associates that oversee specific areas of responsibility.

Dunston Primary and Nursery Academy Governors have a wide background of experience along with a range of skills, which help to support the Trust with Governance across all three primary schools. The names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each associate are available upon request.

Their main role is to support  the Head of Academy and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life.

The two key documents used for this are the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Self Evaluation Summary (SES). The SIP sets out a strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SES sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.


Our delegated duties include:-


  • setting the school's local direction, policies and objectives
  • monitoring the spend of the school budget at local level
  • reviewing progress against the school's objectives
  • challenging and supporting the Executive Headteacher


The Academy Improvement Board meets at least once every term. 


There are two categories of associate, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Key Associates and Link Associates , which may include Parents and Staff. All associates have equal status, however they are appointed.


For more information and associates attendance at meetings,  please visit the Cavendish Learning Trust Website by following the link below.


We have also provided an Annual Statement at the end of this page. This details work we have undertaken as an Academy Improvement Board this year and our priorities for next year.