Aspire Academy Trust

Hub Council

Our academies are clustered together in hubs which are grouped according to both strategic and geographical areas. Hubs provide strategic partnerships to facilitate and deliver our core purpose of ensuring outstanding outcomes for pupils.

Every Aspire academy is accountable to the Trust Board. A Hub Council is perfectly positioned to facilitate this and to ensure the academies within it can realistically meet the requirements of the Trust.

Hub Councillors, in partnership with academies, communicate and work in conjunction with the Board to provide a vital link and additional level of accountability.


Mid Hub Council

Vacancy (Chair) Padstow Parent Councillor
Vacancy Summercourt Community Councillor
Holly Hocking Whitemoor Parent Councillor
Liz McKenzie Mawgan-in-Pydar Community Councillor
Vacancy Indian Queens Parent Councillor
Sian Kirby Nansledan Parent Councillor

St Austell Hub Council

Emma Goudge (Chair) Treverbyn Parent Councillor 
Allyn Jeffries Treverbyn Parent Councillor
Dave Freckleton St Stephen Churchtown Parent Councillor
Julie Jago Sandy Hill Community Councillor
Ann Bradley Bugle Community Councillor
Jenny Barclay Bugle Community Councillor
Vacancy Biscovey/Biscovey N&I Academy Parent Councillor

North Hub Council

David Barton (Chair) St Breock Community Councillor
Helen Eustice  St Breock Parent Councillor 
David Barton (interim) Bude Community Councillor
Simeon Leete (interim) St Minver Parent Councillor 
Simeon Leete Warbstow Parent Councillor
Anna Jenner Delabole & Tintagel Community Councillor
Marianne Tapper Delabole & Tintagel Community Councillor

West Hub Council

Diane Brown Connor Downs Community Councillor 
Kevin Gallagher  Connor Downs Parent Councillor 
Victoria Dove St Uny Parent Councillor
Lee Strickland St Uny Parent Councillor
Liz Brand Penryn Community Councillor
Jo Foster Nansloe Parent Councillor

Truro Hub Council

Richard Horswell  Mount Hawke Parent Councillor
Clare Hains Cusgarne Parent Councillor
Sarah Waskett Cusgarne Parent Councillor
David Bustin Shortlanesend Community Councillor
Alice Pawson Shortlanesend Parent Councillor
Judith Baylis  St Mawes/Probus Community Councillor 
Alex Wood St Mawes Community Councillor
Vacancy TLA Parent Councillor


Core Role of a Hub Councillor

  • Focus on consistently improving outcomes for all pupils but especially for disadvantaged pupils. 
  • Provide challenge and support to leaders at all levels in the Hub
  • Monitor the performance and progress of the academies in the Hub, agreeing strategies to achieve continuous improvement and monitoring the Hub Improvement Plan  
  • Strategic oversight of the curriculum
  • Take all aspects of safeguarding and well -being seriously and appoint a designated Safeguarding Council member
  • Conduct an annual self- evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the Hub Councils and academies improvement activities
  • Promote Trust vision, policies and priorities

Intended Impact of a Hub Councillor

  • Councillors are confident in their evaluations and understanding, and do not shy away from challenging leaders about variations in outcomes for pupil groups, especially between disadvantaged and other pupils 
  • Councillors monitor the effectiveness of the actions leaders take to secure and sustain improvements to teaching, learning and assessment and effectively hold them to account for this.  This is communicated effectively to the Board and the Hub Director through the minutes of the Hub Council meetings 
  • To carry out Safeguarding duties as detailed in the monitoring programme