Governance


E-ACT’s governance structure is based on the establishment of Regional Teams that will be led by a Regional Director of Education and a Regional Director of Operations. The Regional Directors will be supported by a series of expert System Leaders.

Heartlands Academy is part of the Birmingham region. The following posts make up the Birmingham Regional Team:

  • Regional Education Director (RED)
  • Regional Operations Director (ROD)
  • Regional Deputy Operations Director
  • Safeguarding and Attendance System Leader
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Behaviour System Leader
  • Data System Leader
  • Regional Coordinator

The Regional Education Director holds the Headteacher to account on the performance of each academy within their region, acting under the delegated authority of the E-ACT Board of Trustees. In turn, the Regional Education Directors are held to account by the National Director of Education for the academies within their region, and the National Director of Education and the CEO are directly accountable to the Board of Trustees.


Raising Achievement Boards

Heartlands Academy has 6 weekly Raising Achievement Board meetings to ensure that the academy is being supported and scrutinised in its educational performance. The educational Raising Achievement Boards will be chaired by the Regional Education Director, with attendance from the relevant regional System Leaders and Academy Senior Leadership Team. In the absence of the Regional Education Director, the Raising Achievement Board is chaired by the Chief Executive or another member of E-ACT’s Executive Leadership Team.

The Raising Achievement Board scrutinises:

  • Safeguarding
  • Achievement and Progress
  • Attendance and Behaviour
  • Quality of Learning, Teaching and Leadership

The Raising Achievement Board would also expect to be updated on matters relating to staffing, resources, health and safety, professional development and finances.


Heartlands Academy’s Regional Team

Name Title Email
Stuart Bellworthy Regional Education Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Andrew Crees Regional Operations Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
David Higgins Safeguarding and Attendance System Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Liz Browne SEND and Behaviour System Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Gemma Fleury Data and Information System Leader This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cherie Grier Regional Co-ordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heartlands Ambassadorial Advisory Group

Alongside the Raising Achievement Boards, E-ACT has established advisory bodies in each academy called the Academy Ambassadorial Advisory Group (AAG). Heartlands Academy Ambassadors are:

Name Title Email
Vacant Chair of the Ambassadorial Advisory Group
Andy Rudge Ambassadorial Advisory Group Member
Sandra Burden Ambassadorial Advisory Group Member This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vacant Ambassadorial Advisory Group Member
Vacant Ambassadorial Advisory Group Member

The Academy Ambassador remit has four key elements:

  • Celebration: to help to make sure that celebration of staff, pupils and parents remains a priority for each academy, and to find the best way to do this.
  • Communication: to work with staff, pupils and parents to make sure that the academy effectively communicates to all stakeholders, so that everyone feels part of academy life and has the opportunity to access information and events.
  • Concerns or complaints: to act as an independent local point of contact for staff, pupils and parents to express their concerns. Academy Ambassadors will signpost people to the right channels for dealing with their issues and will ensure that any concerns or complaints are fed back to the AAG. Where any trends emerge, the Academy Ambassadors work with the Principal and other ambassadors to help find solutions. Academy Ambassadors will also always form the majority of members on any appeals panels.
  • Community: making sure that the pupils maximise local opportunities by finding ways to keep the academy at the heart of the community and acting as a key link between the two. To really help the academy to explore what it can do to make the school a hub of community services.

Ambassadorial Advisory Group chairs are invited to meet with the Chair of the Board of Trustees on an annual basis.

At least two Ambassadorial Advisory Group members are asked to sit on any disciplinary, admissions or exclusion panel hearing, ensuring that any hearing panel will have a majority of non E-ACT employees.

The terms of reference for the Academy Ambassadorial Advisory Group can be found here.

The Ambassadorial Advisory Group can be contacted via Cherie Grier, Governance Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chair of the Ambassadorial Advisory Group:

c/o Heartlands Academy
10 Great Francis Street
Nechells
Birmingham
B7 4QR

Interested in becoming an Ambassador?

Are you a Parent or Carer, involved in business and commerce or a member of our local community or just feel you have something to offer? We would love to hear from you. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.