About us


Olive Academies (OA) is led by a group of trustees who bring a wealth of experience from different professional backgrounds, such as business, finance and education.

OA trustees have strategic responsibility for the development of Olive Academies’ vision and values and the implementation of these in our academies.

More information about OA’s trust board can be found on the main Olive Academies multi-academy trust website and the trust's governance structure is provided below.

A4 Governance Diagram Sept 2021 Web

Following the recent Ofsted inspection of OA-Sf, it has been agreed by the Olive Academies Board of Trustees that a progress board should be established for the duration of the time that the academy is in special measures. The expectation is that this board will be in existence until it is the academy is removed from special measures. This is a committee of the board with delegated responsibilities.

The interim progress board (IPB) is modelled on the Interim Executive Board (IEB) used in maintained schools – it is a short-term temporary governance structure put in place by trustees to support a defined need.

IPB members - Olive AP Academy - Suffolk

  • Kevin McDonnell, Independent Chair, Headteacher, Stormont House School, and National Leader of Education
  • Jeanette Lowe, OA MAT Board Trustee
  • Vanessa Whitcombe, Headteacher, Castle Manor Academy
  • Louise Clark, Chief Improvement Officer, Tilian Partnerhsip
  • Karen Grimes, CEO, John Milton Academy Trust
  • Claire Elliott, Deputy Headteacher, Stradbroke High School
  • Leigh Foster, Lead Standards & Excellence Officer, Suffolk Local Authority (in attendance)

IPB members will monitor the post-Ofsted action plan that has been agreed with the DfE, taking responsibility for scrutinising progress made against priority actions identified within the plan. Please see below for the IPB terms of reference and an outline of the experience of the IPB members.

Attendance records and latest declarations of interest are available to view below. To view minutes of meetings or to contact the chair of the IPB and MAT Board, please email info@oliveacademies.org.uk

The funding agreement made with the Department for Education and other key governance documents are available on the main Olive Academies website.

Interim Progress Board Terms of Reference March 2022 Download
OA Sf IPB members - summary of experience Download
OA Sf IPB attendance and decs of interest Mar 22 Download

Strong partnership working with local schools, parents, families and communities, the local authority and other partners is vital to our success and to educational outcomes of children and young people who attend our academy.