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Anthem Community Councils

Anthem Community Councils (ACCs) form part of the bold new Anthem governance strategy, collaborating with the rest of the governance community to provide excellent quality assurance and the raising of standards with integrity. 

Anthem is a national organisation which values local expertise and partnerships and recognises the important role it plays within the varied local communities it serves. We need local help to ensure our schools are at the heart of their local community and we need local support to ensure each school’s individual context is known, understood, and celebrated.

To this end, we have reshaped local governance in our Trust, replacing Local Governing Bodies with Anthem Community Councils (ACCs) to make the most of our invaluable ACC members who have committed to volunteering their time and their local expertise.

ACCs have four remits:

  • Community

  • Celebration

  • Send, inclusion and safeguarding

  • Panels

Hear more about what it means to be part of an ACC from our Director of Governance - General Counsel, Claire Pannell...

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We recognise the value of our ACC members as independent local voices with a passion to make a difference, so to support these remits, ACC members will take on Champion roles in key areas such as safeguarding, SEND and inclusion, and climate change.

The Champions will lead in their area, working closely with the same Champions from other Anthem schools, as well as linked National Team staff and relevant people within the school and local community (such as the PTA, student council, local councils, local charities etc). You can find role descriptions for ACC Champions at the bottom of this page.

At each ACC meeting, members will also be joined by Timi Champions - two student representatives chosen by their peers to ensure student voice and the student experience in Anthem schools remains at the heart of decision-making.

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The ACC process is designed to enable local people to get involved in the life of the school and its standing in the community. It is also intended to be a sounding board to gauge the opinions and ideas of parents, carers, students, staff, and the community and to help us all work together, collaboratively.

Do you want to make a difference?

If you are passionate about contributing to your community and are interested in finding out more about being part of your school’s ACC, we would love to hear from you! 

For further details, please click on the link below to complete a short expression of interest form and a member of our Governance Team will be in touch.


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