An overview of governance for UCAT and all of it's Academies can be found on the UCAT website.

Governors have three key roles;

  • Setting strategic direction
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Monitoring and evaluating school performance

All Governors are expected to demonstrate a high level of involvement and engagement within the Academy through regular attendance at meetings, events and through the use of ICT.


UCAT is a multi-academy trust (MAT) and its Board of Directors have overall control and are responsible for all UCAT Academies.

The Board have set up a structure that has tight lines of accountability through two main committees and Statement of Action Committees (SOACs) in each academy.

In addition there are Community Development Groups at each academy to ensure that important links with parents and the wider school community are maintained.

Statement of Action Committee (SOAC)

The SOAC, on behalf of UCAT Trustees, has the responsibility of improving the quality of provision so that the academy moves to ‘Good’ or better. The SOAC meets every three weeks and holds the Principal and senior leaders to account for student progress and achievement; ensures effective use of resources; ensures continuous improvement and maintains consistency of UCAT practices and procedures. 

Our Statement of Action Committee (SOAC)

Rev. Charles Nevin:  Chair of the Statement of Action Committee

Rev. Charles Nevin spent the first thirty years of his working life in IT mainly in the Banking sector where he was Head of Computer Operations and Support for the TSB.  In 1995 he took early retirement and was ordained as a Methodist minister.  As an ordained minister he was appointed to the Chaplaincy of Greater Manchester Police and is now senior chaplain to the Police. He also served in the Methodist church in Heald Green where he set up a community café which has just celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Charles has been involved in governance for over thirty years, fifteen of which has been in the secondary sector. He is currently Chair of the Laurus Education Trust in Cheadle Hulme and Chair of the UCAT academy in Kidsgrove.  He is a  National Leader of Governance.

David Clark

I have been a governor at UPAK since the academy opened in 2013 having previously overseen the school joining the UCAT family.

I am committed to ensuring that every pupil at UPAK receives the best possible education and range of experiences during their time at UPAK. One of my priorities is to ensure we utilise our strong links with UAK, UCAT and Chester University to widen and enhance the opportunities of all our pupils.

In addition to my role as a governor I work for an education support company assisting schools across the country. In my free time I enjoy travelling the world and experiencing new cultures, to date I have visited 50+ countries including Burma, Swaziland and Mongolia.

Nigel Butler

Nigel has worked for Tarmac Ltd., part of Anglo American plc, for over 20 years.  He managed their industrial minerals site at Talke along with a sister factory in Lancashire.  During this time major interests were training and mentoring young people within the industry.  He is currently employed by Terrafix Ltd., a land navigation systems company based in Tunstall.

Nigel is dedicated to happy and healthy children, high-quality education provision including STEM aspects, continuous improvement and meeting with parents.  He wishes to progress school links with industry and inspirational members of the community.

A former pupil of the school he went on to graduate through the Royal Society of Chemistry and holds chartered status.  He is also privileged to be a member of the Statement of Action Committee at UAK.  Nigel has successfully completed the UCAT/NCSL Chairs of Governors’ Leadership Programme at the University of Chester, June-November 2014.

Kelly Pope - Head of School

Kelly has been a primary school teacher for 17 years. Her main interests within education are the promotion of literacy and reading, curriculum design and development and Philosophy for Children. Kelly grew up in Kidsgrove and attended both primary and secondary school in the local area. She is committed to providing the children of University Primary Academy in Kidsgrove with an inspirational and future-facing education. Kelly is particularly passionate about pursuing links between education and the community.

Jonathan Farrington - Executive Principal