Governance Overview

On 1st September 2020  Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust merged with Congleton Multi-Academy Trust to form a new trust called The Learning Alliance. The trust consists of eight schools, three of which are primary schools and five are secondary schools including Knutsford Academy and Cheshire Studio School, all the schools in the trust are based across east Cheshire and north Staffordshire.

For more information on The Learning Alliance please click here.

Members and Trustees

Set out the strategic direction of The Learning Alliance and are accountable for the performance of the trust and all of the schools within it.

Local Governing Boards

Each school has a Local Governing Board with appointed Local Governors that oversee the different functions of their school in accordance with the responsibility delegated to them by the Trustees (See Scheme of Delegation for further details in the Statutory Information option).

Local Governing Boards

Catriona Millson – Chair of the Local Governing Boards for Knutsford Academy and Cheshire Studio School

Catriona has served as a school Governor and Board Member for over 20years.  She has four children who have all attended the School and progressed to study graduate courses at university. Catriona feels that the School prepared them very well for their experiences in Higher Education.

Catriona was fortunate to have been brought up in a family in which education was valued and was supported and encouraged throughout her time at school and university.  Catriona graduated from Newcastle University with a BSc in Plant Biology and a PhD in Marine Biology.  She has since worked on research projects at the Animal Health Trust and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Catriona began her work supporting students whilst at University, as pastoral support as well as teaching undergraduates in the Plant Biology and Medical schools. She is passionate about improving outcomes for students.

As Safeguarding governor, Catriona is fully trained and experienced and also plays a key role on the pupil discipline committee.

Catriona enjoys working the students in her role with the Academy Parliament.  She hopes that her work as a school governor in Knutsford helps the students with whom she is involved to realise their potential, maximise the opportunities which their education offers them and enjoy their “school experience”.

Knutsford Academy Local Governing Board

Catriona Millson (Chair)

David McGarvey (Vice Chair)

David Baxendale

Julia Padget

Robert Taylor

Peter Woodhouse

Valerie Young


Cheshire Studio School Local Governing Board


Catriona Millson (Chair)

Andrea Sennet (Vice Chair)

David Hermitt

Nick Jackson

Plus two vacancies


Please see the table below for minutes from recent Local Governing Board meetings.

LGB Minutes


LGB Member attendance record for Knutsford Academy - 2020/21

LGB Member Number of possible meetings Number of meetings attended
C Millson 3 3
D McGarvey 3 3
D Baxendale 3 3
M Stride 3 3
R Taylor 3 3
P Woodhouse 3 3
V Young 3 3
T de Jong 2 0

Local Governing Body Meetings Knutsford Academy for 2021/22 Academic Year:

  • 21 September 2021
  • 23 November 2021
  • 7 March 2022
  • 20 June 2022

Local Governing Body Meetings Cheshire Studio School for 2021/22 Academic Year:

  • 28 September 2021
  • 30 November 2021
  • 10 March 2022
  • 15 June 2022

If you wish to view minutes from previous academic years, or if you wish to view agendas in advance of a meeting, these can be made available for your inspection. Please email the Clerk to Governors on

Register of Business Interests