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Anthem Community Council (Formerly LGB)

As part of a multi-academy trust, our school is not restricted to the traditional model of local governance that most people are familiar with. 

Society is changing, and our governance structures need to change with it. Anthem is leading the way by launching a completely new kind of governance across its 16 schools with local views, experiences, and expertise at its heart. 

You can find out more about the strategy on the Anthem website.

The new name for local governing bodies is Anthem Community Councils (ACCs). Members of the ACCs will be known as Anthem Community Council members (ACCMs). 

ACCs will have four delegated areas of responsibility:

  • Community
  • Celebration
  • SEND, inclusion and safeguarding.
  • Panels

Each ACC will include Anthem Community Council members who are Champions in key areas such as safeguarding, SEND and inclusion, and climate change.

The current members of our ACC are:

Name Position Appointed Stepped Down Interests Declared
Rachael Norman ACC Chair July 2017  

Southwark Diocesan Board of Education

St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls, Lambeth

E21C Schools Trust

Melody Thorpe ACC Member October 2022   St John Bosco College
Naushaba Awan ACC Member March 2022    
Ore Akande ACC Member March 2022    
Makeda Griffith ACC Member February 2023    
Hannah Fahey Principal September 2019    

ACC members can be contacted via the main school address. You can find this on the Contact Us page of this website. If you wish to contact Rachael Norman, Chair of the ACC, you can do so via the Clerk using the following email address:

A summary table of members' interests and meeting attendance for the last full academic year can be found on

Do you want to make a difference?

If you are passionate about contributing to your community and are interested in finding more out 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 this short expression of interest form and a member of our Governance Team will be in touch.

Anthem Community Council Expression of Interest Form.

A Message from our Anthem Community Council

As an Community Council, we understand and take seriously our responsibilities in terms of ensuring that St Mark’s has developed and implemented its inclusive and distinctive Christian vision and values of Love, Hope, Trust and Transformation for all.

We play a key role in monitoring the impact of the Academy’s vision and values to ensure that it enables all students and staff to be transformed by the renewing of their minds, realise their God-given potential and develop their unique gifts and talents so that they flourish and can live “life in all its fulness”.

As Community Council members, an important part of our role is to preserve the Academy’s original foundation by promoting the importance of Academy engagement in diocesan and national school initiatives. We also ensure that the Academy’s distinctive Christian vision and values shape policies, actions, decisions and strategic planning.

One of our central responsibilities as community council members is to ensure that a robust self-evaluation process is in place that involves the school community in evaluating the effectiveness of St Mark’s as a church school which includes focussed link community council member visits, participation in SIAMS reviews conducted by the diocese of Southwark as well as taking part in staff and student panels and joining acts of worship.

Rachel Norman - Chair of our Anthem Community Council