Harrold Primary Academy is part of Meridian Trust. The Trust was formed with a simple and clear vision: to ensure high quality education for all at the heart of the local communities.

The school has an Academy Council which provides local governance. It is made up of volunteers from the local community, elected parents, headteacher and a colleague from the trust.

The Academy Council is focused upon the individual school context, monitoring standards and achievement, and supporting and challenging school leaders to provide the best possible education for the students. The Academy Council role includes:

  • Setting strategic priorities and plans
  • Monitoring standards and achievement within the school
  • Ensuring Trust policies are implemented
  • Engaging with all stakeholders to improve outcomes
  • Supporting and positively challenging school leaders.

Each Academy Councilor takes on the role of Champion for a particular area, in which they hold the Academy leadership to account by providing challenge and support within an agreed framework. The Academy Council meets as a full body six times in the year. There are no committees.

Key information about Meridian Trust, including governance structure, the scheme of delegation and key legal and financial documents can be found here.  

More information about Meridian Trust trustees and members is here.

Please contact if you would like access to approved minutes of the Academy Council or the trust board or for more information.

The chair of the academy council can be contacted by emailing the Clerk via

More information about our Academy Council can be found in the document at the bottom of this page.

HPA AC Combined Interests and Attendance Register of Meetings 23 24 Autumn 1 11.10.23
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Welcome to Harrold Primary Academy

I am extremely delighted and privileged to have the opportunity to welcome you to Harrold Primary Academy.
Harrold Primary Academy is a happy, caring and supportive school. The Academy was formed on the site of Harrold Lower School and Harrold Priory Middle School, opening its doors to the pupils aged 4 - 11 years in September 2017.
We are a small one form entry primary school, serving children from Reception to Year 6.

As a school, we are extremely fortunate to have a spacious school site with a Library, Science lab, Food Technology room and a team of dedicated staff who work hard to deliver exciting, engaging and enjoyable lessons for children at Harrold.

Our vision is that every child has the right to a high quality of learning, where they are treated with respect in a safe and stimulating learning environment. Children actively participate in learning by demonstrating a sense of readiness, where they take responsibility for themselves and the school environment. We help to build resilience in all our children by ensuring that the learning that they experience is a stepped approach with appropriate scaffolding and modelling in place to secure and build improved independent learning.

When children leave Harrold, they are well-equipped to continue achieving throughout secondary school and beyond.
We believe that close cooperation between home and school is essential, and we aim to keep parents as informed as possible about the progress being made by their children and ways in which they can support their children’s learning.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Harrold Primary Academy.

To find out more about the school, please read through our website and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to visit the school.


Debonair Brown

Head teacher