The main focus of the Academy Council meetings are Academy Improvement and Teaching & Learning. The function of the Academy Council is to support the Headteacher and staff, in maintaining and developing the Academy’s vision. Academy Members need to play the role of a friend, but a critical one challenging where necessary, but always remembering that the Headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school.

Key responsibilities of Academy Council Members

  • Appointing senior staff
  • Budgeting and managing finance and resources
  • Setting aims and objectives of the academy
  • Setting policies for achieving the aims and objectives of the academy
  • Setting aims and objectives for pupil attainment
  • Monitoring and evaluating a academy’s progress
  • Being a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher

Benefits of being an Academy Member/ transferrable skills that Academy Member develop 

  • Ability to provide challenge
  • Ability to analyse data
  • Good communication skills
  • Team working
  • Diplomacy
  • Leadership
  • Chairing meetings
  • Budget setting and procurement
  • Knowledge of recruitment procedures
  • Knowledge of safeguarding and health and safety
  • Knowledge of educational policy
  • Performance management and review
  • Strategic planning
  • Problem solving

The Academy Council members for Wandle Valley Academy are:

  • Robert Brooks - Chair of Academy Council 
  • Gary Wright - Vice Chair of Academy Council
  • Seema Dhawan - Academy Council Member
  • David White - Academy Council Member
  • Amanda Fleck - Academy Council Member
  • Anne Sturman - Academy Council Member (KPA Headteacher)
  • Lynda Harris - Headteacher, Wandle Valley Academy
  • Martyn Odonnell - Executive Headteacher Parallel Learning Trust
  • Mark Jordan - CEO, Parallel Learning Trust

Robert Brooks – Chair of Academy Council

Wandle Valley Academy

Welbeck Road



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