The main focus of the Advisory Board meetings are School Improvement and Teaching & Learning. The function of the Advisory Board is to support the Head of Academy and staff, in maintaining and developing the school’s vision. Governors 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 Governors

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

Benefits of being a school governor / transferrable skills that Governors 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 Advisory Board members for Wandle Valley Academy are:

Robert Brooks - Chair of Advisory Board
Gillian Harris 
Nitin Datta 
Gary Wright 
Seema Dhawan 
Anne Sturman 
Lynda Harris - Acting Head of Academy, Wandle Valley Academy
Mark Jordan - CEO, Parallel Learning Trust