Our Governors

West Vale Academy joined the Great Heights Trust on the 1st March 2018 as a sponsored academy. The Local Governing Body for West Vale Academy has an oversight role: they monitor, review and communicate the development of the academy and report to the Trust Board. The Trust Board appoint the Local Governing Body who act as a committee to the Trust.

The Trust Board appoint the Local Governing Body who act as a committee to the Trust. Click here for information about the governance of the MAT.

The function of the Local Governing Body includes:

  • Building an understanding of how the school is led and managed to support future developments
  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Being a point of consultation and representation

The detailed activity of the Local Governing Body is to:

  • Effectively monitor the implementation of the Trust and academy’s strategic development plans for West Vale Academy
  • Champion the vision, ethos and strategy of the Trust, through maintaining a clear and explicit vision for the future for West Vale Academy
  • Provide the necessary information to the Trust Board with regards to operation and performance of West Vale Academy
  • Monitor and review West Vale Academy progress against agreed strategic goals in accordance with academy progress, including at key growth stages or if performance of the academy drops
  • Effectively communicate with relevant stakeholders
  • Monitor school staff and LGB training to ensure it is linked to the development priorities
  • Monitor the progress and attainment of all pupil groups, always ensuring there are effective measures in place to diminish any gaps
  • Have an effective oversight of the performance of all other employees at West Vale Academy
  • Ensure that statutory requirements are met
  • Support business and financial planning making sure money is well spent
  • The term of office for all governors is four years

West Vale Academy Local Governing Body Members:

  • Gill Robinson (Chair), Community Governor
  • Amanda Costello (Vice-Chair), Community Governor
  • Luke Cook, Parent Governor
  • John Bradley, Parent Governor
  • Rebecca Townend, Staff Governor
  • Fiona Gardiner – Principal, Staff Governor
  • Pam Gunter, Clerk to the Local Governing Body

For details of the Great Heights Academy Trust membership please click here (link to new Trust website page to follow)