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

Robert Brooks 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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