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Anker Valley Primary Academy

Anker Valley Primary Academy


The Governing Body are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education.

Their purpose, reflected in the law, is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.  They have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
  4. We are fortunate to have a strong Governing Body who are committed and work with staff to ensure that all learners achieve and fulfil their potential.


If you may be interested in becoming a school governor, please contact


Chair of Governors

Our current Chair of Governors is Mrs Julia Jones who can be contacted via the Trust (until such time as the academy is open).

Mrs Julia Jones
Fierte Multi-Academy Trust,
Violet Way Academy
Violet Way, Stapenhill
Burton on Trent
DE15 9ES


2020-21 Attendance




Our Governors


Julia Jones

Having qualified as a teacher at University of London Goldsmiths' College, I have over fifty years' experience in primary education. Time has not dimmed my passion for education. I taught in a number of primary schools in Staffordshire, Walsall and Birmingham before having a career break to raise my own family. I then worked for Birmingham's Home Teaching Service. That made me appreciate how vital a strong home/school partnership is in every child's education. After deputy and acting headship roles, I was headteacher of a Staffordshire primary school for sixteen years before retiring. I then became a tutor for Birmingham City University supporting trainee teachers on their teaching practices in schools across the Midlands. Alongside that I became a school governor at Dosthill Primary Academy, another school in the Fierte Multi Academy Trust, where I was Chair of Governing Body for the last four years. The high values Fierte hold for the education of every single child in the MAT are dear to my heart. I look forward to helping embed them as we begin the exciting journey of establishing and developing Anker Valley Primary Academy. 


Vicki Blundell

I am a retired teacher having taught in primary schools in Birmingham, Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent. During this time, I had the position of Staff Governor on various governing bodies and after retirement, I continued as a co-opted governor at Glascote Heath Primary School, now Glascote Academy. I became Chair of Governors at Glascote Academy in 2009 and after becoming Chair I undertook the Chairs' Development Programme which I successfully completed in 2012 and through this course, I developed both my understanding and appreciation of the role of a governor in the changing climate of education. I was, in 2015, accredited by the National College of School Leadership as a National Leader of Governance which enabled me to support other Chairs of governors and governing bodies in their development.

I have been able to use my experience and qualifications in the development of our Fierté Multi-Academy Trust and very much enjoy supporting the governing boards of schools that join our MAT.


Debbie Nash

Hello my name is Debbie Nash and I am delighted to have been welcomed as a Governor of Anker Valley Primary School.​ 

My passion is Early Years and I have worked in leadership roles in the private sector and with Staffordshire County Council for over 30 years as an Early Years Advisor, Tamworth Partnership Manager & County Early Years Childcare & Sufficiency Manager.  

I look forward to being part of a dedicated governing board for Anker Valley and supporting the Trust and Headteacher in the growth and success of this new school for the staff team, all the children and their parents. 

I have 2 grown up sons, a very affectionate bulldog and enjoy gardening and travelling in my spare time. 


Toby Swift

My name is Toby Swift and I am a Governor at Anker Valley Primary.  

On a professional level, I have been a primary school teacher for six years and I am currently a member of the Senior Leadership Team at my school.  

On a more personal level, I am a keen sports fan and I enjoy watching: ice hockey, football, rugby union and cricket. Additionally, I love spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy travelling to new countries and cities.  

I am looking forward to playing a part in the education provided at Anker Valley.