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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 are 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 main office.

Mrs Julia Jones
Anker Valley Primary Academy

Brooklime Way



B79 0FD

(01827 949310)


2022-23 Attendance

Meeting attendance 2022-2023
  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Name LGB 03/11/2022   LGB 09/03/2023   LGB 22/06/2023
Mrs J Jones P   P    
Mrs N Horlor P   P    
Mrs D Nash   A    
Mr S Conroy P   NA    
Mrs M Hamblin P   P    
Mrs A Free P   P    
Mr H Ashbolt P   NA    
Mr S Key P   P    
Key: P = Present; A = Apologies received; NA = No Apologies received



Our Governors


Julia Jones (Chair of Governors)

Appointed by Fierte Trust Academy

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2020 - 31st August 2024

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. 


Debbie Nash

Appointed by Anker Valley Local Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2020 - 31st August 2024

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. 


Andrea Free (Staff Governor)

Appointed by Anker Valley staff

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021 - 31st August 2025

My name is Andrea Free, and I am the staff governor at Anker Valley and Dragonflies class teacher. 

Since qualifying in 2006, I have taught across all age ranges from Nursery through to Year 6. Previously, I have been a member of a senior leadership team and worked as a regional trainer for the local authority. As an experienced class teacher and a parent of two young children, I strongly believe that the formative years of schooling are amongst the most important as a child’s initial experiences of school set the scene for future years. 

In addition to my roles at Anker Valley, I am currently the chair of the Local Governing Body at a Derbyshire primary school and through this role, I have developed a deeper understanding and experience of the wider roles of a governing body. I am therefore looking forward to working with the other governors at Anker Valley, to ensure that we ‘inspire all to excellence’. 


Scott Conroy

Appointed by Anker Valley Local Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 5th May 2022 - 4th May 2026

I have over 25 years' experience working in the social housing sector for local and central government, as well as housing associations. I have also spent time volunteering at a primary school and enjoy being able to help children and young people with their learning. This is my first role on a Governing Body, and I am thrilled it is for Anker Valley Primary Academy, as I live on the development, have seen the school rise from the ground, and really look forward to helping it become the centre of our new community.


Harry Ashbolt (Parent Governor)

Parent appointed by Anker Valley Local Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 3rd November 2022 - 2nd November 2026

I am a strong believer that a fantastic primary school experience is key to preparing our younger generation for the future, which is why I am so proud to be a parent governor for the school. I currently hold a senior management position within a large leisure destination in the West Midlands where I am a trusted member of the senior management team. Within my role I am responsible for the strategic, operational management of the business. I recognise how amazing the school and staff are, and I am excited to work alongside them as parent governor to ensure that these high standards are maintained for many years to come. My own experiences in education were not positive, so I am committed to help secure the best future for the children in our community.


Simon Key (Parent Governor)

Parent appointed by Anker Valley Local Governing Body

Date of Appointment: 3rd November 2022 - 2nd November 2026

I am very excited at being given the opportunity to become a parent governor at Anker Valley Primary Academy. Being able to support and help our local school to grow and develop is a big responsibility, of which I am looking forward to using my own personal skills to assist. Having held senior positions and being responsible for various tasks including setting budgets, group and individual targets and managing large teams, I will be offering my experience and skills wherever required to support Anker Valley, whilst upholding and promoting the ethos and the values of the school.