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:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
- 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.
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
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.
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.