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.
If you may be interested in becoming a school governor, please contact office@AnkerValley.org.
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.
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.
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 a co-chair of the Local Governing Body at the primary school that my two children attend. 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’.
My name is Andrew Ebrey, and I am a Parent Governor at Anker Valley Primary. I applied to be a Governor when my son joined the school in September 2021; to be involved in his educational journey and hopefully make a positive contribution. We also live on the estate overlooking the school, so it is a privilege to be able to get involved with something so close to home and what will be a huge part of the community.
My working career has been spent in warehouse management, the last 11 years at the same company.
I am new to governance, but I am looking forward to getting involved and playing a part in the school’s progression.
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.