Academy Advisory Body

Each Academy within the group has an Academy Advisory Body (AAB), which is a sub–committee of the main Delta Board.   The responsibilities of the AABs along with their financial delegations are laid out in the Delta Governance Handbook.  The Education Advisory Body (AAB) plays a key role in the quality assurance of educational standards of each Academy. 

The AAB in conjunction with the Principal is responsible for setting strategic priorities for the academy, overseeing development planning and evaluating impact against identified priorities.  The AAB works with the Academy Senior Leadership Team to improve the whole life of the academy and its impact on the community. Academy Advisory Bodies have specific duties to provide support and constructive challenge in the areas of:

  • Educational Standards
  • Safeguarding
  • Staffing, Recruitment and HR
  • Facilities, ICT and Estate
  • Community and local issues
  • Finance and legal   

The AAB and academy staff are supported in delivering their responsibilities by the sponsor Core Team.  The core team is comprised of highly skilled professionals with a wealth of experience in the areas outlined.  There is a calendared schedule of meetings throughout the year, which are reported to Delta via the minutes of these meetings.   Local AAB member involvement in the life of the Academy is ensured via the appointment of link members, who meet the Academy Senior Leadership Team and other appropriate staff in their areas of responsibility.   

Your GLPA Academy Advisory Board is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Academy are clearly defined
  • Holding the Principal and Senior Leadership team to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure its money is well spent
  • Appointing staff and ensuring the implementation of personnel procedures
  • Determining the aims, policies and priorities of the Academy
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the Academy
  • Setting statutory and non statutory targets
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring that all children in the Academy have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff 

AAB Sub-Committees
The AAB operates a committee system which allows for more detailed work to be carried out by Governors.  The Committees meet prior to each AAB meeting.  Chairs of Committees report to the AAB

Ryan Stephenson, Mark Wood, Lucy Carlisle, Delta finance (Maria Wray), Chris Farnell (Office manager)

Victoria Honeyman, Liz Merriman, Julie Snead, Steve Baker, Lucy Carlisle

AAB Link Roles
The AAB have link governors who act as a link between the Academy and the AAB.  Link Governors meet with relevant members of staff within the Academy on a termly basis to ensure an effective line of communication between staff and the AAB, to ensure policy is being followed and implemented within the academy and to help AAB members gain a greater understanding of subjects and other academy matters.  Link Governors will report back to the AAB on their monitoring link visits within the academy at each meeting. 

Our newsletter and details of our meetings are available to download below. 

Victoria Honeyman - Parent
Chair of AAB and Standards Committee. EYFS Link

I have two children, both currently at Green Lane. I became a member of the Academy Advisory Board in late 2015 as I wanted to contribute to the school and try to help them develop the academy's already excellent reputation. In my professional life I am a lecturer in British Politics at the University of Leeds. Having spent almost my entire life in an education establishment, either as a student or as a lecturer, I believe that education is the key to helping children (and adults) fulfil their potential and develop their skills and abilities, both academically and in terms of their wellbeing and personal growth. Any spare time I have is spent with family and friends, or with my head in a good book.

If you wish to contact me you can do so, in confidence, via the academy office or in writing addressed to:

c/o Green Lane Primary Academy
Ribblesdale Avenue
LS25 2JX

Ryan Stephenson - Vice Chair of the GLPA AAB and Community Governor 
Chair of Resources committee.

With a professional background in public relations, business and politics, I first joined Green Lane Primary Academy as a Community Governor in 2009, before the school’s conversion to academy status. I believe strong governance, independent of the local authority, is the best way to raise attainment, increase rigour and provide the very best environment in which to teach children in Garforth. As a former member of Leeds Philharmonic Chorus I am an avid supporter of arts programmes in schools and I play an active role in the local community.

Mark Wood - Community
Resources  Committee Member & Safeguarding link

I’m married with 2 children, both of whom are currently at Green Lane Primary Academy.   I have recently joined the AAB at Green Lane I am looking forward to finding my feet with the role and working with the academy to continue to enhance it.  I work as a Team Leader for a Utilities company where I have been for the last 18 years as well as working with the Events team at Cancer Research UK supporting them deliver events such as Race for Life.

Liz Merriman - Teacher Representative

Originally qualified as a teacher in the US, I have worked in British education since 2002.   Experienced in teaching Key Stage 1 to A Level, I have also worked in extended services and pastoral roles as well as educational consultancy.  I currently sit on the Garforth Children’s Centre Board. Since joining Green Lane in 2016, I have loved being part of the Academy team and family.  I am excited to have been elected as Teacher Representative on the AAB and sit on the Standards Committee.  As an AAB member, I look forward to continuing Green Lane’s success in teaching a broad and balanced curriculum and raising attainment.  Passionate about the Academy strengths, I have chosen to send my own children here.  Outside of school, I enjoy travel, the arts, running, and spending time with my friends and family.

Steve Baker - Parent

I am married and currently have 3 children at Green Lane and I became a member of the AAB in July 2017. I enjoy working with the other AAB members and academy staff to continue driving the academy forward. My professional background is in marketing, spending 17 years in the industry working with a wide range of businesses to improve how they promote themselves to their customers.

As the Link Member for English and Sports/PE, I am incredibly passionate about developing children's literacy skills and love nothing more than seeing a child choose to pick up a book and read. Being an avid sports fan and participant, I believe sports and physical education can teach children so many skills and I am proud to be part of a school which values sport so highly and strives to develop their programmes to include children across the school, irrespective of background or ability.

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