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Academy Council

Frome Vale Academy is part of the Cabot Learning Federation, a multi-academy trust that is responsible for a number of academies across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.  Governance for a multi-academy trust operates at two levels.  At trust level, there is a Board of Directors.  The directors are accountable to the Department for Education and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education the trust provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. They are required to have systems in place through which they can assure themselves of quality, financial probity, safety and good practice. The Board is provided assurance on a number of these areas through various sub-committees, as shown in the diagram below. For further information about the Board, please click https://www.clf.uk/governance/

Governance within a multi-academy trust


Academy Council

At a local level, each academy has an Academy Council comprising of up to 13 Academy Councillors.  Academy Councils are responsible for holding Principals and their leadership teams to account for the quality and effectiveness of the academic experience of the students under their care with the aim of securing effective school improvement.  They do this through monitoring performance against an annual academy improvement plan, through monitoring risks and responses to risks, and by overseeing systems and processes for the safeguarding of children and the health, safety and wellbeing of academy staff.

Frome Vale Academy Council

The Academy Council at Frome Vale Academy is made up of:

Chair of Academy Council

Laura Walder

Sponsor Councillor 2

Ms Lori Streich

Sponsor Councillor 3

Lucy Fulton

Sponsor Councillor 4

Pardeep Digpal – Safeguarding

Sponsor Councillor 5


Executive Principal

Kate Richardson

Executive headteacher working for Cabot Learning Federation. Supports school improvement by working closely with the principal, vice principal and staff team. I have worked in education in Bristol for 8 years having moved from London.

Staff Councillor

Dr Saunders – Principal

Jan started her career in education in 2001 at Summerhill Academy following a career in electronic publishing. Following 10 years as  a classroom teacher and curriculum leader, Jan moved into senior management together with a coaching and mentoring role  before joining Frome Vale Academy in 2014, first as Associate Principal and then as the substantive Principal. Jan has a keen interest in professional development, completing an MA in Lifelong learning and an educational doctorate researching emotional labour and teaching.

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Parent Councillor 1

Meriam Gordon

Meriam joined the School Council in 2019 and has 2 children at the school. She has worked in Human Resources since 2007 and has vast knowledge around policies, procedures and employee rights, amongst other things and hopes to transfer her knowledge to her Councillor role. Meriam previously volunteered at her local Hospital Radio until moving to Bristol where she is now a full-time mother to 3 children.

Parent Councillor 2

Joyce Adegege-Soyemi

My name is Joyce Titilayo Adeyeye and I’m an immigrant in the United Kingdom. I’m an Accountant by training.

I got Bsc in Accounting from University of Lagos (Unilag) one of the prestigious university in the whole of Africa.I also did my Professional with the Prestigious Institute of Chartered accountants of Nigeria.

I was a Banker with Metropolitan Bank Limited in Nigeria before coming to the UK for Marriage and have worked in all aspects of Healthcare since I got to the UK.

I’ve got vast and wealth of knowledge over the years now working with people with different experiences, challenges and incapacity, either mental challenges, physical or just temporary accommodation problems.

I have a deep understanding and knowledge of Human challenges and day to day problems people of all walks of life and different backgrounds are going through and this has been helping me in carrying out my role diligently as an Academy Council and will continue to be.

Teacher Councillor

Maria Cerapanova

I became an Academy Councillor to get a broader view of how my school works from different perspectives and understand what drives key SLT decisions which affect our whole school community. I am learning about ways our Academy Council influences and supports the Principal to determine the strategic direction for the school. Holding the Academy to account for the success and progress of all our pupils, with their individual and personal needs, is key to our collective success and I am honoured and lucky to be at the heart of this. I hope to bring my individual perspective, experience and knowledge of our community, our children and academy’s unique journey to our discussions, and hope that my contribution will be of increasing value as I gain in experience.

Support Staff Councillor

Hope Allen

I joined the Academy Council in November 2019. I am a learning mentor at The Nest.  I also lead in health and safety and PE.

Student Advocate Councillor

Nikki Dawson – Pupil Voice Representative

Nikki began her teaching career in 2004 in Bristol, where she has predominantly worked.   She has a huge amount of experience as a class teacher in all year groups and has taken many different subject leader roles, including Maths, Art & Design and Humanities. In 2009, after being a lead teacher for Bristol, Nikki moved into senior leadership as a SENCo and assistant head teacher. Nikki joined Frome Vale Academy in December 2017 and she very much enjoys working with the children and supporting the development of Pupil Voice.

Academy Council Downloads

Register of Business & Pecuniary Interests 2019-20 (and Meeting Attendance 18-19)

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes 21/04/20

Meeting Minutes 21/01/2020

Meeting Minutes 10/12/2019

Meeting Minutes 15/10/2019

Meeting Minutes 18/07/2019

Meeting Minutes 30/04/2019

Meeting Minutes 05/03/2019

Meeting Minutes 15/01/2019

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