Frome Vale Academy Council
Like a Governing Body, the Academy Council’s role is to ensure your children learn in a safe environment and to the maximum of their ability. The Frome Vale Academy council typically meets once a term. There is a standard agenda for each meeting which includes reviewing data on quality of teaching and learning, progress, school budget, attendance, behaviour and safety. We have also helped to feedback on numerous policies and procedures.
Through ‘Learning walks’ we have been able to see firsthand what happens during the school day and see the children’s learning in action. Each learning walk is focused on a specific area (eg. Mathematics, reading) and it really helps to bring alive what is actually going on during the day, rather than just reviewing reports and statistics.
The CLF provides a training programme, which has helped in developing a better understanding of our roles on the academy council, what we should expect to understand and how we should be supporting/challenging the Leadership team.
Our Academy Council Members are:
Brigid Allen – Chair
Brigid has worked in education as a teacher and school leader for over 30 years, most of them in secondary schools in the Bristol area. For the last 10 years she has worked for the Cabot Learning Federation, firstly as Vice Principal and then Principal at Bristol Brunel Academy and more recently running the Leadership Development programmes for teachers who want to become leaders and head teachers in local schools.
She has been an academy councillor for Frome Vale since 2012 and has been the Chair of the Council since 2013.
Brigid is still passionate about education and divides her time between visiting her ever growing family around the world, and continuing with her active roles in the Cabot Learning Federation.
Noelle Rumball (SEND and Vice Chair)
Noelle Rumball currently works for UWE in Student and Academic Services, where her portfolio is predominantly specialist and general advice for students. Her background is mostly in defining and measuring success in the public sector. On evenings and weekends, she is active in Bristol’s community and voluntary sector and, over the years, she’s been involved in service delivery, community development, and campaigning organisations, both as a leader and a member-at-large. She most enjoys supporting organisations through periods of intensive change and/or great challenge.
Martyn Poole (Health and Safety)
Laura Walder – Parent
Lucy Hudd- Local Authority (Safeguarding)
Jane Price – Staff Council Member
Lynn Pennington – Pupil Voice Representative
Mandy Milsom – Executive Principal
Mandy started teaching in 1986. She began her teaching career in London and quickly moved into school leadership. She had two headships in East London before relocating to the West Country. Her third headship with at Summerhill Juniors. In 2012 the school converted to academy status and joined the Cabot Learning Federation.
In 2013 Mandy became interim Executive Principal supporting Summerhill, Minerva and Frome Vale Academies. In 2015 Mandy became Executive Principal for Primaries and supported all the primary academies within the Federation. From September Mandy will be leading the Bristol Cluster which has both primary and secondary academies in it.
Mandy is passionate about ensuring that all children have access to great teaching and learning. If they start at a CLF academy in early years and stay with us until Post 16 we want them to leave at 18 as respectful young people ready for the next stage of their education or the world of work.
Dr Jan Saunders – Principal