Academy Advisory Body

"Governance is highly effective. The extremely knowledgeable academy advisory board members regularly visit the school, ask questions of the staff, observe sessions, undertake learning walks and receive detailed reports so they know exactly how well the school is doing." (Ofsted July 2019)

Academy Advisory Bodies

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 Academy 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.   

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

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. 

Meet our AAB

Pippa Robinson - Chair/Pupil Premium Member

C/O Pheasant Bank Academy, Rossington, Doncaster

My name is Pippa Robinson and I became a governor at Grange Lane Infant Academy in September 2016.  I have worked for Delta Academies Trust since September 2014 and I joined Pheasant Bank in September 2016 as the Head of Academy.

I am in my eleventh year of teaching and I have worked in a range of different schools including three years as an Assistant Principal at a British Forces school in Cyprus.  The main focus during my career has been supporting school improvement through the development of teaching and learning.  I have previously worked in two Special Measures schools and I have a proven track record for improving the end of key stage one and two outcomes for pupils, ensuring schools are removed from categories of concern.   

I feel I have a range of skills that help me fulfil my role as a governor.  I am an active member of the Grange Lane AAB and I enjoy working with Mrs Chappell, the staff and other governors to ensure that the strategic direction of the school enables all children to excel.

Nina Brannon - Vice Principal & Safeguarding / EYFS Member

C/O Kirk Sandall Infant School, Kirk Sandall, Doncaster

I am the Head of Kirk Sandall Infant Academy. I have worked in Doncaster all my career and have been an Early Years consultant and Advanced Skills teacher. I am Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance and Early Years AAB member for Grange Lane Infant Academy.

Helen Acton - Health & Safety Member

C/O Hatfield Woodhouse Academy, Main Street, Hatfield, Doncaster

I am Principal of Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School, which is another Delta academy.  Having previously being a teacher and deputy head of an infant school, I really enjoy being on the AAB of Grange Lane because of its outstanding specialism and focus on the education of young children.

Eric Simpson - Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural Member

C/O Rossington Community Baptist Church, Rossington, Doncaster

I am an Amercian but I have lived in Rossington since 2002. Our third child was born here and during his Infant school days attended Grange Lane. I am the Pastor of Rossington Community Baptist Church and enjoy being part of Grange Lane Infant Academy and Rossington life and community.

Helen Steward - EYFS Parent Governor

C/O Grange Lane Infant Academy, Grange Lane, Rossington, Doncaster

I am a parent Governor for Grange Lane Infant Academy.  I currently have a daughter in year 1 and have had two more children attend this good school. I will put forward parent views of the Early Years settings (reception and nursery) at the board meetings and will continue to support this academy as I can see how much hard work goes into to educating our children.

Ben Hunter - Anti Bullying / Health and Well Being Member

C/O Mini Kicks, Tickhill Road, Balby, Doncaster

I am the founder of Mini Kicks and have been working with Grange Lane for a few years now. When the vacancy for Educational Advisory Member came up, I instantly volunteered as I wanted to gain a further understanding of how schools work but also to share my knowledge and expertise of health and wellbeing for children under 8 years old.

Kay Shaw - Staff & SEN Support Member

C/O Grange Lane Infant Academy, Grange Lane, Rossington, Doncaster

I am Pastoral Manager at Grange Lane Infant Academy and I love working with the children and their families of this great school. My role as member of the Academy Advisory Board is to support and convey parents’ views concerning special educational needs.

Adele Wood - Core Finance Manager & Finance Member

C/O Delta Academy Trust, Spawd Bone Lane, Knottingley

Up until November 2016 Grange Lane Infant Academy and Pheasant Bank Academy had a Federated Governing Body - this means the 2 schools shared the same Governance. It was agreed during the meeting dated 22.11.2016 that from the new year, the 2 academies would revert to 2 separate bodies.

You read the attendance and the Finance Sub Committee meetings for Grange Lane Infant Academy on our Statutory Information page here.

If you are interested in becoming a school governor, information can be found here Becoming a School/College Governor or please contact the academy to express your interest.