Governing Body

As part of the Vale Academy Trust, the Larkmead community is overseen by its Local Governing Body, whose role – delegated and supported by the Trust – is to set targets for the school, to monitor and challenge progress and to make sure that the school is accountable to key groups of people with an interest in its work.  As well as the Head Teacher, the Local Governing Body includes elected representatives of parents & carers and the schools teaching and non-teaching staff, together with representatives of the local community appointed by the Vale Academy Trust.

The governing body brings a wide range of skills or viewpoints, and actively encourages input from our students, parents & carers, staff and the wider community.  The Local Governing Body acts as a critical friend to the school, but the kind of friend who knows the school well enough to ask challenging questions about what the school is doing.

Our Current Governing Body

NameCategoryExpiryCommittees
Mrs E BallVale Academy Trust Director AppointedJan 2021Student Welfare & Safeguarding (Chair); Teaching & Learning, Personnel
Mr C Harrisex officio (Headteacher)Finance, Estates & Premises; Personnel
Mr K HawkinsParentMar 2021Finance, Estates & Premises
Dr J HoldstockParentMar 2021Teaching & Learning (Chair); Appeals & Discipline
Dr D Lever Vale Academy Trust Director AppointedJan 2021Vice-chair of Governors; Finance, Estates & Premises (Chair); Appeals & Discipline; Personnel; Abingdon Partnership
Mr I Littlejohn (Chair)Vale Academy Trust Director AppointedJan 2021Chair of Governors; Teaching & Learning; Personnel (Chair)
Mrs C LushingtonVale Academy Trust Director AppointedJan 2021Student Welfare & Safeguarding; Appeals & Discipline
Mr G Palmer (Vice Chair)Vale Academy Trust Director AppointedJan 2021Vice-chair of Governors; Finance, Estates & Premises (Vice-chair); Teaching & Learning;
Miss L ScarffTeacherJul 2019Personnel
Dr J EdgeVale Academy Trust Director AppointedMar 2021Teaching & Learning, Finance, Estates & Premises
Ms L HuttonParentMay 2021Student Welfare
VacancySupport Staff
VacancyVale Academy Trust Director Appointed

Special Responsibilities

Safeguarding: Carole Lushington

SEND: Carole Lushington, Ellie Ball

Careers:  Carole Lushington & Kevin Hawkins

Link Governors – Lark Rise (PTA): 

Student Voice:   Ellie Ball

Pupil Premium:  Julie Edge, Carole Lushington

Curriculum Improvement: Jolyon Holdstock

Governor Improvement: Geoff Palmer

Register of Interests

Committee Membership

Teaching & LearningFinance, Estates & PremisesPersonnelStudent Welfare & SafeguardingAppeals & DisciplineHeadteachers Review Committee14-19 Abingdon Partnership Group
J Holdstock (Chair)D Lever (Chair)D Lever (Chair)E Ball (Chair)J HoldstockD LeverD Lever
C HarrisK HawkinsE BallC LushingtonD LeverI Littlejohn
I LittlejohnC HarrisC HarrisL CroweC LushingtonG Palmer
G PalmerG PalmerI LittlejohnE Watkins
E CarlinJ MacTavishL Scarff
R EvansH Munro