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Nottingham Academy

Governance - Advisory Council

Governance for the Nottingham Academy

Each Academy within the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust has its own Advisory Council (AAC) that works closely with each Principal. 

The Academy Advisory Council (AAC) is a small group and has staff parental and community representation. It is not, however, the same as a traditional governing body as it has no legal responsibilities. These responsibilities are held by the GDFT Trust Board.

The Nottingham Academy Advisory Council will be expected to meet at least termly and AAC members are encouraged to play an active part in the day to day life of the Academy.

Nottingham Academy has two vacancies for a parent councillor. We have received five applications for this vacant position and therefore need to hold an election.

The names of the applicants are below, click on the candidates name to read their personal statements. 

Mr Dave Pearce

Being the parent of an 8 year old Academy student, child development and welfare is very important to me. Aside from seeing my own son learn and develop, I enjoy witnessing the emotional growth and interaction of his peers. I am always conscious of the role that adults, including parents and teachers have in this. I believe that communication is key in all aspects of life and this is especially important between pupils, staff, parents and other stakeholders of the school.

For the past 5 years I have worked in Social Housing. This means that I have worked with vulnerable people and families in Nottinghamshire. It has become apparent to me that many of the problems that these people have, start whilst at school. In my view, this puts extra emphasis on the needs for stable relationships, consultation and leadership from the school.

My specific working role is managing mental health supported housing. Due to this, I come into contact with people from all walks of life and have to be confident communicating with doctors, social workers, councillors, emergency services as well as our tenants, some of whom who exhibit challenging behaviour. I have a very diverse staff team and I am comfortable dealing with people of challenging behaviour. I am comfortable dealing with people of all ages, cultures, economic and social backgrounds.

I also have experience of dealing with complaints as well as the process of investigation should it be necessary. I have lived in the local area (NG2 & NG4) for the past 14 years, have a good awareness of local resources, local issues and have strong personal morals and ethics.

I feel that I would be a useful resource for the Advisory Council and would relish the opportunity to be involved. I am able to take leave from work with relative short notice so would be available to meet the requirements of the role.

Mrs Nicola Jeffery 

I am a 38 year old parent of 8 children all of which have attended the Nottingham Academy from nursery through to Year 11. I have a vested interest in the school and throughout the years I have supported the school in various activities from sports days, swimming activity and trips.

I feel I have a good rappor with staff, parents and children within the school and this role on the Advisory Council is close to my heart. As a member of the community and with support from the Trust together we can tackle local issues and ensure that expectations and standards of all children within the Academy are achieved.

Mr Abdulrasheed Sadiq

I have four children, two enrolled in the Academy and the other two in Primary school. I want to be involved with educational and character development of my children as well as all children in the community. I strongly believe methods and manner of instructions, core values and codes of conduct/acceptable behaviour children are exposed to, particularly teenage years, largely influence life choices they make moving to adulthood.

I am a resident of the community and volunteer in General Advice at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum assessing educational and other needs of asylum seekers and refugees who constitute a significant percentage of population within the community and therefore conversant with community needs and interests.

Miss Danielle Edinborough

I would like to be a council member as I am very interested in what is going on with education at the moment. At present I do not have any experience relevant to this role but I’m willing to work my best and learn what is needed. This role will also help me further my ambition of working with kids alongside the voluntary work I do at a day nursery.

Mrs Hayley Howard

I wish to become a council member as I have a range of skills and experience that means I am well placed to support the development of our young people within the school.

Firstly, I have 3 children who have all attended the school and grown up in Sneinton. I have been part of the community for nearly 2 decades and have been involved in the management of other schools in the area and I am also involved with other community groups that work closely with the council and other agencies such as the Police.

I am also a qualified occupational Therapist that works with people who live with mental health problems. I am particularly passionate about the mental wellbeing of our children and believe that parents and schools can work well together on this issue to ensure every child reaches their best potential, whether creatively, academically or to just be the best person they can be. I pride myself on my communication skills I am assertive but also respectful and compassionate. I feel that I have many skills that could support school to create harmonious relationships with the community around them and help the young people of Nottingham Academy to flourish.


Each parent or carer of each pupil on roll at the Nottingham Academy has a vote. You can vote electronically below/. Paper versions will also be available at all Academy receptions.

If you wish to do a paper vote, please return to the Academy reception, in a sealed envelope marked ‘parent academy election’, no later than 12.00 midday on Thursday 12 July 2018.

The role of the Nottingham Academy Advisory Council

The AAC has three key roles:

1.     To advise and act as a critical friend to the Principal of the Academy and to advise the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Academies Trust about local issues they need to consider that affect the Academy.  
2. To represent the interests of the Academy community in the running of the Academy and to represent the Academy in its community.
3. To provide support to the Principal of the Academy in undertaking appropriate day to day procedures that are essential to the life of the Academy, such as disciplinary and complaints procedures.

Membership of the Nottingham Academy Advisory Council

  • up to four community members
  • a minimum of two parent members of a pupil at the Academy
  • up to two members of staff at the Academy
  • the Principal of the Academy
  • Trust Senior Education Adviser
Community Members:     Vacancy
Trevor Frost
Hamish Elliott
Cllr David Mellen
Parent Member:


Kate Hussain
Yasmin Kabia-Walsh 

Staff Members: Ann Belton
Tiffany Jackson-Bieeu
Principal: Ged Rae
Senior Education Adviser: Elspeth Sharp