Local Governing Body

What do our Governors do?

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include: 

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

The Esteem Valley Academy’s local governing board operates within the broader Esteem Multi Academy Trust governance structure. To see the register of interests for The Esteem MAT Members, Trustees, Executive Team and Accounting Officer click on the link: Central Governance Documents | Esteem MAT

To access the Esteem Multi Academy Trust central governance and financial information which includes the Esteem MAT Articles of Association, Funding Agreement, our audited accounts and Annual Report click on the link: Statutory Documents| Esteem MAT

To access more information on how we structure governance within our Trust, the remit of those in a governance role and our Scheme of Delegation  click on the link:Governance | Esteem MAT

Natasha Marley

Parent Governor/Anti Bullying link

“I have had several roles and responsibilities over the years, from working in nurseries and running my own business and I particularly enjoyed my time as a Wedding Planner. I have gained a range of skills and experience in these roles but my greatest accomplishment is being a full-time mum to my three amazing children.

I joined Esteem Valley Academy as a governor after my son was referred to the school. I thought it would be beneficial to understand my son’s journey and I hope to support the many others that come out of the mainstream school system.”

Alexandra Murray

Vice Chair of Governors

“I’m Alex and I joined the Governing Board in Spring 2023. I decided to become a school governor because I wanted to do something worthwhile with my time, and contribute to the community. The role can be challenging and provides many development and learning opportunities, those things are not just for students! Re-engaging with the education system after leaving school….some years ago!…has been a learning curve, particularly working with an academy. It’s been interesting to understand the role of governors, and how we can have a positive impact on the lives of our young people, which is something I hope to continue participating in for a long while to come..”

Tom Bingham

Co-opted Governor/Safeguarding link/Wellbeing link/SEND link

Kevin Wildrianne


Helena Gibson

Staff Governor

Sophia Fox

Co-opted Governor


Parent Governor

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