Academy Advisory Board


At The Vale Primary Academy, we understand that starting school is an important step in your child’s life and we aim to make your child’s time with us as happy, enjoyable and successful as we possibly can.

We believe very strongly in a meaningful partnership with parents. Staff and Academy Advisory Body members all work together to support your child’s learning to help them achieve the best they can. 

Your views are important to us and we welcome your comments on how well the academy is doing and ways in which you think we can improve.  

The role of the Academy Advisory Body

The Academy Advisory Body is a corporate body. They have considerable responsibilities working as part of a governing body but not as individuals.

The Academy Advisory Body sets the general direction of the school, with the main aim always being to provide a high standard of education for all pupils of all abilities.

Members do not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school as this is the role of the Principal and senior leadership team.

The main role of the Academy Advisory Body is to:-

  • Help the academy to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets and priorities for school improvement.
  • Constantly keep the work of the academy under review, developing, agreeing and reviewing policies to ensure they will help to raise standards.
  • Have a clear understanding of the work of the academy, offer support and advice but also questioning and challenging in order to make improvements.
  • Help the academy respond to the needs of parents and the wider community
  • Hold the academy accountable to the public for what it does.

The Academy Advisory Body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the children, parents and community.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact the academy. Email:

If you have any concerns, ideas or would simply like to make contact with our Chair of AAB, you can make contact using the Academy email address or postal address marked clearly for their attention.

The postal address is: 

The Vale Primary Academy
Ferrybridge Road
WF11 8JF

Meeting Dates


  • Wednesday 19th October 2022 
  • Monday 5th December 2022 
  • Monday 24th April 2023 
  • Wednesday 12th July 2023 
Finance & Resources:
  • Wednesday 11 January 2023
  • Monday 24th April 2023
  • Wednesday 12th July 2023

Academy Advisory Board Members


Lasse Tonnesen
SEND, LAC and Disadvantaged
Health and Safety

Sarah Birkby
Vice Chair

David Irving
Associate Executive Principle

Jag Singh
Head of Academy

Helen Burton-Laws

Aggie Wilkosz
Quality of Education and Standards

Suzanne Brain
Behaviour and Attendance

Rodger Dawson
Child Protection and Safeguarding

Chris Parkinson

You can find out more about our Academy Advisory Board.