Welcome to Teesville Primary School’s Local Academy Council

The Local Academy Council is the school’s accountable body. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The council aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being and keeps them safe.


What does the Academy Council do?

The council sets the strategic direction of the school by:
Setting the values, aims and objectives for the school
Agreeing the policy framework for achieving those aims and objectives
Setting targets
Agreeing the School Improvement Plan which includes approving the budget and agreeing the staffing structure

The council challenges and supports the school by monitoring, reviewing and evaluating:
The implementation and effectiveness of the policy framework
Progress towards targets
The implementation and effectiveness of the School Improvement Plan
The budget and the staffing structure
Conducts self-evaluation

The Academy Council ensures accountability by:
Responding to Ofsted reports when necessary                                                  

Holding the Head Teacher to account for the performance of the school, through support and challenge
Ensuring parents and pupils are involved, consulted and informed as appropriate
Making available information to the community.

Meet our Local Academy Councillors
  • Mrs Valerie Cadd


    Mrs Valerie Cadd

    Chair of Governors .

    I became a governor because I believe every child has a right to a high quality education and to attend an Outstanding School.

    I was a teacher with a special interest in working with pupils with Special Educational Needs for over 30 years before I retired. I am also Chair of Governors at St. John’s C.E. Academy Darlington where I have been a Foundation Governor since 1998.

    In 2016 I became a National Leader of Governance. Being designated as a NLG gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge of Governing matters with other Governors.

    I am a member of St. John's Darlington Parochial Church Council and am also a member of Darlington Deanery Synod.

    I am also very actively involved with Girlguiding U.K. and I am currently Girlguiding Durham South's President.

  • Mrs Jeannette Carroll

    Vice Chair

    I joined the governing body of Teesville Primary School in January 2016 and I have previously been a governor at St. Peters RC School and enjoyed the experience. As a life-long resident, I am interested in giving back to my community and am invested in trying to help children enjoy school and achieve their personal best. My business/project management background and 30 years work experience make me a well minded and process skills I believe will contribute to my role.

  • Mrs Sharon Weston

    Head of School

  • Mrs Jill Ashman

    Head of School

  • Mrs Gillian Coleman

    Parent Governor

    I was first appointed as a parent governor in 2014 and continue to serve as a governor until 2020. I spent my career as an entertainer from the age of 17, working both nationally and internationally. I was born and brought up in Normanby and after spending 22 years in the South of England, I am happy to be back in my home town. I have taught stage dance to both adults and children and I am currently part of the crew for a local Modern Jive Company. I was appointed director of a company based in North Wales in 2012 to present. In 2014, I was elected Chair of the PTA at Teesville Primary School and I also have a son who attends the school.

  • Mrs Marian Lester

    Co-Opted Governor

    I joined the governing body of Teesville Primary School in 2016 having previously taught at the school for 20 years. I wanted to maintain contact with the staff and pupils, and to continue to contribute to improving and supporting the school. My experiences over my 20 years in education have provided me with some of the necessary skills I believe will support me in ensuring the necessary roles and responsibilites are fully carried out.
    I have strong links with the local church, St. Georges and help support a Toddler Group during the week. Once a week, I provide a Prayer Group with two other members of the church within school on behalf of any staff or pupils. Alongside this, we also support in enhancing the SMSC and well being of pupils by running Prayer Space activites and events within school.

    I live locally and have done so for a number of years and very much want to continue to provide support and challenge for Teesville, which is at the heart of the community.

  • Mrs Geraldine Faint

    Co-opted Governor

Mr Chris Kelly
Parent Governor
  • Mr David Walker

    Clerk to the Governors