Somerdale Academy Development  Council

As an Academy, Somerdale Educate Together is governed by the Educate Together Academy Trust Board, comprised of highly skilled professionals volunteering to ensure our schools are well run. 

However, it is essential to the running of the school that parents, staff and the local community have a voice through representation on the school's Academy Development Council. Prior to opening we refer to this as the Shadow Council.

The Shadow Council is comprised of local volunteers, generously giving up their time and expertise to ensure the school develops to reflect the community it works within. The Council also acts as a line of communication between the school and the Trust Board and as such has one Trust representative. 

Current council members are:

Dee-Anne Bruce, Chair

Lois Lambkin

Richard Vanstone

Kara Gosden

Jenny Grinsted, Trust Representative

Joanna Barr, Headteacher

Nikki Buglass, Development Officer

At the end of the school's first term, the Shadow Council ceases with the election of council members from new staff and parent body. Community representation is also chosen and the new Academy Development Council begins. Elections are held annually until the school reaches capacity to ensure all parents and staff are represented. 

If you would like further information about the Council or have any queries you wish to raise with the Chair please email