Academy Council

Outwood Academy Valley is a proud member of the Outwood Family, therefore ultimate responsibility for our academy rests with the Outwood Grange Academies Trust Board of Trustees. However, some of the work of the board is delegated to the Academy Council, who are the Governors of the Academy.

Our Academy Council is a sub-committee of the Outwood Board and its role is to carry the Outwood vision, values, policies and priorities forward while providing internal assurance and, in addition, to develop and strengthen the academy's links with the local community.

The Academy Council is made up of governors who are expected to question, challenge and support the school's leadership. Some Governors are appointed by the Trust and others are elected by parents or carers of children who attend Outwood Academy Valley

The Outwood Academy Valley Academy Council

Name/RoleDate of AppointmentTerm of Office Ends
Mr Andrew Forster
Chair of Local Governing Body
Foundation/sponsor members
Mr James Booth
Local Governor
Elected by parents
Mr David Cavill
Local Governor
Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal
Mr Stephen Merrick
Local Governor
Appointed by foundation/Trust
Mrs Emma Rodgers
Local Governor
Elected by parents
Mrs Rebecca Whyles
Local Governor
Foundation/sponsor members

To contact the Chair of Governors, please email

The Outwood Board and our Academy Council, and their members, will at all times uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life, known as the Nolan Principles. More details of these can be found here.

Each of the above bodies have detailed Terms of Reference which set out their roles and responsibilities and functions. the authority of each group is controlled by the Board via the Scheme of Delegation. You can find out more about this, and about the Outwood Family Board of Trustees here.