Governing Body

Our Local Academy Governing Board is made with a combination of RSA Nominated Governor's, Parents and school nominated Governors, creating a Body of 9 Governors in total.

Local Academy Governing Board Model

  • 2 x RSA Appointed (inc Chair) – Peter Redfern and John Howard
  • 1 Parent – Suzy Cameron
  • 1 Staff – Lisa Wardley
  • 1 Principal – Guy Shears
  • 1 Community – Richard Davies
  • 3 Other – Juliet Brunner; Ron Colebrook; Peter  Hughes
  • 2 Co-opted (voting) 


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Meet our Governors



Peter Redfern. BA, NPQH, FRSA.  Chair of Governors 2015-2017
 I am hugely proud of being associated with Arrow Vale. Both my daughters were pupils at Tenacres, then St.Peter’s/Ipsley and then through to the high school. I have a background in education, and I am keen to ‘pay back’ the tremendous start they have had. I have been a Governor at Arrow Vale for about nine years, and have seen some incredible changes. I believe in every child’s entitlement to the highest standards in education, irrespective of where they live. Some very significant, and often difficult decisions have, and will continue to be made to ensure that students at RSA Academy share a culture of hard work and success. RSA Academy Arrow Vale is striving for outstanding outcomes and I see my role as supporting this drive by offering my advice, expertise and experiences as well as my time.   

Peter is also a Director of the Redditch RSA Academies Trust.

Term of office ends August 31st 2017


Guy Shears – BA Hons, P.G.C.E, M Ed, NPQH, FRSA.

Principal RSA Academy Arrow Vale.

Strategic Director of Redditch RSA Academies Trust

It has been my privilege to the the Principal of Arrow Vale since January 2010. I was previously a Headteacher and before that Deputy Headteacher in a range of inner-city schools in Birmingham and Coventry.

 Term of Office – with post


John Howard –FRSA - RSA Nominated Governor 

John, who has worked in the education sector for over 40 years, is delighted to be supporting the development of the RSA Academy Arrow Vale in Redditch, as a nominated RSA Governor.

Since his retirement from full-time employment as a College Principal in the FE/HE sector, he has through the establishment of his own successful consultancy firm, worked with a range of secondary schools and colleges across a number of local authority areas, providing support in terms of post-inspection requirements, school improvement planning and curriculum development.

John also works as a Lay Member/Non Executive Director in the NHS in Staffordshire.

 Term of office ends August 31st 2017


Ron Colebrook – Governor

I have been a governor at the school for over 18 years, initially as a Parent Governor, as an Authority Governor nominated by Redditch Borough Council, and currently as an Appointed Governor by the School to the Local Governing Body.  Previous to Arrow Vale I was also Governor at Moatfield and Ipsley Middle schools.

My two daughters and son have gone through the pyramid system and educated here at Arrow Vale, and I have being proud to watch them and their many friends grow up into young adults and latterly parents.

 I have served on and chaired a number of committees, including Finance and  Resources, and believe that it is the role of Arrow Vale to provide the best possible teaching ensuring that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.    

   Term of office ends August 31st 2018




Peter Anthony Hughes - Governor

I have been a Community Governor at Arrow Vale since 2004. Up to my early retirement in 2002 I had taught in secondary schools for 32 years, 28 years of which had been in Redditch, ending up as a Head of Faculty. I have 5 grandchildren, three of whom are in First School in Redditch. I hold a Bachelor Of Arts Joint Honours Degree from the University of Wales,a Certificate in Education from the University of Reading and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Biirmingham. I also gained a BTEC Advanced Certificate in School Governance from Worcester College of Technology.    

 Term of office ends August 31st 2017



Juliet Brunner – FRSA - Governor

I am an experienced Governor having served on various Governing bodies in Redditch for over 20 years.

I have lived in Redditch for 26 years and served on a number of schools in the Arrow Vale pyramid  including Moatfield Middle School, Claybrook First School ,Matchborough First School, Roman Way First School and Ipsley CE Middle school.  I have a background in Nursing and have a keen interest in special needs education.  My three children have all attended Arrow Vale and have received an excellent education. Two of them have gone on to study at University they have gained good degrees and are now studying Postgraduate courses.The other works for a well known Redditch based retail company. I also am privileged to serve as the local Councillor for Matchborough. I am pleased to be able to facilitate opportunities for our students to join in community events such as the Christmas luncheon and local consultations.  I also hold Youth PACTs at the school with Police to give our young people a voice on things in the community that matter to them and meet with the Student Council.

Term of office ends August 31st  2020


Richard Davies - Governor

I have lived in Redditch for 11 years and am married with one son. I was invited to become a school governor 2 years ago and was delighted to join such a vibrant and enthusiastic team of governors.

I am the owner / manager of a successful electrical contracting business in Birmingham, established over 30 years ago. This has allowed me to gain expertise in areas such as tendering of contracts, procurement, and health and safety. As a Governor at Arrow Vale I am able to help the school provide a better infrastructure to develop the children's education and provide a business view when governing body decisions are needed.

Term of office ends August 31st 2020

Mrs Lisa Wardley – Staff Governor

I have worked at Arrow Vale since 2009, initially managing a behaviour modification programme then appointed as Head of Year in 2011.

My previous work experience includes 20 years providing Information, Advice and Guidance to long term unemployed, providing holistic support for social and emotional issues. I also worked for 4 years within Criminal Justice, providing resettlement support to young offenders. I have a good working knowledge of the social issues that affect our students and many years of experience dealing with disadvantaged groups.

As a parent to two teenage children myself I understand the importance of fairness, honesty and reliability and these are qualities that I pride myself on. 

 Elected until August 31st 2016


Ms Suzy Cameron – Parent Governor

Elected until August 31st 2016





Mrs Jessica Mathews -  Clerk to the Redditch RSA Academies Trust, Clerk to Local Academy Governing Board of Arrow Vale.

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