Education Advisory Board


Education Advisory Bodies

Each Academy within the group has an Education Advisory Body (EAB), which is a sub–committee of the main Delta Board.   The responsibilities of the EABs along with their financial delegations are laid out in the Delta Governance Handbook.  The Education Advisory Body (EAB) plays a key role in the quality assurance of educational standards of each Academy. 

The EAB in conjunction with the Principal is responsible for setting strategic priorities for the academy, overseeing development planning and evaluating impact against identified priorities.  The EAB works with the Academy Senior Leadership Team to improve the whole life of the academy and its impact on the community.   Education Advisory Bodies have specific duties to provide support and constructive challenge in the areas of:

  • Educational Standards
  • Safeguarding
  • Staffing, Recruitment and HR
  • Facilities, ICT and Estate
  • Community and local issues
  • Finance and legal   

The EAB and academy staff are supported in delivering their responsibilities by the sponsor Core Team.  The core team is comprised of highly skilled professionals with a wealth of experience in the areas outlined.  There is a calendared schedule of meetings throughout the year, which are reported to Delta via the minutes of these meetings.   Local EAB member involvement in the life of the Academy is ensured via the appointment of link members, who meet the Academy Senior Leadership Team and other appropriate staff in their areas of responsibility.   

Your GLPA Education Advisory Board is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the Academy are clearly defined
  • Holding the Principal and Senior Leadership team to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure its money is well spent
  • Appointing staff and ensuring the implementation of personnel procedures
  • Determining the aims, policies and priorities of the Academy
  • Monitoring and evaluating the work of the Academy
  • Setting statutory and non statutory targets
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour
  • Ensuring that all children in the Academy have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff


 EAB Sub-Committees
The EAB operates a committee system which allows for more detailed work to be carried out by Governors.  The Committees meet prior to each EAB meeting.  Chairs of Committees report to the EAB

R Stephenson (Chair), P Gavins (Executive Principal), J Pitchfork, M Wood, Delta Finance Representative, Delta HR Representative 

V Honeyman (Chair), P Gavins (Executive Principal), L Coles, R Watson, R Stephenson, M Wood


 EAB Link Roles
The EAB have link governors who act as a link between the Academy and the EAB.  Link Governors meet with relevant members of staff within the Academy on a termly basis to ensure an effective line of communication between staff and the EAB, to ensure policy is being followed and implemented within the academy and to help EAB members gain a greater understanding of subjects and other academy matters.  Link Governors will report back to the EAB on their monitoring link visits within the academy at each meeting.


Our newsletter and details of our meetings are available to download below.


Ryan Stephenson - Chair of the GLPA EAB and Community Governor 
Maths Link
With a professional background in public relations, business and politics, I first joined Green Lane Primary Academy as a Community Governor in 2009, before the school’s conversion to academy status. I believe strong governance, independent of the local authority, is the best way to raise attainment, increase rigour and provide the very best environment in which to teach children in Garforth. As a former member of Leeds Philharmonic Chorus I am an avid supporter of arts programmes in schools and I play an active role in the local community.
If you wish to contact me you can do so, in confidence, via the academy office or in writing.

Ruth Watson - EYFS Teacher
Standards Committee Member
I have worked at GLPA since 2010 and I am currently teaching in our nursery. I also lead computing across the academy and enjoy helping develop the use of new technologies. I am a member of the Leeds Computing at Schools network. I have two boys of my own, aged 2 and 4, who keep me busy away from work. I also enjoy keeping fit, particularly running, and have recently taken up open water swimming.

Joanne Pitchfork - Senior Leader
Resources Committee Member
With a career history in banking and finance, I have worked at Green Lane since 2005 both in the classroom and, more recently, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, overseeing all non-teaching responsibilities in the academy.  I have three children who all attended Green Lane and have gone on to be very successful at Garforth Academy. My children have all been musical and active in various sports and I regularly support these activities in and out of school hours at Green Lane. I have also been an active supporter of the Garforth Arts Festival over the years providing our children with opportunities to participate in the Arts.

Mark Wood - Community
Resources  & Standards Committee Member & Curriculum Link
I’m married with 2 children, both of whom are currently at Green Lane Primary Academy.   I have recently joined the EAB at Green Lane I am looking forward to finding my feet with the role and working with the academy to continue to enhance it.  I work as a Team Leader for a Utilities company where I have been for the last 18 years as well as working with the Events team at Cancer Research UK supporting them deliver events such as Race for Life.

Victoria Honeyman - Parent
Chair of the Standards Committee & English Link
I have two children, both currently at Green Lane. I became a member of the Educational Advisory Board in late 2015 as I wanted to contribute to the school and try to help them develop the academy's already excellent reputation. In my professional life I am a lecturer in British Politics at the University of Leeds. Having spent almost my entire life in an education establishment, either as a student or as a lecturer, I believe that education is the key to helping children (and adults) fulfil their potential and develop their skills and abilities, both academically and in terms of their wellbeing and personal growth. Any spare time I have is spent with family and friends, or with my head in a good book.

Steven Baker - Parent