The Academy Council collectively provide a challenge and support function to the Head of Academy and the Senior Leadership Team.

The setting of rigorous and clear targets, and the frequent detailed monitoring and questioning of progress, is fundamental to providing the educational aspirations that Inspire Academy desires for all its students.

The Academy Council of an academy or Free School is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote excellent pupil outcomes.  Its duties include:

  • Holding the Headteacher to account as a "critical friend"
  • Supporting the Headteacher
  • Agree policies delegated to this Council
  • Making visits to the school to meet staff and pupils
  • Monitoring the spend of the delegated budget, including Pupil Premium


Our Governors

Michael Gray Co-opted Governor and Chair
Sheila Kitchener Co-opted Governor and Vice Chair
Lynn Sims Co-opted Governor - Behaviour/RRS link
Lynda Harris Co-opted Governor - Headteacher of Wandle Valley Academy
Peter Rice Teaching Staff Governor
Brittany Durling Non-Teaching Staff Governor
Julie Knowles Co-opted Governor
Dawn Burkinshaw Co-opted Governor

Eleni Kyriazi

Co-opted Governor

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest and Attendance

Sheila Kitchener

Sheila is the Vice Chair of Academy Council for Inspire Academy in Chatham. Her background is within education, firstly as a PE teacher and then, after taking post. grad qualifications, she moved into SEN management and Dyslexia. She has taught for 45 years across all key stages and all management levels. She set up the first Dyslexia unit in a mainstream school in 1986 and then advised on others that they created in Kent. At present she tutors trainees, within the Royal Engineers, who have Dyslexia. Apart from being chair of the AC, she also volunteers for two other posts, firstly as a member of an advisory panel for 11-25’s with EHCPs, for the National Association of SEN (NASEN). Secondly, she is a member at her local hospital and form part of an observation team who carry out regular checks on the hospital’s care environment.


Lynn Sims

Lynn has worked in Education for over 27 years and is currently an Inclusion Manager for Medway Council where she managed a small team. Her background is mainly behaviour support. She has had the pleasure of working in all types of educational settings from primary, secondary and special.


Lynda Harris

Lynda didn’t become a teacher until 1999, previously she was a Youth Worker and ran the Outreach Support for Hertfordshire. Alongside this, she was a Teaching Assistant in a large secondary school and an Outdoor Educational leader. Before Wandle Valley, she ran the behaviour support unit in a secondary school and assisted in the behaviour support across the borough. During her working career she has delivered CPD in a number of schools and in a DFE setting.