The Governing Body


Victoria Primary Academy is part of the Wellspring Academy Trust and is a federated governing body with our sister school Ebor Gardens within Leeds.
A single governing body is responsible for both schools with three key roles:

  • in consultation with the Trust, we decide the vision, ethos and strategic direction of our schools;
  • we hold the Executive Principal and her senior staff to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils;
  • we oversee the financial performance of the schools and make sure that money is well spent.

We formed a new Local Governing Body in October 2020 and have a compliment of governors who come from all walks of life within and beyond the local community in Leeds. These governors bring a wide skillset to the LGB which helps support the school from the quality of education to the business and financial aspects of school management. The details of the current members of the LGB are below.

Our Governors have a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience which they bring to this important role, and meet at least every half term to look at all aspects of the life and work of the schools.  Many of the Governors are linked with specific aspects of the life of the schools and make regular reports to the governing body.


Meet the Team


Ian Hague-Brown – Trust appointed Chair of Governors
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: Leadership and Management, Safeguarding and Behaviour, Pay Committee
Declarations of Interest: Teacher at Co-op Academy Grange, Chair of Governors at Springwell Academy, Leeds (Wellspring Academy Trust)
Bio: Ian has worked with Wellspring Academy Trust as a Chair for several years in Leeds and Grimsby. He is a National Leader of Governance and is also Chair at Springwell Leeds Academy. Ian works in a secondary school in Bradford in which he is a Curriculum Leader in charge of Humanities subjects. He works closely with Sam Bailey on the Ebor/Victoria LGB as part of the Leadership and Management link within his remit as Chair.

Sam Bailey – Ex-Officio – Executive Principal
Term: n/a
Links: n/a
Declarations of Interest: None
Bio: Sam has led very significant change management programmes in order to secure success and has had a very significant impact in all of her schools. Sam is Executive Principal for Ebor Gardens Primary Academy, Victoria Primary Academy and for the Barnsley Primary Partnership.

Annie Dobbie – Staff Governor
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Declarations of Interest: Teacher at Ebor Gardens Primary Academy
Bio: Annie has been a teacher at Ebor Gardens Academy for the past two years and has loved being part of the Ebor team. She decided to become a staff governor as she wanted to gain an insight into the wider running of the school and to understand how an effective governing body is structured and run. Annie would like to contribute to the decision making process to help make the children’s learning experiences the best it can be.

Rebecca Kaye – Staff Governor
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Declarations of Interest: Teacher at Victoria Primary Academy
Bio: Rebecca has been a teacher at Victoria Primary since 2014 and has worked in upper key stage 2 during this time.  She has had experience on the Governing Body for Ebor Gardens and Victoria Primary Academy before, and has recently joined the Governing Body again as a Staff Governor. Rebecca’s Curriculum Teams are Science and RE, she also enjoys listening to the students’ opinions as part of the School Council Team.

Ann-Marie Walker – Trust Appointed Governor
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: SEND and Behaviour
Declarations of Interest: Associate Principal at Springwell Academy, Leeds
Bio: Ann-Marie has been a headteacher for over 9 years working in pupil referral units, alterative provision and special schools. She is currently Associate Principal of Springwell Academy Leeds, a school supporting learners with social emotional and mental health needs aged 5-16 years old. Ann-Marie is passionate about inclusive education and trauma informed organisations. She is also a mum to a 5-year-old who has just started primary school herself.

Adetohun Ojo (Ade) – Parent Governor
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Declarations of Interest: None
Bio: Ade is married and has two children. She and her family moved to the UK over two years ago from their home country of Nigeria.  After studying  Bachelors of Art in Philosophy in 2013, Ade went on to lead volunteering opportunities and taught secondary students in Christian Religious knowledge in Delta State-Nigeria, where she developed people management skills and obtained a passion for learning and development. Ade is currently studying CIPD Level3 Diploma in Human Resources and has joined Keyfort as an Education Support Worker.

Rachel Sharples – Trust Appointed Governor
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: Safeguarding Lead
Declarations of Interest: Vice Principal at White Rose Academies since 2021, Designated Safeguarding Lead at White Rose Academies since 2021
Bio: Rachel is a senior leader for school improvement across a multi academy trust based in Leeds. She has a proven track record in the leadership of the Quality of Education and last year saw one school become the sixth most improved nationally. In 2019 Rachel completed her NPQSL and more recently has gained accreditation from Harvard University focusing on the collaborative use of data to drive forward standards in Teaching and Learning.

Isaac Opoku- Trust Appointed Governor
Term: 14th October 2020 – 14th October 2024
Links: Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Declarations of Interest: Church of Christ – Leeds Central (Member) since 2009
Bio: Isaac Kwadwo Opoku is a former teacher and hold Msc in Risk, Disaster and Environmental Management. He has been working with Northern Railway for the past ten years. Isaac is a Faith Leader and a charity trustee. As a former teacher, the best educational development of our children and the youth is his concern and priority and he is pleased to be part of Governors of Ebor Gardens and Victoria Primary and hopes to team up with the Governors along with management to aid the academies a success.


Key Information: 


Key Contacts

Wellspring Academy Trust
Digital Media Centre
County Way
S70 2JW

Interested in Becoming A Governor?

If you are looking for information regarding joining the Governing Body or for Local Governing Body minutes, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01226 720741 or emailing