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Violet Way Academy

Violet Way Academy


The Governing Board are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in making sure every child receives the best possible education.  Their purpose, reflected in the law, is to 'conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school'.  They have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

Overseeing the financial performance of the school with the Trust board finance Committee and making sure its money is well spent.

We are fortunate to have a strong Governing Board who are committed and work with staff to ensure that all learners achieve and fulfil their potential.  The Governing Board meet on a termly basis. In addition, the Governors meet as a Curriculum & Standards Committee every term as well as fulfilling their role as a Link Governor holding school to account.  

Our Chair of Governors is:

Mr Peter Collinson
Violet Way Academy
Violet Way
Burton on Trent
DE15 9ES

Tel: 01283 248530


Peter Collinson - Chair of Governors 

I am Pete Collinson, I am married to Sarah, have 3 children and live in Stapenhill. Originally from Cumbria, I moved to the area in 2001 and have since made Burton my home.

Professionally, I have held a number of senior commercial and analytical positions over the past 20 years in employment and I currently work for Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland as Aftermarket Sales and Extended Offer Director.

I feel my contribution will provide the opportunity to give something back to the community.

I believe it is incredibly important to help shape the young people in our area and support the school system from which I have benefited as I have grown up. It would also provide the chance for me to be more closely involved in the education of my own children and to help shape the next generation.

Hopefully the skills and experiences I have developed growing up, in education and in the career I have taken can benefit the children, help shape the future strategic direction of the academy and can be useful to the team.

Appointed January 2022

Vicki Blundell - Vice Chair of Governors 

I am a retired teacher having taught in primary schools in Birmingham, Tamworth and Burton-upon-Trent. During this time, I had the position of Staff Governor on various governing bodies and after retirement, I continued as a co-opted governor at Glascote Heath Primary School, now Glascote Academy. I became Chair of Governors at Glascote Academy in 2009 and after becoming Chair I undertook the Chairs' Development Programme which I successfully completed in 2012 and through this course, I developed both my understanding and appreciation of the role of a governor in the changing climate of education. I was, in 2015, accredited by the National College of School Leadership as a National Leader of Governance which enabled me to support other Chairs of governors and governing bodies in their development.

I have been able to use my experience and qualifications in the development of our Fierté Multi-Academy Trust and very much enjoy supporting the governing boards of schools that join our MAT.

Appointed January 2022

Mrs Kate Williams - Deputy Headteacher and Staff Governor

My name is Kate Williams and I am the Deputy Headteacher at Violet Way Academy. I have been the Deputy here since 2013. I am very fortunate to have had a range of teaching experiences and have taught in a variety of settings throughout my teaching career. I started teaching in a small rural primary school in North Wales then gained leadership experience in a large multicultural primary school locally before moving to Violet Way. After nearly 20 years I am still as passionate about teaching as I was the day I first started. I love being a teaching deputy too as I get to spend time in class with the children as well as having opportunities to develop my leadership role. I especially enjoy taking a role in all the extra curricular opportunities that Violet Way has to offer including Forest Schools, Kingswood Outdoor Residential and the Brewhouse Production at the end of Year 2.

Appointed January 2022

Louise Bieluch

Appointed January 2022

Emma Howard 

Appointed January 2022

Jane Foster 

Appointed January 2022

Mike Mander 

Appointed January 2022

James Atkin 

Appointed January 2022

Ros O'Dwyer 

Appointed January 2022

Terence Smith 

Appointed January 2022