As Chair of Governors and on behalf of the Governing Body I would like to say a warm welcome to Ermine Street Church Academy Primary School.  


I was appointed as Chair of Governors by the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust (DEMAT)  with effect from the 8th September 2016, shortly after the formal opening of the school at the beginning of the Autumn term – a really exciting time in the school’s history!  I have a background of over forty years in Education, many of those as a headteacher, and am passionate about teaching and learning and ensuring that we maximise learning opportunities for the children in our care.

As Governors, we all delighted to be part of the new and exciting venture that is Ermine Street Church Academy and will be working in partnership with the Head Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and all staff to act as a ‘strategic partner’ to:

·         strive for the highest educational standards and promote best practice;

·         put the welfare and needs of our children at the centre of everything we do;

·         sustain the inclusive Church School ethos of our school and maintain a strong relationship with parents and the local community.

Our Governing Body will meet regularly to monitor and continually improve all aspects of school life including the curriculum, personnel, finance, school policies, resources as well as standards of education and achievement.   The core purpose of the School Governing Body is to:

·         Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

·         Hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

·         Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

There is a Full Governing Body Meeting each half term with separate meetings of the following sub-committees:

·         Finance and Estates;

·         Personnel;

·         Standards and Ethos.

We are looking forward to working with the school and you and your children throughout their education at Ermine Street.

Dr Susan Dowling

Chair of Governors, Safeguarding Governor

The Chair of Governors can be contacted via the school office (01480 276510 or or in person)


Members of the Local Governing Body in addition to Dr Susan Dowling:

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Mrs Rebecca Britton

Rebecca is the Head of Communities and Partnerships for Urban&Civic, working on the regeneration of the former airfield at Huntingdon to create Alconbury Weald. She has been involved in the development of the school from the early vision. 

With a background in marketing, media handling, stakeholder engagement and corporate development for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Forestry Commission, and for regional and national Government, Rebecca also leads the engagement of local business partners and communities in the development of Alconbury Weald, and heads up the ambitious jobs and skills agenda for the development. She brings these personal skills to the Governing Body as well as the full corporate support and expertise of Urban&Civic and their wider contractors and consultant team.


Mr Frank Cannon

I joined the Board of Governors in Spring 2017 to represent the St Neots and Huntingdon Methodist Circuit and since then I have tried to become actively involved in the life of this wonderful school and am now Vice-Chair of Governing Body.

 I am a local person having been born and spent all my life in Huntingdonshire having gone to Brampton Primary School and then on to St. Peters School in Huntingdon.

 I have had a varied career path first starting off in retail before moving on to being a Work Study Practitioner, both in industry and local authorities.  I then joined Cambridgeshire Constabulary and served as police officer in Huntingdon and Kimbolton.    My career path then took a major change and I became an Education Welfare Officer and during this time attended Nene College in Northampton where I obtained my Certificate of Qualification in Social Work.

 I was then able to combine my police and social work experience to become a Community Safety Officer where I mainly concentrated on helping develop initiatives to divert young people from crime.  I was also involved in the development and promotion of the public space CCTV programme in Huntingdonshire. This led to a two-year secondment to a national organisation supporting and promoting community safety throughout the UK.  On my return to Huntingdonshire District Council I was then asked to continue to manage the CCTV system and also develop the authority’s response to the Civil Contingencies Act and its Emergency Planning response.

Since ‘retiring’ in 2011 I have been kept busy and am now currently employed part-time by the St Neots and Huntingdon Methodist Circuit as its administrator.  I am also training to be a local preacher.


Mrs Adeela Qasim, Parent Governor


Revd. Rob Paddison, Ex Officio

Governing Body Register Of Interests

Dr Susan Dowling   Chair of Governors. Chair of Finance & Estates Committee. Safeguarding Governor. Appointed September 2016. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mrs Rebecca Britton   Chair of Personnel Committee. Appointed from TGB. Business interests - Urban & Civic PLC, Communications, Communities and Partnerships. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mr Frank Cannon Vice Chair of Governors. Chair of Standards & Ethos Committee. Appointed March 2017. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mrs Adeela Qasim   Parent Governor. Health & Safety Governor. Appointed July 2017. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Revd. Rob Paddison Appointed October 2018. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mr Adrian Shepherd   Headteacher. Appointed from TGB. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - family member works in another DEMAT school.

Miss Ali Machin   Staff Governor. Appointed November 2016. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Governors' attendance

Governors are volunteers who give a great deal of their time to the benefit of the school. Their contribution is greatly appreciated. We recognise that Governors may not be able to attend every meeting because of personal and work commitments.

Governors' attendance 2017-18

Dr Susan Dowling - attended 8 out of a possible 9 meetings

Mrs Rebecca Britton - attended 5 out of a possible 9 meetings 

Mr Frank Cannon - attended 8 out of a possible 9 meetings

Mrs Elisabeth Blake - attended 6 out of a possible 9 meetings

Mr Cliff Kendall - attended 4 out of a possible 5 meetings. Mr Kendall resigned as a Governor 31st January 2018.

Miss Ali Machin - attended 9 out of a possible 9 meetings 

Mr Adrian Shepherd - attended 9 out of a possible 9 meetings

Mr Brain Meyer - attended 3 out of a possible 9 meetings

Mrs Adeela Qasim attended 6 out of a possible 9 meetings


For information on the members of the DEMAT board please click here.