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

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.


Mrs Adeela Qasim, Parent Governor


Governing Body Register Of Interests

Dr Susan Dowling   Chair of Governors.   Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

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

Mr Frank Cannon Chair of Standards & Ethos Committee. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mr Brian Meyer   Parent Governor. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mrs Adeela Qasim   Parent Governor. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Mrs Elisabeth Blake   Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

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

Miss Ali Machin   Staff Governor. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.

Governors' attendance 2016-17

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.

Dr Susan Dowling - attended 7 out of a possible 11 meetings

Mrs Rebecca Britton - attended 8 out of a possible  11 meetings 

Mr Frank Cannon -attended 4 out of a possible 4 meetings

Mrs Elisabeth Blake - attended 2 out of a possible 4 meetings

Revd John Barrett - attended 8 out of a possible 11 meetings 

Mr Cliff Kendall - attended 10 out of a possible 11 meetings

Miss Ali Machin - attended 8 out of a possible 9 meetings 

Mr Adrian Shepherd - attended 11 out of a possible 11 meetings


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