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;
· 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
Members of the Local Governing Body in addition to Dr Susan Dowling:
Revd Dr John Barrett
I am a Methodist Church nominee to the LGB. I am is an ordained Methodist Minister. I have 27 years experience of headship, in three schools, in the UK and overseas. I have previously taught in comprehensive and independent schools. I have degrees from Newcastle, Cambridge and Florida Southern Universities. I have been Chair of the World Methodist Council Education Committee and Vice-chair of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities and recently chaired the Education Commission of the British Methodist Church. I am also a governor of two other church schools. I am now retired and live near Cambridge.
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 Cliff Kendall
Previously a member of the Temporary Governing Body during construction of the building, I accepted an invitation to serve on the LGB on the opening of the new Academy. During my working life I have held a directorship of a professional services company and held various operational management posts in financial services and NHS primary care. Now retired, I am a governor of Alconbury School, trustee director of Citizens Advice Rural Cambs and a trustee of Alconbury Memorial Hall. I aim to use my skills, experience and growing knowledge of how primary schools to support the development of Ermine Street Church Academy as it establishes itself in this new community.
Mrs Rebecca Britton
Governing Body Register Of Interests
Dr Susan Dowling Chair of Governors. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.
Mr Cliff Kendall Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance & Estates Committee. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - Also a governor at Alconbury C of E Primary School.
Mrs Rebecca Britton Chair of Personnel Committee. Business interests - Urban & Civic PLC, Communications, Communities and Partnerships. Pecuniary interests - none.
Revd Dr John Barrett Chair of Standards & Ethos Committee. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.
Mr Adrian Shepherd Headteacher. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.
Miss Ali Machin Staff Governor. Business interests - none. Pecuniary interests - none.