Welton CE Academy and Newnham Primary School are governed by a Joint Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors on the Joint ASC are:
David HuckinDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
David was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 28 October 2013. He grew up in the area and is thankful for all the opportunities he now has and appreciates how the community helped to steer his future when he was young. After a number of years working away, David settled back into the area and wanted to give back to the community in which he lived. David is Chair for 3 of the 4 schools in the area and he has occasional involvement with other schools in the Trust as well. When David joined as a governor, he was an Education Consultant and worked with schools in Special Measures to make improvements. He therefore has a long history of looking at all aspects of school life in order to drive change and improve outcomes for the students of those schools. His subject specialisms were Science, Maths & ICT. David is also very passionate about the Rewards and Sanctions systems, Safeguarding and Data/Results. These are the areas he continues to keep a very close eye on as a governor. In more recent years David left the education system and went back to university to retrain. He is now a frontline NHS Paramedic, where he continues to serve the community. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, Walking and Kayaking.
John EdwardsDRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
James DenneyDRET Appointed Governor
James was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 3 March 2017. He has an active interest in, and passion for, learning and education and has been predominantly engaged in UK Professional Military Education (PME) for the last decade, although more recently in the Higher Education (HE) sector. He offers the knowledge, skills and experiences he has accrued over the years for the benefit of the academies. James has a broad history of Further and Higher Education (MSc, MBA, PGDip, PGCE/QTLS) and is a qualified Programme and Project Manager. He is also a qualified Level 7 Coach and a Senior Fellow of the HEA. He brings to the ASC a wealth of operational military leadership and management experience gained from a 23 year career in the Royal Navy. James remains a keen Sportsmen and tries to remain active in Football including grassroots coaching, Squash and exploring the great outdoors with family. Both his children attend Newnham Primary School. In his spare time, he also enjoys reading.
Adam DrakeDRET Appointed Governor
Adam was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 22 December 2020, as he wanted to provide as much support as possible to his daughters' school, and to share his passion for inclusive and progressive education. Adam is a Leader of Learning, working with students that are unable to attend mainstream school settings due to physical and mental health difficulties. He is also the careers leader for the academies. Prior to this he was a SENCO and ran a DSP for students on the autistic spectrum. Adam is dedicated to ensuring inclusive education for those with differences. He enjoys making music, Art and travel.
Stacey DrakeDRET Appointed Governor
Stacey was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 22 December 2020. She is passionate about education and wanted to extend her support and relevant skills to the academies. Her daughter attends Newnham Primary School. Her working life consists of being a careers and employability leader and a trained career guidance practitioner within a special educational school. She has worked and taught in education for over 10 years. She has experience of working with young people with additional needs, an extensive network of supportive local employers and community groups. Her passion is to support young people to dream big, raise aspirations, and celebrate differences as strengths. In her spare time, she loves to travel and spend quality time with her family.
Allison DaffernDRET Appointed Governor
Allison was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 14 February 2020. She believes being a governor plays an important role and as a resident in Daventry she wanted to give something back to the community. Allison has the link governor responsibility for EYFS. She works for TDL Genetics as the postnatal Manager of the constitutional cytogenetics Lab, which has given her a good grounding in management. As a Clinical scientist, she oversees training and development of staff, has experience of communicating with a broad range of people and is heavily involved in the regular ISO inspections providing accreditation for the lab. Allison is passionate about science, as reflected in her choice of career. She also cares about the local community and has helped run the parent toddlers group at the village hall for the last five years.
Tanya BeckerFoundation Governor
Tanya was appointed a Foundation Governor on 29 November 2019. Having been in Education for many years and been Divisional Secretary for SSAFA in Witshire, she wanted to continue to make a contribution to the community where she Iives. Tanya has worked as a teacher in the UK, Hong Kong and Germany. Her area of specialism was SEND and more specifically Dyslexia. She has also led the SSAFA Kennet team in Wiltshire for several years. Tanya works well as part of a team and has good communication skills. She has knowledge and experience in Primary Education. Tanya enjoys Dance and ballet, gardening, travelling and spending time with family and learning languages.
Jackie HibbertFoundation Governor
Jackie was appointed a Foundation Governor by the Diocese on 4 October 2016. She wanted to contribute towards the local community and when the local Church needed to find a Foundation Governor, she felt that her skills and previous experience would be useful and volunteered. Jackie was Chair of Governors at Welton CE Academy from June 2017 to June 2020. She started teaching in 1973, working initially in a deprived area of South-East London. She continued in Education until her retirement working in Nursery, Primary and Special education and was a Primary Headteacher from 1995 to 2005, when she took up a post with Leicestershire County Council as a Local Authority Inspector and Adviser. Following her retirement in 2012, Jackie worked as a free-lance Adviser and Ofsted Inspector for a few years. When she is not looking after her grandchildren, she enjoys Botanical Painting, Researching Local History, Gardening, Volunteering for the Welton Good Neighbour Scheme and continuing to learn. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Botanical Art.
Victoria WarrenStaff Governor
Deborah GodfreyStaff Governor
Deborah was appointed a Staff Governor on 29 January 2019. She is the Deputy Head of Welton CE Academy and enjoys being involved in all aspects of school life. Deborah is also able to bring the teacher perspective to ASC Meetings, and her former governor experience. She was a Governor at her last school and was also a Governor for a new school in Northampton before it opened so was involved in the setting up of the school and the appointment of the Headteacher. She has been a teacher for over 20 years. She loves to read, watch movies, gardening and spending time with her family.
Toby TaylorStaff Governor
Toby was appointed a Staff Governor on 16 September 2019. He chose to become a governor because as a teacher at Welton CE Academy, he wanted to better understand how the school was being run and offer a teacher's perspective of the school. Toby previously worked extensively as an Account Manager in the FMCG sector for a variety of food brands. He believes his experience working in industry combined with his current teaching role enables him to have a balanced view of education. He is a proud parent of two primary aged children. Toby is active in Scouting and currently holds the role of District Explorer Scout Commissioner. He is a keen runner and enjoys hill walking with the family pet dog.
Lynsey RobyParent Governor
Lynsey was appointed a Parent Governor on 14 November 2015. She is passionate about young people and children and the quality of the education they receive. She became a governor to get more involved with the academy and understand more about how things worked behind the scenes. She enjoys being a part of the ASC and its great to know that she can really make a difference. Lynseys main employment background is in law. She has been working in family law and also holds an Access to HE diploma which includes a distinction in Psychology. These skills enable her to understand the dynamics of governorship and helps her build strong relationships with pupils, teachers and parents alike. Lynsey is interested in Music, singing and cinema.
Emma HandsParent Governor
Emma was appointed a Parent Governor on 5 February 2018. When her daughter started her education journey, Emma decided on a career change and joined Braunston Primary School as their School Business Manager. She wanted to join the ASC at Welton CE to further develop her understanding of Education and encourage other Parents to become engaged with their child's learning. Emma's governor assigned responsibility is for English, which includes reading and writing. As she works in primary education, she has a good overview of the highs and lows and can therefore be understanding to the issues that come up and convey them to other parents so they have a better understanding. Emma enjoys Yoga and walking, visiting the Theatre and loves spending quality time with her family and friends.
Teresa Elkin has been clerking academies within the Trust since 2014. As a former Chair of an Outstanding primary school and part of the governance teams at Northamptonshire County Council and the David Ross Education Trust, she decided to become an independent clerk to support governing bodies. Teresa also supports other maintained schools and academies in the county. Teresas initial career was in advertising and marketing but a move into education, governance in particular ensured that she had a wide range of skills to bring to governing bodies. Teresa is an experienced governor and Chair, a governor trainer and mentor to individual governors and Chairs. Her passions and interests are the Theatre, literature and international travel.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding - John Edwards
Pupil Premium - Allison Daffern
SEND - Allison Daffern
English - Emma Hands
Foundation Support - Tanya Becker and Jackie Hibbert
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Scheme of Delegation
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Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
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Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?
We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.
If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What skills, experience and commitment are required?
Governors attend six Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings a year (this may vary slightly depending on the academy) and are asked to support and enrich the academy in a range of other ways including:
- Undertaking school visits outside Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings.
- Taking on a ‘link’ governor role, liaising with academy staff and other governors on areas such as safeguarding, special educational needs and other academy priority areas.
- Sitting on panels related to the school, eg, appeals, complaints, exclusions.
- Participating in the Trust’s governor training and development programme.
We are looking for local people who would be committed to supporting the Trust’s goals. You need time, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to support these academies to be the best they can for their communities. A programme of induction, training and support is provided and expenses are covered. The Academy Scrutiny Committee role outline can be found here.
How does governance work at DRET?
At DRET, the Academy Scrutiny Committee provides support and challenge to the Principal in ensuring every child makes good or better progress and that the Academy is achieving targets and continually improving. To maximise the ability of the local governors to focus on this key area the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to set strategy or policy, manage financial resources, staff performance and pay, Health and Safety or many of the other areas traditionally associated with a maintained school governing body as these issues are dealt with at Trust level. This means that governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – pupil progress, school outcomes and aspirations.
The Academy Scrutiny Committee consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, academy staff, Trust staff and Diocesan members. Each Academy Scrutiny Committee normally consists of 11-15 governors creating a balanced group of experience, skills and connections to support the academy in achieving exceptional performance.
In summary, the key responsibilities of the Academy Scrutiny Committee are:
- Understanding and promoting the Trust’s and the Academy’s vision and ethos.
- Scrutiny and challenge of achievement of targets, school improvement and pupil outcomes. Escalation of any concerns to the Trustees via the Executive.
- Supporting and facilitating parental and community engagement.
The difference between a DRET Academy Scrutiny Committees and a traditional school Governing Body
By comparison to a traditional school Governing Body:
- The Academy Scrutiny Committee’s role is not to “manage” the Academy. This is done through the Trust’s executive management structure (ie Principal, Regional Directors, Executive Management Team) and the Trust Board. Therefore, the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to take decisions on staff or financial matters affecting the Academy. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee Member you should have an understanding of strategic issues that impact on the Academy, and be updated on them regularly by the Principal, but you are not required to have direct responsibility for them. Instead the Academy Scrutiny Committee should be in a position to assess the impact of the Academy locally; how it is contributing to the local community, how it is relating to local families and how it understands local issues.
- As the Executive Management and Trust Board takes responsibility for setting educational standards, legal compliance and financial viability, the Academy Scrutiny Committee then has the time to scrutinise and challenge achievement of targets and school improvement, investigate the standards on the ground, to see how they are working, and explore how the Trust ethos is being understood and expressed in the way the Academy operates. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee member, your view as a parent, member of staff or as part of the community is vital in this discussion.