The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Welton CE Academy

At Welton CE we continually strive and motivate our students through a rich and inspiring curriculum.
“We are a forward-thinking school rooted in the community – everyone learning and growing in faith.”
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit”
John 15 v5

Governors

Our Governors

Welton CE Academy and Newnham Primary School are governed by a Joint Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors on the Joint ASC are:

  • Solomon Johnson
    Headteacher
  • John Edwards
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Allison Daffern
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Helen Afford
    DRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Laura Clark
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Jackie Hibbert
    Foundation Governor
  • Louise Foster
    Parent Governor
  • Peter Clarke
    Parent Governor
  • Lawrence Mudarikwa
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Teresa Elkin
    Clerk

 

Current Governors 

Name Governor Type Appointed By Term of Office  Term From Term To Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles as at 5 April 2024  Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Helen Afford Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  21 Aug 2023 20 Aug 2027
  • Daughter attends Welton CE Academy 
  • Attendance Link Governor 
Not applicable, not in post  3 of a possible 4
Laura Clark Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  02 Aug 2023 1 Aug 2027
  • Employed as a childminder for the children of a Welton CE Academy Teacher
  • Family member employed at Malcolm Arnold Academy (a DRET school) 
  • SEND Link Governor 
Not applicable, not in post  3 of a possible 4
Peter Clarke Parent governor Elected by parents  First  18 Sep 2023 17 Sep 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Enrichment Link Governor 
Not applicable, not in post  3 of a possible 4
Allison Daffern Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  14 Feb 2024 13 Feb 2028
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Link Governor 
5 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4
John Edwards Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  24 Oct 2021 23 Oct 2025
  • Nothing to declare 
  • History and Geography Link Governor
  • Safeguarding Link Governor
5 of d possible 5 4 of a possible 4
Louise Foster Parent governor Elected by parents  First  29 Sep 2022 28 Sep 2026
  • Spouse is a Governor at Rokeby Primary School 
  • Reading Link Governor 
3 of a possible 5 2 of a possible 4
Jackie Hibbert Foundation governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second  10 Jun 2020 9 Jun 2024
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Foundation and RE including British Values Link Governor 
5 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 4
Sol Johnson Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
First  1 Sept 2017 (Newnham)

1 April 2018 (Welton)
Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare 
  5 of a possible 5 4 of a possible 4
Lawrence Mudarikwa Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  11 Dec 2023 10 Dec 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Maths Link Governor 
Not applicable, not in post  3 of a possible 3 

Former Governors 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
David Huckin Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 3 28 Oct 2013 27 Apr 2023
  • Employee of East Midlands Ambulance Service
  • Chair of Governors at Abbey CE Academy and Falconer's Hill Academy
  • Clinical Governance Lead at Showmed
  • Employee of Northants Healthcare Foundation Trust
  • Council Member for East Midlands College of Paramedics
3 of a possible 3 Not applicable, not in post 
Toby Taylor Staff governor Elected by school staff 1 16 Sep 2019 15 Sep 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
2 of a possible 5 Not applicable, not in post 
Victoria Warren Staff governor Elected by school staff 1 1 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
1 of a possible 5 Not applicable, not in post 
Tanya Becker Foundation governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 1 29 Nov 2019 28 Nov 2023
  • Nothing to declare 
5 of a possible 5 0 of a possible 1 

Contacting Us

The Governance Officer for Welton CE Academy is Victoria Linthwaite. Victoria can be reached at governance@dret.co.uk

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing governance@dret.co.uk.

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust’s scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team (governance@dret.co.uk), who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

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 governance@dret.co.uk or review our information pack below. 

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf

 

What is it like being a governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving governors.

governor testimonial booklet .pdf

 

 

 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

 

Garry Allen 

What training do Governors receive? 

We offer an extensive range of training opportunities. Take a look at what is on offer for the current academic year. 

 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf