Eastfield Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Rhys Jones-PennyTrust Senior Link
Rhys was appointed on to the ASC as a Trust Senior Link on 5 July 2019. He decided to become a Governor at Eastfield Academy as he thought it would be a great way to support the Academy who he has close links with. He is the Headteacher at Cedar Road Primary School. As a Headteacher he is lucky enough to spend time in classes watching the learning happening around him. Teaching and Learning is at the core of a school. Surrounding this is wellbeing of pupils and staff and of course enrichment through the school. Being a Headteacher in a DRET school allows him to share his experience and knowledge and support the school in moving forward. Rhys enjoys walking his two Labradors and spending time with his two children and husband. He also enjoys reading about the new technology on the market.
Ben BrownDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
Ben joined the ASC as a DRET Appointed Governor on 27 September 2014 and is currently serving his third term of office as Chair after being re-elected by his fellow governors. His key focus is also on the Safeguarding in the school. Being from Northamptonshire he really wanted to get involved with a local school and support them. Ben was also a Trustee at the David Ross Education Trust for four years. His day job at Promethean is working with schools on getting the most from their front of class technology. He is passionate about education and wants the best for the children. Ben is also very focussed on Strategy and Risk which he brings to the ASC. He lives in Earls Barton with his wife and two children and still has a love of playing football and watching his beloved Sheffield Wednesday.
Vicky BayleyDRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
Vicky was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 19 October 2018, after wanting to use her skills and experience to support schools to provide the best experience and outcome for all children and to be an advocate for those who are not otherwise well represented or supported. She has since been elected Vice Chair by her fellow governors and is also the Link Governor for safeguarding and attendance. Vicky has worked as a midwife and a teaching assistant, and is now currently working as a call handler in a Police Force control room. These roles have provided her with skills and experiences in recognising the complex needs of others, understanding the impact of an individual's circumstances on their choices and opportunities, assessing and addressing risk, working both independently and as part of a wider team and in Governance. Vicky's passions and interests include Music (playing and listening) and equality/LGBTQ issues.
Susan DeaneDRET Appointed Governor
Sue joined the ASC as a DRET Appointed Governor on 21 March 2019. She was previously Chair of Governors at another three Primary Academies within the Trust. She has also been a member of the Trust Board and a member of the Education Sub-committee for the Trust. She has the assigned governor link role for SEND and is interested in Safeguarding. Sue is a retired teacher, and she brings her education experiences and knowledge to the ASC. Her interests and passions include singing, reading, travel and knitting.
Theresa RidouttDRET Appointed Governor
Theresa is a DRET Appointed Governor appointed on 18 October 2018. She wanted to become a governor to benefit Children's Education and Care. She previously served as a Chair and Vice Chair of the Governing Body at Cedar Road Primary School for many years. Theresa was previously employed as a Logistics Manager at Northampton County Council. Theresa has a passion for History and Roman life in general.
Alice MisterDRET Appointed Governor
Alice joined the ASC as a DRET Appointed Governor on 2 April 2021, after the covid pandemic provided her with the opportunity for reflection, and she decided that she wanted to get more involved with the local community. She has always been passionate about social mobility and education is one of the key vehicles for this. Alice is an experienced HR professional and in this capacity she fulfils the role of trusted adviser, coach and mentor to the business areas in which she partners. She is responsible for designing, developing and implementing strategic business plans. To successfully do this, there needs to be a high level of business acumen, a people centric approach and varying degrees of support and challenge. These skills are transferable to her role on the ASC. Alice have been fortunate enough to travel and enjoys learning about new countries and cultures. She also enjoys gardening and DIY.
Kelly DunkleyStaff Governor
Kelly is serving her second term of office as a Staff Governor on the ASC. She originally joined the ASC as a Parent Governor, after she wanted to understand how the school functioned and see if there were any ways she could help and support the school. Kelly is a qualified Accounting Technician and previously worked for Nationwide Building Society. Kelly has the assigned governor role for SEN and has previously been the Maths, Pastoral and Attendance Governor. Her passions and interests include reading and maths. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and feel it is salient to champion the many nuances of people who form the community she is part of.
Catrina HallStaff Governor
Juliet KoteyParent Governor
Juliet is a Parent Governor appointed on 18 October 2018. She is currently a nursing student at the University of Northampton. She used to be a Special Constable for Northamptonshire Police and has Safeguarding experience with vulnerable people. Juliet enjoys going on holiday and spending time with her family.
Ismail SharifParent Governor
Ismail was appointed a Parent Governor on 31 January 2021. He decided to apply to become a governor to add value to the ASC. He is also an existing parent governor at a nursery in Luton and had this role for some years. His son attends Eastfield Academy and therefore Ismail has a real passion in helping to improve life for students and staff. Ismail is a Retail Manager at IKEA leading and developing teams. His other interests include current affairs, IT, console gaming and Home Cinema.
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. Teresa's 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 - Ben Brown and Juliet Kotey
SEND - Kelly Dunkley
Attendance - Vicky Bayley
Teaching and Learning - Rhys Jones-Penny
Curriculum - Susan Deane
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Scheme of Delegation
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Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
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