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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Eastfield Academy

Eastfield Academy is part of the David Ross Education Trust and is a good and rapidly improving school where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Governors

Our Governors

Eastfield Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Ben Brown
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Vicky Bayley
    DRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Susan Deane
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Theresa Ridoutt
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Alice Mister
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Helen Toyer
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Kelly Dunkley
    Staff Governor
  • Catrina Hall
    Staff Governor
  • Emma Goodwin
    Trust Senior Link
  • Peter Fairbrother
    Principal
  • Ismail Sharif
    Associate 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 4 April 2024  Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Vicky  Bayley Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Third  19 Oct 2022 18 Oct 2026
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Attendance Link Governor
  • Safeguarding Link Governor
2 of a possible 4 4 of a possible 4
Ben Brown Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Third  27 Sep 2022 26 Sep 2026
  • Vice Chair, Trustee and Chair of Finance Committee at Tackley Education Trust
  • Chair of Trustees and Chair of Risk and Audit Committee at Astrea Academy Trust
  • Employee of Optoma
  • Co-Opted Committee Member of DRET Risk and Audit Committee 
  • Maths Link Governor 
4 of a possible 4 4 of a possible 4
Susan Deane Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second 21 Mar 2023 20 Mar 2027
  • Governor at The Arbours Primary Academy
  • Co-Opted Committee Member of DRET Education Committee
  • Pupil Premium Link Governor
  • Sports Premium 
3 of a possible 4 4 of a possible 4
Kelly Dunkley Staff governor Elected by school staff Second 01 Dec 2020 30 Nov 2024
  • Nothing to declare 
  • SEND Link Governor 
3 of a possible 4 2 of a possible 4
Peter Fairbrother Principal Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable  01 Sep 2023 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare 
  Not applicable, not in post  4 of a possible 4
Emma Goodwin Trust Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Not applicable  14 Jul 2023 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Developing the Curriculum Link Governor 
Not applicable, not in post  2 of a possible 4
Catrina Hall Staff governor Elected by school staff First 01 Dec 2021 30 Nov 2025
  • Nothing to declare 
  2 of a possible 4 3 of a possible 4
Alice Mister Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 02 Apr 2021 1 Apr 2025
  • Nothing to declare 
  • PSHE Link Governor 
3 of a possible 4 2 of a possible 4
Theresa Ridoutt Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second 21 Mar 2023 20 Mar 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • English and Reading Link Governor 
2 of a possible 4 2 of a possible 4 
Ismail Sharif Associate Member Appointed by foundation/Trust First 06 Mar 2024 5 Mar 2026
  • Employee of Ikea Limited 
  2 of a possible 4 (previously Parent Governor) 0 of a possible 4 (including previous term as Parent Governor) 
Helen Toyer Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First 29 Feb 2024 28 Feb 2028
  • Nothing to declare 
  Not applicable, not in post  2 of a possible 2 

Former Governors 

 Below is a list of Governors that have served in the past 12 months. 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Gareth Thomas Principal  Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable 1 Jan 2022 31 Aug 2023
  • Nothing to declare
4 of a possible 4 Not applicable, not in post
Ismail Sharif Parent Governor  Elected by parents 1 31 Jan 2022 5 Mar 2024
  • Employee of Ikea Limited 
2 of a possible 4  0 of a possible 3

Contacting Us

The Governance Officer for Eastfield Primary 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