Ingoldsby Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Sue JonesTrust Senior Link
Sue was appointed a Trust Senior Link on 28 February 2020. She is the Principal at Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust. Sue has been teaching music mainly for over 30 years and has been in senior leadership since 2001.
Clare GreenhalghDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
Clare joined the ASC as a DRET Appointed Governor on 26 June 2017 and is currently serving her second term. She is currently also serving her second term of office as Chair of the ASC at Ingoldsby and Charles Read Academy. Clare decided to become a Governor because all of her children either attended or are attending DRET Schools. She wanted to support the Trust and believed she could offer her skills and time. Clare owns an antiques business with her husband, which has now been successfully running for a few years. Clare understands the outside business world and how to get the best possible outcomes from the resources available. Clare has six children, all of whom have different needs and aspirations, which gives her experience in understanding how schools have to be able to provide a high standard of education for all whilst catering for the individual needs of a child. Clare's passions and interests include Music, Dance, Theatre, Countryside, Seaside, Walking and Animals.
Anna SorensenDRET Appointed Governor
Anna was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 10 December 2019. As Parish Priest for Ingoldsby, Anna has close links with the community and the school. She has also been a governor at other schools in the past, and a Teacher, and feels that she has interest and skills to bring to the ASC.Â Â Her interests and passions include Ecology, the natural world, gardening, textiles, walking and singing.
Alex GreenDRET Appointed Governor
Rachel CopeDRET Appointed Governor
Michelle BlandStaff Governor
Jeanette GledinningStaff Governor
Jeanette was appointed on 21 November 2017 and is currently serving her second term of office as a Staff Governor. She is the academy's Assistant Principal, Key Stage One Class Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. As DSL it is important to ensure the ASC understands the academy's commitment to safeguarding and ensures the wellbeing of the children and how this is carried out. Being a governor is important to Jeanette as it has given her the opportunity to make a broader impact on the academy. Jeanette's roles and experience put her in a good position to be able to understand how and what will benefit their school community. In her free time Jeanette enjoys spending time with family and friends, taking on different walking or hiking challenges, reading and attending fitness classes.Â
Kaffy Rice-OxleyParent Governor
Kaffy was appointed a Parent Governor on 5 November 2019. As a former teacher, Kaffy wanted to use her experience to support her daughter's school by becoming a governor. She has been assigned the Link governor responsibility for SEND. She has worked in the Independent Education Sector for 12 years as a teacher and senior leader. Her areas of special interest are teacher professional development, SEND including G&T, and Classical language acquisition. She has taught across KS1-4, subjects including English, Drama, Music, Latin and Classical Civilisation. Kaffy has also worked in theatre and music. Her passions include Singing, theatre, history and spending time with her two small children.
Edyta TomlinsonParent Governor
Edyta was appointed a Parent Governor on 1 December 2021. She wanted to become a governor to be more involved in her children's education and ensure that the education they receive is of the best quality. She did not attend a UK school, and therefore wishes to further her knowledge of the curriculum British education system. Edyta is an Account Manager, selling fruit ingredients to a major branded and private label food manufacturer in the UK. She has good networking skills and has experience of public speaking and presenting. Edyta is also very creative and loves to inspire. She enjoys Zumba, crafts, baking, cooking and house decorating.
Emma Stephens-Dunn has been clerking academies for DRET since 2013. Emma is Clerk to ASCs for all but one of the academies in the DRET Greater Corby Region, as well as anÂ independent Clerk for several other schools in Northamptonshire, and Company Secretary for a Peterborough based Multi-Academy Trust. Emma has also served as a governor for fifteen years, in three different schools. She has a broad insight into school governance across all sizes, types and phases of school. She has an excellent understanding of current issues in education as well as best practice in governance. Emma has four children aged between eight and twenty and is therefore keenly aware of the crucial role played by education in shaping young lives. Emma enjoys supporting governors to fulfil their role within this through providing governance advice and guidance and an efficient governance administration service. Emma's interests and hobbies include gardening, singing, fitness, running and walking with her two dogs.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding and SEN - Clare Greenhalgh
Pupil Premium - Clare Greenhalgh
SEND - Kaffy Rice-Oxley
Maths - Sue Jones
Contacting a Governor
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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, 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 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.