Cedar Road Primary School is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Clair Mills, Teresa ElkinPrincipal, Clerk
Clair Mills, Teresa Elkin
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.
Tracey HudsonTrust Senior Link
Nathan ThompsonDRET Appointed Governor
Nathan was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 14 January 2021. He decided to become a governor after being the first in his family to be able to go to university and wanted to give something back to the community. Nathan feels very strongly about supporting children and the school environment to allow every child to succeed. He has spent all his career in and around digital technologies and now works in Consultancy for a firm in London. Nathan has experience in corporate finance, governance and strategy, all valuable skills that dovetail nicely with the skills and knowledge his fellow governors have on the ASC. Nathan loves all things travel related and enjoys visiting the cinema.
Gwennie Lynell LewisDRET Appointed Governor
Gwennie Lynell Lewis
Gwennie was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 18 March 2021, and was keen to support an academy she believed in, trusted, and respected. Her aim is to help in providing the students with not only an excellent education but with a sense of self-worth and emotional well-being too. She hopes to have a positive impact on the work carried out by the academy, allowing young people to thrive and grow, both academically and personally.
Gwennie is a Therapeutic Counsellor with over 10 years' experience within Safeguarding Children and Adults. As well as being the SEN and Pupil Premium lead, she brings knowledge, skills and experience in mental health, safeguarding, business development and corporate governance. She is also a foster mum, and loves to paint with acrylics and capture photos too. Gwennie was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 18 March 2021, and was keen to support an academy she believed in, trusted, and respected. Her aim is to help in providing the students with not only an excellent education but with a sense of self-worth and emotional well-being too. She hopes to have a positive impact on the work carried out by the academy, allowing young people to thrive and grow, both academically and personally.
Jolen GranthamDRET Appointed Governor
Jolen was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 26 August 2021. He wanted to become a governor to give back to the system and provide quality assurance to local schools looking to make a difference. He is also Chair of Governors at Kings Heath Primary Academy, was Interim Chair at Lodge Park Academy from 2017 to 2018, and is also a DRET Appointed Governor on the Joint Malcolm Arnold Academy and Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School ASC. Jolen's work experience is an Education consultant and teacher. He is skilled in the area of personal development, behaviour and attitudes and teaching and learning. Jolen enjoys knowing more about the curriculum depth and new ideas. He is interested in reading about developments in education, the outdoors and holidaying.
Meena Tobias(Vice Chair)
Meena was elected by Parents to join the Academy Scrutiny Committee on 20 November 2018. She has since been appointed Vice Chair by the ASC. She joined the ASC as she was keen to understand the statistics and measures supporting the school strategies due to her children attending the academy. She works as a Portfolio Lead for International Supplier Management, bringing to the ASC a wealth of financial and procurement knowledge, problem solving, project and stakeholder management with great negotiation skills.
Meena is a Mother of two children and is passionate in teaching them what she feels is morally and ethically right but equally in driving cultural awareness and diversity in all engagements she has. Cooking is also another of her passions and she loves south Indian cuisine.
Harriet DowlingStaff Governor
Harriet was elected by her colleagues to join the ASC as a Staff Governor on 5 February 2019. After 3 years of teaching, and with little experience in governance, Harriet thought becoming a governor would be a great way to support the academy trust and be a part of the wider school community. She wanted to share her knowledge and experience of the day-today aspects of the academy. Harriet is currently a full-time class teacher at the academy, and has been teaching in primary schools for 6 years enabling her to have good experience in the education system. She is passionate about teaching and ensuring all children receive the best opportunities to achieve in all areas of the curriculum. As Mental Health Lead for the academy, Harriet has the responsibility of overseeing and implementing strategies to support children with their mental health and well-being. She is also now focussing on supporting the mental well-being of the staff, which is of huge importance, and will ensure the children get the best education possible and maintain quality teaching. When Harriet's not teaching, she enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family and friends. She also has a passion for reading.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Pupil Premium and SEND - Gwennie Lynell Lewis
Mental Health - Harriet Dowling
Core Knowledge Curriculum - Tracey Hudson
Maths - Meena Tobias
English - Nathan Thompson
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Scheme of Delegation
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Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
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