Cedar Road Primary School is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Tracey HudsonTrust Senior Link
Sarah DurbinDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
Sarah was appointed on to the ASC as Chair for September 2022. Â She became interested in seeing how the school is run from a wider perspective and has been a staff governor at her current school. She wanted to explore this further with experience at another school and knew it would give her a chance to develop skills she already has and the opportunity to continue to be part of a team whose main focus and purpose is the best outcomes for children. Â Sarah is a teacher for the Trust. Â She brings her knowledge of education to the committee and her 'on the ground' perspective. Â She spends a lot of her spare time with her family, especially with her son. Together they like to go out for meals and are avid movie watchers. Â She loves to read at every opportunity and this could be anything from historical nonfiction, to comics to sci-fi novels; and everything in-between.
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 is an advocate for equal opportunities through education and has worked within the system as a leader for over a decade. Through his work, he has experience in securing outstanding outcomes across primary and secondary schools, especially in areas of socio-economic disadvantage. Jolen began his governance journey in 2016, supporting a local primary school as their designated governor for effective safeguarding. He is currently the Chair in three schools - primary and secondary - and sits on the governing bodies of a further four schools in Northamptonshire. Through his work in governance, Jolen seeks to inspire the continuous drive to ensure every child receives a world-class education which begins in the classroom and is supported by a full-bodied pastoral provision where opportunities are at the heart. He is interested in reading about developments in education, the outdoors and holidaying.
Anna WoronieckaDRET Appointed Governor
Anna joined the trust in 2020. She is currently an IT & AI Innovation Lead for the Trust, and is a governor at 4 DRET schools.
She became a governor because of the potential positive impact on the learning, development and wellbeing of pupils and staff within schools. She is particularly passionate about equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as attendance and its impacts on education.
Her experience as a DRET primary senior administrator as well as a primary data analyst, allows her to bring unique perspective and understanding of the academies to the ASC.
In her free time she enjoys Dungeons and Dragons, video games, cooking and making art.
Madeline DunckleyDRET Appointed Governor
Madeline was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 6 March 2023. Being a former Headteacher, she’s aware of the importance of having a strong and supportive governing body and therefore would like to give the same support to the Principal at Cedar Road. Madeline is a Director of the About Consulting Group Ltd and the founder of About Safeguarding. She supports schools across the UK with safeguarding training and safeguarding audits. She is also an independent investigations officer supporting county councils, independent, religious, and state schools. Madeline’s interests are running, cycling and swimming. She loves her family very much and they all enjoy participating together at their local Park Run.
Meena TobiasDRET Appointed Governor
Meena is serving her second term of office as a DRET Appointed Governor. She originally joined the ASC in 20 November 2018. She became a governor 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.
Damian PantonParent Governor (Vice Chair)
Damian’s appointment as a Parent Governor was confirmed on 1 December 2022. He is also Chair of Briar Hill Primary School’s ASC and has been a governor there since being appointed on 11 November 2016. Damian was keen to understand more about how an academy operated and wanted to offer any help he could to drive the academy forward. Damian has been working for Barclays Bank since 2008, mainly in risk and governance roles across many different parts of the bank. He has managed different teams over the years with a broad skill set. Working for such a large organisation Damian carries out his job trying to see the bigger picture, which is a key skill needed to be a governor making sure each and every child is in an environment which is safe and will allow them to achieve their potential. Damian is married and has two boys. He loves to cook and bake as much as his can and travel with the family when they get the opportunity.
Alexandra SnellParent Governor
Alex has two young children at the Cedar Road Academy and joined the school as she wanted to have a positive impact and help instigate change at the school.
Alex is currently Senior Creative Learning Manager for Milton Keynes Theatre, engaging young people, adults and the wider community in the arts. She is a strong advocate for the arts and the benefits of children engaging in cultural and cross-curricula activity. She has experience in career led-learning and transferable skill development, having worked most of her career with schools and colleges across the country. Alex is a strong supporter of Diversity and Inclusion strategies/policies and is currently Co-Chair of ATG’s UK IDEA Committee. Alex developed her venue’s D&I strategy and is currently working towards a more diverse workforce, audiences and participants.
Outside of work, Alex loves animals and walks in the countryside with her family. Alex enjoys travelling, and is passionate about the theatre and seeing new pieces of work, particularly by young emerging artists and shows that are innovative in their genre.
Laura AtkinsonStaff Governor
Laura became a Governor in November 2023 because she believes she can make a difference, not only for children in school now, but for children in years to come, through providing strategic direction and knowledge of what happens in school on a day-to-day basis. In her role as deputy head, she feels well placed to understand staff views and the wider community.
Outside of Cedar Road, Laura enjoys art, DIY and kickboxing.
Graham ChampseyStaff Governor
Graham decided to become a governor because he has a passion for education and would like to channel that into making improvements in schools.
Outside of work Graham enjoys reading, particularly non-fiction stories of historical events as well as science fiction. Graham is also interested in IT, which includes building and improving computers and programming.
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
Arts/DT and Music - Alexandra Snell
Attendance - Jolen Grantham
Behaviour and Attitudes - Tracey Hudson
Curriculum - Sarah Durbin
Early Reading - Damian Panton
Geography and History - Sarah Durbin
Parental/Community Development - Alexandra Snell
Personal Development - Anna Woroniecka
Phonics - Sarah Durbin
PSHE - Tracey Hudson
Safeguarding - Sarah Durbin
SEND and Pupil Premium - Gwennie Lewis
SMSC and Enrichment - Meena Tobias
Staff and Pupil Voice - Graham Champsey
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Scheme of Delegation
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Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee
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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.
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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.
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.
- Current Governors Cedar Road Primary School
- Declarations of Interest Cedar Road Primary School
- Former Governors Cedar Road Academy
- Governor and Trustee Training Programme 2023 24
- Governor Recruitment Booklet Summer 2023
- Governor Testimonial Booklet
- Meetings Cedar Road Primary School 2022 23
- Meetings Cedar Road Primary School 2023 24