Charles Read Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Governors (ID 1070)
Sue JonesExecutive Principal
Sue is Executive Principal of Charles Read and King Edward VI academies. She joined the trust in January 2019.She has been teaching for over 32 years, with music as her specialism. She has been in senior leadership for 15 years. She is passionate about educating the whole child and offering opportunities for all to discover what they enjoy and what they are good at. Sue plays the flute and enjoys keeping fit and county walks.
Charlie KingHead of School
Rev. Stephen BuckmanDRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
Rev. Stephen Buckman
Stephen was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 6 October 2020. Having worked in the world of secondary and university education, he hoped to be able to offer his skills and experience in supporting the work of the Academy in the community. Stephen is the Rector of the Corby Glen Group of Parishes and Rural Dean for the Beltisloe Deanery in the Diocese of Lincoln. In his earlier years, he worked as a professional musician (conductor, organist/harpsichordist/pianist, and composer). Stephen is also a trained teacher who has taught in secondary schools and on the Teacher Training Course at the University of Sussex. His passions are Music and the Theatre. He is a great advocate of life-long learning, for himself and others.
Dr. Lorna PageDRET Appointed Governor
Dr. Lorna Page
Lorna was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 8 June 2021. Fifteen-years prior she was a Parent Governor at a Lincolnshire Primary School. It was a role that she enjoyed enormously and knew that she wanted to return to at a later date. Lorna is a Teacher of English at a Northamptonshire Independent Secondary School, and has been a teacher for over twenty-years. She has had the privilege of teaching in UK schools, international schools in Norway and Asia, and UK further and higher education establishments. Her PhD is in Education Management, specifically lesson observation, where she explored how teachers engage with the myriad forms of lesson observation for the purposes of professional growth and accountability. Her research interests include teacher professionalism, good teaching practices and teacher identity. Lorna is also avid motorcyclist, skier, chicken keeper and bookworm.
Caroline SharpStaff Governor
Caroline was appointed Staff Governor on the 16 December 2021. Caroline has worked as a Maths and Music Teacher at Charles Read Academy since September 2019 and is passionate the development and progress of all of her students within the Academy. Having been a Secondary School teacher since the Year 2000 Caroline has worked in a number of roles involving Maths, Music, SEND and SEMH. Caroline is keen to work with the Governors collaboratively to assist getting the best outcomes for all our wonderful and highly valued Students and Staff. Outside of Charles Read Academy, Caroline is also passionate about her own family and children, enjoying dog walks and playing the piano. Caroline is looking forward to contributing to the ASC.
May PattinsonStaff Governor
May was elected to become a Staff Governor on 16 December 2021. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at the academy so far and wanted the opportunity to give back and support Charles Read in any way that she could. She has first-hand experience teaching in schools since 2017- in a variety of contexts (majority EAL for example), in different NC subjects, in range of years (Year 1- Year 8), with a range of abilities (GaT, SEN, EHCP) and Ofsted ratings (Requires Improvement to Outstanding)- so she appreciates the challenges in overseeing curriculums and educational performances governors face, but is keen to work positively, collaboratively and critically to provide opportunities for a balanced education for the students to prepare them for the next phase of their learning. May enjoys baking, reading, and going on family walks with the dogs.
Clare GreenhalghDRET Appointed Governor
Clare joined the ASC originally as a Parent Governor on 5 May 2017. She was re-appointed a DRET Appointed Governor when her term of office came to an end in May 2021. She is currently also serving her second term of office as Chair of the ASC at Charles Read Academy and Ingoldsby 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.
Jessica BeetonDRET Appointed Governor
I wanted to get involved with a local secondary school, to give back to the state sector now that I am working in the independent sector. As an experienced teacher myself, I have a real passion for pedagogy, and am the Curriculum Link governor. I've been Head of MFL in a variety of schools as well as across a Trust, and I'm now Head of French and Head of Teaching & Learning at Witham Hall Prep School. I bring a detailed knowledge of pedagogy as well as an understanding of the many factors which schools have to manage on a daily basis. Having worked in a variety of contexts as well as age ranges, I hope that I can use this experience in my role as a governor.
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 an 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.
Rachel CopeDRET Appointed Governor
Rachel joined the ASC as a DRET Appointed Governor in October 2023. She has also been a governor at Ingoldsby Academy since January 2022. Rachel has worked for the Human Resources Department in the David Ross Education Trust for many years, and looks forward to utilising her skills for the benefit of the academy. She is very friendly and approachable, and in her spare time enjoys Horse Riding and Cooking.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Attendance and Safeguarding - Lorna Page
Pupil Premium and SEND - Clare Greenhalgh
Transition - Clare Greenhalgh
Well Being and Character - Stephen Buckman
Careers - Stephen Buckman and May Pattinson
Teaching and Learning - Jessica Beeton
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
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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.
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 or review our information pack below.
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.
- Current Governors Charles Read Academy
- Declarations Charles Read Academy
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- Governor and Trustee Training Programme 2023 24
- Governor Recruitment Booklet Summer 2023
- Governor Testimonial Booklet
- Meetings Charles Read Academy 2022 23
- Meetings Charles Read Academy 2023 24