Rockingham Primary School is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
Michelle BrettTrust Senior Link
Kelly BrawnParent Governor (Chair)
Kelly has recently been re-appointed for a second term of office as a Parent Governor. She has also been re-elected Chair of the ASC by her fellow governors. She decided to become a governor to support her boys within the academy. She wanted to be able to challenge the Trust and the academy on issues as a parent she felt and still feels matter. Kelly is a SEN Teaching Assistant for a different Trust and believes working in a school helps with the role. She gets to see schools from a parent and staff viewpoint. Kelly brings to the ASC passion for Rockingham as she loves the academy and wants it to continue to be the best school in Corby. She is organised, committed, and has many different skills. Kelly is also now a Welfare Officer for a local football club which in turn also enables her to have more Safeguarding knowledge. Her interests are her sons, Manchester United Football, theme parks and dressing up in costumes for the children in the academy to brighten their day.
Danielle WensleyDRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
Danielle is currently serving her second term of office as a DRET Appointed Governor, originally appointed on 25 March 2014. She became a governor around the same time she started volunteering at the academy to give her more experience of school life and teaching. As an ex-pupil of Rockingham she always wanted to give something back and help children attending the academy to have the same amazing experience and brilliant memories she remembers from her years spent there. When she first joined as a governor she had just completed her BA in Media Production at Coventry University and was considering taking a PGCE route into teaching. The fantastic staff and governors at Rockingham were very supportive of this and supported her to fulfil her ambitions. She now works at Greenfields Primary School in Kettering where she is currently a class teacher in year 3 with leadership responsibilities for Talk4Reading, DT and also in a pastoral role focusing on behaviour across the academy. Danielle has a passion for teaching and learning. She is always reading about or listening to ways she can improve her teaching practice and help improve the learning experience for children in her classroom and across the Trust. Danielle also loves music and sports and although her skills in this area are not one of her strengths, she loves to see her own children improving their skills in these areas. Her two sons always teach her new skills in these areas.
Dr Cath ArnoldDRET Appointed Governor
Dr Cath Arnold
Cath is currently serving her second term of office as a DRET Appointed Governor when she was originally appointed on 26 October 2015. She is also a governor at Lodge Park Academy in Corby. Cath is interested in education and in supporting children to fulfil their potential. In addition to her general interest, she is a local and was brought up and went to school in the community. Cath also has a granddaughter at each of the academies she is governor at. Cath was a nursery teacher, researcher, Lecturer and author with her specialisms being early development and learning, how young children learn and working with families. She has held responsible positions in leadership roles. She brings knowledge of the local community as well as some knowledge of education and research. Cath is interested in sport, reading, socialising and family.
James HowarthDRET Appointed Governor
James was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 14 July 2020. James works at one of the largest employers in Corby and he wanted to use his business background to support a local school and help guide and inspire the next generation to achieve their future goals. He works in category management for an industrial distributor which involves the purchasing and development of a wide range of engineering products to support customers working in manufacturing. James has held various roles at leadership level in sales, marketing and category management and hopes to use this experience to add value to the development of the school. He enjoys running, going to the gym and playing golf.
Stacey KennedyDRET Appointed Governor
Stacey was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 18 November 2020. She first became a governor at Wittering Primary School (Peterborough) when she wanted to help develop after school provision for the school, and to learn more about the way schools operate for her own development and understanding of her children's education. When Stacey moved, she decided to apply as a governor at her children's new school, Rockingham, to continue this development and to offer any assistance she could potentially give. Stacey works on data protection and information security within the Civil Service. Her background is predominantly in information management, rights and legislation, notably data protection. She has experience in project management, line management, budgetary responsibilities, policy writing and training. Between 2009-2019 she worked in the heritage sector as an archivist, and thus experienced in advocacy and outreach education. Stacey enjoys road trips abroad (particularly the US), Formula 1, listening to thriller audio books and country music.
Talvinder Singh SembhiDRET Appointed Governor
Talvinder Singh Sembhi
Talvinder was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 8 January 2020, after wishing to apply his skills acquired in industry to public service. He believes it is Good to give back, especially if he can help make a positive difference. Talvinder is a qualified Management Accountant and has professional experience in Supply Chain Logistics and Transportation. His passions and interests include his family. Fatherhood is a blessing and he cherishes watching his two children grow up. He loves to travel and so far has visited seventeen different countries.
Michelle JacksonStaff Governor
Michelle was appointed a Staff Governor on 24 January 2020. She decided to become a governor to enable her to use her knowledge of the children, staff and the academy to help the academy continue to move forwards. Michelle has been a teacher for more than 20 years and is currently Assistant Head at Rockingham Primary School. She brings her knowledge and understanding of the academy to the Academy Scrutiny Committee. In her free time, Michelle is an avid reader of children's books.Â She also enjoys baking, gardening and spending time with her family, friends and pet dog.Â
Amanda ShippStaff Governor
Amanda was appointed a Staff Governor on 5 September 2019. Before she worked at the academy, she was a Dental Nurse for 20 years based in Corby. She has a lot of experience working with children from Early Years to Year 6. She also classes herself as part of the team at Rockingham. Amanda enjoys Gardening, walking and cycling. She also supports her local rugby team.
Sophie LaneParent Governor
Sophie was appointed a Parent Governor on 15 October 2019. She decided to become a parent governor when her eldest child started at the academy. Sophie has a keen interest in the educational system and being a parent governor at the academy her children attend really gives her an insight into how this is delivered. She grew up in Corby, and since moved away to complete studies, but has chosen to move back and bring up her own children in the town. She has a passion to support local children to achieve, and to be offered, a great educational experience. Sophie has previous managerial experience however more recently has taken some time out to raise her children. She volunteers at the Corby Musical and Performing Arts Centre and Pen Green Centre, thus bringing experience of other local educational platforms. Sophie also enjoys music and playing the trombone.
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. Emma is Chair of Governors at one of the 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 - Kelly Brawn
SEND - Danielle Wensley
English - Danielle Wensley
Maths - Sophie Lane
EYFS - Cath Arnold
Pupil Premium - Talvinder Sembhi
Curriculum - James Howarth
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.