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Foxfields Academy

Effective Governance

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance
of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient
performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making
sure its money is well spent.
DfE Governance Handbook 2020

To view relevant documentation, please click the buttons below:
CIT Governance StructureLSB Terms of ReferenceAttendance 2020/21Register of Interest 2021/22

Meet our Local School Board


To contact the Local School Board, please email the Clerk:

Kathryn Cook
Chair of the
Local School Board

Kathryn is a retired Methodist Minister. Before entering the ministry, she worked as a secondary school teacher and had a private teaching practice.
Kathryn has past experience as a governor and believes that governors have a crucial role to play in having a clear oversight of the school’s work. Kathryn is keen that children and young people have a safe, happy learning environment in which to flourish and achieve their potential.

James Ellis

James has been Headteacher at multiple specialist schools across the Trust over the last 7 years. James feels very strongly about providing a balanced education for all, regardless of ability.
James is a Local Leader of Education and Pupil Premium Reviewer and supports multiple schools both mainstream and specialist (including schools outside of the Trust) in developing provision for their pupils.

Jed Downing
Vice Chair of the
Local School Board
Safeguarding Governor

Jed is an experienced professional that has worked with schools across the Leicestershire area for the last 5 to 6 years. He is passionate about ensuring those hardest to reach children get an equal opportunity within education. He is regularly involved in supporting other local schools through projects, fetes and fundraising activities and feels becoming a governor within a local school is a great next step towards making a difference to the community. Jed works with local schools providing temporary and permanent staffing solutions, offering support and guidance in safer recruitment and guidance around the current market for teaching and support staff.

Leigh Bentley
Teaching & Learning Governor

Leigh has worked in mainstream and special education for over 20 years and in that time has worked with children and young people from Early Years through to Post-16. Most recently Leigh was the Headteacher of an Outstanding special school for young people with complex mental health disorders. Leigh is currently the Deputy Director for Education (SEN) with The Community Inclusive Trust.
He has a passion for special educational needs and supporting young people to achieve their best possible outcomes.

Becky Driver
Parent Governor
SEND Governor
LAC Governor

Having been a nurse for 21 years (the latter 13 years an Education and Practice Development Nurse), Becky has taught a wide variety of subjects, led a number of projects and chaired certain sub groups throughout her career.
Becky feels passionate about children’s mental health issues and the resources available for them. As a parent member of the Local Schools Board Becky plans to play an active role, upholding standards, maintaining relationships, but most of all being an advocate for other parents and their children who attend Foxfields Academy..

Scott Hamilton
Staff Governor
Health & Safety Governor

Scott is extremely passionate about enhancing the lives of young people and ensuring they are supported to reach their full potential through high quality education. Being a Member will allow Scott to make a real contribution to the strategic management of the school.
Scott is currently employed as the Behaviour Support Manager at Foxfields, previous to this he held a number of pastoral roles in schools where he constantly strived to make a difference.
Scott is committed to ensuring the children at Foxfields get the best possible education and are prepared for life after Foxfields and to make a positive contribution to society.

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