Chesterton Academy Trust

Chesterton Academy Trust has responsibility for the Multi-Academy Trust and also acts as the Governing Body for Chesterton Community Sports College and Churchfields Primary Schools.

It has three committees:

Operations Committee
this deals with operational functions, including finance, HR, premises management, health and safety, lettings etc

Standards Committee
this deals with the academic standards achieved across the schools within the trust.

Pay & Review Committee
this committee consists of the four members of the trusts and looks at decisions around pay and performance management.

Members

Mr M Dolman

Mrs S Gribbin

Mr R Dutton

Mr J Cooper

Trustees (also Governing Body Directors for Chesterton Academy Trust and Churchfields Primary School)

Mr T Blaise

Mr G Bridgwood

Mr J Cooper

Mr R Dolman

Mr M Dolman (Chair)

Mr R Dutton

Mrs S Francis

Mrs M Gray

Mrs S Gribbin (Vice-chair)

Mrs L Jackson

Mr D Maxted

Mr J Mueller

Miss C Pattison

Mrs S Phillips

Mr B Roden

Mrs D Skupham

Mr R Swindells

Mrs L Wraxton

Mr M Dolman
  • Chair of Academy Trust
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committees
  • Currently Chairs the Standards Committee for the Trust
  • A long serving and established school governor. 
  • Chair of Governors at CCSC for over 25 years: a highly experienced Governor. 
  • Currently Chairs the Standards Committee for the Trust
  • Before retiring he worked in the building industry, and has a long history of involvement in Trade Unions and Local Government. 
  • He is a well-known local figure, ex Newcastle Borough Councillor and current Parish Councillor
  • Areas of expertise are premises and school structures and providing support to the Leadership team.
Mrs S Gribbin
  • Vice Chair of the Academy Trust
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committees
  • Director with responsibility for Child Protection and Looked After Children
  • Chair of the Operations Committee for the Trust
  • Works in a senior management position as  Head of Learning and Development for  the Ask Italian Restaurant Chain. 
  • Established business background with a CV including many international companies
  • Brings considerable knowledge of HR and finance as well as strategic management.
Mr R Dutton
  • Member of Operations Committee
  • Oversees the role of responsible officer in the academy
  • An ex teacher and ex school bursar. 
  • Before retirement he had many years experience as a school bursar for CCSC
Mr J Cooper
  • Member of Operations Committee
  • A Councillor for the Borough and  an ex County Councillor.
  • Ex Mayor for Borough of Nexcastle-under -Lyme
  • He has been key member of finance committees for County
  • He has played a key role in adoption panels  at the county
  • He has been a Governor at CCSC for over 20 years. 
  • Director of Bradwell Community Centre
  • He has expertise in school systems and structures and is a former Chair of Finance.
Mr T Blaise
  • Elected by parents of Churchfields
Mr G Bridgwood
  • Elected by parents of Chesterton Community Sports College
  • Member of the operations committee
  • Is a retired financial manager and director and is now a foster carer
  • Brings financial and accountancy experience
Mr R Dolman
  • Vice Chair of Operations committee
  • Is a long serving police officer in the Newcastle area. 
  • He brings a good local knowledge and understanding of the background and wider issues that our young people face.
Mrs S Francis
  • Represents the non-teaching staff employees in the academies
  • Member of the standards committee
  • Currently is Office manager at Chesterton Community Sports College and was previously Family Liaison Officer at Churchfields Primary School
  • Has a background and expertise in family and community support, child protection and school attendance
Mrs M Gray
  • Member of the Standards Committee
  • Has a long standing association with Chesterton Academy Trust and Churchfields Primary School
  • Brings a good knowledge of the local area
Mrs L Jackson
  • Executive Headteacher and Accounting Officer for the Academy Trust
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committee
  • Headteacher (and now Executive Headteacher)  of Chesterton Community Sports College since 2004
  • Brings considerable knowledge and experience of school improvement , HR and school administration and management
Mr D Maxted
  • Represents the teaching staff at Chesterton Community Sports College
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committees
  • Also a Parent Governor at Pikemere Primary school member of Premises and Finance Sub-committee.
Mr J Mueller
  • Vice-chair of Standards Committee
  • Director with responsibility for SEN
  • Long standing Governor at Churchfields Primary School
  • Brings a knowledge of business and the local community
Miss C Pattison
  • Represents the teaching staff at Churchfields Primary School
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committee
  • Brings a professional knowledge of primary education
Mrs S Phillips
  • Member of Operations Committee
  • Director with responsibility for Health and Safety
  • Professional knowledge and experience of HR (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
Mr B Roden
  • Member of Operations Committee
  • Extensive knowledge of working in the care and health setting
  • Knowledge of EYFS curriculum, health and care plans and safeguarding procedures
Mrs D Skupham
  • Headteacher Churchfields Primary School
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committees
  • Senior Leader since 2006
  • Director and Trustee of Bursley Academy MAT
  • Brings considerable knowledge of safeguarding, SEN, H&S and school improvement
Mr R Swindells
  • Headteacher Chesterton Community Sports College
  • Member of both Operations and Standards Committees
  • Senior Leader since 2006
  • Brings considerable knowledge and experience of school improvement, finance, premises and school structures, administration and management
Mrs L Wraxton
  • Member  of Standards Committee
  • Works in local community as a funeral arranger
  • Has a wide experience of working in local care, education and health setting
  • Brings a knowledge of local community and partner public and private sector organisations.
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