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Malcolm Arnold Preparatory School

Malcolm Arnold Prep is committed to ensuring every pupil excels both inside and the classroom and later on in their lives.

Diliges proximum tuum sicut te ipsum
"You shall love your neighbour as yourself"
Mark 12:31

Governors                               

Our Governors

Malcolm Arnold Preparatory Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:

  • Jolen Grantham
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Gwennie Lewis
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Sarah Wise
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Kim Duff
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Natalie O'Donnell
    Parent Governor
  • Kate Adams
    Foundation Governor
  • Lauren Pheasant
    Staff Governor
  • Tohwo Oseruvwoja
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Louise Pickering
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Tracey Hudson
    Principal
  • Teresa Elkin
    Clerk

 

Current Governors  

Name Governor Type Appointed By Term of Office  Term From Term To Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles as at 5 April 2024  Governor Assigned Responsibilities  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Kate Adams Foundation governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  08 Oct 2020 07 Oct 2024
  • Nothing to declare 
  • RE, Chaplaincy, Religious Identity and Culture Link Governor
  • Effective Safeguarding (MAPS) Link Governor
  • Attendance (MAPS) Link Governor 
4 of a possible 5 2 of a possible 3 
Kim Duff Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  18 May 2023 17 May 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Secondary Curriculum Including Literacy and Sixth Form Link Governor 
Not applicable, not in post 0 of a possible 3 
Jolen Grantham Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust Second 21 Jun 2022 20 Jun 2026
  • Employee of Creative Education Trust
  • Partner is a Senior Manager of a local Secondary School
  • Director of Accelerated Learning LTD.
  • Governor at Cedar Road Primary School
  • Governor at Briar Hill Primary School
  • Governor at Kings Heath Primary Academy 
  • Behaviour and Attitudes (MAPS) Link Governor
  • SEND (MAPS) Link Governor 
5 of a possible 5 3 of a possible 3
Tracey Hudson Principal (Malcolm Arnold Prep School) Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/
principal
Not applicable  15 May 2023 Ex Officio
  • Nothing to declare 
  1 of a possible 1 3 of a possible 3
Gwennie Lewis Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  3 Nov 2022 02 Nov 2026
  • Chair of the Board of Directors at Abington Community Centre
  • Trustee of Northamptonshire Rape Crisis
  • Governance & Compliance Manager of Longhurst Group
  • Governor at Cedar Road Academy
  • Effective Safeguarding (MAA) Link Governor
  • Attendance (MAA) Link Governor 
2 of a possible 4 1 of a possible 3
Natalie O'Donnell Parent governor Elected by parents First  25 Oct 2022 24 Oct 2026
  • Children attend Malcolm Arnold Prep School 
  • Behaviour and Attitudes (MAA) Link Governor
  • SEND (MAA) Link Governor
  • Parent Experience (MAPS) Link Governor 
3 of a possible 4 2 of a possible 3 
Tohwo  Oseruvwoja  Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  19 Jan 2024 18 Jan 2028
  • Nothing to declare 
  Not applicable, not in post 1 of a possible 3
Lauren Pheasant Staff governor Elected by school staff First  17 Nov 2022 16 Nov 2026
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Workload and Wellbeing (MAPS) Link Governor
4 of a possible 4 3 of a possible 3
Louise Pickering Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  18 Mar 2024 17 Mar 2028
  • Employee of Weavers Academy 
  Not applicable, not in post Not applicable, not in post 
Sarah Wise Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust First  04 May 2023 03 May 2027
  • Nothing to declare 
  • Primary Curriculum Including Reading and Early Years Link Governor 
1 of a possible 1 2 of a possible 3

Former Governors 

Name Governor Type Appointed By  Terms Served  First Appointed Leaving Date Declarations of Interest and other Governance Roles  Attendance 22/23   Attendance 23/24
Simon Toyne Trust Governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 2 21 Jun 2018 16 Jul 2023
  • Trustee of Nevill Holt Community Arts
  • Trustee of Rodolfus Foundation
  • Music Project Director of the Hamish Ogston Foundation
  • Trustee of the King's Singers Foundation
2 of a possible 4 Not applicable, not in post 
Peter French  Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 2 7 Mar 2019 4 Sep 2023
  • Trustee/Member of Hamstead Hall Academy Trust
  • Trustee of Barchelai Trust
  • Member of Labour Party/UNITE
  • Director of Rutland Learning Trust
  • Director of Innovate MAT
  • Director of Evolve MAT
  • Deputy Director of Education for Peterborough Diocese
  • Director of Learning for Life Trust
  • Governor at Barnack VC School
  • Governor at All Saints Wellingborough
  • Director of Nene Education Trust
1 of a possible 5 Not applicable, not in post 
Genna Whitlock Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 1 18 Oct 22 26 Feb 24
  • Nothing to declare 
3 of a possible 5 1 of a possible 2 
Anna Woroniecka Appointed governor Appointed by foundation/Trust 1 13 Apr 2022 28 Feb 2024
  • Nothing to declare 
5 of a possible 5 1 of a possible 3

Contacting Us

The Governance Officer for Malcolm Arnold Prep School is Victoria Linthwaite. Victoria can be reached at governance@dret.co.uk

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing governance@dret.co.uk.

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

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 (governance@dret.co.uk), 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 governance@dret.co.uk or review our information pack below. 

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf

 

 

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.

 

governor testimonial booklet .pdf

 

 Emma Bennett 

Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

 

Garry Allen 

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. 

 

governor and trustee training programme 2023 24.pdf