Falconer's Hill Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.
Our governors are:
David HuckinDRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
David was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 27 June 2019. He grew up in the area and is thankful for all the opportunities he now has and appreciates how the community helped to steer his future when he was young. After a number of years working away, David settled back into the area and wanted to give back to the community in which he lived. David is Chair for 3 of the 4 schools in the area and he has occasional involvement with other schools in the Trust as well. When David joined as a governor, he was an Education Consultant and worked with schools in Special Measures to make improvements. He therefore has a long history of looking at all aspects of school life in order to drive change and improve outcomes for the students of those schools. His subject specialisms were Science, Maths & ICT. David is also very passionate about the Rewards and Sanctions systems, Safeguarding and Data/Results. These are the areas he continues to keep a very close eye on as a governor. In more recent years David left the education system and went back to university to retrain. He is now a frontline NHS Paramedic, where he continues to serve the community. In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his family, Walking and Kayaking.
Michael HalesDRET Appointed Governor
Nigel ChiltonDRET Appointed Governor
Nigel was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on 21 January 2021. He was invited to apply to become a governor after working with the academy to set up a Rotary Rotakids group. He very much liked what he saw at the academy and was delighted to apply. Nigel is semi-retired and occasionally carries out work nationally as an Independent Mediator in relation to children and young people with SEN. Nigel was a Teacher and Headteacher and Executive Headteacher of schools for children with social emotional and mental health difficulties and of pupil referral units. He was subsequently a Principal Adviser (Inclusion) in a Local Authority in the North-East of England leading teams supporting inclusion, SEN, behaviour, LAC and attendance all part of the Education Improvement Service. Nigel enjoys travelling and spending time with his friends and family, especially his young grandchildren.
Robert LeaperDRET Appointed Governor
Robert was appointed a DRET Appointed Governor on the ASC on 11 November 2021.Â He has an interest in the school and believes in encouraging children to take an interest in the world of work from an early stage.Â Robert has previously served as a member of Kilsby School PTA, chair of the Parents' group of the local Scout troop.Â He chaired D.I.C.E (Daventry Industry Commerce and Education) a member of Northampton Employers Education Partnership, which promoted interaction between schools and businesses.Â Robert is a member of the Rotary Club of Danetre, Daventry and currently chairs the International Committee.Â He also serves on the District International Service Committee.Â Robert is a retired engineer who worked in the chemical, automotive and furniture sectors for over 40 years. He spent 20 years running his own company which produced computer furniture and therefore has practical experience of planning, management, financial control, public relations and marketing, health and safety, procurement and sales.Â He is firmly involved with the work of Rotary and is running a specific project to promote the use of solar energy in developing countries.Â He is a carer for his wife who suffers from M.S.Â Robert enjoys gardening and travel.Â
Charlotte HyndStaff Governor
Charlotte was appointed a Staff Governor on 9 November 2020. She decided to become a governor to work alongside and support the running of the academy as effectively as possible and to play a part in improving children's education. Charlotte is currently teaching Year 6 at the academy. She is also the Music lead and oversees Writing. She is very enthusiastic and committed and has knowledge of the day to day running of the academy, which is beneficial to the ASC. Charlotte enjoys Football and baking.
Rebekah KitchellStaff Governor
Rebekah was appointed a Staff Governor on 15 June 2021. Having recently started her career in the education sector, she felt it would be beneficial as a new teacher, and to the school for her to support the development of the school from a different role. She hopes to expand her knowledge as well as bring her unique life experiences to discussions to help ensure the school is always growing. Rebekah is a new teacher and works at the school fulltime in year four. She was brought up as a child who fosters (her parents fostered) and has a wealth of experience with children and young people within the system. She has previously worked for The Fostering Network, National Citizen Service and has a lot of experience with young vulnerable children and adults. Whilst studying, she was the representative for her cohort and took on many volunteering and leadership roles, including chairing meetings, organising events and fundraisers, and liaising with other professionals. She has always described herself as a 'rounded' person. Rebekah appreciates that she was lucky to have access to many different experiences whilst growing up and this has made her interested in many things. She is a passionate photographer (her first two degrees were in this subject and she is particularly interested in photography being used as a therapeutic tool). She also enjoys cooking and is hugely interested in how children learn and develop.
Teresa Elkin has been clerking academies within the Trust since 2014. As a former Chair of an Outstanding primary school and part of the governance teams at Northamptonshire County Council and the David Ross Education Trust, she decided to become an independent clerk to support governing bodies. Teresa also supports other maintained schools and academies in the county. Teresaï¿½s initial career was in advertising and marketing but a move into education, governance in particular ensured that she had a wide range of skills to bring to governing bodies. Teresa is an experienced governor and Chair, a governor trainer and mentor to individual governors and Chairs. Her passions and interests are the Theatre, literature and international travel.
Governor Assigned Responsibilities
Safeguarding & SEND: David Huckin
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 aspiration.
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.