Academy Committee members (formerly known as Governors) meet to discuss finances, standards, safeguarding, health and safety and site maintenance, among other issues to ensure that the best possible provision is being planned for the pupils.

St Ethelbert’s Local Academy Committee 2019-20

This Committee is an Academy Committee of the St. Peter Catholic Academy Mat.

There are no sub committees.

The committee meets at least once each long term

Members of the Academy Committee in 2019-20

Name Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down Attendance
Mrs Margaret Dickinson – Chair 01/12/2016 3/4
Mrs Fiona Maynard – Head teacher 01/12/2016 4/4
Mrs Margaret Matthews 01/12/2016 4/4
Mrs Audrey Carter 01/12/2016 2/4
Mrs Anne O’Connor 24/01/2018 2/3
Christopher McGuinness 24/01/2018 3/3

Pecuniary / Business Interests

Mrs Margaret Matthews declared a relative employed at the school

Other Governing Roles


Scheme of Delegations

Margaret Dickinson

Chair of Academy Committee

I have spent my teaching career of 39 years in Catholic education. I have had the privilege of working with children aged 3 to 12. My first teaching post was at St. Ethelbert’s as a newly qualified teacher. I retired from full time headship in 2012.

I held a shared headship role in a primary school for two years before embarking on the headship of an Infant and Nursery School. This lasted 13 years until I retired in 2012. While in this leadership role the school was judged as outstanding in 2004 and again in 2008 by both OFSTED and the Diocese of Northampton.

I have worked on a consultancy basis, where leadership issues have been identified by the LA or Diocese. I have also worked on a weekly basis with the senior leadership team in another school offering strategic support and advice until a new Head was appointed.
Besides gaining the experience of being a governor in my headship roles, I currently serve on the governing body of a secondary school.

Fiona Maynard

Headteacher and Academy Committee Representative

Audrey Carty

Academy Committee Representative - Safeguarding Lead

I am the Named Midwife for Safeguarding at the Trust where I am employed. This means that I oversee support for pregnant women who may be at risk from domestic violence, substance misuse, current/previous social care involvement, mental health, asylum seekers/refugees and any language barriers. I work closely with various external agencies such as the police, social care, health visitors and drug services to ensure women and their unborn babies have the appropriate support in place. I provide safeguarding supervision and facilitate Level 3 Targeted Children safeguarding training to over 160 midwives. I am also the Lead Specialist FGM midwife. I update Trust policies on Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse and FGM.
Due to my knowledge of Children’s Safeguarding and the statutory requirements, this gives me a great advantage as to the transferrable skills within my Academy Representative role as Safeguarding lead.
All my children have attended St Ethelbert’s school so I have been part of the school community for a number of years.

Margaret Matthews

Academy Committee Representative

Being involved with our Catholic School, in the capacity of governor, is a natural progression from my working life as a teacher. Having spent many years teaching in Junior and Middle schools in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, I hope to use my skills, working to support the head-teacher and staff, in making our school as successful as possible.
I am also a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church which strengthens church and school interaction.
My special interests are teaching and learning, the curriculum and standards, both academic and social.
I look forward to seeing the school develop as part of a thriving Academy.

Fr Christopher McGuinness

Academy Committee Representative

Anne O’Connor

Academy Committee Representative

I retired as Headteacher of a Catholic primary school in August 2014 after a career in teaching that began in September 1973 as a newly-qualified teacher. Early in my career, I had an eight-year break to raise my own children, returning to teaching on a full-time, permanent basis in September 1983. Since then and until my retirement I have had experience as class teacher in all aspects of Catholic primary education, including school-wide leadership of Literacy, Religious Education and Chaplaincy and Special Educational Needs, and several years as Deputy Head, before starting first as acting Head in a shared role and becoming permanent Head in March 2001.

This has been a long and most rewarding experience and a wonderful privilege to work with and serve an exceptional community of children, families, staff, parish and Diocese, and to work with and support my colleagues in the local area.

My skills revolve around all aspects of running and leading a successful Catholic Nursery and Primary School, and my aspirations as St Ethelbert’s committee representative of St. Peter’s Catholic Academy are routed in the belief that every child and adult, regardless of role or background, should be given every opportunity to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.