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Each academy in the de Ferrers Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) which works on behalf of the Trust Board to exercise leadership in the running of the individual academy and hold the Principal and staff to account. The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and strives to ensure that our young people are attending a successful academy which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The role of the Local Governing Body:

  • helping the Principal and senior leadership team to set high standards by planning for the academy´s future and setting performance targets for the academy;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of the academy provision;
  • the management of risks against the academy's risk register;
  • acting as a critical friend to the Principal and senior leadership team, offering support and advice;
  • helping the academy respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • helping make the academy be open and accountable to the public for what it does;
  • working with the academy on planning and developing policies and keeping the academy provision under review; and
  • exercising the responsibilities and powers delegated to it by the Directors in partnership with the Principal and staff.

The Trust board has established one Local Governing Body to oversee both Eton Park Junior Academy and Lansdowne Infant Academy.  

The de Ferrers Trust is currently recruiting for governors in both primary and secondary schools.  Should you be interested please visit The de Ferrers Trust's website.

If you wish to contact the Local Governing Body, you can do so by contacting Zoe Mellor, Clerk to the Governors, by emailing or writing to:

Eton Park Junior School
Masefield Crescent
Burton on trent
DE14 2SG

The de Ferrers Trust Governance Documents

Meet our Local Governing Body

Ex-Officio Governor

The Executive Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local Governing Body as a Governor.  They are referred to as an Ex-officio Governor, by virtue of their office.  This means that they will remain a Governor for as long as they are employed in their role as Executive Principal. 

Claire Shaw

Claire Shaw

Appointed: 17th April 2023

Attendance 2022/23: 1/1

Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests:  Employed by The de Ferrers Trust

Bio: I am the Principal at Eton Park and Lansdowne Academies. I believe that all children can achieve excellence in their learning. My philosophy of education is that our children’s emotional well-being, cultural experiences, health and wellbeing are as important as their academic achievements.
I am an experienced primary headteacher, educational consultant and formally Diocesan Director of Education. I have many years’ experience as both a governor and a trustee.


Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the Trust Board.  Their term of office is four years.  At Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant, the governance structure allows for three Board Appointed Governors.

Madelaine Burkett

Appointed: 03 April 2020
Term of Office: 03 April 2020 - 02 April 2024

Attendance 2022/23: 3/3

Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: Headteacher at Burton Fields School, Burton on Trent. Headteacher Governor at Burton Fields School - a member of Central Co-operative Learning Trust.

Bio: TBC

Sharon Fox

Appointed: 14 July 2020 
Term of Office: 14 July 2020 - 13 July 2024

Attendance 2022/23: 1/3

Committee Membership: None

Register of Interests: Councillor Horninglow and Eton Parish Council

Bio: TBC






Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected by the parents/guardians of the students who attend Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant.  When a parent governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and guardians and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years. At Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant the governance structure allows for two parent governors. 



Staff Governors

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant. When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant and an election takes place. Their term of office is four years. At Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant the governance structure allows for two staff governors.

Emma Mason

Appointed: 03 September 2018
Terms of Office:
 04 May 2020 - 03 May 2024

Attendance 2022/23: 5/5

Register of Interests: Partner employed by Richard Wakefield

Bio: I am a teacher at Eton Park and enjoy every moment of it along with my role on the governing body.  At Eton Park I am responsible for the provision for Pupil Premium children alongside being responsible for the computing curriculum. I have also recently begun to lead reading in the School.  This year I am about to take on a distance part-time masters degree in education with Edge Hill University.

Helen Cotton

Appointed: 14 July 2023
Terms of Office:
 14 July 2023 - 13 July 2027

Attendance 2022/23: NA

Register of Interests: TBC

Bio: TBC 


Co-Opted Governors

At Eton Park Junior and Lansdowne Infant, the governance structure allows for the local governors listed above to co-opt to four further local governors to the local governing body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making local governance even more efficient and effective.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years.

Anne Andrews
Chair of Governors

First appointed: 03 September 2018
Term of office: 07 July 2022 - 06 July 2026

Attendance 2022/23: 3/3

Committee Membership: None

Register  of Interests: Secretary of the Local Performing Arts Committee  (Burton Competitive Vocal Festival)

Bio: I have recently retired from post in the Academy where the job included administering the HR and Finance for the site.  I had been employed within schools for 18 years and am a qualified HLTA with extensive classroom experience, specialising in ICT delivery.  In jobs prior to this I was the Managing Director of a group of nine Staffordshire Vocational Training centres; moderator/assessor for an Awarding Body and PA to a Personal Director at a Local Brewery.  I have lived and worked in Burton for the last 37 years.  I am actively involved in local performing arts organisations.  My child received an excellent education within the Trust and I aspire to help other children to believe they can achieve their maximum potential.

Steve Plumb

First appointed: 07 July 2022
Term of office: 07 July 2022 - 06 July 2026

Attendance 2022/23: 1/3

Committee Membership: None

Register  of Interests: Scout Association Assistant Director, Eagles Nest Mentor, The Community Church - Occasional Youth Worker.  Employed by Leicestershire Constabulary.

Bio: Born in Burton I was educated at Richard Wakefield and the Forest of Needwood High School.  After a brief period living in London, I returned to my home town.  I currently work in a training environment in Leicester.  Spare time interests include running, fitness and watch most sports.  Along with being a Governor I am Assistant District Commissioner for the Scout Association involved in the cub scout section.  I am also a mentor for a local charity (Eagles Nest) which helps and supports disadvantaged children.

Carolione Fotheringham

First appointed: 20 January 2022
Term of office: 20 January 2022 - 19 January 2026

Attendance 2022/23: 1/3

Committee Membership: None

Register  of Interests: Employed by SARAC

Bio: TBC


Previous Governors in the last 12 months

Amanda Carvell

Appointed: 03 September 2022

Resigned: 19 May 2023

Attendance 2022/23: TBC

Register of Interests: Employed by The de Ferrers Trust

Helen Phillips

Appointed: 01 September 2016

Resigned: 16 April 2023

Attendance 2022/23: 

Register of Interests:  Employed by The de Ferrers Trust

John Widdowson

Appointed: 07 December 2021

Resigned: 15 May 2023

Attendance 2022/23: TBC

Register of Interests: Employed by Burton Albion Community Trust

Louise Walker

Appointed: 14 July 2020

Resigned: 31 July 2023

Attendance 2022/23: TBC

Register of Interests: Member of East Staffordshire Labour Party. Elected East Staffs Borough Councillor Eton Park Ward - May 2021 


Clerk to Governors

The Clerk provides professional advice to the Governing Body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. They provide administrative support including minute taking and convening meetings, ensure the Governing Body is properly constituted and manage all Governing Body information effectively. It is the Clerk’s role to ensure the Governing Body meets all of its statutory duties.

Zoe Mellor



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