Peter Crowe – Chair of Governors – Quality of Education Link Governor – ATT appointed member

I am delighted and proud to be asked to take on the role of Chair of Local Academy Committee Sutton Community Academy with effect from the beginning of this academic year 2019/20.  I have lived in Sutton for the past 17 years and I look forward to this opportunity of making a contribution to the success of our local Academy.

I have spent the last 40 years of education, including 14 years as a secondary headteacher and four years as an Executive Head.  I hope that I can bring some useful knowledge and experience of school leadership to the work of the academy leaders.

Sutton Community Academy is already doing a great job of educating the children of our community.  Our role as governors is to challenge and support the Principal and his staff to sustain their clear ambition and ongoing drive for excellence.  With the encouragement and support of all our parents and the wider community we aim to ensure the elevation of SCA to be widely recognised as at least a good, or even an outstanding Academy by August 2021.

Sarah Baraclough – Community Governor – SEND Link Governor – Academy appointed member

My name is Sarah Baraclough.  I have lived in Sutton in Ashfield all my life and along with my siblings attended Sutton Centre Academy.

I have been employed within the NHS for 16 years, having spent the last 13 years as a Secretary in Pallative Care.

I love anything creative such as jewellery making and 5D paintings.  Family life is very important to me and I am also very much involved in our community through being a member of the Rotary Club of Sutton in Ashfield.


Emma Scothern – Staff Governor – Academy appointed member

I am very pleased to have been selected as Sutton Community Academy’s new staff Governor.  I only recently moved to Nottinghamshire and have been working at SCA for a short period of time, I am however extremely eager to get involved in the governance of the academy and I hope that my relative newness here will be a strength which will allow me to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the board.

I have been working as support staff in secondary academies for around two years.  Prior to joining SCA’s team, I worked at an academy in Peterborough subsequent to completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art in Norwich.


Paula Shrubsole – Community Governor – Safeguarding link Governor
Academy appointed member

My name is Paula Shrubsole.  I am excited to become a community governor for Sutton Community Academy and support the education, development and success of our local young people.  I have lived in Sutton in Ashfield for over 20 years and my son attended the school.  I am a Registered Nurse and have a passion for music, theatre and motorbikes.



Linda Hill – Community Governor – Sixth Form Link Governor – Academy appointed member

My name is Linda Hill and it is a pleasure to become part of the Sutton Academy Governing Body. Having worked in Education for the past 15 years, mainly within the Further Education sector, I am now looking to increase my knowledge of the Academy having seen many positive changes within the school.   I have strong links with partners I work with who are supportive and complimentary about Sutton Academy, which I hope we can build upon.

I have worked in completely different work cultures in my career history, both formal and informal but all people orientated and I would like to use my own expertise in working towards outstanding. I have a passion in seeing students move forward and progress in their learning journey, with realistic targets and life-changing goals.

Sutton Academy is a welcoming and supportive place to learn which has been extremely advantageous for me, as it has enhanced my perception of promoting learning opportunities and I feel the students make a valuable contribution to the local community, which will be beneficial for the future.

David Morrison – Community Governor – Academy appointed member

As a comparative newcomer to this area I have been keen in my semi-retirement to become involved with a forward-looking educational project and becoming a Governor at Sutton Community Academy fulfils this ambition.

I bring to this position a career in education spanning 44 years with the first 23 years in State education in London, Luton and Bedford and the remainder in the private sector abroad in Zambia, Malawi, Qatar, Dubai and Spain. In all these schools the National Curriculum for England was taught in all Key Stages through to ‘A’ level.

Although retiring as an Executive Principal, my final post being in London, I continue to involve myself with training teachers at Buckingham University and regularly visit schools throughout the Midlands.

Throughout my career I have successfully led school improvement strategies and feel I can offer an ‘international dimension’ to the already strong local expertise of my fellow Governors.

I am looking forward to meeting as many students, staff, parents and other stakeholders as is possible, in the near future.

Lesley Lee – Parent Governor

My name is Lesley Lee and I am a local mum of 4 and I have lived in Sutton for the past 24 years. I am currently studying for a degree in Criminal Justice with Derby University.
Whilst this is all new for me, I am excited to be a parent voice on the governing team at SCA, contributing to and helping to ensure that the academy provides the best education and opportunities for all of its students.

Contacting the Chair of Governors

The Chair of Governors, Peter Crowe, can be contacted at The Chair should be contacted if you have an allegation to make about the Principal of the Academy, or in the event that your concerns about a staff member are not being dealt with appropriately. The Chair will then inform the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer).

Committee Documents

Governance Guide 2020

Governance Scheme Of Delegation September 2020

Complaints Policy and Procedure

Attendance Record

LAC Declarations of Interest

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