Our Local Academy Committee ensures that the academy is well-managed, both supporting and challenging the academy leaders to provide the best possible learning experience for all children.
The Local Academy Committee comprises a range of professionals who support the academy to make key decisions, for example, about school policies. They receive reports from the CEO and other key leaders in the school, focusing clearly on educational outcomes for children. The Local Academy Committee ensures clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holds leadership accountable for standards against performance benchmarks; ensures that the school leadership complies with statutory regulations; and engages stakeholders. It also agrees and oversees a range of key strategies, including Dormanstown Primary Academy’s self-evaluation, improvement plan, budget and performance management policy.
Sister Anita Smith – Chair of Committee
Address: Tees Valley Education, Dormanstown Primary Academy, South Avenue, Redcar TS10 5LY
A current member of the religious community, Sister Anita has had involvement with the Trust’s academies in various roles over the years, with her links to the parish she serves and as a member of the governing bodies of both Brambles and Pennyman Primary Academies. Sister Anita is a retired teacher, having worked in Ghana, Swaziland and the UK.
Kerry Newton – Head Teacher
Having worked in primary education for 20 years, I became Head of Dormanstown in September 2014. I have previously worked in Middlesbrough and Stockton-on-Tees as a teacher, consultant and deputy head teacher. I have personally taught all of the age ranges in primary from Nursery to Year 6, and was a leading teacher for literacy. I am passionate about and committed to securing the best possible outcomes for the children and families we work with, and am very proud of the team here at Dormanstown and community we support.
Louise Norton – Staff Representative
I have worked in Primary Education for 9 years, and in Dormanstown for 4 of those years. I have mainly worked in KS2, and have been the Maths Lead for 3 of these years. I am very passionate about this role, I endeavour to create the best learning outcomes for all learners, with lessons that are creative, motivate and inspire children. I help to support staff with up-to-date CPD and to ensure all children are able to succeed and reach their full potential. I am very proud to be a member of staff at Dormanstown and a part of the local community.
Ricky Lawton – Parent Representative
I became interested in joining the Local Academy Committee as Parent Representative for two reasons. Firstly, my son attends the school and secondly, that the school has recently changed to an academy. I wanted to support the academy in this change and to be an independent voice raising concerns for parents and children as required.
Ceri Cawley – Community Representative
I wanted to represent the community for the academy as I am also a Parent and a Ward Councillor for Dormanstown area. It is good to know what is happening within the academy as in my Councillor role it is easy for me to feed the information back into our communities. It is not just parents who like to know what is happening it is also aunties, uncles, grandparents and the general public. This academy is important to everyone.