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Academy Council

Academy Council 2016-17

Academy Council Chair Miss Jackie Gibbs
Academy Council Vice Chair Mr Robin Yeomans
Academy Council Member Mrs Natalie Gadsby
Academy Council Member Mrs Louise Spinks
Academy Council Member Mrs Sarah Wilson
Academy Council Member / Staff representative Mrs Becky Dear 
Academy Council Member Mrs Jane Dooley
Acting Principal Mrs Sarah Flack

Councillor Information

Jackie Gibbs - Academy Council Chair

My working life has always been connected with science and education including research, teaching and lecturing. 

I am particularly interested in how children's learning can be developed by using the knowledge they bring with them; how the primary school curriculum can be organised so that different subjects support each other and how hands-on learning develops thinking .  I am a strong believer in inclusive teaching and learning and that effective systems, consistently implemented, enable a school to develop and progress.


Robin Yeomans - Academy Council Vice Chair

Most of my working life had been spent within education, mainly in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. This included periods as a secondary school history teacher, primary school teacher and head teacher, education researcher, writer and university lecturer working mainly with primary school trainee and working teachers. During part of that time I also trained and worked as an Ofsted team inspector. I retired from full-time work with De Montfort University Bedford in 2001, but continued to work part-time for the University of Bedfordshire until 2010.

I have lived close to Sawtry for most of the last 35 years and within the village since 2010.

When I retired from a career in education I felt I would like to continuing using what skills and knowledge I had within the village that had become my home. I already knew Sawtry Junior School well from my career as a teacher and lecturer, and even had been on school camp with Sawtry pupils over thirty years ago.

 I was accepted as a community governor in Autumn 2011.  I’m especially interested in how children and adults learn, the primary school curriculum and how it is organised, and in how school staff members work with one another. I’m a strong believer in making evidence  the force that drives how a school develops and learns how to do its job well.


Natalie Gadsby- Academy Council Member

I joined Sawtry Junior School as a parent Governor in May of 2016. I have lived in Sawtry most of my life, completing my schooling within both the Junior School and the Secondary School.

I have three children. My eldest has started at the Village Academy this year, being given an excellent start, partly as a result of both schools working closely together, to facilitate a smooth journey into key stage 3.

I have another child, currently in year 4, and my youngest will start at the Junior School in 2018. Having children across key stages 1-3 has provided me with first- hand experience of the transition arrangements between the three village schools.

I am vice chair of the Sawtry Youth Project (SYP). The overall aim of SYP is to provide age appropriate leisure facilities for the older children of the village and for the wider community. I was previously secretary of the group, recently moving to vice chair, with a second role of applying for grants and funding.     

I have a long standing career as an occupational therapist. I work within a small specialist team, working with adults with complex long term conditions.  Our team are part of a large NHS Trust.  My previous role was within a mental health team, where I coordinated the care of vulnerable adults and was involved with a number of safeguarding issues.

Working as an occupational therapist provides me with transferrable skills to find solutions to problems and be goal driven. I understand the importance of evidence based practice and the role this has in building a robust school.


Louise Spinks - Academy Council Member

I joined the governing body in September 2016 as a parent governor.  My family and I have lived in Sawtry since 2003; my eldest child has been at the school since 2014 and my youngest will start in 2017.  I have been part of various community groups, helping to run a parent and child group and being a parent helper with Brownies.

I became a governor to be more involved with the school community, transferring some existing skills which will hopefully be beneficial to the school. I believe it is very important to involve parents in the governance of the school, to ensure we all work together with the children’s best interests at the forefront of our efforts.

I have been a police officer since 2000 with the majority of my career being as a Detective Constable in various CID roles.  I worked in the Public Protection Department for six years, which involved dealing with vulnerable victims and liaising with other government agencies to address safeguarding concerns. I have been on the force Fraud and Cyber Investigation Unit since 2012, investigating an extremely varied caseload.

My work has given me insight into many other business models, including financial and educational establishments.  I am passionate about the future we are shaping for our children and hope to put my skills to good use to help the school and the children to be the best they can be.


Sarah Wilson - Academy Council member and Principal of SVA (Sawtry Village Academy)

I have been in education all of my working life and committed the majority of this time to the community of Sawtry.  I was appointed in the secondary school in 1989 and have since worked through a wide range of teaching and leadership roles before becoming the Principal at Sawtry Village Academy in April 2015.  I am passionate about developing young people in the broadest sense and feel I t is important to encourage partnerships between the school, the students and parents that will benefit the wider locality.

I was delighted to join the Academy Council at Sawtry Junior Academy because there is real strength in supporting the educational experience of children as they move from the primary to the secondary phase


To contact the Academy Council Chair please send your correspondence to:


Miss J Gibbs

C/O Sawtry Junior Academy

Middlefield Road



PE28 5SH