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 Local Governing Body

Waverley Junior Academy has its own Local Governing Body which includes members from the local community, staff and parents/carers who offer a unique insight into the community’s perception of the academy and contribute to strategic planning and decision making.

Governors meet six times each year and receive regular training. They are actively encouraged to question and offer constructive challenge based on comprehensive information and analysis of performance.  To be a governor within ACET is to be a valued member of a forward-looking, highly professional organisation with a genuine opportunity to contribute to and influence the educational outcomes of pupils.  


Meet the Governors 

Mr J. Barton

Role/ responsibility - Chair/ Quality of Education

Now retired, I have 33 years of leadership and management experience, acquired through my work as a Senior IT Manager for a large global financial organisation. My position as a strategic leader involved: managing, reporting and delivering multi-million pound board level business cases on time and on budget including the management of personnel and finance matters for staff (up to 300+ across several countries), offices, programmes, projects and live IT services. I am an effective manager of people and place great emphasis on staff development, particularly those who occupy senior leadership posts.

I have a wealth of governance experience at nursery, primary and secondary level in schools and academies, having been a governor since the late 1980’s. I am a highly experienced Chair who has also been a National Leader of Governance since 2013, mentoring other Chairs of Governors and undertaking Reviews of Governance. I was privileged to be involved in setting up Aston Community Education Trust and as Chair of the Trust, leading the strategic direction and reviewing the audited accounts to ensure financial soundness, best value and strategic alignment.

In addition to serving ACET as Chair, Member and Trustee, I am currently Chair of Governors at Swinton Academy and Brookfield Junior Academy.



Mr D. Armstrong-Payne

Role/ responsibility - Vice Chair/ Early reading & English 

I work for Harworth Group who are the master developer of the new Waverley Community. I am the Development Director responsible for the delivery of Waverley. I have been involved in building the community here for the past 19 years and have had significant involvement in all aspects of the development including delivering the new school. I now look forward to helping the Academy create the best possible learning environment for the children of Waverley.


Mrs C. Keeton

Role/ responsibility - Principal 

I have been teaching for 20 years and worked as part of ACET for 6 years now. I started my career as an FS2 class teacher before teaching across KS1, and then Year 6, as Vice principal. I became a Principal 4 years ago and was delighted in June 2018 to lead my school to an outstanding Ofsted judgment. I am extremely proud to be Waverley Junior Academy’s Principal. The opportunity to lead a brand new school in a new school community is very exciting.


Mrs R. Bolton

Role/ responsibility - Vice Principal/ Training & Development, Staff Well-being and Health & Safety 

I have been teaching for 10 years and worked as part of ACET for 6 years now. I started my career as an FS2 class teacher before gaining experience across Key stage 1. I was then appointed as Foundation and Key Stage 1 leader and then as Vice Principal.  I lead on Foundation Stage across the trust and early education is what I am most passionate about. I enjoy supporting children to develop their personal and social skills as well as teaching Maths and Literacy and I have a particular love for phonics.



Miss N. Borrington

Role/ responsibility - SEND and Safeguarding 

I have worked as part of RMBC for 10 years at a Special Needs School in the borough. My work experience ranges across the following categories: Safeguarding (as a Designated Lead and safer recruitment trained specialist) Financial Management (CSBM accredited) with a specialism in SEN funding including Looked after Children, Element 3 Funding etc along with the other School Business Management areas. I now also have a child who attends a RMBC SEN provision so I have a personal understanding passion for the inclusion and support of children with additional needs.



Mrs K. Stark

Role/ responsibility - Early Years Foundation Stage 

I have been actively involved in the Community at Waverley since moving here, helping to found the original Residents Association and events team.  As well as this I have supported families through my voluntary role with the local sling libraries.  I currently sit on both the events team and the community garden team. I am passionate about supporting the start of education with the early years provision helping the youngest children in our school start their education creating the foundations for growth.


Mrs E. Swanson

Role/ responsibility - Pupil Progress & Outcomes 

I have worked in an educational setting for the past fifteen years. I am a qualified lecturer. I specialise in areas of Dyslexia/Co-occurring difficulties, Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Inclusive Practices. I am passionate about teaching, learning, personal development and the wellbeing of young people. As my role as Pupil Premium Governor I will work closely with the Principal to understand the decisions about targeted provision, to support, challenge, monitor and evaluate the work of the school in raising attainment and progression of children who are eligible for Pupil Premium.


Mrs M. Adigun

Role/ responsibility - Behaviour & Attitudes

I am a consultant eye surgeon with an interest in medical education. My experience from leadership roles in medical education will be invaluable as a governor of Waverly Junior Academy. In my spare time, I enjoy playing in the garden with my children and baking cakes. I am the named governor for Behaviour and attitudes including Attendance, Rewards and Sanctions. As part of this role, I hope to support the school leadership in helping all children at Waverley junior academy to develop a good foundation of behaviours and attitudes that will hold them in good stead for the future. 


Mr L. Norfolk

Role/ responsibility - Mathematics

I work for Tes Global who are the largest education network in the UK for 3 years. I speak to school leaders in the UK and internationally regarding their key objectives and challenges around Recruitment, Timetabling, Safeguarding and Duty of Care, Staff Well-being, SEND Provision and Classroom Management. I have a passion to support teachers and pupils. I believe in the power of great teaching and that every pupil has the right to a great education. I am a governor for Aston Academy, a secondary school which is also part ACET. I have a child who is attending Waverley Junior Academy and therefore have a vested interest in the school.