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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 five 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

Mrs N. Borrington - Chair

Role/ responsibility - Safeguarding & Health and Safety 

I have worked as part of RMBC for 11 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 and passion for the inclusion and support of children with additional needs.

Mr J. Barton - Vice Chair

Role/ responsibility - Quality of Education including reading

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: 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 a highly effective manager of people who places 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 instrumental 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.


Mrs R. Bolton - Associate Principal 

I have been teaching for 12 years and worked as part of ACET for 8 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, followed by Vice Principal and then Associate Principal  I lead on Foundation Stage across the trust and early education is what I am most passionate about. I am extremely proud to be Waverley Junior Academy’s Principal and I am dedicated to ensuring all Waverley pupils achieve their full potential. 

Mr D. Armstrong-Payne 

.Role/ responsibility - Personal Development   

I previously worked for Harworth Group who are the master developer of the new Waverley Community. I was the Development Director responsible for the delivery of Waverley. I was 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 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 Premium including 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 - Attendance, 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 Waverley 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. 

Miss A. Taylor

Role/ responsibility - Staff Well-being and Professional Development

I have been teaching for 8 years and worked as part of ACET for 2 ½ years now. I currently lead Year 2 at Waverley Junior Academy and I have recently been appointed as the Lead Learner for Science across the trust. I am an experienced Key Stage 1 teacher who has a passion for developing strong foundations for children’s learning, behaviour and aspirations of themselves. I have been very lucky and privileged to work alongside our growing Waverley team to help establish the school in a developing community. 

Miss C. Hollingworth 

Role/ responsibility - SEND 

I have worked within education for 15 years, predominantly in finance but more recently as a school manager.  My role as school manager includes all aspects of school business management including: Finance, HR, Premises, IT and Health & Safety

As a new governor to Waverley Junior Academy, I am looking forward to working with the school to help provide the best outcomes for the children of Waverley.