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As a member of Astrea Academy Trust, oversight of St Ivo Academy takes place at a number of levels. These include the Board of Trustees, the Executive Board and the Local Education Consultative Committee. For more information about these roles and the Trustees and Executive Board, please refer to

The Local Education Consultative Committee (LECC)

The LECC has three key functions in its relationship with the academy: Support, Challenge and Champion.

The LECC supports the academy in a number of different ways, for example by:

  • Creating a positive forum for open and reflective discussion between committee members, the Principal and the school’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT)
  • Discussing the school’s key priorities, its improvement plan and self-evaluation so that the Principal gains reassurance from having an external perspective on his work
  • Celebrating the school’s successes whether by congratulating leaders or attending school celebration events
  • Monitoring the school’s performance so that concerns can be addressed at an early stage
  • Using members’ own expertise and connections to create opportunities for the school
  • Ensuring the involvement and development of their own members so that the committee remains an effective part of the school’s leadership and management
  • Representing the school at Ofsted inspections

The LECC challenges the academy by:

  • Holding the Principal to account for the school’s performance against its targets and budget
  • Asking probing questions to ensure a robust understanding of the work of the school
  • Promoting a culture of high expectations so that leaders continue to have ambitious expectations of their students and colleagues
  • Asking the Principal to review policies or decisions

The LECC also play an important role in championing the academy and its students through:

  • Representing it at community events or with important local and national stakeholders
  • The chair meeting with the Link Trustee so that the work of the academy and the committee is understood at Board level
  • Advocating for the academy’s particular needs within the Trust


The LECC consists of up to 12 members, as follows:

  • Up to two parent members;
  • Up to two staff members;
  • The Academy Principal;
  • Up to four persons appointed by the Trust;
  • Up to three other persons co-opted by members of the LECC.

All LECC members (except the Principal) have a term of office of our years. The Chair is re-elected every year.

Who we are

Julie Bloor
I have a career in education that spans over 28 years. Over the past 12 years I have been a Principal, Executive over several schools and an NLE, run a Teaching School, worked as a Director for a large Multi-Academy Chain and was recently Chief Education Officer at Academy Transformation Trust (ATT). I have set up my own Education Consultancy, supporting schools and leaders to transform their schools for the better. In my first two Headships I took both schools from the bottom of their local authority league table, to the most improved school, each with an Ofsted grade of Outstanding. The School Improvement work I have undertaken, across a wide range of schools, has always had a significant impact. School improvement runs in my veins; it is my passion, as is ensuring all children have a first class education that changes their life chances as the education I received changed mine. I hope to bring these skills to my governor role at St. Ivo.  I currently live in Fenstanton with my husband and we have one grown up son who, perhaps not unsurprisingly, is training to be a teacher.

Carol Darnell
I have been a Governor for a number of years in the St Ives community – both at Primary (where I was Chair) and Secondary levels.
My professional background is in Management Development/Training which I started doing when working for one of the “big 4” professional services firms. Since becoming freelance in 2003, I have worked with all sorts of organisations (private and public sector, large and small). I support them with their HR activities and deliver training courses to their staff, as well as coaching individuals and teams.
We have lived in St Ives since 2002, having been previously in East London and Essex. The whole family is heavily involved in Athletics (all year round!) although I tend to officiate now, rather than compete.
I’m pleased to be able to bring this diverse professional experience and personal interest to the LECC.

Charles Glanville
I have been a parent governor since December 2013, community governor since December 2017 and was Chair of Governors from 2015-17. I have lived in St Ives for over 11 years and have a son who has just left Sixth Form for university.
I have a background of working in a university, the NHS and the medical device industry with a focus in cardiac surgery and transplantation. Having left the company I started in St Ives, I currently work as a consultant to a number of companies throughout the UK, USA and Asia.
I became a governor in order to use my time and experience to support the academy, its staff and students, to continuously improve and get to outstanding.

Sam Griffin (Principal)
I became Principal of St Ivo School in September 2015. Prior to this I was Headteacher of Hobart High School in Norfolk and have been on school leadership teams since 2005. I am originally from London. I studied English and History at the University of Salford and also hold a post-graduate diploma in Drama.
I have a heavy involvement in all aspects of the work of the LECC.

Martin McMahon
I attended Wheatfields Junior School, followed by St Ivo and left in 1985 after only 5th form to join the forces via the Army 6th Form, Welbeck College. I then went on to obtained a degree in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Liverpool. This was then followed by a Ph.D in Laser Materials Processing, post-doctoral research in Italy, and a succession of managerial positions within various high tech production companies. Currently, I work within business development in the new and exciting 3D printing and additive manufacturing sector.
I am parent to three children at St Ivo. Prior to becoming a governor, my only other involvement in education was as a member of the Pavilion Playgroup committee, at the time when it was necessary to plan for and manage the complete replacement of the building and facilities.

Mark Newstead
Though relatively new to St Ivo, I was previously Chair of Governors at a Primary school and have experience of siting on the Boards of charities and commercial companies.
I am a chartered Construction Manager and Surveyor with a background in property development and maintenance. After graduating the University of Liverpool, I built a career in the housing and care sectors as a surveyor working for both public and private sector companies. I went on to gain a postgraduate qualification in Project Management and have now worked at director level for over 15 years. Currently I am employed by a Housing Association based in East London as Executive Director of Property Services.
I grew up locally and now live in Pidley with my wife and our two daughters, who both attend St Ivo. I joined the Governing Body (now LECC) to help address a skills shortage in property knowledge and I’m very pleased to be able to use my surveying and commercial management skills to help the school.

Frank Newton
Originally from Yorkshire but I have lived in St Ives for nearly 50 years and my three daughters all attended St Ivo.
I am a retired Local Government officer with 40 years experience in senior and chief officer positions within finance departments.
I am also Chair of Governors for Thorndown Primary School and when required, chair the School Independent Admissions Appeal Panels on behalf of the County Council.

Richard Potter
I have lived in St Ives since 1977. I am currently an Deputy Headteacher at Sir Harry Smith Community College, I have taught for the last 21 years in three different secondary schools and I am responsible for whole school behaviour as well as child protection. I have been through five Ofsted inspections, which resulted in very positive outcomes ranging from good to outstanding, the most recent of which was November 2014. I have experience of both pastoral and curriculum matters and I am all too aware of the current changes and implications to education. I have very fond memories of being a student at St Ivo, where the care and attention of every child was, and I believe still is, central to the success of the school.

Adrian Smith
I am a parent of two children at St Ivo School and attended the school’s Sixth Form from 1987-89 before going on to do a Business Studies degree at Oxford Brookes University.
I have been in marketing and communications for more than 20 years, my most recent in-house position being Head of Communications for Anglian Water. In 2009 I left to become a communications consultant and have been extremely fortunate to work with many excellent clients across a wide range of sectors.
I live in Hemingford Abbots, where I take an active role in the community as a member of the Hemingfords’ Regatta committee, an event now in its 114th year. I also helped launch and run Pavilion Pictures in 2011, our enormously successful community cinema, but stood down recently to focus on my role as a member of the LECC.

Philip Speer (Chair of the LECC)
A community governor since 1999, I chaired the Finance Committee for the 15 years, but have been a supporter of the campaign for “Fairer Funding” for Cambridgeshire schools for even longer. I am now the Chair of the LECC.
In my day job I am a company law solicitor with a practice in Cambridge. Being a governor enables me to use my professional knowledge and skills on a voluntary basis for the benefit of the School, and so, I hope, put something back into our community.
I have lived in Hemingford Grey since 1988.

Elaine Warriner
I grew up in the Isle of Man and studied History at the University of Sheffield where I was awarded my BA and post graduate teaching qualification (PGCE). I have twenty years teaching experience in four secondary schools across Cambridgeshire and I have previous experience as a school governor at Eastfield Infant and Nursery School. I have lived in St Ives for twelve years and have three children of my own who are current and future pupils of St Ivo Academy! I am Head of History at St Ivo and take great pride in the fantastic teaching and support staff that I have the privilege to work with. I joined the Governing Body in 2018 because I am a strong advocate for high quality comprehensive education and I believe St Ivo can offer an outstanding education to the young people of St Ives. My role is also to ensure that the views of staff are heard by the governing body as they help to determine the strategic direction of the school.

Dates of LECC meetings for 2019-20

Wednesday 30th October 2019
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Wednesday 29th April 2020
Wednesday 24th June 2020

Minutes of meetings

30th January 2019

12th December 2018

31st October 2018

Statutory documents

Annual Report and Accounts 2018-19 (until transfer to Astrea Academy Trust on 1st March 2019)

Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18

Governors Pecuniary Interest Declaration 2017-18

Gender Pay Gap report