Our School

Our executive board members

Chair of Interim Executive Board                                       

Jenn Plews

(Chief Executive Officer)

NSAT Director and governor responsible for disadvantaged learners                                                       Helen Flynn 
NSAT Director and governor responsible for safeguarding Bev Ashby 
NSAT Director and governor responsible for finance and risk Stuart Phillips
Local Leader of Education and Primary Headteacher of Outstanding school Michelle Dawson

John Barker (Principal Finance Officer)

Sally Cocker (Operations Director) also Health and Safety Adviser

Emma Wright (Bursar)

Josey Thompson (Independent adviser with nursery expertise)

Parent Governor

Staff Governor

What do they do?

Each academy in Northern Star Acaedmies Trust has either a Local Governing Body or an Interim Executive Board (IEB) which works on behalf of the trust board to exercise leadership in the running of the individual academy and hold the Head Teacher and staff to account. It is responsible for promoting high standards and strives to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.   

The functions of New Park Primary Academy's IEB are:

  • helping the Head Teacher and senior leadership team to improve the school by setting high standards, planning for the school´s future and setting performance targets for the school;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of the school provision;
  • monitoring financial performance against budget and the management of risks against the school´s risk register;
  • ensuring funds are spent appropriately and to the best benefit of students, especially disadvantaged students;
  • acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher and senior leadership team, offering support and advice;
  • helping the school respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • helping make the school be open and accountable to the public for what it does;
  • working with the school on planning and developing policies and keeping the school provision under review


Northern Star Academies Trust Governance Structure

Northern Star is the multi-academy trust that runs New Park Primary Academy.  It has members and directors who operate at trust level overseeing all the schools in the trust.

Members  Directors
Martin Kelly Martin Kelly (Chair)
Christopher Gorse (i) Ian Curtis (Vice Chair)
Steve Scott (i) Bev Ashby
Sarah Strickland (i) Jenn Plews (CEO)
Richard Thomas Howard Cutler
  Helen Flynn
  Stuart Phillips

(i) = independent of the management of the schools

What do members and directors do?

Members of Northern Star oversee the achievement of the objectives of the company, appoint the directors, oversee the company accounts and the directors’ performance and exercise any other powers afforded to them by company law such as amending the company's constitution.

Directors of Northern Star control the trust’s management and administration and are responsible for directing its affairs, ensuring it is solvent and well-run and delivering its charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public.  They also make sure the schools in the trust are well run, holding the Head Teachers in the schools to account.

How do I contact them?

To contact any of the members, directors or Interim Academy Board members, please contact the school.

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