Governance

Duties

The Academy Committee meets termly to hear the reports from the Principal and to discuss matters of interest or concern. The Governors are responsible for the appointment of staff and for general oversight of the way the academy is working.

  • Composition

    The Academy Committee consists of representatives from the Academy Transformation Trust, parents, teaching/ non-teaching staff and the local community.

    Mr I Gray (Chair)
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy
    email: Ian.Gray@academytransformation.co.uk

    Rev G Samiec (Vice Chair)
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Academy Transformation Trust Governor

    Mrs H Webber

    Academy Transformation Trust
    Suite 413

    Jewellery Business Centre
    95 Spencer Street
    Birmingham
    B18 6DA

    Tel: 0121 7947275
    Email: office@academytransformation.co.uk

    Further ATT Trustee information can be found here

    Community Governors

    Mrs L Bassett
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Dr J Brei-Crawley
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Mrs J Burke
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Mr P Kemp
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Mrs H Self
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Mr A Sheldrick
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Mr R Goodenough
    Mildenhall College Academy

    Parent Governors

    Mrs M Khan
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Ms K Abeyasekere
    c/o Mildenhall College Academy

    Teacher Governors

    Ms S Byles – Principal
    Mildenhall College Academy

    Associate Staff (Non-Teaching) Governors

    Mrs P Garrad
    Mildenhall College Academy

  • Mr Ian Gray – Chair of Governors

    I was fortunate in my education and with the support I had from my parents, when I left school I secured a 5 year training contract to work and study to become a Chartered Accountant, something that I never considered whilst at school. I worked as a senior Audit Manager in one of the major firms in London, but in 1982 had the opportunity to become the Group Accountant in the Bloodstock Industry in Newmarket and we relocated to this area that year.

    However I preferred the Professional Life and so I set up an accountancy practice in 1985 with 4 clients. We have served many businesses and individuals since then.

    Our daughters both attended the Upper School as it was then and one works with me, the other is a solicitor with the Government. I was “recruited” to be a Governor for the Upper School and Riverside Middle School, for my accounting background. I became Vice Chair of Governors of the Upper School, but I stood down after 8 years to work on my business. I then re-joined the Governing Body 10 years ago and a year later became the Chair.  I strongly believe that every student should have the opportunity to achieve and exceed their potential, so a good school is essential.

    MCA is just that, we have seen the change from the 3 to 2 tier system and the change to becoming an Academy.  This we believed would enable us to maintain and improve the education we can offer.  We are now seeing the benefits of this and MCA is firmly established as a good school. The move to a new building within 2 years can only enhance the opportunities for all who attend MCA.  I count myself fortunate to be involved in this journey and seeing the students benefit from the outstanding teaching and facilities that MCA will continue to offer.


    Dr Philip Kemp

    After graduating from university with a degree in politics, unsure of the next step, I visited a former school friend who had been admitted to a mental hospital with a serious mental illness. This experience led me into a career in the mental health field as a mental health nurse, mental health social work and a manager of mental health services. I moved into professional education and research, culminating as Assistant Professor in Mental Health Nursing. I recently retired early from this role and now combine some academic work with life as a smallholder. My main governor responsibilities are in relation to Pupil Premium and vocational programmes.


    Mr Andrew Sheldrick

    I am the School Fire Liaison Officer, a post which I have held for the past six years. I have been a full-time fire fighter for over forty years based at Bury St Edmunds until 2016, and I’m now on call as a Crew Commander at Mildenhall Fire Station.

    My role within the academy is providing student support, working in SEND, the BEST Area and also with students working towards their Youth Award course. I also organise a Fire Break Programme to help students with low confidence and self-esteem and encourage them to socialise with other people.

    I have been a Community Governor for the past three years. Being a Community Governor allows me to have a better understanding of how Mildenhall College Academy is run and seeing how all the students progress and achieve throughout their school years. My responsibilities within the academy are for Music, PE, Premises and whistleblowing


    PC Helen Self

    I have been a Community Governor for a number of  years at MCA and at Riverside Middle School prior to that. I work in the local community as a police officer
    and my role is Community Engagement Officer for Forest Heath. I have been a police officer for 22 years mainly working in the local area.

    I have two children one of whom is currently a Sixth Form student at MCA6. I really enjoy my role as Community Governor at MCA and this has allowed me to get an insight into how the academy runs on a day to day basis as well as attending various events and seeing the students winning awards. Also as part of my day job I enjoy working with the academy and have taken assemblies with the students raising awareness of issues in the community and wider. My responsibilities in the academy are for attendance, DT & Art, equalities, PREVENT (radicalisation and extremism), sex & relationship education and student behaviour.


    Dr. Jo Brei-Crawley

    I have been working in the US education system for over 30 years, most of this time in US overseas schools.  I have worked in a wide range of age groups including primary schools, middle schools, and have been an assistant principal.  I have taught university courses in early childhood education and technology.  I have a Master’s Degree in Administration, an Educational Doctoral Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and advanced studies in technology.  Currently I am the Educational Technologist at Lakenheath Middle School.  My responsibilities in the academy are for MFL and Maths.


    Mrs Jacqui Burke

    I became a community governor at MCA in 2017 following 15 years as a primary school governor. In my role as a freelance training consultant, I already had a relationship with MCA supporting Careers within Key Stage 4 and in the Sixth Form. I was pleased therefore to take on the role of Lead Governor for this area of the curriculum and to further support the academy by undergoing training with the Local Enterprise Partnership as an Enterprise Adviser. The other curriculum area that I link with is Humanities.


    Rev. George Samiec

    I think I might well be described as the parent who never left! When we arrived from Australia and our daughters chose to go to the then Mildenhall College of Technology, I was asked whether I would be a parent governor. That was at the end of 2002 and I have been a governor ever since. Now a community governor, I have seen the academy change in so many ways.

    It is a good school which is always getting better and that trajectory overall is what counts in education, in a community, and in life itself.

    My work as a governor over the years has meant community engagement, working with a neighbouring college for a few years, and taking an interest in the English, Drama and Humanities Faculties. I have what might be called a ‘watching brief’ to be aware of aspects of academy life – curriculum, literacy, teaching and learning, attainment and pupil progress – the goals being that what is experienced in the classroom, performance venue or outdoors keeps getting better for everyone.

    I believe very much in the power and good of education and that teachers do amazing things. As the saying goes, ‘teachers touch the future’,  and good things are always happening in classrooms, on excursions, and among the students at MCA. Governors are do their part, largely administratively, in encouraging more and more good things to happen.


    Mr Richard Goodenough

    After studying a degree in Sports Therapy at the University of Chichester and flirting with the concept of professional cricket I decided to re-train as a teacher. After a short spell of teaching at King Edward VI School in Bury St. Edmunds I joined Mildenhall College Academy as a teacher of PE in 2008. I  was soon promoted to the role of House Leader and then into the role of Assistant Principal. I joined the Academy Committee in 2013 as a staff governor and more recently converted to a community governor. I am passionate about improving the lives of the young people who live in our community and I am determined to improve their Teamwork, Resilience, Ambition, Inquistiveness, Togetherness and Success.


    Mrs Pam Garrad

    I have been a Support Staff Governor at Mildenhall College Academy since 2015. Prior to this I was a Governor at a primary school in Suffolk for eight years whilst working as a School Business Manager.

    Although I work at MCA, being part of the strong Governing Body allows me to see how they view the academy from a Governors’ perspective.  There are a wide variety of professions that make up the Governing Body which brings a wealth of experience and fresh, new ideas for pupil progress.


    Mrs Mumtaz Khan

    In 2009, my daughter started at what was then Mildenhall College of Technology, she brought home a letter about the opportunity to become a Parent Governor, and I decided to give it a go!

    Over the nearly ten years as a governor, my responsibilities have grown to include SEND, PREVENT and Inclusion. During these ten years, I have seen both my daughter and son through the school, and Sixth Form and I continued on as a governor after they left for university. My responsibilities as governor revolve around ensuring both equality and a peaceful environment for students to thrive in.

    I believe that MCA has provided a strong foundation for both of my children, their peers, and the currently attending students and being able to experience feedback from all three of these channels has provided me with a broad prospective from which I am able to do my best in aiding the academy.


    Mrs Helen Webber

    I have been associated with Mildenhall College Academy for the last 20 years, firstly in the Finance Office and more recently as Regional Finance Manager for the East working for the Trust for the last three years.

    I have always lived locally, and both my children attended Mildenhall College of Technology as it was known in their day. I have been on the Governing body at Mildenhall for the last 9 years. I am at present the Academy Transformation Trust representative and prior to that was the Non-Teaching member of staff.


  • Summary of Governors Attendance:
  • Secure area for Governors