Meet Our Governors
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Jamie PardonChair of Governing Body
I am very proud to be the Chair to the Governing Body at Chantry Primary Academy. I am a Headteacher and have been fortunate enough to work collaboratively with the Chantry Team in the past and now wish to give something back by actively supporting the school as a governor.
Education is my passion and have worked in various settings in Luton and Northamptonshire across my career. I feel this experience and dedication means I can help to continue Chantry's educational journey for the benefit of all children.
Cori BatemanExecutive Headteacher/Trust CEO
I am a mother of two daughters. I have been in education since qualifying as a teacher in 1991 and have been Headteacher at Chantry Primary Academy since 2004.
In September 2017 Chantry formed a Federation with Whitefield Primary School and the two schools work very closely together under our shared leadership structure. In January 2019 we joined with Southfield Primary School to form a Multi Academy Trust - Pioneer Learning Trust.
The success of our work at Chantry has led to our leadership team being asked to support other schools in Luton and surrounding areas.
The work of the Local Governing Body is essential in ensuring that Chantry continues to maintain high standards and continues to be the successful school that it is.
Bill RoweStaff Governor
I have been employed in education since qualifying as a teacher in 1991 and after a period of time spent working overseas and in other Luton schools, I joined the team at Chantry in 1998 and am currently the Head of School. Throughout this time I have seen the school develop and grow into the fantastic place it is today and enjoy the privilege of working alongside many talented colleagues and pupils on a daily basis.
I am a strong advocate of our Values Education Programme and try to apply this philosophy and thinking to the broad and varied leadership role that I undertake at Chantry.
Pamela ThomasCo-Chair of the Governing Board
It is a pleasure to be the Co-Chair of the governing board as a parent governor at Chantry Primary Academy.
I have been an educator for over 15 years and began teaching English to adult learners in the UK and abroad, Central America and China. After achieving my MA (TESOL), I have continued to educate adult learners within the higher education community as an English for academic purposes lecturer.
My passion and enthusiasm for teaching has brought me into contact with a diverse range of cultures which is an immense joy as each student brings to the classroom many cultural dynamics which enhances my diversity in teaching. The experience has given me tremendous insights into the cultural complexities of teaching students from different cultural backgrounds in a multi-cultural environment.
My role as a parent governor is to use my experience in teaching and learning to have an inclusive education for all.
Dionne PhillipsStaff Governor
I began my journey as an educator in Jamaica in 1993 and officially gained my teacher qualification in 1996. Since earning my qualification I have worked with children in numerous capacities but primarily in education. I believe wholeheartedly that our children are our future and it gives me great joy to be a part of their educational journey and helping them to realise their potentials.
I became a member of the Whitefield school family in March 2019 and in September of that same year I was welcomed into the Chantry school family. In a very short time, the school had played a major role in my development and being a member of the governing body is an attempt for me to give back to a school family that has given so much to me.
Mr CollinsParent Governor
I am a parent of two children at Chantry and am keen to make a positive difference as a parent governor. As a software developer with a keen interest and understanding of technology I hope I can help to provide an environment where children can flourish as individuals in this new digital-focused world.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports and getting out in the countryside on bike rides with the family.
Mr GwesheParent Governor
I am a father of three hence two are at Chantry Primary Academy and the eldest in high school. I have been working for the NHS supporting people with Mental Health problems for the past 11 years. I am passionate about Mental Wellbeing.
Lauren SegalCommunity Governor
Lauren Segal is a Dance Artist from Luton specialising in community arts. Lauren delivers dance and arts projects in several Luton schools with Next Generation Youth Theatre (NGYT) and is Project Manager for NGYT's Up Our Street programme. Lauren has a passion for working with Luton young people and believes all children deserve to access arts activities to enrich their wellbeing, development, education, their lives and their futures.
As a Community Governor at Chantry Primary Academy, I hope to bring my passion combined with NGYT's skillset and knowledge of the arts in the community to expand what it means to be immersed in 'all things Chantry."