Staff and students in all our academies are committed to the values held by The Education Fellowship.
These values influence behaviour and actions and they also have the capacity to inspire and encourage. Respecting one another and our environment is taken very seriously in all our academies which in turn leads them into safe and inviting places to be.
We see every pupil as an individual, whether 3 years or 16 years old, with each having a unique blend of gifts and abilities. We aim to give everyone the confidence to feel positive about their particular strengths and to explore their personal interests. We encourage students to engage with their peers, to think for themselves from an early age, to have a sense of responsibility - and to have dreams and self belief. We believe this is the best of way of ensuring children grow into confident, inspired and happy young adults wanting to stride on to their next challenge in life.
The Education Fellowship was founded in 2012 to deliver an excellent education to children of all backgrounds. The Fellowship’s experienced team is committed to every child at their schools receiving access to a top quality education - and the life opportunities which that can offer. We enable young people to face life confident that they will make a difference wherever they go.
A unique benefit for all Fellowship academies is the high level of support, development and training provided for its Principals and staff to ensure that excellence is achieved throughout. We are clear that The Fellowship is in the business of education and that our pupils and their parents are our ‘customers’. That mind set, and all that flows from it, is - and should not be any different from - any other business.
The Fellowship values reflect the way we partner with our schools, minimising central control and avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy. We work alongside schools to provide the right level of support locally enabling them to grow in a sustainable way; but The Fellowship does not abdicate its responsibilities for good governance and outcomes.
From the moment the Governing Body of a school chooses The Fellowship as a sponsor, the partnership begins. The Fellowship never pre-judges; before we implement any changes we build mutual trust and a thorough understanding of what is special about the school and community.
We arrange early visits to prioritise a deep-dive investigation to establish where that school is and where we will place it on its journey to achieve ‘outstanding’. It is an excellent time to get to know the staff and pupils.
By the time a school becomes a Fellowship academy, the school and The Fellowship will have built a sound relationship – we will be co-owners. This mutual respect enables us to work together to build on and develop the school’s existing skills and experience.
Working with the Principal we develop a programme of personalised support covering leadership, management, data systems, pupil tracking, educational technology, performance management and continuous professional development. This programme is delivered by a range of key specialists within the The Fellowship team and our recognised quality-assured field force.
We don’t just want to enable outstanding heads/principals – we create motivational leaders in our academies.
Co-ownership is central to our philosophy and is at the heart of the Fellowship Forum within each academy.
We receive advice and support from The John Lewis Partnership, famed for its highly-developed and sustainable co-ownership model, and we have designed our democratic structures on similar lines. Each constituency in the academy community – all ages of students and all sectors of the staff – is represented in the academy’s Fellowship Forum following elections each school year. This develops democratic engagement of staff and students to a level which we believe goes beyond that in any other school.
We believe each Academy Fellowship Forum is transformational in its impact on education in our academies and an important channel making a tangible and sustainable impact on school improvement. It is key to pursuing excellence in every area of our academies in a similar way to how co-ownership is key to the success of The John Lewis Partnership in the business world. It's a vital part of embedding our values and makes us more than just colleagues working to achieve better education - it makes us co-owners.
In short, each Fellowship Forum is committed to making the The Fellowship Academy the very best place in its locality in which to work and to learn.
Our Academy Fellowship Forums lead to our Central Fellowship Council.
Every Academy Fellowship Forum will elect a younger student, a sixth form student and a member of staff from its Fellowship Forum to represent the academy in the Fellowship Council. In the same way as Forum representatives will question their Principals and work with them to make their academy as good as it can be, the representatives on the Fellowship Council will be able to question The Education Fellowship Chairman and CEO, who are members of the The Fellowship Board, and work with them to improve The Fellowship. The Chairman, CEO and Executive Directors will face some challenging questions at times. We should be challenged when we don’t do well enough, give direction on how we can do better - and, of course, it would be good to acknowledge when we do well too!
The whole aim of this democratic way of working is to fulfil our vision and our purpose. We wish to improve education for all our children and students. Staff and students having a voice at the most senior level is a really vital part of who we are. This is all about the long term future of The Fellowship and our academies.
Obviously our key focus is in the classroom ensuring the highest possible quality of teaching. We insist on thorough tracking of the progress of each student in a regular, consistent and uniform way so we can be sure each child receives the appropriate support - and that every child is happy and learning.
We also believe in holistic education. Broadening a student's education outside the classroom offers enrichment to feed the body, mind and spirit. Within the school curriculum programmes of lectures, aspirational assemblies, music workshops, drama tours and cultural trips are all organised. Professionals from the local community are also invited in to motivate our pupils.
Johnson Kane, Chief Executive, leads the Executive Board, the Executive Team, all principals and staff and is accountable for the performance of all academies.
Johnson started his training at John Lewis and was their youngest ever appointed senior manager. He went on to be appointed by the government to the board of BAA to help over the first major privatisation, creating BAA plc. He has also been the CEO of major retail chains, Venture Capital Bank, and advisor to the UK's top 100 CEOs. He particularly enjoyed lecturing on senior leadership skills.
When time allows, Johnson enjoys driving classic fast cars and participating in motor sports.
Lizzie leads and delivers on all delegated responsibilities from the CEO including the strategic development and expansion of The Fellowship.
She is Chair of the Funding Committee which is committed to raising funds, with the support of donors, to ensure the delivery of enrichment programmes which inspire, broaden and fulfil our students and staff.
She ensures external communications with the Department of Education, OFSTED and the Education Funding Agency are clear and that all necessary guidelines and protocols are followed.
Lizzie also line manages and supports the Finance Department to ensure efficient management of the Trust's finances.
She has a passion for music, plays the cello and piano, and particularly enjoys choral music. If not at a concert or listening to music you can be sure to find her gardening, reading or having fun with her teenage daughters when she's taking a break from working flat out for the Fellowship!
Julie leads our education strategy, including school improvement. With extensive experience in every phase of education, including successful experience of leading local authority school improvement services, she drives both strategically and operationally the support, advice and guidance to schools in order they achieve on their journey to outstanding. Julie also works closely with the Development Board to ensure their visionary aspirations are delivered practically.
With a passion for sport, she enjoys physical activity alongside watching major sporting events.
Albin is a Fellow of the RSA, British Computer Society, NAACE and the Institute of Directors. He has a doctorate in education from the University of Sheffield where his thesis was on the formal and informal uses of the internet for learning, and he has spoken on education and ICT at a number of international conferences. Albin’s specific responsibility in The Education Fellowship is for ICT, computer science, digital literacy and online safety.
He is a member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and the St. Kilda Australian Rules Football Club.
Tina joins the education team from local authority school improvement services having led on 14-19 education and skills strategy including buildings and significant capital developments. With experiences across the secondary and post 16 phases, Tina spent 17 years teaching, including 8 years in a leadership role. During her time in practice she studied for both a master’s degree and a doctorate in education focusing on causes of student disaffection and effective strategies for re-engagement. This research led Tina to work regionally and nationally, including advising the QCA on the development and roll out of the key stage 4 engagement programme.
Tina is a governor at a large tertiary college and has a busy family life, spending much of her spare time on the side of a sports field.
Along with Johnson Kane, the following people are on the Board of Trustees:
Dr Ralph Townsend (Chairman) is Headmaster of Winchester College. Previously Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School (Australia) and Oundle School, he has 23 years' experience of running schools. He has wide governance experience in independent and state schools, including Academies. He is Dean of a group of ten schools around the world which form the Winchester International Symposium.
Emmanuel Mbakwe (Deputy Chairman) has a lifelong interest in education and is the Chair of the Lighthouse Education Service, an innovative charitable organisation based in London which works with excluded and disadvantaged children and young people. Following a twenty five year bi-vocational journey that combined a career in marketing, business strategy and business transformation consultancy with pastoral work, Emmanuel became the National Leader of the Apostolic Church in the UK in 2008 - the first person of African heritage to do so - and a position he continues to hold.
Robbie Robertson has wide experience as a Director, Chairman and Non Executive Director of a number of quoted and private companies. He is a former CEO of Tarmac Group. With a background in finance and organisational structure he has geographical experience in the UK, Europe, Middle East, China, USA, Southern Africa and South America. His wide ranging sector knowledge includes construction materials, mining, paper, fertilisers, food, pharmaceuticals, investment management, property and venture capital.
Kate Shea worked for many years with the John Lewis Partnership as a Registrar whose role was to assure Partners (all employees) the business was being run on their behalf. She is a specialist in employee ownership and drove the democratic spirit of branches she was assigned to, working with senior leaders and Partners. As an independent member of the branch senior management team her role was to challenge, influence, coach, mentor and provide informal mediation simultaneously supporting the development of leadership skills Having recently left JLP she has set up her own business working with clients on employee engagement, coaching/mentoring individuals, leadership skills, mediation and customer care.
Steve Thompson-Martyn has over 20 years' experience working in organisational change. He brought CDL Consulting, which delivers bespoke HR solutions, to the UK and is responsible for leading the development of the business whilst retaining an active coaching role with key clients. He has a deep knowledge of the outplacement, career management, coaching and mentoring disciplines which he uses in his work with individual clients and leadership teams alike. He specialises in managing change and transition, developing leadership and enhancing personal effectiveness and performance.
David Wilkinson (Revd Professor) is currently Principal of St John's College and Professor of Theology at Durham University. His academic work as both a scientist and a theologian has been translated into the popular media through writing, lecturing, radio and television broadcasting.
The composition of the Board is determined by the Company's Articles of Association.
The Fellowship senior team are supported by a number of key support staff – both at Fellowship House and around our schools. They are valued members of the team and are in the front line of our operation. They are also of course co-owners of The Fellowship. The Fellowship House key staff are:
Hayley Hamill - School Improvement Officer
Basia Harris - Finance Officer
Dee Rolfe - Project Management Executive
Full Time - term time only
Tracey King - Finance Officer
Alison Tait - PA to the CEO's office
Part Time - term time only
Sarah Flanaghan - Head of Communications and PR
Claire Wallace - IT Support Manager
Schools joining The Fellowship and becoming academies can be reassured that it's not a 'take over' but a 'working together' in the best interest of our customers – the pupils.
We personalise our approach to each school, reflecting their individualities, culture, history and ambitions. We bring specialist skills, expertise and experience to enable our schools to help every child achieve their potential, and to support every member of staff to grow in their role and enjoy their work.
When a school joins The Fellowship, it does not just become a Fellowship academy, it becomes a co-owner with us in The Fellowship.
If you would like to discuss in confidence how The Fellowship can work with you, and the possibility of becoming a Fellowship academy, please contact Lizzie Rowe.
Blackthorn Primary Academy
Executive Principal: Noel Springett-McHugh
Acting Academy Principal: Ceri Hathaway
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Principal: Mark Stenton
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Principal: Paul Frazer
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Olympic Primary School
Principal: Sharon Geater
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Pembroke Park Primary
Principal: Matthew Sambrook
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Principal: Andrew Sears
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Acting Principal: Jude Goodacre
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Ruskin Junior School
Principal: Kate French
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Thorplands Primary School
Principal: Angela Pratt
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Warwick Primary School
Principal: Bill Hoten
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Principal: William Thallon
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Windmill Primary School
Principal: Michelle Ginn
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Address: Waingrove, Blackthorn, Northampton, NN3 8EP
Telephone: 01604 407254
A co-educational secondary school in Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Address: Frome Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 0DJ
Telephone: 01225 762686
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An all boys secondary school in Maidenhead
Address: Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB
Telephone: 01628 634 505
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Address: Olympic Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 3QA
Telephone: 01933 677300
A Community comprehensive secondary school in Rushden
Address: Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6AG
Telephone: 01933 350391
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Address: Farm Field Court, Thorplands, Northampton, NN3 8AQ
Tel: 01604 493384
Our way of thinking is breaking grounds within the world of education.
We receive advice and support from The John Lewis Partnership.
Radley College has formed a strong alliance and partnership with Desborough College. One member of staff is currently on secondment from Radley to be with Desborough’s 6th form students.
Winchester College now supports Clarendon Academy, offering support and sharing best practice.
We work closely with a number of universities including Nottingham, Durham and the University of Bath.
We have developed partnership with corporations and encourage external collaborations within the corporate world – helping our students to prepare them for life beyond a Fellowship Academy and enhancing through training and vision to the work of our team.
Rushden Academy, sponsored by The Education Fellowship, is delighted that its First Friends Day Nursery has been rated ‘outstanding’. An OFSTED inspection in September found the quality and standards of its early years’ provision to be universally outstanding with the nursery providing high quality care and education for every one of its children. OFSTED reported that children make excellent and often rapid progress with staff who are highly motiv...
As part of its journey to becoming an outstanding school, Rushden Community College will in future be known as Rushden Academy. Rushden Academy opened as an 11-18 years old sponsored academy in...
OFSTED inspectors have judged Desborough College as ‘good’ just two years after it became an Education Fellowship academy. They visited the College in mid-September and inspectors praised ...
If you would like to know more about The Education Fellowship, find out how you can help support our academies, or find out more about how we can help your school become a co-owner of The Fellowship, please contact Lizzie Rowe at:
The Education Fellowship
Northamptonshire NN14 3DA
Tel: 01832 770512
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As a group of schools growing across the country we are looking for outstanding team players to join us. Details of current vacancies are available within this website.
We want all our students to be inspired and reach a height of excellence and in order for us to achieve this, we have to raise their expectations and aspirations. Many of our children come from disadvantaged backgrounds which means their opportunities of developing into confident and talented people of the future is more of a challenge. What The Education Fellowship can give these children by care, leadership, teaching, learning and enrichment is the opportunity to aspire to go beyond what they currently image they can achieve.
The Education Fellowship was formed to move the barriers of education. We believe the pathway to change our society is through education. We want in our academies to not just develop outstanding teachers, and thereby learning, but to create an environment where children feel encouraged and safe to learn.
We are not just educating children – we are shaping the adults of tomorrow.
As we grow, so do the opportunities for you to get involved with our academies in various and differing ways.
Will you be with us on our pathway to going beyond the expected? We’ve started well on our journey in changing education and giving children chances beyond their expectation, but now the support – and momentum – you can give us is vital.
Please contact Lizzie Rowe, Deputy CEO and Chair of the Funding Committee, to discuss ways you can support our work.
We want each one of our students to be inspired and reach a level of excellence. In order for us to achieve this we have to raise their expectations and aspirations.
Many of our children come from disadvantaged backgrounds which means their opportunities of developing into confident and talented people of the future is more of a challenge.
The Education Fellowship will provide aspirational opportunities to encourage pupils to develop and achieve beyond what they currently imagine possible through its care, leadership, teaching, learning and enrichment.
The support needed:
Enrichment We bring enrichment into our academies through sports, music, performing arts, public speaking, debating and university visits - areas which core government funds cannot support. These hugely important activities help develop the confidence our students need when applying for a university place or pursuing a career of their choice.
Expert teaching We must employ exceptional teachers in both our primary and secondary academies to ensure pupils are given both the best start on their life long education journey and the opportunity to flourish at secondary school. We need to be able to finance additional teachers beyond the standard requirements.
Training and assessing all teachers in schools in challenging and developing contexts will ensure that when our pupils make the transition from a Fellowship primary to a Fellowship secondary academy their standards and attainment are above the national average and they are ready and keen to expand their knowledge.
Facilities It has been proven that children who learn in excellent facilities achieve more and are better able to gain the qualifications they need to explore the world. Will you help Education Fellowship pupils understand science, perform in drama productions, excel in information technology, and be winners at sport? To be tomorrow's workforce requires quality laboratories, theatre halls, ICT suites, sports halls and pitches, as well as classrooms.
Leadership Exceptional leadership at school is the key element needed to bring together and deliver enrichment opportunities, outstanding teaching and the excellent facilities which enable a student to obtain the best possible education. Within The Fellowship we provide intensive training for all our Principals, deputy heads and teachers. We base our training on The John Lewis Partnership’s methodology. We are breaking new ground in education by delivering a positive and corporate mind-set of thinking to all staff.
We work hard to ensure our academies are grouped in 'clusters'. Primary academies are usually located nearby one or two of our secondary academies making the transition from primary to secondary education seamless and pupils' education not disrupted in any way.
The Education Fellowship was formed to remove the barriers of education. We believe the key pathway to change our society is through education. We want our academies to develop outstanding teachers, and thereby learning, and create an environment where children feel encouraged and safe to learn. The Fellowship is not just educating children – it is shaping the adults of tomorrow.
As The Fellowship grows, the opportunities for you to get involved with our academies in different ways grows.
We’ve made a good start on our journey in changing education and giving children opportunities beyond their expectation. The support you can give The Education Fellowship is vital to their future and the future of many more children.
As one donor recently said: “The Fellowship's vision is very clear; their strategy is different; their values are strong and their efforts are clearly having an impact and indeed working”.
Please join us in our journey and contact Lizzie Rowe, Deputy CEO and Chairman of the Funding Committee, to discuss ways you can support our work.
The Education Fellowship is looking for a Compliance Monitoring Officer.
This is a really exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to join a vibrant and expanding Education Trust.
As Monitoring Officer you will be required to undertake compliance monitoring activities in accordance with the EFA Academy Financial Handbook and The Education Fellowship’s own policies across all our academies and head office. Your responsibilities will be to encourage, implement and sustain, without exception, a positive compliant culture through effective communication and direction.
You will be required to produce and maintain effective management information and report monthly to the Deputy CEO
We will be seeking a candidate with compliance/audit experience and who possesses a strong working knowledge of relevant regulations with relevant regulatory changes. The successful candidate will possess strong analytical and technical skills. You will have an in-depth understanding of audit methodology, risk and control analysis.
For further information and an application package please email: