Families in Partnership


The primary focus of the Families in Partnership model is to ensure the Trust communicates and engages with our school communities, becoming ‘anchor institutions’ in their local area.

We want parents, carers, and members of the local community to be at the heart of our Trust.



Each school has its own Families in Partnership group made up of Trustees, the school Principal, elected parents and members of the school community.   The meetings are also open to all members of the school community to join.

All elected and nominated representatives will adhere to the Nolan Principles of Public Office and safeguarding requirements. 

 The role of the elected parents is to provide feedback on school priorities, ethos and direction, ‘championing’ school achievements, developing local links for learning and employment, and providing a link to the school community.

Our elected members provide feedback from the community; raising concerns and helping to shape the work of the school and Trust.   We also ask our elected parents to attend, where possible, key school events, such as Sports Days and Parents’ Evenings.

How it works:

At each meeting, the group receives updates on developments at the Trust and priorities of the school whilst having the opportunity to provide feedback and ask any questions.

There is also a section to discuss any local matters affecting the school or the school community. Items can be added to the agenda by elected parents or raised at the meeting by members of the community.


All elected and nominated members will be able to access the Trust Governance Professional as required about any matter relating to the group.

An overview of each meeting will be on each school Families in Partnership web page and will be included in the Principals Newsletter.  All elected and nominated parents will have a pen portrait on the school Families in Partnership webpage. Members will be expected to be a voice of our parents and community but not the voice of the parents or community.  Moreover, the group is not a place for parents or individuals to discuss their child or an individual child. The group will focus on the school as a whole.


Our next meeting is Tuesday 12th March at 7pm

Our Families in Partnership Group

Hannah Rodgers – Principal

Hannah has ten years experience of working in education and joined the Trust in 2017 as Assistant Principal at Pineham Barns Primary School. She is a member of the Executive Team and is now the Principal of Buckton Fields Primary School, which opened in September 2021.

She has a passion for celebrating every child as an individual, children’s well-being and ensuring that her team provide an exceptional learning experience through the ethos of Fun, Creativity and Achievement.


Recruiting for nominated individual.


Rachael Ball – Parent Elected

Rachael has run her own business since 2020, as a Domestic Energy Assessor. Working on behalf of home owners, landlords and estate agents to produce Energy Performance Certificates for domestic properties.
Prior to retraining as a Domestic Energy Assessor she had spent 15 years working in the Hospitality and events industry. Working both within the UK and abroad. Ranging from working for private stately homes such at Althorp House to MGM grand in Las Vegas.  Rachael is currently a Parish Councilor on the newly formed Kingsthorpe Parish Council. She became involved in this after heading up the save Kingsthorpe library campaign.

Steph Couzens – Parent Elected

Steph currently works at the University of Northampton and she will be training to become a secondary school teacher next year. She has a background of working in the NHS and in the hospitality sector. These job roles have helped her understand the importance of working in a team and to keep calm under pressure.   As well as her current job, Steph has experience of running her own business, having owned and solely run a successful baking business since early 2020.

Steph has been the Chair of Buckton Buddies, the PTA for Buckton Fields Primary School since October 2021. From this she has gained valuable insight into the primary school environment, become familiar with staff and parents and learnt the importance of working in partnership to enhance the children’s school experience. The PTA has had a fantastic first year and Steph is really keen to carry on with this role, as well as the new challenges with the role of Parent Representatives for Families in Partnership.
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