The primary focus of the Families in Partnership model is to enhance the way the Trust communicates and engages with our school communities. We want parents, carers and members of the local community to be at the heart of or Trust.
Communication & Role
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.
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.
Amanda Wilmott – Nominated
Amanda Wilmot is a Marketing and Communications Director with over 25 years experience in the commercial, local government, and independent school sectors. She has worked in South Africa, Germany, and the UK in a variety of roles, including as a Board Member of the South African Mercedes-Benz Financial Services organisation, a senior manager with a remote team situated in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East, and other Senior Leadership Team positions.
A linguist by training, Amanda also completed a concurrent certificate of education while studying for her degree. Having gained experience working in the classroom with primary-aged children for a number of years – on both an employed and voluntary basis – and on the support staff teams in all-through schools, she has a deep understanding of the importance to schools of successful partnerships, and how these can benefit pupils, staff and parent stakeholders.
Accomplished in running business operations in the commercial, government, and education sectors in several settings, Amanda has implemented legal and governance frameworks, reviewed processes, and introduced procedural change within established and fledgling enterprises. She is a professional communicator with robust expertise in project management and brand development, fiscal management, analysis, and reporting.
Amanda has been involved in governance within the Preston Hedges Academy Trust since 2019 and is keen to contribute to the development of Buckton Fields Primary School. Amanda’s two children are both at university, and in her free time, she enjoys walking her dog, travelling, and the theatre.
Rachael Ball – Parent Elected
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.