Sun Academy Bradwell, Cauldon Avenue, Newcastle Under Lyme, ST5 8JN

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At Sun Academy Bradwell we are lucky to have a very proactive governing body that have a passion for seeing the academy succeed and go from strength to strength.

Our governors are:


Chair – Miss Sue Finney (community)

Safeguarding and Prevent link governor

Academy Committee (Chair), Curriculum Committee and Pay Committee

I have been a member of the Governing Body for 5 years & Chair for a number of years. I worked with Children & Families for Staffs County Council for 30 years so when I retired I had time to spare to come into school & help out. I feel very fortunate to have been involved with the school changing to Sun Academy.  I personally feel very passionate & proud to be part of the school and as a Governor see the amount of hard work and time that is given by each valuable member of staff to help EVERY child reach their own goal. As Chair of Governors I attend meetings with Trust members, the staff and with all members of the Governing body on a regular basis.


Vice Chair – Father Chris Routledge (community)

SEND and curriculum link governor

Academy Committee, Curriculum Committee (Chair)  and Pay Committee

I’m Father Chris Routledge, the vicar of St Barnabas Church. I’m married to Clare, and our son Nathan attends Sun Academy Bradwell. I was previously a governor for two schools, both of which became academies whilst I was on the governing body. I was the link governor for Special Educational Needs (SEN), Early Years, and Religious Education. I’m a community governor for Sun Academy, and for me it’s a role which is exciting, rewarding and a huge privilege. The education of our children is foundational both for each individual child’s future, and also for a strong and healthy community in Bradwell. As a governor, anything I can do to help the school achieve this is time well spent.

Community governors:


Staff governors:

Mrs Clare Norcup

Academy Committee and Curriculum Committee

As a member of the community of Bradwell and as part of Bradwell School I have been committed to the welfare of the children for the past 16 years.  In my role as Governor and over the years I have had the privilege to see the school go through many changes and felt I have been able to support the children, staff and parents during these changes and hope to continue this as the school goes from strength to strength supported by ATT.


Mr Neil Smith

Academy Committee and Curriculum Committee

After two incredibly exciting years of teaching our wonderful children, I am ready and eager to further support our pupils as staff governor.   I have developed a true love of Sun Academy and am keen to excel learning throughout the whole school.  I wear my status as a Sun Academy teacher as a badge of honour,  and proudly  serve our fantastic sunbeams.  I am privileged to spend my days as part of a truly driven and committed team of professionals who constantly strive to unleash the gargantuan wealth of potential that lies within each and every child.  The opportunity to more greatly influence our future astronauts, doctors, scientists and Prime Ministers excites me enormously.  I strongly believe that we have all of the ingredients to become the greatest academy in human history and will do all that I can to turn this ambition into reality.


Parent governors:


Mr Kevan Ainsworth

Early Years Foundation Stage link governor

Academy Committee and Curriculum Committee

I’m Kevan, due to semi retirement from my role which I was in for over 30 years, I decided to do something different and take on the role of parent governor. I felt I wanted to take on a new challenge and make constructive use of my free time available. We currently have 3 children at SUN, (as well as older ones) and I’m enthusiastic about supporting children, staff and families as fully as possible.

I have previously worked in transport nearly all of my working life and I want to extend my skills and try something different.


Mrs Surina Ainsworth

Early Years Foundation Stage link governor

Academy Committee and Curriculum Committee

I’m Surina, currently have 3 children at SUN, as well as older children. I have undertaken the role as Parent Governor at SUN to be part of this wonderful place to fully support all children and staff. I am currently half way through an honours degree through Open University, I have so far chosen a mix of health related and social science specialisms. I have previously worked mostly in accounts and health settings including the NHS and education. I am fully committed to helping everyone whom is part of SUN academy to become even better. I am a long standing member of various groups within Staffs County Council Special Needs departments. My current role is link early years governor and curriculum.


Officio governors:


Mr Samuel Darlington (ATT representative)

Academy Committee and Curriculum Committee

I have been working within the education system for the last 14 years and am passionate about ensuring all pupils make the right start in life and are given the best opportunities to do so. After qualifying as a teacher of mathematics I realised that we live in a culture where it is acceptable to fail maths, my drive has and always will be is to change this ethos. In my career, I have been a Director of Mathematics and Assistant Principal with the second most improved mathematics GCSE results in the country. I joined ATT in 2016 and it is with great pleasure that I joined the Governing body at Sun Academy, being local to the area and working with such a great academy it gives me great pleasure and pride in the community we serve.


Mrs Bobbie Caisley (Principal)

Academy Committee and Curriculum Committee

I have worked in education for over 22 years and have enjoyed the last six of those working in our wonderful school, now Sun Academy Bradwell, formerly Bradwell County primary School. When I first came to our school, it struck me how welcoming and caring all the staff and pupils were: this is something that still applies today and makes Sun Academy a great place to work and learn. We are lucky to work in an environment that boasts extensive fields, a woodland area with pond, allotments and creative outdoor areas. This is just the icing on the cake compared to the fabulous teaching and learning that takes place every day within the school. I am proud of our amazingly talented pupils and enjoy all aspects of my role as the Principal.


Academy Transformation Trust Scheme of Delegation & Academy Committee Terms of Reference.

Local Academy Committee Terms of Reference 2018-2019

Scheme of Delegation

SUN declaration of Business Interest (including term of office) 2018-2019


For information on our Board of Trustees at ATT:  click here

For Academy Transformation Trust correspondence details: click here

Academy Committee Governors Portal (restricted access): click here