Academy Council Information

  • Marsha Douglas

    Academy Council Chair Parent MAC Primary link - Safeguarding and Children Looked After, Year 2 and Humanities
  • Richard Steele

    Vice Chair - Parent MAC Primary Link- Sports premium, Reception and the arts
  • Eunice O’Dame

    Parent MAC -Cypress Primary Link MAC for PSHE Safeguarding, Children Looked After Year 1 and science
  • Nadine Anderson

    Co-opted MAC - Cypress Primary Primary link-Inclusion/ SEN, Little Cypress and PSHE
  • Andre Luck

    Co-opted MAC - Cypress Primary ICT link governor Maths link governor Sports Premium & Year 5
  • Beverly Nutter

    Parent MAC - Cypress Primary Primary link- pupil premium, Year 3 and maths
  • Alex Toogood

    Community MAC (Co-opted) Primary link- Pupil premium, Year 6 and English
  • Louise Shadbolt

    Support staff MAC - Cypress Primary School activities and Year four

Marsha Douglas

Responsibilities:

Academy Council Chair Parent MAC Primary link - Safeguarding and Children Looked After, Year 2 and Humanities

I have been part of the Cypress Community for over ten years, as both my daughters have attended Cypress Primary School. I became a parent governor in May 2014, Interim Chair in April 2016 and the official Chair of Governors in September 2016. When we officially joined Pegasus Academy Trust (PAT) in September 2017, I continued in the role as Chair for the Academy Council; which continues to have a strategic role with some slight variations on terms of delegation.

As a board we continue to ensure that leadership are held to account, through support and challenge, to provide quality teaching and learning that leads to positive outcomes. Our aim is to ensure that children’s welfare and education is such, that they make positive progress, have an enjoyable school experience and a curriculum that is accessible so children have the opportunity and foundations to pursue their dreams.

I have worked in education for over fifteen years, primarily with children and young people with additional learning needs and disabilities. I get to visit a wide range of schools and this gives me insight into what effective schools can look like and I hope this experience supports the school with moving forward.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to work with Cypress Community on this journey as we persevere to be the best that we can be.

Richard Steele

Responsibilities:

Vice Chair - Parent MAC Primary Link- Sports premium, Reception and the arts

My name is Richard Steele and I have been a parent governor since 2011.  All three of my children went to Cypress and my youngest, Theo, is currently in Year 5. I work as a Finance Director in the private sector and have enjoyed being able to share my financial and leadership experience to support Cypress.  Over the years I have been Chair of the Finance & Premises sub-committee and was Chair of Governors before Marsha.  Now that Cypress is part of the Pegasus Academy Trust I look forward to working with parents and staff to improve outcomes for children whilst ensuring that all that is great about Cypress and its community is preserved.

Eunice O’Dame

Term of Service ends:

May 2018

Responsibilities:

Parent MAC -Cypress Primary Link MAC for PSHE Safeguarding, Children Looked After Year 1 and science

I was elected Parent Governor in May 2014.  I joined the Cypress community when my son started at Cypress school in 2010.

Since joining the governing board, I have had various roles and it is very rewarding being part of a dedicated group of governors/academy council members, who work tirelessly to make sure every child and their families have the best experience this school can offer.

I have over twenty years’ experience working with a diverse range of professionals from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds both in business and commerce; the public sector and the voluntary sector.

I currently work in the public sector for the Department of Education and Social Services. I understand the importance of preparing our children to thrive in a continuously challenging and changing world. As such, I will listen and try to understand your views and perspectives. I am enthusiastically committed to supporting the staff and parents in delivering a rich education that meets the needs of the pupils and the school.

Nadine Anderson

Responsibilities:

Co-opted MAC - Cypress Primary Primary link-Inclusion/ SEN, Little Cypress and PSHE

I became a co-opted school governor at Cypress in July 2015.  I have worked within the public sector for over 25 years, with the last 12 years at senior leadership level providing strategic advice, support and challenge at board level within local government and the NHS.  I have also led and worked on initiatives which have contributed towards improving outcomes for children and young people within Croydon.  As a South Norwood resident I have been a mentor for over 20 years supporting young people in visualising and reaching their full potential.  I bring to the Academy Council both my professional and local experience along with a passion and commitment towards continually improving educational outcomes for children.

‘Labor for learning before you grow old; For learning is better than silver or gold. Silver and gold will vanish away, But a good education will never decay!’

Andre Luck

Responsibilities:

Co-opted MAC - Cypress Primary ICT link governor Maths link governor Sports Premium & Year 5

Governor since 1998 – initially parent, then LA, then community now co-opted. Deeply committed to Cypress. Long history of involvement in education, initially from volunteer reading schemes. Have worked in secondary education since 2009 with special interest in curriculum enrichment – currently through Duke of Edinburgh and RAF cadet leadership. Background (decades long…) of IT project management and software development.

Beverly Nutter

Responsibilities:

Parent MAC - Cypress Primary Primary link- pupil premium, Year 3 and maths

I was elected a parent governor in autumn 2016 and have two children at Cypress, one in year 1 and the other at nursery.  I joined the governing body (now the academy council) at a time of change for Cypress as it became part of the Pegasus Academy Trust, as I wanted to contribute to helping Cypress continue to improve, to ensure it offers the best possible opportunities to the children and goes from strength to strength as part of the Trust.  I have a background in data analysis and am working on research in digital forensics and policing, skills which are very helpful for evidence-based decision-making, and I am also part of the parent communication working group which focuses on improving the effectiveness of parent/school communications.

Alex Toogood

Responsibilities:

Community MAC (Co-opted) Primary link- Pupil premium, Year 6 and English

I have been a co-opted governor at Cypress since December 2016, joining soon after my eldest, Jack, started at the school.  He is now in Year 1 and my youngest, Harry, is in Rainbow class at Little Cypress.  I have lived in South Norwood for 5 years and I joined the Cypress governing board in order to contribute to my local community and ensure that my children’s education, and that of other local children, is the best it can be.​

I work as a Communications Business Partner at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), providing communications advice and support to senior leaders across the department.  My business and communications skills are useful for my role at Cypress, especially during this time of change when it is so important to keep parents and teachers informed of our plans as part of the Pegasus Trust.  I am excited that we have joined the Pegasus Trust – I believe it will have a really positive impact not only on our results, but also on the experiences of our children, staff and parents.

Outside of work, I play netball in a local league, and enjoy spending time with family and taking the boys to the many parks and woodlands around South Norwood, Croydon and Crystal Palace.  It’s great to see the regeneration taking place in South Norwood, and I especially enjoy trying out and supporting new local cafes, restaurants, and shops.

Louise Shadbolt

Responsibilities:

Support staff MAC - Cypress Primary School activities and Year four

I am the support staff governor and have a long association with Cypress school. All four of my own children attended Cypress and I am very proud to have held a number of different roles within school. I am currently the Manager of the 2 Year Olds in Little Cypress.

Attendance of members of the Academy Council

First published on 13th July, 2017 and modified 13th September, 2017

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