Welcome to
The Education Fellowship TM



Staff and pupils in all our academies are committed to the values held by The Education Fellowship.  

These values influence behaviour and actions and 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 the safe and inviting places they are.

We see every pupil as an individual, whether 3 or 18 years old, with each having a distinctive blend of gifts and abilities.  We hope to give everyone the confidence to feel positive about their strengths and to explore their personal interests.

We encourage students to engage with their peers, to think for themselves from an early age and have a sense of responsibility, to have dreams and self belief. 


Top quality education and life opportunities

The Education Fellowship is committed to ensuring every child at our academies receives access to a top quality education and the life opportunities which that can offer. We enable young people to face life confident they will make a difference wherever they go. 

A key benefit for our Principals and staff is the high level of support, development and training provided to ensure that excellence is achieved throughout.  We don’t just want to enable outstanding Principals, we create motivational leaders in our academies.

We are clear that our Fellowship is in the business of education and that our students, 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. 

Our values reflect the way we partner with our academies, minimising central control and avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy.  We work alongside academies to provide the right level of support locally enabling them to grow in a sustainable way, always remembering our responsibilities for good governance and outcomes. 

From the moment the Governing Body of a school chooses The Education Fellowship as a sponsor, the partnership begins.  We never pre-judge: before we implement any changes we build mutual trust and a thorough understanding of what is special about the new academy and community. 

We arrange early visits and carry out a deep-dive investigation to establish where the school is and where we place it on its journey to outstanding.  It's an excellent time to get to know the staff and pupils!

By the time a school becomes a Fellowship academy we'll have built a sound relationship – we will be co-owners.  This mutual respect enables us to drive forward together building on 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 specialists within the The Fellowship team and our recognised quality-assured field force.   

About Us


The Education Fellowship - what makes us different?

Co-ownership is at the heart of The Education Fellowship. It means we work as a democracy in which the views of pupils, teachers and all who work in our Fellowship are listened to carefully as we strive to make every Education Fellowship academy an exciting place of excellence in which to learn. Together we have a shared responsibility to work together to achieve the very best for pupils, ourselves and each other as well as the next generation of co-owners. 

Staff and students have the right and responsibility to question, challenge and influence in the best interests of our Fellowship; decision-making sits with the Executive Directors and Principals.

The practical benefits of co-ownership are clearly seen through the regular Academy Forums and Fellowship Council meetings.  Not only are they a powerful way to drive improvement in each academy, they also offer great public speaking opportunities, regular occasions to meet other members of our Fellowship and are a great way to share and develop our ethos and provide mutual support.

Academy Forum meetings are held a minimum of one per term with three meetings a year chaired by Fellowship facilitators.  Everyone who attends has been democratically elected in their academy. Student meetings have representatives from each academic year and staff forums have representatives from each constituency eg teachers, TAs, administration, maintenance etc.  Clear guidelines are given so that everyone knows their role and responsibilities. Forums are developing a life of their own in our academies.

Fellowship Council meetings take place three times a year.  Representatives from each academy forum make the most of these opportunities to engage with and challenge the Fellowship CEO, COO and their executive team as well as meet other members of the Fellowship family of academies to discuss and pool ideas.


Who owns The Education Fellowship? What is 'co-ownership'?

Dr Ralph Townsend, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Education Fellowship

"I am proud to be Chairman of a group of schools which listens carefully to the views of its pupils and teachers and works with them to help make every Education Fellowship academy an exciting place in which to learn, share ideas and build lasting friendships. Together we can make a better future for all!”

Download the co-ownership poster and flyer.

Co-ownership in Practice

We are grateful to the John Lewis Partnership, famed for its highly-developed and sustainable co-ownership model, which has given us advice and support to enable us to develop and deliver our democratic structures. Our co-ownership model is unique in Education.

Find out more about the role of elected representatives.

Find out more about the role of the academy co-ordinator.

Fellowship Council

The Fellowship Council is the culmination of the democratic process of co-ownership  at the heart of The Education Fellowship. Staff and students having a voice at the most senior level is a really vital part of who we are.

Members of the individual academy Fellowship Forums elect representatives - a mix of student ages with younger students from the primaries through to sixth form students in senior academies - plus members of staff to represent their academy in the Fellowship Council.

In the same way as Forum representatives question their Principals and work with them to continually improve their academy, representatives on the Fellowship Council question the Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and other members of the executive board and work with them to improve The Fellowship. 

The academy representatives set the agenda.  There are constructive discussions, ideas are pooled, the executive will face some challenging questions: but everyone is there because we wish to improve education for all our pupils.



Our key focus is in the classroom ensuring the highest possible quality of teaching and learning.

We insist on thorough tracking of the progress of each pupil 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 pupils' education outside the classroom offers enrichment to feed 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.

Ask the COO

If you have a question about the Fellowship you'd like answering, or you would simply like to know more about us or find out how you can be involved with one of our academies as parent, student, member of staff, or supporter, please email your question to the Chief Operating Officer at  She aims to reply to questions within five working days.

We reserve the right not to publish or respond to any question which does not reflect our policies or values.

Thank you for your interest.

Why is co-ownership so different/better?

Co-ownership is at the heart of the Fellowship and our co-ownership model is unique in education.  It means we work as a democracy in which the views of students, teachers and all who work in the Fellowship are listened to carefully to help make every Education Fellowship academy an exciting place of excellence in which to learn.  We are co-owners in the truest sense with every Fellow having the right and the power to debate and challenge how the Fellowship is managed and how it delivers.

It has changed the way we operate and created a different mind-set in all of us.  It is a powerful and unique model for change.  See the co-ownership page on our website for further information.

We know there is a new strategic plan for the Fellowship. How will it affect our academy?

The Fellowship has just published its Strategic document 2015-2018. Please download it and you will read how it affects everyone who works in the Fellowship as we pursue our quest for educational excellence at every level.

The Education Fellowship was named in the letter Sir Michael Wilshaw sent to the Education Secretary last week on 10 March 2016 highlighting concerns relating to multi-academy trusts from inspections carried out in the last year. Are the criticisms made of MATs applicable to the Fellowship?

It is our firm view that many of the valid criticisms the HMCI makes of MATs are not applicable to The Education Fellowship as we are, through the Chief Operating Officer’s strategic direction, since September 2015, absolutely focussed on: a financially prudent, highly efficient and appropriately scaled operation; rigorous scrutiny of performance; the rapid development of leaders and teachers; a singular aim of improving outcomes for pupils and students.

We hear a lot about values in the Fellowship - what does this really mean?

Everything we do is underpinned by our values and all our staff and students are committed to living their lives by them.  In essence they represent the fundamental personal qualities we want embedded in our children by the time they leave our academies.

The Education Fellowship has been named as the lowest performing primary (KS2) in the Education Policy Institute's first league table of Local Authority and MAT school performance 2015. Is this true?

This is, as the report states, a first analysis of figures - and figures which are out of date. Data enables you to judge the pace and direction of a journey, data is not the journey.  Some political powers forget this.  From our last three Ofsted inspections the HMI state that what we were achieving was transformational and we should be given the Bravery of Time to finish the journey.  We shall wait for our progress results in September. Read the COO's full statement here.


Ofsted - Focused inspection of The Education Fellowship

Ofsted today (13 October) published the results of the focused inspection of The Education Fellowship carried out on 9-10 June.

Read the letter from Ofsted here.

Read the response from The Education Fellowship here.



Transform Lives with The Education Fellowship

The Education Fellowship is committed to securing excellence in learning in order to secure outstanding outcomes for our students. 

To achieve this we know we need to recruit, develop and retain the very best staff at every level.  We’re looking for talented and committed people and have a variety of career opportunities on offer.  Join us to help us make a real difference in the lives of our pupils.

Whether you’re a senior leader, middle manager, teaching, learning or business support specialist, we know we need inspiring people like you who can take on a challenge and make a difference to our 4000+ students.

Developing Excellence in Teaching - Your Career Pathway

We believe in investing in people through a culture of high support and challenge. Whatever your role within our Fellowship you’ll be entitled to a range of benefits - including a clear pathway of Professional Development.

Professional Development

We like to reward our staff and develop them throughout their career so offer a comprehensive and effective programme of professional development, developing individuals and teams who not only understand excellence but can also deliver it.  The Education Fellowship directly provides, and works in partnership to deliver, a range of professional development opportunities. It regularly reviews its extensive training provision and works across the Trust, in local clusters and individual academies to ensure provision addresses priority needs. Find out more here.

Visible Learning website

This is our Fellowship’s comprehensive online resource produced to support our primary and secondary staff, students and parents. It includes extensive home learning materials plus access to the guidelines and policies to which our academies and Fellowship adhere. 

Networking opportunities

The very nature of ourFellowship enables high levels of collaboration and the sharing of ‘best practice’ and expertise through local, regional and national networking.  With a cadre of specialist teachers supporting the whole group, whether you are new to the profession or an experienced teacher there is a pathway to success for everyone!


The benefits of working for The Education Fellowship include:
•    You are joining a values-led organisation with a shared set of expectations across all academies, where people are at the heart of everything we do
•    You become a Fellow of the organisation and, through our educational model of co-ownership, you will  own part of the organisation and be responsible for its success
•    As a local, regional and national family of academies you will be part of a group driven by a common vision and ethos.  This will provide the opportunity to move seamlessly between the academies
•    Excellent career advancement and work experience opportunities throughout our academies
•    An extensive and comprehensive programme of professional development including specialist coaching and support through the ‘pathways to success’ programme tailored to your individual needs
•    Our People Development Pathway
•    The sharing of superb resources e.g. information and communication technology, the Learning Resources Centre, the Visible Learning website


Teachers benefit from a competitive starting salary based on skills and experience.  We're developing our own pay policy, designed to attract and retain our teachers, where your pay will be linked to your performance and not your length of service.  This means it's possible for you to increase your salary with us more quickly than ever before. 

In addition to a basic salary other great benefits available including Teaching and Learning Responsibility payments if you take on more responsibility.   There are also opportunities to award Teaching and Learning Responsibility payments for a short-term limited Project.

As an organisation we recognise the School Teachers Review Body for pay so there are excellent opportunities for pay rises.


You will automatically join The Teachers’ Pension Scheme, the second largest public sector pension scheme in the country. It's a generous pension whose benefits are:

•    You receive a guaranteed pension through the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
•    You pay into your pension and so does your employer.  The employer contribution is 16.4%
•    It’s a Defined Benefit Scheme, registered with HM Revenue and Customs, based on your salary and service rather than investments
•    Your pension will be a regular source of income when you retire – but you can also take some of it as a tax-free lump sum
•    You’ll join the career average arrangement and accrue benefits each year based on 1/57th of your pensionable earnings, including overtime.


Your quality of life may be improved!  There’s up to 13 weeks’ holiday to pursue your interests, travel and spend time with family and friends.


Are you interested in working with The Education Fellowship or finding out more about how you can make a difference in a Fellowship academy each day?  Get in touch or apply now.


We're looking for inspiring and motivational teachers!

Are you looking for an inspiring opportunity to work collaboratively across a group of academies with the support of a strong and dedicated team?

The Education Fellowship is a multi-academy trust committed to every child at our academies receiving access to a top quality education - and the life opportunities that can offer - and we are currently expanding our teaching force at all levels.

We need inspiring and motivational individuals who embrace challenge, change, educational excellence, transformational teaching and innovative curriculum.

We particularly need great NQTs and skilled teachers for our rapidly improving primary and secondary academies in Northampton, Wellingborough, Rushden and Raunds. Our academies in Northants are in clusters allowing teachers to move between schools and further widen their experience.

We offer strong leadership and management structures and provide comprehensive continuous professional development (CPD) with internal and external training conferences and events, and an online learning portal.  We also offer an accelerated pathway to headship which our most ambitious recruits can follow.

Interested?  Want to find out more?  Please contact Nick Hall, Leader of Excellence in Teaching, The Education Fellowship, at  or call him on 07789 647233.

The Education Fellowship - The Old Dairy, Grange Road, Islip, Nr Kettering, Northants NN14 4JB.

We are committed to the welfare, safeguarding and education of all our pupils.  All posts are subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure Certificate.


Olympic Academy, Wellingborough
Site Supervisor - full time post

We need to appoint a confident Site Supervisor.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about ensuring the highest standards of school premises to enable our children to enjoy exciting, meaningful learning and play experiences.

Your role is to carry out semi-skilled jobs in DIY, maintenance and building work, monitor the condition of the building and systems, ensure a high quality and safe outdoor environment, ensure school security and assist the Principal/Governors to plan building projects and liaise with contractors.  Further details here.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 21 July
Interviews: Tuesday 6 September
Start date: Monday 3 October or earlier if possible

For an application pack and to arrange a visit please contact Elaine Jakeways on 01933 677300 |

More Vacancies here >

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Rushden Academy, Northants

Rushden Academy is a fast improving 11-18 school for boys and girls in Rushden, Northamptonshire. We are constantly striving to offer the best to our students and our aim is for every single one of them to leave us at the end of their school career ‘Ready to be their best’.

We are currently recruiting for the following posts for September 2016:

Teacher of English
Teacher of Physical Education and Dance

Further details, instructions on how to apply and to download an application form can be found on Rushden Academy's website or contact Mrs K Lloyd on 01933 350391 |

Ruskin Academy, Wellingborough
2 KS2 full-time teachers

Ruskin Academy is looking to recruit two teachers to its growing Key Stage 2 team to support its growing school.
It is rapidly gaining momentum on its journey to becoming not just Good but Outstanding and offers much to potential candidates.

Download the job advert here.
Download the teacher job description here.
Download the application form here.
Download the guide to completing the application form here.

For further details and to arrange a visit please contact:  | 01933 381600 



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NQT Vacancies in Fellowship primary academies

We are currently expanding our teaching force and have vacancies for great NQTs for a September 2016 start at the following primary academies:

Blackthorn Academy, Thorplands Academy - Northampton
Olympic Academy, Ruskin Academy, Warwick Academy - Wellingborough

NQTs will be employed from 1 July and paid throughout the summer holidays.

Further information on these posts, to find out more about our academies and the benefits of working for our Fellowship email:


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Contact Us

The Education Fellowship

The Old Dairy, Grange Road, Islip, Near Kettering
Northamptonshire NN14 4JB
Tel: 01832 770512

Registered in England and Wales. Company No: 07848783.

If you would like to know more about The Education Fellowship, discuss in confidence how the Fellowship can work with you, how to become a Fellowship academy, or find out how you can help support our academies, please email:

For general enquiries:

For individual academies, please see their separate websites in Our Academies.

If you are interested in a teaching career with The Education Fellowship please email:
For media inquiries:

As a growing multi-academy trust we are looking for outstanding team players to join us.

Details of current vacancies can be seen on our Vacancies pages.

Who's Who

Johnson Kane, Chief Executive Officer

The CEO's office leads The Education Fellowship, the Fellowship’s executive board, support staff and all Principals and staff.  It is accountable for the performance of all academies ensuring excellence is delivered to all pupils. The CEO's office is also the guardian of the Fellowship's values and focus.

Johnson Kane, Chief Executive, 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 oversee 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 enjoys lecturing on senior leadership skills.

Johnson passionately believes that the academy movement must bring change in education and be prepared to take the brave steps to enable those changes to both happen and be sustained.  He is relentlessly driven in his belief that until the five partners in educating our pupils - the Department for Education, Ofsted, Regional Commissioner, Education Funding Agency and the academy trust - work together within a common culture and mind-set, we will not maximise our delivery to our end customers either above or below the line.

Until there is a culture of unity and common purpose, we will only disable the very purpose of our partnership. It's why Johnson is also a supporter of "corporate" skills and experience being good and effective alongside educational expertise in our academies.

When time allows Johnson enjoys driving classic fast cars and participating in motor sports. Johnson also endeavours, rather ineffectively, to go running whenever time allows.

Johnson is a career long believer in co-ownership and is proud that everyone who works and learns within the Fellowship is also a co-owner of the Fellowship, following the John Lewis Partnership model.

Chief Operating Officer

Lizzie is the Chief Operating Officer who leads and challenges the team within The Education Fellowship. She has delegated authority within the CEO's office to ensure the targeted results and outcomes for the students in the Fellowship's charge are met.

She also leads the Guiding Coalition which she founded to ensure that the vital work of creating and sustaining the values, culture and brand of the Fellowship is not diluted.

Lizzie is committed to ensuring the Fellowship leads an all-through model of education where children will receive the highest level of undisturbed education which will result in lifelong learning.

She represents the Fellowship within the Department of Education, OFSTED, Education Funding Agency, Regional Commissioner and other bodies.

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 sailing.

CEO Office

Mark Stenton - Academy Outcomes Director

The Fellowship’s Academy Direction Team is led by the Academy Outcome Director Mark Stenton who is responsible for leading and challenging our academies to ensure pupils reaching their maximum capabilities. He also leads on staff motivation, academy and classroom excellence.

Mark makes regular visits to all academies, conducts the quarterly reviews, monitors 25 day plans and is accountable for reports and findings to ensure required outcomes for students are achieved. His focus is on the delivery of rapid improvement, on what must be done, ensuring that demands are met and enabling barriers to be overcome. He works with the Guiding Coalition Groups established in each academy.

Mark's spare time is devoted to family with Saturday trips to Bath City football and cooking Sunday dinner being big favourites.

Nick Hall - Leader of Excellence in Teaching

Nick Hall is the Fellowship’s Leader of Excellence in Teaching. He will take a lead role in developing, implementing and evaluating teaching and learning initiatives and strategies throughout the Fellowship’s academies.
Nick has a deep understanding of teaching and learning processes and the skills to help colleagues hone their effectiveness. He joins a team that has a clear pupil centred vision and purpose to ensure pupils reach their potential.  The Fellowship has already established a culture in which the key elements of high expectations, engagement and impact leadership are the norm.
Working with the Fellowship’s Academy Outcomes Director he will develop the Fellowship’s teaching force to a consistent level of excellence, always ensuring best practice and maintaining a clear focus on outstanding delivery to students. He will continue to develop the Fellowship’s Excellent Cadre of teachers across the Trust, and deliver effective strategies for the recruitment, retention and deployment of staff across the Fellowship’s academies.

His passion, high expectations and ability to focus on tailored high-quality CPD alongside a constant focus on raising the quality of teaching will further enable staff and pupils alike.

Nick has recently taken to life on the water and is living aboard his recently purchased narrowboat. When not afloat he is happiest riding his bike and will be exploring Northamptonshire by both means of transport!

Executive Team

Julie Prescott - Senior Human Resources Officer

Julie Prescott is the Fellowship’s Senior Human Resources Officer.  She has a wealth of knowledge, experience and talent to encourage, implement and provide a pro-active HR Service throughout the Fellowship and its Academies.

Prior to joining the Fellowship Julie spent six and a half years working for Strictly Education Ltd as HR Consultant working with client schools on a wealth of HR matters from reviewing of staffing structures to employee relations.  She ensures current employment legislation and best practice are always adhered to.
Julie is an expert on conducting investigations and resolving complex HR cases and her professionalism is second to none.

She enjoys decorating her house, and gardening - especially creating hanging baskets.  She also enjoys foreign travel particularly to sunny climates when she relaxes and catches up with her reading!   Her other passion is attending live music events from theatre to large venues and more intimate events.

Sue Robinson - Principal Finance Officer

Sue leads the finance team on all aspects of the Trust’s financial management and reports to the COO.  She has extensive experience and knowledge of working in all areas of finance and for the past 16 years has worked exclusively within the education sector in schools, Northamptonshire County Council Educational Finance Department, and now for the Fellowship.  Her qualifications include membership of the Association of Accounting Technicians, and accreditation in School Business Management and Financial Reporting for Academies.
Having retired from playing competitive league badminton for over 20 years, she now enjoys watching sports particularly supporting the local Rugby Team – Northampton Saints.

Kate French - Lead for Welfare, Inclusion and SEND

Kate French is the Fellowship’s first full-time Lead for Welfare, Inclusion and SEND.  She works closely with all Fellowship Principals as she specialises in welfare, special needs, inclusion and safeguarding. She oversees the day-to-day operation of the Fellowship’s SEND policy and the management of all aspects of inclusion for students with additional educational needs, leading the development of differentiated and personalised learning across all Fellowship academies. She leads on the Fellowship’s  safeguarding and child protection policies, and mentors individual teachers, middle leaders and teaching assistants who require development and training in classroom skills.

Kate is widely respected for her extensive knowledge and expertise in liaising with the authorities over matters of inclusion and welfare. Her office is at the Fellowship’s Rushden Academy.

Kate relaxes by baking and jam-making, knitting and sewing, and hill walking.

Craig Turze - Assessment and Data Leader

Craig Turze is a very experienced teacher and leader of mathematics.

Having worked with the Fellowship's Academy Outcomes Director at Clarendon Academy, where Craig continues to teach secondary mathematics, he was appointed to the Fellowship Team to lead on assessment, recording and reporting this year. He provides expertise in data analysis and provides essential support for each academy and the Trust as a whole.

With 3 young children (aged 5, 3 and 1) Craig enjoys getting out and about as much as possible. He particularly enjoys trip to the beach and the zoo. Ideally these trips involve a train ride!

Fellowship Team

Support Staff

The Fellowship's executive is supported by a number of key staff at head office. They are valued members of the team in the front line of our operation.  They are also co-owners of The Fellowship. 

Full Time

Basia Harris - Finance Officer

Part Time - year round

Megan Ablett - Finance Assistant

Hayley Hamill - Executive Assistant to the COO

Sue Hanna - Finance Assistant

Alison Woodward - Academy Support and Co-ownership Officer

Part Time - term time only

Sarah Flanaghan - Head of Communications

Viv Whiting - Finance Assistant


Photos:  Head Office and the finance team.


Along with Johnson Kane, the following people are on the Board of Trustees:

Rachel Mallows MBE (Chair) is a Northamptonshire business woman with over 30 years' experience in delivering training, coaching, mentoring and business support. The Mallows Company holds the bronze Investors in People award, is a Matrix accredited company, and also holds the Positive about Disability award. Rachel is responsible for delivering the National Careers Service contract in the Wellingborough area, and is actively involved with many local charities. She was awarded the MBE for her Services to Business and Entrepreneurship in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List. Rachel is a committed and passionate supporter of the Fellowship and will bring all of this passion to her Chairmanship and into our academies.

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. 

Steve Thompson-Martyn has over 25 years’ experience working with organisational change.  He is Managing Director of Career Directed Solutions, a business focused on delivering bespoke HR solutions to medium and large UK organisations.  CDS offers dedicated expertise in Outplacement/Career Transition, Change Consulting, Coaching, Leadership & Development and Career Management.  Steve 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.

Guiding Coalition

Developing and changing organisations need a powerful united force to enable and ensure that the vision, strategy and momentum to become and stay outstanding is achieved.

The Education Fellowship, under the guidance of the COO, has a strong Guiding Coalition. It is a highly knowledgeable team who work effectively together.

The four members of the Guiding Coalition meet with the COO once a month, always improving what can be done to ensure there is uniformity and consistency throughout each Fellowship academy and taking back into all the academies the Fellowship brand and demand for excellence.

The members of the COO's Guiding Coalition are:

Jay Davenport Principal, Rushden Academy
Anne Binns Principal, Olympic Academy
Matt Coleman Principal, Windmill Academy
Andrew Sears Principal, Risdene Academy


Academy Advisory Boards

The Education Fellowship, as a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), is responsible to the Secretary of State for the education and financial arrangements within its academies. In law, the Fellowship board is the advisory body of all academies within the trust. The CEO is ultimately responsible for decisions relating to how each academy is run under the guidance of the executive.

As a MAT we can establish a governing body to delegate functions to support the running of the academy. We will delegate functions based on the current status of the academy, as judged by Ofsted. The MAT remains accountable for these functions.

The Fellowship has developed an Academy Advisory Board (AAB) structure for each academy to provide support and advice to Principal/Headteachers.  AABs are key to our ability to fulfil our vision.  Governors know the local community, they know the academy and they are uniquely placed to give the Principal/Headteacher relevant support. 

The role of governors in AABs is:

To advise, support and challenge where appropriate
To represent various groups including parents, staff and community
To monitor progress of the academy and pupils against key plans
To commit to regular full AAB meetings and actions groups as appropriate
To use areas of expertise to support within the academy through visits and links to key areas within the academy

Our Academies

The Education Fellowship is a multi-academy trust, established in December 2012. We currently have twelve academies in the Fellowship and are responsible for the education of almost 6500 students. Nine of our academies are based in Northamptonshire, two in Wiltshire and one in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Schools interested in joining The Fellowship 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 academy reflecting its individuality, culture, history and ambitions.  We bring specialist skills, expertise and experience to enable our academies to help every child achieve their potential, and support every member of staff to grow in their role and enjoy their work. 

When a school joins The Fellowship, it doesn't just become a Fellowship academy, it becomes a co-owner with us in The Fellowship.

See a map of where our Academies are located.
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.


If you would like to send your child to an Education Fellowship academy, please contact the academy of your choice and make an appointment to visit.  Meet the Principal, find out more and see for yourself the benefits your child will have.

The contact details and websites for all our academies can be found on this page.


Our Academies include:

Blackthorn Academy
Principal: Michelle Ginn
More information >

Clarendon Academy
Principal: Yvonne Jorden
More information >

Desborough College
Principal: Paul Frazer
More information >

Olympic Academy
Principal: Anne Binns
More information >

Pembroke Park Academy
Principal: Matthew Sambrook
More information >

Risdene Academy
Principal: Andrew Sears

Rushden Academy
Principal: Jay Davenport
More information >

Ruskin Academy
Interim Principal: Anna Molony
More information >

Thorplands Academy
Co-Principals:  Angela Pratt, Liz Abel
More information >

Warwick Academy
Interim Principals:
Roger Grant KS2
Sarah Sears KS1
More information >

Windmill Academy
Principal: Matt Coleman
More information >

Wrenn Academy
Principal: Steve Elliott
More information >


Blackthorn Academy

Principal: Michelle Ginn

Address: Waingrove, Blackthorn, Northampton, NN3 8EP
Telephone: 01604 407254

Website: Visit site

Clarendon Academy

Principal: Yvonne Jorden

Address: Frome Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 0DJ
Telephone: 01225 762686
Website: Visit site

Desborough College

Principal: Paul Frazer

Address: Shoppenhangers Road, Maidenhead, SL6 2QB
Telephone: 01628 634 505
Website: Visit site

Olympic Academy

Principal: Anne Binns

Address: Olympic Way, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 3QA
Telephone: 01933 677300

Website: Visit site

Pembroke Park Academy

Principal: Matthew Sambrook

Address: Devizes Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 9LY
01722 324050
Website: Visit Site

Risdene Academy

Principal: Andrew Sears

Address: Newton Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0HH
Tel: 01933 353761

Website: Visit site

Rushden Academy

Principal: Jay Davenport

Address: Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6AG
Telephone: 01933 350391

Website: Visit site

Ruskin Academy

Interim Principal: Anna Molony

Address: Ruskin Avenue, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 3EG
01933 381600
Website: Visit site

Thorplands Academy

Co-Principals: Angela Pratt, Liz Abel

Address: Farm Field Court, Thorplands, Northampton, NN3 8AQ
Tel: 01604 493384

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Warwick Academy

Interim Principals:
Roger Grant KS2
Sarah Sears KS1

Address: Dulley Avenue, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2PS
Tel: 01933 446900

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Windmill Academy

Principal: Matt Coleman

Address: Windmill Lane, Raunds, Northamptonshire, NN9 6LA
Tel: 01933 623121

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Wrenn Academy

Fellowship Principal: Steve Elliott

Years 7, 8 and Sixth Form
Address: London Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 2DQ
Telephone: 01933 222039

Years 9, 10 and 11
Address: Doddington Road, Wellingborough, Northants NN8 2JJ
Telephone: 01933 222793


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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 partnerships with corporations and encourage external collaborations within the corporate world thereby helping our students to prepare for life beyond a Fellowship Academy and enhancing the work of our team through training and vision. 

Ofsted finds much positive change at Warwick Academy

14 July 2016

Ofsted inspectors found recent changes at Warwick Academy have significantly improved the quality of teaching and behaviour and reported positively that its new leaders’ action plans are firmly in place to improve the school and lead it forward on its journey to outstanding.  They said the academy trust has “strengthened the leadership of the school” with new leaders heading “a strong commitment to improving and moving the school forward” with “clear acti...

Ofsted judges Pembroke Park a GOOD school with outstanding Early Years provision

13 July 2016

There’s cause for much celebration at Pembroke Park Academy in Salisbury which has been judged by Ofsted to be an all-round Good school with outstanding Early Years provision following a 2-day i...

New catering facilities across the Fellowship's Northants academies

13 July 2016

Award-winning caterers Caterlink Ltd are providing new catering facilities across the Fellowship’s Northants academies. Rushden Academy is the first beneficiary with Wrenn Academy the next to ha...

Fellowship Newsletter Summer 2016


From Lizzie Rowe
Chief Operating Officer, The Education Fellowship

I wonder what your response is when you're asked 'What does The Education Fellowship mean, what does it do?' How do you answer? What do you say? Read what the COO thinks. 

Other features include:

Trustees Update
The Education Plan for the Trust from September 2016 onwards
A day in the life of the Lead for Welfare, Inclusion and SEND
Ofsted inspections
The Fellowshp, Excellent Teacher Cadre and Recruitment
Principals' Awards
Success at Northants Education Awards
Principals' Reports
Staff News

To read more, download the full newsletter here.

Get Involved

If you would like to know more about The Education Fellowship, find out how you can help support our academies, or how we can help your school become a co-owner of The Fellowship, please contact Lizzie Waine at:
The Education Fellowship

The Old Dairy, Grange Road, Islip, Near Kettering,
Northamptonshire NN14 4JB
Tel: 01832 770512

For media inquiries please contact: Sarah Flanaghan at

As a growing multi-academy trust we are looking for outstanding team players to join us.

Details of current job vacancies can be found on our Vacancies pages.

Pathways to success

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 through our care, leadership, teaching, learning and enrichment opportunities. 

We need support to help deliver all this through our four Pathways.

Pathway 1

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 their career of choice.

Pathway 2

Expert teaching We must employ exceptional teachers in both our primary and secondary academies to ensure students are given the best start on their lifelong education journey and the opportunity to flourish at secondary level.  We need to be able to finance additional teachers beyond standard requirements.

Training and assessing our teachers in challenging and developing contexts will ensure that when our students 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.


Pathway 3

Facilities It has been proven that students 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 students 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. 

Pathway 4

Leadership  Exceptional leadership 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 and teachers with our training based 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.