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Scholars Academy Trust

Scholars Academy Trust

Trustee Information

  Inderjit Sandhu OBE – Executive Headteacher

I started teaching in 1986 and have worked in a variety of schools since that time. I have taught across the primary age range from Foundation to Year 6, during which time I held variety of leadership roles  ranging from leading on English, assessment, curriculum and SEND. I have been a Headteacher since 1997, first as Acting Headteacher and subsequently as Headteacher in two different schools.

I became a National Leader in Education in 2008 and as a result have considerable experience in supporting other schools to ensure pupils gain the best from primary education. I completed my teaching fellowship in 2012 which enables me to appreciate education on all levels i.e. local, national and international basis.

I passionately believe that we must ensure all children receive the best education that we can provide. In order to do this we must work collaboratively both within and beyond our schools, I believe that within my role as NLE, Executive Headteacher of the Scholars Academy Trust and as the Director of the Oadby Learning Partnership Teaching School and Chair of East Midlands teaching schools alliance, I am able to facilitate such learning.

Sarah Richards (FCA) 

Since November 2014 I have been Chair of Scholars Trust, having had experience as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee.  Prior to that I was a Governor at Launde from 2008.  I have three children who all attended and thrived at Launde and I became a Governor to support the school in maintaining and improving the high standards.  I supported the school moving to academy status and was a founding member of Scholars Trust.  After the Trust sponsored Glenfield Primary, I have been actively involved in the focus to drive up standards at the school.

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and I am a finance professional, with over 20 years’ experience working within finance, both in accounting practice and more recently in industry.  I bring a unique blend of skills and experience, combining financial and business insight together with project management, organisational skills and a strong people focus.  I have worked in due diligence and transaction services, and have experience in strategic and operational financial support.  I currently work with a number of charities and private companies across Leicester and Leicestershire. 

As a parent, I believe that it is important that all pupils have a chance to thrive in a caring and supportive environment and have a chance to achieve their full potential and I hope to use my experience within Scholars Trust to achieve this.  I spend my spare time with my family, playing tennis and hill-walking when I get the opportunity.  I also enjoy going to the theatre.

Dr Patricia Thompson  

I am an assistant Headteacher at a secondary school who is passionate about education and am determined that children’s outcomes are at the forefront of the education agenda. I have worked in a number of schools and have a secure knowledge of the requirements of outstanding provision. I have been able to provide a good level of challenge to the leadership to ensure standards are high and children’s outcomes are always considered.

I have been with Launde Governing Body and the Trust as Vice Chair through the academisation process and have been instrumental in developing the academy trust. I have been a key player in the sponsoring of Glenfield Primary School, and am currently monitoring Glenfield Governing Body and checking on improvements being made.

My two children are at Launde Primary School and are enjoying their time at the school. I have spent 5 years as a Governor and have also supported the organisation of parent’s group activities. I am also a keen cyclist.  

My key responsibility is Education.

Mr John Berry OBE - MBA, MSc, MA(Ed), PGD (Law), FCIPD, JP (Link Trustee)

I am currently a part-time Assistant Director with a physiotherapy company and prior to that I was a Prison Governor for 31 years. I am also a Mental Health Act Manager for Leicestershire, Rutland and Nottinghamshire ensuring that patients are legally detained under the Mental Health Act. 

I am a Magistrate and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for HMP Leicester. 

In my spare time, I sit on the local FA disciplinary panel and I am a member of The Ministry of Defence East Midlands Veterans and Pensions Advisory Committee. Schools are all facing significant challenges over the next few years and hopefully my experience as a senior manager will help me to support Scholars Academy Trust as we move forward as a Multi Academy Trust.

My key responsibilities are HR, Health and Safety and Pupil Welfare.

Mr Rob Padgett  

I have been a Governor at Launde Primary School for 26 years. All of my children attended Launde and have happy memories of their time here.  

I worked in the Telecommunications industry for 30+ years dealing with construction of infrastructure and project, financial and technical management of infrastructure and processes.  I was born and raised in Leicester but have worked all over the country and near continent. Around the turn of the millennium, I decided to change jobs completely and worked in a secondary school in the city. Hobbies include reading, the theatre, walking and I also play the guitar.

I have worked as Head of the pastoral service at Rushey Mead Secondary School until I recently retired so I am familiar with both primary and secondary education organisation. I am responsible for managing Safeguarding and Health and Safety within the MAT schools.

My key responsibilities are Pupil Welfare, Safeguarding and Health and Safety.

Mrs Helen Elliott

I qualified in 1974 from Loughborough Colleges, now University. My first job was in Highfields. I moved to Shropshire for a short time and on returning to Leicester I worked in schools across the city - Beaumont Leys, Stocking Farm and Braunstone. After six years in Braunstone, I became Deputy Headteacher at St Cuthbert’s in Great Glen including 1 year as Acting Headteacher. In 2001, having achieved my NPQH, I became Headteacher at Fernvale Primary School in Thurnby leading the school to achieve two good inspections and completed school to school support for schools requiring improvement. 

I am now retired and have been a Trustee at Humberstone Junior Academy, Odyssey Trust prior to joining Scholars Academy Trust.

I have two children and two step children and between us we have nine grandchildren.

Nick Benton 

 I am a solicitor in Leciester specialising in all aspects of employment law. I am regularly instructed to advise in respect of all HR issues as well as in respect of employment tribunal proceedings. My specialist areas of practising are unfair/constructive unfair dismissal, all forms of discrimination, contentious TUPE matters, employment status disputes and whistleblowing claims. I also advise in respect of non-contentious matters including drafting contracts of employment, internal policies, settlement agreements and negotiated exits.