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Cottesmore Academy


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


Contact can be made with the Chair person, Mrs Sarah Bysouth, via the school office or by email. Please mark any correspondence clearly 'for the attention of the Chair of Governors' and address to Cottesmore Academy, Kendrew Barracks, Cottesmore LE15 7BA. Email communication should be sent to


Chair - Sarah Bysouth


I joined the Governing Body in September 2014 and led the process for the school to join the Rutland Learning Trust. I have a long standing interest in education and want every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality and continuously improving environment.It is the governor's role to challenge the school to perform to the best of its ability whilst also supporting the school in planning for the future.During my working life, I enjoyed a successful nursing career, followed by working in the community as a Health Visitor. This was followed by a career in teaching then developing into training Early Years, Post 16 and Adult Training. My final role was as Head of Service for Learning and Skills for a local authority with responsibility for education including Early, Primary, Secondary, Post 16 and Adult Education.I have lived in Rutland for many years and have had a close association with the school and feel privileged to work alongside colleagues in developing the school further.



Judith Woods


I moved to Rutland in May 2016 having spent the previous 38 years in Hampshire. I’ve had a career in secondary and then further education starting as a science teacher and finishing my career as an assistant principal. After retiring I became a governor of a Hampshire primary school and have been delighted to have the opportunity to undertake this role again at Cottesmore Academy at a very positive time for the school. I enjoy travel, walking and playing the ukelele (for fun!) and coming into school regularly to hear children read.



Peter Woods 



I moved to Rutland in 2016 after working for nearly 40 years in Hampshire in a variety of roles in education. These included Head of Mathematics in a large Sixth Form College and finally, before my retirement, Partnership Director for the Learning and Skills Council, a branch of the Civil Service with responsibility for the planning and funding of all post 16 further education. 

I have previous experience as a governor in a secondary school, and also voluntary work  in a primary school, with a particular emphasis on supporting mathematics education. I have continued to do this at Cottesmore Academy since moving into the area.




Dominic Evans 

Mark Fisher 




I joined Cottesmore Academy on the Inspiring Governance program in 2020, I have been educated to Masters Level and my background is in Engineering and Occupational Science. 


I believe giving children the very best start to their education is fundamental in a school environment, and I hope to to bring my skills and experience to the Governing team and achieve the very best for the children at our School.

Carole East 



Having achieved my P.G.C.E. in Primary Education at Goldsmiths College, my 47 year teaching career has spanned Primary, Further, Adult and Higher Education and the Prison Service. Along the way, I gained a Masters in Continuing Education at Leicester University and a Ph.D. on the impact of mental health difficulties on teaching and learning. I was the Senior Disability Adviser at the University of Nottingham,  supporting students across the range of impairments as well as the staff who taught and worked with them. My primary focus during my career at Nottingham moved from Specific Learning Differences to mental health and autism and, since my retirement in 2019,  I have been volunteering with, and advising, Resilient Rutland, a Lottery funded project promoting resilience and mental health and wellbeing across Rutland schools. I have a lifelong passion for teaching and learning and feel privileged to be able offer my support to Cottesmore Academy in my role as Governor.

Andrew Dowsett


I recently moved to Rutland from Birmingham to take up my current post as Head of Modern Languages at Uppingham.  Prior to this I taught in Solihull and held a number of additional roles, latterly as the Head of Academic Administration, responsible for the full 4-18 timetable and central reporting system.  It was through my involvement in this that I became increasingly involved with staff resource planning, curriculum design and whole-school logistics. As a linguist, it comes as no surprise that I feel strongly about increasing pupils’ access to language learning.  Modern languages are oft neglected areas of the curriculum, yet they are essential to instilling a sense of global citizenship and cultural understanding in young people today.  My second passion is music, and I am always delighted to listen to pupils perform.  All children should have equal access to individual instrumental tuition in my view, but sadly this is not always the case.  I believe that we need to do more to foster the creative arts here in the UK. When I am not planning and marking, or playing the piano, you will probably find me out and about walking and enjoying the wonderful scenery the local countryside has to offer.  It is a real privilege to live in such a beautiful part of the country.

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