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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.


Saskia Rumbelow-Lall



I joined Cottesmore Academy as a Community Governor in January 2016. Before moving to Rutland in 2011, I lived in London, working as a Senior HR Business Partner. I have a strong commercial background and an aptitude for coaching and mentoring. I am looking forward to using my skills and experience to help the Academy, its staff and children to develop and grow.


Derek Cullen


I moved to Oakham in February 2017 and became a governor at Cottesmore Academy in the autumn of the same year. I have been a school governor at various schools since 2001.I retired in May 2009, but was formerly Computer Manager for a group of commercial vehicle dealerships, based near Heathrow Airport. Following my retirement, I became a Volunteer Educator at Bletchley Park, teaching about history of Bletchley Park and codes and ciphers (including the Enigma family of machines) for visiting schools and youth groups. Also involved in digitisation of war time records. I am now using the experience I gained there to run a midday codebreaking club. I currently sing in the Church Choir in Oakham along with my wife.


Jen Hazell


My name is Jen Hazell I am a governor at Cottesmore Academy. I have worked in a variety of roles in Education over the last 40 years; these include teaching in Primary and Middle Schools in inner city and rural locations, adult education and developing and delivering training for a large multi-national company. I have had the privilege to be the Headteacher of two Rutland Primary schools before moving to Rutland County Council as part of the school improvement team. I have also undertaken the role of Head of the Virtual School for looked after children.I am looking forward to working with fellow Governors to both support and challenge the leadership of the school in order to achieve the very best education for the children of Cottesmore Academy.


Kim Quigley



I joined the governing body of the academy in May 2017, however I have previously been a school governor at secondary level. I have lived in Rutland since 2000, prior to this I lived all over the UK and abroad. Serving as a member of the Royal Air Force for 13 years and supporting my family as a service wife for over 30 years. I currently work at Casterton College Rutland as a member of the Senior Team with responsibility for personal development, behaviour and welfare. I am also the Forces Families Liaison Officer working closely with the college’s forces students and their families, maintaining close links with the armed forces to ensure success for our forces students.

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.




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