Rise Park Academy Trust Local Advisory Board
Mrs Samantha D'Ath
Chair of Governors
I have three children at Rise Park, across both schools. I am hoping that my involvement with the Local Advisory Board will be beneficial to the ongoing growth of the academy and look forward to helping to make the school outstanding!
Mr Joel Franklin
Vice Chair of Governors
I have lived in Rise Park since 2005. I have two children who are both at Rise Park school. As a co-opted governor, I want to contribute to ensuring a safe and supportive learning environment for the pupils, through challenging and supporting the leadership as well as upholding the school's values of respect, belief and excellence.
In my professional life, I'm a Senior Business Analyst, working for an Investment Management company. I have experience in a broad range of disciplines that are relevant in an academic setting. With this experience, I think I can play a role in the strategic development of the academy, improving the trusts educational offering, raising standards and contributing to continued progress.
Mrs Samantha D'Ath
Chair of Governors
Mr Clint Skinner
Behaviour and Attendance
I was first introduced to Rise Park Infants in 2014. I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in October 2104 and then was elected Chair of Governors in November 2014 when the position became available. I take a keen interest in school life and I am passionate about the progress of the Rise Park Academy Trust and the education of all children at the school.
In my professional life, I am a technical Regional Sales Manager working for a US based company responsible for all company sales in the Northern European Region. As a qualified engineer, I also have more than 22 years of engineering experience within the manufacturing sector, support services, building services and data centre industries.
I have four children in total; my eldest daughter is in secondary school, my oldest son is in primary school, and my two younger children are in infant school. I hope my combined parenting and business experiences can be a positive asset to the school and its wider community!
Mr Jason Penalver
I am a newly appointed Parent Governor. I wanted to be a Governor to be able to help/influence with the progression of Rise Park Academy and the education for all the children.
I am married to Tracy we have two daughters who attend Rise Park, our eldest is in the junior school, and our youngest is in the infants.
In my professional life I am an M&E Engineer currently working for Transport for London.
Mrs Rachel Robinson
Head of Infant School
EYFS / KS1
Having graduated in 1997 with a BEd Honours degree, my early years of teaching were spent in Barking and Dagenham, as well as in Havering. This led to my first leadership role as Early Years lead. Following a short break to start a family I widened by experience by teaching key stage 2 and then moved authorities to teach in Basildon. Here I remained for ten years where I became English lead of a primary and Lead Practitioner, supporting schools in the local area by focusing on improving the teaching and learning. An opportunity then arose to become a Deputy of an Infant school and it was here that I played an active role in the amalgamation of the adjoining junior school before returning to Havering as Deputy of Rise Park Infants in 2016.
Mrs Wendy Gardiner
I began my career in school as an LSA and then a Teaching Assistant at a school in Havering where I remained for 9 years. During my time there I gained a First Class BA Honours Degree in Education and Sociology, immediately followed by undertaking a Graduate Teaching Program for a year at Gloucester University in London. I began my teaching career in Barking and Dagenham, where I remained for four years, before moving back to Havering and Rise Park. Although I originally came to Rise Park on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave, I quickly discovered that this was a place where I wanted to remain and was very happy to be offered a position enabling me to be a part of the exciting new journey of the two schools.
I was class based for two years at Rise Park and then decided to alter my direction and enjoyed working across both schools for two years, on a part-time basis, before settling in the junior school teaching maths sets and covering staff PPA.
I have a passion for affording children the very best of education, which I believe they experience at Rise Park Schools, and I am privileged to not only be working on the ground level but to also be an active member of the LAB (staff governor) where I am responsible for ensuring Equality throughout the whole school.
Miss Cheryl Street
Head of Junior School
As a former pupil of Rise Park Infant and Junior School, my aspiration has always been to give back to the community that made such a positive difference to my education, which fundamentally inspired me to become a teacher. After completing a three year BA Honours Degree, I went on to teach, firstly at a school in Loughton, and then at a school in Basildon, before joining the team here at Rise Park. Throughout my career, I have always been interested in assessment and data, which I currently lead within the school, as well as Literacy. I have also further widened my skills and professional development by recently completing a First Class Masters Degree in Education.
It has been a privilege to be a part of the Rise Park community again, and I am so proud of the journey the school has made since the time I started. The children are a true asset to the school and are a pleasure to work with, and my role as Deputy Headteacher enables me to have a positive impact on the education of every pupil within the school. I am excited about what the future holds, and know that, with our dedicated and hardworking team of staff, there is definitely a bright horizon ahead.
Reverend Derek Gibson
I have been a school Governor in the past but that was many years ago when our children were at primary school but they have since grown up and left home.
Since gaining a degree in Theology back in 1999 I have served as a Baptist minister and as such I have always had some connection with the local school. I am very much looking forward to being part of the Local Advisory Board at Rise Park and hope I can contribute towards making the school the best it can be for every child.