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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

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 email.  Please mark any correspondence clearly 'for the attention of the Chair of Governors'.  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 convert to academy status and to be sponsored by Heighington Millfield Academy. 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.


Vice-Chair - Karen Walker

My name is Karen Walker. I am a Community Governor and Vice Chair of Governors at Cottesmore Millfield Academy. I became a Governor at Cottesmore in September 2011 after  a successful career as a teacher in a range of Primary Schools, including here at Cottesmore.  Having enjoyed my time teaching at Cottesmore, I wanted to maintain my links with the School community during a time of great change on the base.


I am in my second term of office as Governor and am part of the new team with responsibility for the Curriculum, Standards and Assessment.  As Governors, we will be supporting while challenging the School to perform to the best of its ability. It is a time of new opportunities to work together with all of our colleagues both here and at Heighington to allow our School to develop further.


Staff Governors 

Head Teacher - Rachel Thomas


My name is Rachel Thomas and I am the Headteacher of Cottesmore Millfield Academy.   I have been in post Since August 2015; my professional background is in primary education and Service Children.  As the Headteacher I am automatically on the Governing body and as such, attend all Governing Body and Committee meetings. As the Headteacher I am responsible for standards and attainment, organisation and overall management of the school. It is my duty to advise Governors on the strategic development of the school and implement the strategic framework. 

As the Headteacher I also hold a position on the board of trustees for the academy.  



Anneka Bellett - Deputy Headteacher 


Parent Governor - Mr J Johnson 

Community Governors 


Saskia Rumbelow-Lall



I joined Cottesmore Millfield 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.


Clerk to Governors 
Nicola Tyers