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Brickfields Academy Trust - Trustees

On 1st February 2017 Great Wakering Primary school became a Primary Academy, the lead school in the Brickfields Academy Trust. Currently there are just two schools in the Brickfields Trust, Great Wakering Primary Academy and Barling Magna Primary Academy. As an Academy Trust, Governance of the two schools is now undertaken by a board of eight Trustees. Their role is similar to that of Governors in that they have three core functions:

1) Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2) Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3) Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

                                Trustees from September 2017

                                                  Judith Puddick                  Dan Smith          

                                                  Hayley O'Dea                    Anna Stokes

                                                  Maz Norman                     Graham Wells

                                                   Jo Dabbs                            Moira Al-Shaar

                                                   Andy Knight

Trustees hold termly meetings together with an AGM in September. In addition there are currently three committees: Finance and Audit that meets half termly; Standards and Performance that meets four times each year and a Pay Review committee that meets in the autumn and spring term. The committees look at their focus areas in considerable detail and findings are fed back to the Board of Trustees.


Meet our Trustees


Judith Puddick

Hello, my name is Judith Puddick. I have been the Chair of Governors at Great Wakering Primary Academy for the past four years and have recently been appointed as a National Leader of Governance. As an ex-teacher of Great Wakering Primary, I am delighted to be associated with the school once again but in a different role, as a Co-opted Governor.

My entire working life has been in education: as a teacher, a senior leader, a Local Authority Education Consultant, an Ofsted Inspector, LA adviser and a School Support Partner; and now I am retired and have more time availiable, I am committed to using this knowledge and experience to support Great Wakering in its continuing endeavour to ensure the best possible education and opportunities for every child.

As a mother of four children and grandmother to six, I fully appreciate the importance of the local primary school in helping to determine each child’s future success and, alongside the dedicated staff team and fellow governors, will endeavour to ensure that the school’s aims are fully met and every pupil at Great Wakering achieves his or her potential.

Anna Stokes

My name is Anna Stokes and I am a Parent Trustee. I have lived in Great Wakering for over 20 years. I was the manager of a Travel Centre for 17 years until I left to become a full time mother to my 2 children.

When my eldest daughter started school I was keen to become involved in school life. I became a Parent Trustee because I wanted to ensure the best possible education was given to our children and that they felt safe and happy whilst in school.


Dan Smith

Hello, my name is Daniel Smith I am a Trustee with finance experience.

I joined the governing body having been a resident of Great Wakering for the last 4 years and having a little boy who will be going to Great Wakering Primary soon, I wanted to help make a difference to the children of the village ensuring they get the best education they possibly can.

I work as a Business Banking Relationship Manager and have been working with healthcare business owners most recently but have worked in Banking for over 10 years so have a number of financial management skills.

Hayley O'Dea

My name is Hayley O’Dea and I am the Headteacher at Great Wakering Primary Academy and Executive Headteacher of the Brickfields Trust.

I was appointed as Headteacher to Great Wakering Primary in September 2010 and since then we have all worked together to move the school forwards. We were judged as Good by Ofsted in September 2014 however our aim is for the school to move to Outstanding as soon as possible.

Before starting my role as Headteacher at GWPS I worked as a teaching and learning consultant for Southend Borough Council’s School Improvement Team. This gave me valuable insight into how different schools work and what makes schools most successful. I also worked at Edwards Hall Primary school as their deputy headteacher to support transition as their Headteacher retired and their new one took over.

I started my teaching career 18 years ago as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Barking and Dagenham. I worked there for 11 years and I hold many happy memories from working there.

I thoroughly enjoy working at Great Wakering Primary Academy. We have a very dedicated team of staff who all work hard to do their best for our children and we have fantastic, enthusiastic children to work with. Being a Headteacher isn’t an easy role as there are times you have to take difficult decisions which can be unpopular however I always try to make every decision with the best interests of our children at its heart.

Andy Knight

Andy Knight

Hello, my name is Andy Knight I am a Trustee.

Profile coming soon.

Sarah Threadgold, Clerk

My name is Sarah Threadgold and I am the Clerk to the Board  of Trustees at Great Wakering Primary Academy.

My husband and I have two sons, both of whom are pupils at the school.  Prior to having our children I worked on various health and estates projects for the local arm of the NHS.  More recently I have established and run my own online business.

My role of Clerk to the Board of Trustees involves advising the Board on governance, constitutional and procedural matters, as well as providing effective administrative support.  I am pleased to contribute to the success of the school by supporting the Tustees in their vital role.

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