Welcome to the governance page of Freeman’s website.


Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior Academy joined Peterborough Diocese Educational Trust (PDET) on November 1st 2019 and from this date, governance has come under the responsibility of PDET’s Board of Directors. Like all other academies in the Trust, Freeman’s has an Academy Governance Committee (AGC) with some delegated responsibilities from the Trust Board of Directors.  They do not hold the academy to account but agree the vision and values for the academy with reference to the SIAMS Schedule, in partnership with the academy community, ensuring they are aligned with the Trust's Vision and embracing equality. They monitor that the vision and values are being 'lived out' in all aspects of the life of the academy and engage with the local community. The AGC meets six times each year.


Role of the AGC

For the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation and for specific details of the AGC’s role click here: https://www.pdet.org.uk/key-documents/policies

More information on the PDET Governance structure can be found at this link: www.pdet.org.uk/governance/pdet-governance-structure


Academy Governance Committee



Term Start

Term End


 Body Appointed By


Debbie Dymock

April 2021 

April 2025 

Interim Chair of Governors & Governor responsible for safeguarding

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust


Mrs Katie Jones

22nd January 2020

January 21st 2024

Community Governor

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust

Tracie Reading-Smith

7th February 2022 6th February 2026 Parent Governor Peterborough Diocese Education Trust


Mrs Fiona Hull

1st November 2019

October 31st 2023


Peterborough Diocese Education Trust


Mr Joseph Healy

1st December 2019

November 30th 2023

Staff Governor

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust


Business / Pecuniary Interests


Nature of Interest

Governance in Other Institutions

Mrs Natalie Howes

  • Pecuniary: Director of Centric 4 Ltd.
  • Personal: child at Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy    
  • PDET Governance Committee 
  • PDET Director
  • Chair of Governors at St Barnabas Academy

Mrs Katie Jones

  • Pecuniary: National Grid Electricity Transmission  
  • Personal: children at Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy
  • Governor at St Barnabas Academy

Mrs Tracie Reading- Smith

  • Personal: children at Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy

Mrs Fiona Hull

Employed as Headteacher


Mr Joseph Healy

Employed as Deputy Headteacher



Freeman's AGC Members

Natalie Howes

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Natalie joined the Academy Governance Committee as Vice Chair in November 2019 and subsequently Chair in October 2021. She is a Director of a successful consultancy company providing business transformation services including business strategy, change leadership, organisational culture, programme and project delivery for both private and public sector clients. Natalie has a BSc (Honours) Radiography (Radiotherapy), an MA Applied Health Studies (Research) with over 16 years of experience working in NHS hospitals in England, with her last post being Consultant Therapy Radiographer in oncology. Natalie also has experience of being a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust and is currently Chair of Governors at St Barnabas Church of England School (another PDET school). She is also an Ofsted Parents Panel member. Natalie is a member of St Barnabas Church in Wellingborough where she leads preschool worship/activities, is part of the ministry team and is the Parish Safeguarding Officer. Natalie is married with three children and enjoys living an active life. Her children are currently in three different key stages of their education and all have attended Freeman’s Endowed Church of England Junior Academy.


Katie Jones

Katie lives in Wellingborough with her husband Tom and their four children. Their two daughters attended the school. 

Katie graduated from Oxford University with a law degree and has practised as a lawyer in London for the last fifteen years.  Katie specialises in planning and environmental law and currently works for National Grid.

Katie, Tom and the children attend the Salvation Army in Kettering.  In their spare time, the Joneses are keen cyclists and outdoors enthusiasts and are currently devoting energy and love into the renovation of their house.  Katie also loves reading and devours books on her daily commute.

Katie is looking forward to supporting the school as part of the Academy Governance Committee, and helping to develop strong links with the community and with St Barnabas School, where she is also a governor.  

Katie has direct experience as a parent of a child with special educational needs, including getting an EHCP in place for her step son and takes an interest in SEN provision.


Tracie Reading-Smith

Tracie lives in Wellingborough with her husband and 2 children. She has been a civil servant for 14 years specialising in safeguarding and dealing with complex family needs. 

In her spare time Tracie studies psychology and is training to be a cognitive behavioural therapist. She is also a keen cook.

Tracie is looking forward to working with the school and help support them with wellbeing and working with the friends of Freeman’s parent group. 


PDET Contact Information


Peterborough Diocese Education Trust

If you would like more information about Peterborough Diocese Education Trust, please contact us:

Bouverie Court
6 The Lakes
Bedford Road

Monday-Thursday 08.00 - 16.30 : 07841 032569, Friday 08.00 - 16.00 07841 032564

School Address

Freeman's Endowed CE Junior Academy

Westfield Road



01933 274870

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