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Meet the Church schools team

Most of the Board of Education staff are based at:

Bouverie Court
6 The Lakes
Bedford Road

01604 887060 

Peter Cantley

Diocesan Director of Education

The Director of Education is the Bishop's Adviser on statutory education, and is responsible to the Board of Education for the Church schools in the diocese. The Director is secretary to the Diocesan Board of Education and has a statutory responsibility with matters concerning Church schools, such as changes of status, creating new schools and academies, schools’ standards and Diocesan educational strategy.   

The Director leads and manages the Diocesan education team, co-ordinating a range of services to schools, including headteacher and deputy headteacher appointments, senior leadership professional development, governance support, curriculum and ethos advice, RE and Collective Worship training, and school site development. He also liaises with the three LAs (Northamptonshire, Peterborough and Rutland) in the Diocese, as well as with the DfE and the national Church of England Education Office, and is a member of the Bishop’s Leadership Team and the Association of Anglican Directors of Education.

The Director holds additional Directorships with Peterborough Diocese Education Trust and Peterborough Diocese Church Schools Trust, and serves as a Board Member for Nene Education Trust, Rutland Learning Trust, Evolve Church Academy Trust, Learning for Life Education Trust, Montsaye Community Learning Partnership, Guilsborough Multi-Academy Trust and Innovate Multi-Academy Trust; as well as serving as a Board Member for several standalone academies: William Law CE Primary School, Hartwell CE Primary School, St Mary’s CE Primary School and Freeman’s Endowed CE Junior Academy.

01604 887062 or 07841 032578

Peter French

Deputy Diocesan Director of Education

Peter was appointed as Deputy Director of Education in January 2019, having previously been Assistant Director of Education in Birmingham Diocese. Peter leads on school governance for the Diocesan Board of Education, sits on a number of Multi Academy Trust boards across the diocese and also delivers Governor training. Peter also delivers training on admissions and appeals and can advise on this. In addition, Peter leads on land and building issues, and deputises for the Director when required.

Peter is also an ordained Priest. As such he offers advice and support to clergy and churches, working with all schools but especially Church schools. He also offers pastoral support to school leaders. Peter is part of the editorial board for Grove Education Booklets.    

01604 887039 or 07368 565019

Jane Lewis

Assistant Diocesan Director of Education

Jane has worked as a Diocesan Schools Adviser for 17 years and before that as a secondary RE teacher, being a head of department for 13 years.  Her role includes managing the SIAMS process for the diocese, conducting post inspection visits with schools and offering support and training for school leaders and governors around SIAMS.  Jane is also a SIAMS Inspector.  She also supports church schools with developing Christian distinctiveness, collective worship & RE ensuring that all in our school communities can experience 'life in all its fullness'.  Jane also delivers support for Bespoke Projects

01604 887060

Lesley Pollard

RE and CW Adviser

Lesley works from the Bouverie Court offices. She:

  • provides support and advice to school in developing their Christian distinctiveness

  • leads training and developing resources for schools in relation to CW and RE


01604 887060

Andrew Lakatos

Schools' Effectiveness Adviser

  • Andrew leads the Board's work on school improvement

  • He co-ordinates and quality-assures school improvement activity

  • He has extensive school review experience and is a former headteacher

Mak BedfordMark Bedford

Schools' Finance Officer

Mark Bedford co-ordinates the school site development projects on behalf of the Board of Education for VA school capital builds only. He is based at the Diocesan Office in Peterborough. He:

  • manages the DBE budget

  • supports schools on the use of their devolved capital and LCVAP

  • liaises with architects and contractors for school building projects

The Board has an Approved list of Architects and Consultants. All schools undertaking site development should submit designs for outline approval by the Board.

All schools wishing to use the Diocesan building services should consult the notes in School Site Developments.

01733 887021

 Andrew leads the Board's work on school improvement.  He co-ordinates and quality assures school improvement activity.

Alex Benoy

DBE Executive Administrator

  • Alex is the first point of contact for school queries and admission appeals

  • She co-ordinates the schools training programme and manages bookings

  • She arranges bespoke projects as requested by schools

  • She provides administrative support to the Directors and she clerks for the DBE


01604 887060