Church Schools Team

Peter Cantley, Director of Education, provides the strategic leadership overseeing the diocesan church schools team who provide ongoing support to all of our schools. They help to ensure that the Christian vision and values of the school are embedded in all aspects of school life.  Where a gold standard SLA is in place, a team of  diocesan schools consultants work with the church schools team bringing considerable experience of working in education in Church of England schools at headteacher level.


Peter Cantley

Email Peter Cantley
01604 887062
07841 032578
Peter has a statutory responsibility for all diocesan educational matters, including creating new schools and academies, schools’ standards and educational strategy.  He co-ordinates headteacher appointments, liaises with LAs, RSCs and the DfE, and sits on various multi-academy trust boards.
Deputy Director of Education

Peter French

Email Peter French
01604 887039
07368 565019
Peter leads on school governance, admissions & appeals and school land and building issues.

Jane Lewis

Email Jane Lewis
01604 887060
Jane manages the SIAMS process offering support and training and help schools develop their Christian distinctiveness.

Lesley Pollard 

Lesley leads on training and developing resources for schools in relation to RE and CW.

Andrew Lakatos

Andrew works with schools on their improvement.

Mark Bedford 

Email Mark Bedford
01733 887021
Mobile Number
Mark manages the DBE budget.

Alex Benoy 

Email Alex Benoy
01604 887060

Louise Ross 

Email Louise Ross
01604 887069


Diocesan Schools Consultants

Rachel Beeson MA, Dip Ed, Cert Ed, NPQH

Rachel was head in two church schools before becoming Deputy Director of Education in the Diocese of Ely. She is now an independent consultant, working predominantly with the quality assurance central team for SIAMS. She is trustee of a diocesan multi-academy trust and chair of governors in a community primary school.     

Emma Johnson BEd(Hons) NPQH

Emma is Headteacher of All Saints CEVA Primary School and Nursery in Wellingborough, judged good by Ofsted and outstanding by SIAMS and, having worked in education for 34 years, has many years of senior leadership experience.     

Alistair Day BSc (Hons), MA, PGCE

Alistair is Headteacher of St Bede’s Inter-Church School - outstanding for Ofsted & SIAMS.  He served as Chair of the Cambridgeshire Secondary Heads’ Association and has supported the leadership teams of secondary schools in challenging circumstances.     

Claire Dunstan MA, NPQH

Claire is head of All Saints Primary School in Northampton, judged outstanding in SIAMS and good by Ofsted.  Claire has many years of headship experience and is currently training as a SIAMS Inspector.

David Dyson BA (Hons), NPQH

David was the Headteacher of Riseley CE Primary School in Bedfordshire for many years, which had outstanding SIAMS judgments and good Ofsted judgements. He has over 20 years’ experience of leadership and management 

Nicola Fountain BA in Education (Hons), NPQH

Nicola is the current Headteacher at Rothersthorpe CE Primary School. The school achieved the excellent grade in SIAMS and good for Ofsted.

Pete Grindrod Cert Ed, Dip

Pete has been Headteacher of Peakirk cum Glinton CE Primary School, Beanfields Junior and Higham Ferrers Junior. He was Chair of Governors at Finedon Schools for 6 years and is also an independent School Improvement consultant.

Rachael Hutchinson BEd (Hons), NPQH

was Headteacher of All Saints’ Primary in Peterborough, which achieved a recent excellent SIAMS judgement and was judged good with outstanding features for 5 consecutive Ofsted inspections. Rachael also has many years of leadership experience as a LLE.

Jill Ramshaw BEd (Hons), NPQH, NLE

Jill is the recently retired Headteacher of Weston Favell CE Primary School having served there for 20 years.  The school was judged Outstanding by Ofsted and gained an Excellent SIAMS in Nov 2021.  Jill is working as an Associate Head for Northampton Primary Academy Trust.


Richard Meekings BEd (Hons), NPQH,

BEd (Hons), NPQH, was head of Great Addington CE Primary for over 17 years and in that time secured two ‘outstanding’ and one ‘excellent’ SIAMS judgements, and four ‘good’ Ofsted inspections. Richard has also worked as a mentor and coach to newly appointed headteachers within  PDET.


Neil is the Headteacher of Brixworth CEVC Primary School and has many years working as a Head within Northamptonshire church schools, both with the Local Authority and MATs.

Diane Wright HDE, MA, NPQH

Diane is Headteacher of St Mary’s CE Primary School in Kettering, judged outstanding in SIAMS and good by Ofsted, and has many years of senior leadership experience.

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