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Local Governing Body

Brookfield Junior Academy has its own Local Governing Body which includes members from the local community, staff and parents/carers who offer a unique insight into the community’s perception of the academy and contribute to strategic planning and decision-making.

Governors meet four times each year and receive regular training. They are actively encouraged to question and offer constructive challenge based on comprehensive information and analysis of performance.  To be a governor within ACET is to be a valued member of a forward-looking, highly professional organisation with a genuine opportunity to contribute to and influence the educational outcomes of pupils.   

Meet the Governors

    Cllr Victoria Cusworth - Chair of Governors

Role/Responsibility -  SEND and Safeguarding including SCR, LAC, Prevent, Equality & Diversity. Pupil Progress & Outcomes including effective use of Pupil Premium funding and progress of disadvantaged pupils

As a former pupil at Brookfield, Victoria, has a special place in her heart for Brookfield Junior Academy. Victoria has also volunteered at the school, in the Early Years Foundation Stage, she is a qualified Teaching Assistant and currently studying for a BA degree in Childhood and Youth studies. She is a former Chair of children’s scrutiny in Rotherham and Cabinet Member, Victoria has the skills and the passion for children’s education and outcomes in Swinton and across the Borough.

   James Graham - Vice Chair

Role/Responsibility - Quality of Education. Behaviour & Attitudes including Attendance, Exclusions, Rewards & Sanctions and Personal Development including RSHE, SMSC, Citizenship, FBV & Careers. 

I have been Principal of Swinton Academy since 2022 and worked within ACET since beginning my professional career in 2003.  I have worked as head of Physical education and as assistant headteacher at Aston Academy before joining Swinton Academy in 2016 as Vice Principal, becoming Principal in 2022.

   Daisy Dunning - Associate Principal

I enjoyed 14 years teaching in Cheshire, before relocating to Barnsley in January 2023. I have taught across KS1 and 2, led subjects such as Art, DT and PE, led KS2, been Pupil Premium Coordinator and Mental Health Lead. In my previous school I was Deputy Headteacher for 6 years, SENDCo for 7 years and Acting Headteacher for a term. I have been warmly welcomed to Rotherham, and I am extremely proud to be Brookfield Junior Academy’s Principal. I am dedicated to ensuring all of Brookfield's pupils achieve their full potential and look forward to seeing each child flourish. 

   Elizabeth Pounder - Staff Governor

Role/Responsibility -  Training & Development, Staff Wellbeing and Health & Safety inc. trips and visits

Hello, I am the staff elected governor Elizabeth Pounder. As a past pupil of Brookfield and a member of the wider Swinton community, I am very excited to be able to support our school further and help drive improvement. I have been teaching at various levels for the last 23 years and have a range of experience to bring to the role.

My own children attend our school too, so it means even more to me that we provide the best education possible for our young people.

Amanda Epton - Parent Governor

Role/Responsibility - Early Reading and English


Megan Brown - Parent Governor

Role/Responsibility - EYFS


If you would like to express an interest in becoming a Governor at Brookfield, please pop into the school office to collect the appropriate forms to complete. 

Here is a short video explaining the role of Governors and Trustees: