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 

 Email Lesley Pollard
 01604 887060
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

Julie Barke BEd(Hons), NPQH.

Julie was Headteacher of Walgrave Primary School and St James CE Primary School in Northampton, a school which has an outstanding SIAMS judgement. She is also currently Chair of Governors at St Peter’s CE Academy in Raunds.      

Craig Charteris BA(Ed) Hons, QTS, MA, CPSE, NPQH

Craig is Headteacher of Hayfield Cross CE Primary, a new CE primary school which has good  judgements in both SIAMS and Ofsted. He is also a Director of the Pathfinder Multi-Academy Trust.  

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 

Sandy Ettridge BEd (Hons)

Sandy was Headteacher of Brigstock Latham’s CE Primary School which has an outstanding judgment in SIAMS and a good Ofsted judgement.  She has worked in a number of schools and has held many senior management positions. 

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.

Heather Rattenberry BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQH, NLE

Heather was a School Development Adviser for York Diocese, and achieved outstanding SIAMS judgements as Headteacher of Lowdham CE Primary School. Heather is a SIAMS Inspector.

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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