Meet the Local Governing Committee


The Team



Chair: Kevin Abbott (Parent Governor)

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2013 when my son joined reception. I am married and also have a daughter who is attending Discovery Academy. I am currently an Assistant Principal at Ken Stimpson Community School in Werrington and I am delighted to see so many of the young 'Discoverers' joining us in Year 7. I sit on the local Area Board of Young Enterprise, the Local Executive of the NASUWT teaching union and have previously been a trustee, director and former chair of the Economics, Business and Enterprise Association, a national educational charity.  I am passionate about my family, education and Liverpool Football Club!



Vice Chair: Maria Crutchfield (co-opted governors)

I have been a school governor for 17 years on the Walton Juniors and worked with the local authority to amalgamate the Infants and Juniors into Discovery Primary Academy. I am now Vice Chair of the Local Governing Committee. I have 3 girls who have all been to Discovery and even attended the school myself a life time ago.

 Headteacher: Michelle Siequien

Head teacher: Michelle Siequien

I am the Head teacher of Discovery Primary Academy. I started my teaching career in Peterborough and have since taught in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. I am married with two daughters who are both still at school. I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Discovery Primary Academy and I look forward to working with everyone at Discovery to ensure we provide the best possible education for the children.

 Jane Driver (co-opted governors)

Jane Driver (co-opted governors)

I am Associate Assistant Principal and Subject Leader for Languages at The Queen Katherine Academy in Peterborough where I teach German, Spanish and French.  I have a passion for languages and culture and have been teaching foreign languages in Cambridgeshire for the past 10 years, prior to which I taught English as a foreign language in the UK and overseas.  I am the creator of the National Foreign Language Spelling Bee ( and other regional languages projects such as the Translation Bee ( and Linguamaths (  Over the last two years I have worked as a Lead Teacher for the DfE-funded initiative for Languages ‘ALL-Connect’ teacher-led CPD for KS2 and KS3 as well as contributing to ‘The Quiet Revolution’ national action research project for CfBT.

  Clare Andrews (Co-opted Governor, Inclusion Governor (Incorp. SEN, LAC & Pupil Premium), Safeguarding Governor)

Clare Andrews (Co-opted Governor, Inclusion Governor (Incorp. SEN, LAC & Pupil Premium), Safeguarding Governor)

I have recently retired after a career in education working as a primary school teacher and latterly as a SENCo. Having been brought up in Peterborough I started my teaching career in South Devon and have since taught in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire. I am married with two daughters. I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to be a Governor and I hope the skills and experience I have acquired throughout my teaching career and as a parent will enable me to make a contribution to the excellent work being done by everyone at Discovery Primary Academy as they strive to provide the best possible education for the children.


Claire Freeman (Staff Governor)

I am the Inclusion Manager at Discovery Primary Academy. I have been teaching for 19 years and joined Discovery 5 years ago as a Numbers Count teacher. I am married and have 2 young boys. I have previously been a governor at my children’s school and subsequently joined the Discovery Governing Body in September 2016.

Rev Mark Bridgen (co-opted Governor)


I have been the Rector of All Saints Church, serving the parish of Gunthorpe, Paston and Walton since November 2015. I have served as a parish priest in various places – Kidderminster, Norwich, Birmingham, Wednesbury and Gnosall. I come with plenty of experience of school ministry and enjoy very much taking assemblies at the academy and welcoming both KS1 and KS2 at times to church. I have four children – two girls still at home and am married to Karen who works in the community as a care worker.

Claire Barden (Parent Governor)

Claire Barden (Parent Governor)

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in 2013. I have 2 children one at Discovery Primary Academy and one at a local secondary school. I have spent a lot of time volunteering in the school during the last 5 years, first as a reading buddy and then onto assisting the teacher in the classroom. I currently work part time as an accountant, recently returning to work after a career break to be a full time mum. My governor responsibilities include being a member of the finance and pay committee as well as having several link roles to curriculum subjects.