Peterborough Pupil Referral Service Management Committee

 Pupil Referral Units have slightly different governance arrangements to a mainstream school. As a Local Authority maintained provision we do not have all the delegated responsibilities that a mainstream school does. We have a fully delegated budget but receive support from the Finance Team in terms of operational management and budget reporting.

Our staff are employed by the Peterborough City Council and as such all our Human Resource functions are managed by the Council.

The role of the Management Committee is to provide consistent, high quality support and challenge to the Service Leadership Team whilst also contributing their individual knowledge, skills and experience to benefit Service and School developments.

At the current time the Management Committee meet in full every half term and there are no additional Committees.



Chair : Station Commander Gavin Hammond.

Gavin has been Chair of the Management Committee since March 2016. Prior to this he had experience as a Governor and Chair in mainstream school settings within the City. He has been actively involved in local education Goverance for years supporting the National Governors Association Chairs of Governors Leadership Development Programme. Gavin is a senior manager within Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service and brings a wealth of public sector skills, knowledge and experience in relation to leadership and management, business planning, finance, risk assessment and management and community engagement.

Clerk : Jade Gutteridge, PA to the Executive Principal

Elected Members : Cllr Bella Saltmarsh

Cllr Saltmarsh has been part of the Management Committee for over 8 years and brings a wealth of local knowledge and related experience.

Co-opted members

Maddie Wise : Safeguarding Lead

Maddie is a newly appointed Member having recently retired from a career in Attendance and Welfare within the Local Authority.

Safeen Sethi

Safeen has been a member since January 2016. She has a background in education and has previously worked on projects associated with preventing radicalization.

Ryan Hyman

Ryan joined the Management Committee in 2015. As the Public Relations Account Manager for Peterborough based Athene Communications Ltd he brings considerable experience, knowledge and skills related to marketing, web design, public relations, media and communications.

Thanai Coates

Thanai joined the Management Committee in 2014, whilst employed within the Education Data Team at the City Council. One of her responsibilities was researching pupil management information systems and providing her findings to schools. The Pupil Referral Service purchased Scholarpack in early 2016, following which Thanai was head hunted to join their team. In her new role as Accounts Manager at  Scholar Pack we benefit from her vast experience in this area.

Huw Jewett-Thomas

Huw is a newly appointed member. With a background in creating complex security systems for public spaces such as shopping centres Huw brings with him a wealth of business, ICT and security related experience.

Local Authority Members

Gary Perkins, Assistant Director of Education, Peterborough City Council

Education Representatives

Secondary : Steve Howard, Principal Nene Park Academy

Primary : Currently vacant

Other organisations

Health : Currently vacant

Police : Currently vacant

Parent representative

Currently vacant

Staff Members

Claire George, Executive Principal

Rob Sprigg, Head of City Learning Centre

Mary Neighbour, Head of Fletton Learning Centre

Christina Mitchley, Head of Honeyhill Learning Centre

Andrew Craighead, Early Intervention Manager

Erica Brown, Access to Learning Manager