Meet our Local Committee

Rise Park Academies LC

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Mrs Sam D'Ath (Chair)

I have three children at Rise Park, across both schools.  I am hoping that my involvement as a Director will be beneficial to the ongoing growth of the academies and look forward to helping to make the schools outstanding!

Mr Denis Stevens

As a former Governor of the Junior School, I became a Director of the Rise Park Academy Trust in September 2014, and a Trustee in September 2015.

I am originally from Bow in the East End of London. My wife and I have three children and eight grandchildren.   

I worked in the electrical engineering industry, although I am now retired. I have been a Chair or Member of the Pettit's Safer Neighbourhood Panel for several years and I am also actively involved in a local Boys Junior Football Club, as well as being a league official for more than twenty years.


Mrs Wendy Gardiner

I began my career in school as an LSA and then a Teaching Assistant at a school in Havering where I remained for 9 years.  During my time there I gained a First Class BA Honours Degree in Education and Sociology, immediately followed by undertaking a Graduate Teaching Program for a year at Gloucester University in London.  I began my teaching career in Barking and Dagenham, where I remained for four years, before moving back to Havering and Rise Park. Although I originally came to Rise Park on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave, I quickly discovered that this was a place where I wanted to remain and was very happy to be offered a position enabling me to be a part of the exciting new journey of the two schools. 
I was class based for two years at Rise Park and then decided to alter my direction and enjoyed working across both schools for two years, on a part-time basis, before settling in the junior school teaching maths sets and covering staff PPA.
I have a passion for affording children the very best of education, which I believe they experience at Rise Park Schools, and I am privileged to not only be working on the ground level but to also be an active member of the LGC.

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Dr Andrew Croft

I teach at Rise Park Academies, in Key Stage 2. I lead in science and remote learning, and manage the Trust's web sites. In addition to a doctorate in the history of art and film, I hold a postgraduate specialism in English.

Prior to teaching, I reported on business and technology in the Middle East and in Africa, as publisher and managing editor of several magazines and their associated Web sites.

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Mrs Lisa Twyford

I have a son at Rise Park and have been a Parent Governor since 2021.  I have been working in primary education for eleven years and hope that my skills and passion for learning can help to further develop the school and Local Committee.

If you wish to contact the Chair or a member of the Governing Body, please address any correspondence to the school office with the subject line 'For the Attention of the Governing Body', or email Sam D'Ath on: