Governors

Please refer to GHA Governing Body Terms of Reference 2015-16 in the document link at the foot of the page

GHA Governing Body Meetings 

Minutes of Governors' meetings are available on request from the school office.  Do have a look and get an idea of the work that the Governing Body carries out.  You may want to put forward items for the Governors to consider.  If so, just let us know

John Boor  -  Chair of Governors

Governing Body Register of Business Interests

The governing body is required to publish on the school website a register of the relevant business interests of governors,details of any other educational establishments they govern, and any relationships between governors and members of the school staff including spouses,partners and relatives.Please follow the link at the foot of the page to view the register for GHA.

John Boor -  Chair of Governors

GHA Governor's Profiles 2015-2016

Name: Amy Webster
Governor type: Local Authority Parent Governor
Term of office: 31/10/19

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of responsibility 

  • Personal Development 
  • Appeals Committee
  • Pupil Discipline Committee

Relevant interests

  • Relevant business interests – Married to a Headteacher in Cambridgeshire
  • Governor at other educational establishments - none
  • Any relationship with school staff - none

Background information

I am a parent governor with a son in Year 3 in Rainbow Room at GHA. I also have two other children. I live with my husband and children near Spalding. I currently work as a Teaching Assistant in a mainstream primary school. Prior to this I taught in Primary Schools for fifteen years. I am a very enthusiastic supporter of GHS ! It has helped our son in so many ways and I believe it is a beacon of hope and positivity for so many of us on our special needs journey. It’s a privilege to be a governor at GHS

Hopes and aspirations to the GB/School

I bring the understanding of a parent who wants the best for her son from his education. I know that, despite the challenges he faces,he has so much potential and I want to support GHA in ensuring all its pupils reach their full potential.I also want to bring my viewpoint as an experienced teacher from the mainstream system.I want to work with the other governors to ensure the school is the best it can be, always moving forward and widening what it offers our children.     

 

Name: Louise Stanton
Governor type: Principal
Term of office: N/A

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

 

Specific area of responsibility 

Effectiveness of leadership & management

Relevant interests

Relevant business interests - Strategic lead,working together team.

Governor at other educational establishments - none

Background information

I've been a school  governor for over 15 years both in the capacity of Principal & previously as a teacher.  I feel priveleged to be a member of the governing body of GHA.The governing body plays a crucial role in moving our school forward and ensuring that we are able to offer your children the very best opportunities. I have worked in education all of my career, in mainstream,primary, secondary, & pre-school provision. I have found my professional home at GHA . Alongside my role as Principal & strategic lead for the Lincolnshire Social Communication Outreach Team. I also work with the National Autistic Society Accreditation Team as a member of the NAS Accreditation Panel- this involves looking at provision in education, health & social care for young people with Social Communication needs/autism across the country and beyond. Outside of school I have a busy family life - my husband is also in education .I have a keen interest in archaelogy and the protection of the environment.

Hopes and aspirations to the GB/School

I bring to to the governing body my belief that education should be enjoyable, enriching & inspiring. All of our youngsters at GHA have huge potential to learn to celebrate themselves for who they are and to engage in life long learning . Together with the governing body staff, multi professional team & families, I hope that to ensure that your child has access to the very best provision possible.

 

Name: John Boor 
Governor type: Chair of Governors
Term of office: 09/09/19

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

 

Specific area of responsibility 

  • Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

  • Health & Safety Governor CPD

  • Pupil Discipline Committee & Appeals Committee (Chair)

Relevant interests

  • Relevant business interests – Married to a local Primary Headteacher

  • Governor at other educational establishments - None

  • Any relationship with school staff – A work colleague is married to a staff member of the school

Background information

I am a Parent Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body at our school.  I believe this school provides the very best for all of our pupils which makes my role so valuable in supporting the Principal, teachers and support staff to ensure they are able to focus on their roles of getting it right for all pupils in their care.I work and live locally with my family.  I have a son in Year 6 who is proof of the commitment of all staff in enabling him to achieve his best but above all by being happy, confident and secure.  I spend time in school when I can as I work for a local furniture making company.  I am always happy to liaise with parents in my role as Parent Governor and may be contacted through the school office.

Hopes and aspirations to the GB/School

As a governor my role is about supporting and challenging in ways to enable the school to consistently demonstrate their high quality work, evidenced by the different strengths from members of the governing body with the range of skills we bring to the team.The governing body are part of the leadeship and management and so part of my  role is also ensuring that the good work of the school is understood and shared through being able to explain it through first hand experience.

 

Name: Vicky Edwards
Governor type: Staff Governor
Term of office: 01/09/2016

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

 

Specific area of responsibility 

  • Quality of teaching, learning & assessment

  • Hearings Committee

Relevant
interests

  • Relevant business interests -  none.

  • Governor at other educational establishments - none. 

  • Any relationship with school staff - none.

Background information

I became a qualified teacher in 1996 and began my teaching career in a small rural primary school; after a year I decided to that I needed more experience in different environments. The next year I spent gaining experience in a busy town school; in a special school(yes here !) and in a very reception class in a deprived part of a busy town. I then spent 3 years in a mainstream school becoming more and more frustrated with the state of special needs provision in the school and wanting to do more. Therefore I rejoined the school in 2000.I began my school life at GHA in upper school , primarily in Class 6. As the years passed unlike the children, I went down school ! Teaching in all areas of the school before landing in Key Stage 1 . I have enjoyed working here and I am now challenging myself to lead this new dynamic team in our new build.  am also subject leader for ICT and have the responsibilty of overseeing the curriculum development.

Hopes and aspirations to the GB/School

ICT from 2014 will now be merged into all the other curriculum areas, as we teach our children to get ready for the outside world. A new challenge of computer science will now be introduced to the national curriculum with a new exciting programme of studies to excite and motivate our children.To progress my own professional development and also have the role as student mentor and liason for our numerous apprentices, volunteers and work placement students.It is also a fabulous feeling to see these young (and sometimes mature) people learn and grow and know that our school has played a major role in shaping their career and given them a wonderful , solid foundation that they can take away with them and use - living and breathing our ' working together, learning together ' ethos. 

 

Name: Sarah Phillips
Governor type: Clerk to the Governors
Term of office: N/A 

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of responsibility 

  • I have been clerking for a year and also clerk at 3 other schools in Peterborough . Before I had my daughter I worked for Peterborough City Council in School Improvement for four years.

Relevant
interests

  • Relevant business interests : none

  • Governor at other establishments : N/A

  • Any relationship with school staff : None

Background information

I live in Deeping St Nicholas , I am married and have 2 children - Oliver and Isabell.

What do you hope to bring to the GB/School :I have an interest in education for both professional and personal reasons.Due to clerking at various schools I feel I am able to contribute to GHA governing body.

Hopes and
aspirations to the GB/School

 

 

Name: Dr Lesley Allinson
Governor type: Co-Opted
Term of office:

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of responsibility 

  • Governing Board

Relevant
interests

  • Relevant business interests - None

  • Governor at other educational establishments - No

  • Any relationship with school staff - None

Background
information

I am a senior lecturer in Psychology at the University of Lincoln.My research interests, and some of my teaching duties, relate to individuals with autism.I am interested in individual differences in cognitive and perceptual processing, as well as having a particular interest in the role of technology in assisting individuals in their educational, behavioral and social development.

Hopes and
aspirations to
the GB/School

I hope I can assist in promoting best practice across the school's activities, and widening its already impressive reputation. wish to be able to strengthen links between the school and the University of Lincoln, facilitating research and stimulating interest in, and knowledge of the autism spectrum conditions amongst our students.

 

Name: Jane Peck
Governor type: Parent Governor
Term of office: 01/02/2019

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of responsibility 

  • Effectiveness of Early Years Provision : Quality and Standards
  • Family Liaison Link Governor
  • Appeals Committee
  • Pupils Discipline Committee

Relevant
interests

  • Relevant business interests – Married to a County Council Employee

  • Governor at other educational establishments - None

  • Any relationship with school staff - None

Background
information

I am married to Adrian, live in Sleaford and am a full time mum to 3 boys.  My middle son is in the Triangles Class at GHA. I enjoy spending time with my family and gain much pleasure watching my children experience the world and learning from them. I enjoy organising and fund raising and am currently on the organising committees of Sleaford Autism Family Funday and Sleaford Carnival.  I have also helped set up a support group in Sleaford called Rainbow Stars which offers support via social media and monthly support/play meetings at a local indoor play area.   In my distant past I qualified as a hair dresser and this comes in very handy now!

Hopes and
aspirations to
the GB/School

I bring my experience of being a parent of a child with severe autism to the role.  I am down to earth and approachable and am happy to speak to other parents and share experiences of my autism journey with them.   I am passionate about our children's right to live a happy and fulfilling life and I fight for what is best for them.  I fell in love with this school before bringing my son to look around it and am happy to be able to help it continue to excel and provide the best education and experiences possible for our children.

 

Name: Martin Whitehead
Governor type: Co-Opted
Term of office: 20/10/19

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of responsibility 

  • Outcomes for Pupils

  • Hearings Committee

  • Pupil Discipline Committee

Relevant
interests

  • Relevant business interests - None

  • Governor at other educational establishments – None

  • Any relationship with school staff – None

Background
information

I live in Spalding with my partner and our 3 year old daughter, Lila. I grew up in Spalding, and, apart from 3 years away at university, I have been here my whole life.

As the newest member of the governing body, I am constantly learning from the fantastic team here. The first day I arrived they could not have made me feel more welcome, something I’m sure all other people that have been to the school will agree with.

I am a member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, so am always looking to bring over some of the fantastic materials and areas of interest they have there and apply it to the education here at school

Hopes and
aspirations to the
GB/School

School is first and foremost about its pupils. My first belief therefore is that every moment there should be safe and enjoyable. My aim is to find interests that pupils are passionate about, and give them the best possible opportunity to progress it onto education after primary school, and then through to their later life. The things they learn and see now could well be the biggest influence shaping their future both academically and at home.

My long term goal is to ensure the school has the best possible links to research to make sure we are not just doing the best possible job we can, but also leading the way for others.

There is a wealth of information available and continuous progress in educational research and I hope we can not only use it but also help contribute to it.

 

Name: Rebecca Daw
Governor type: Co-Opted
Term of office:

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of responsibility 

  •  Local Authority Parent Governor
  • Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

  • Hearings Committee

Relevant
interests

  • Relevant business interests - None
  • Governor at other educational establishment - None 
  • Any relationship with school staff - None

Background
information

I began my career as a teaching assistant.After completing an Open University degree in Molecular science I trained to become a qualified teacher. I am currently studying with the University of Birmingham to gain a Post Graduate degree in Language, Literacy and Dyslexia. I also have a special interest in Performing Arts, having trained at a full time ballet school when I was younger and have performed in a wide variety of settings across the globe.Having been a science teacher for the past 7 years I love finding out about new areas of science and have recently become interested in Special Educational Needs and the areas of development in this area for students and their families.

Hopes and

aspirations to the
GB/School

As a governor at GHA, I aim to support the academy to ensure all students reach their full potential.As an experienced mainstream teacher, I understand how important it is to have the support of a dedicated governing body to allow the school to achieve their best through supporting staff and students in the school.

As a Governor my role is about supporting and challenging in ways to enable the school to consistently demonstrate their high quality work evidenced by the different strengths from members of the Governing Body with the range of skills we bring to the team.  The Governing Body are part of Leadership and Management and so part of my role is also ensuring that the good work of the school is understood and shared through being able to explain it through first-hand experience.

Name: Andrew: Malcolm Breckon
Governor type: Trustee Appointment
Term of office: 4 Years

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings

Specific area of

responsibility  

  • Trustee Appointment

 

Relevant

interests

  • Relevant business interests - CEO of Lincolnshire Educational Trust
  •  Governor at other educational establishment - Governor of UAH and HPA
  • Any relationship with school staff - None

Background

information

I have 44 full time years employment in education and 4 in a part time capacity. I have been a teacher, Education Inspector,Ofsted Inspector and Director of Education Services for CFBT working in Lincolnshire for 12 years,winning in 2012 the School Improvement Service of the year award.I was also CEO of an Educational Charity for 8 years and Chief Examiner at A Level for 21 years. I have written 8 books for schools,23 research papers and made 94 TV programmes for students.

Hopes and

aspirations to the

GB/School

Strategic advice on educational matters.

Name: Emma Barber

Governor type: Co-Opted
Term of office:

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings since 01.09.16 - 5 out of 5 meetings


Specific area of

responsibility  

  • Governing Board
  •  

Relevant

interests

  • Relevant business interests - None
  • Governor at other educational establishment - None
  • Any relationship with school staff - None

Background

information

I have worked in Holbeach Primary Academy for over six years. I achieved the National SENCO award in 2011 and have been SENCO at Holbeach Primary Academy since then.I have an interest in links between pupils with Special Educational Needs in mainstream settings compared to the specialist environment.One of my roles as SENCO is to identify special educational needs and ensure that the provision is correct for that pupil.This involves working closely with additional agencies and referring pupils for Educational Healthcare Plans should they be required.

Hopes and

aspirations to the

GB/School

I hope to support the Academy within my role as Governor. As I work in a mainstream setting I think sharing experiences of the processes in both types of setting will be of high value. I also hope that given my experience of the processes involved in receiving a place at Gosberton House Academy could support families who have either been through this process or are about to undertake the process.I am passionate about developing links between the Acadamies and hope that in my role as Governor I will be able to develop this further.