Governance responsibilities are held between Aurora Academies Trust and the Local Academy Board.
The Local Academy Board (LAB) works in a similar way to a governing body and performs many of the same functions. The real difference is that the financial and legal responsibility is held by Aurora Academies Trust Board. This allows the LAB members to be focused on the learning and progress of pupils and not be burdened by the additional responsibility. The LAB play an important role in supporting and challenging Glenleigh Park and we are very grateful for the time they give to the school on a voluntary basis. Since March 2018 King Offa Academy and Glenleigh Park Academy have been operating a joint LAB. This decision was taken to maximise the use of LAB members skills across both schools. The close proximity (less than one mile) means that the LAB can operate effectively and strategically in it’s work. The LAB reports to the Regional Standards Council which in turn feeds into the Trust.
Ruth Russell: I am 28 years old and live in Bexhill with my husband Nathan, daughter Florence, dog Jess and guinea pigs Peppa and George! I have worked at this school for 7 years completing my NQT year at the old Sidley School site.I love working with children, and working at Glenleigh Park. I am a team player and love working alongside the fantastic staff we have here.Apart from my job I also love: my family, food, period dramas and baking cakes with my daughter.
Jan Vickers: I was delighted to join the GPA Local Area Board in September 2016 and have responsibility for Pupil Premium and Mathematics. My background is in education having taught across the primary age range for 17 years and was key stage coordinator at a school for a number of years. I also undertook a two-year Post Graduate Specialist Primary Mathematics Teacher Course gaining a distinction in 2014. Simply I loved teaching maths with a passion (despite struggling with it at school). In addition, I have a Masters degree in education predominantly focusing on SEN and barriers to learning in Literacy.Although not currently teaching, I remain very passionate about the role of education in terms what it can mean for young people and children both academically and in creating rounded individuals. I hope I can offer a breadth of experience and knowledge to the LAB. I have two adult children and I live in Bexhill – a town that I have grown to love since moving here in 1987. In my spare time, I am an outdoors sort of person and am a big fan of live music/comedy and film.
Steve Fairbrass: Having recently been appointed as a parent LAB member I am excited to be stepping into my new role. My son is currently coming to the end of Year 1 after a great start at Glenleigh Park and I am looking forward to being involved and learning more about the Aurora Academies and particularly Glenleigh Park and its community. This is especially important to me as my wife, my son and I have lived very locally to Glenleigh for nearly 7 years, with both my wife and I having close personal and business ties to the area.The skills I have acquired as a national sales manager for a corporate international manufacturer will hopefully assist me in my new role working within the joint Glenleigh Park/King Offa Local Academy Board to help both school maintain their high standards and to meet future challenges.
Jon Hodson, Chair of LAB: I joined Glenleigh Park LAB in 2014 and believe that the role of the LAB is to be a critical friend to the school, to hold the school accountable, to question, and support where needed.The LAB’s goal is to make sure the children have a great school to give them an outstanding education so they get the best start in life.
My role as LAB Chair role comprises of:
• Regular meetings with HOS to keep up to date on school matters,
• Regular learning visiting of the school,
• Regular reviews with the curriculum leads,
• Quarterly LAB meetings (reviewing SEND, Health and Safety, Quality of teaching, Pupil Progress)
• Listening to the views of parents, teachers and pupils to make sure the school is in touch with their needs,
• All LAB chairs also sit on the trust board, so I make sure the views of the school are heard at a trust level.
Here’s our Governance information: