Governors

Governors

Gusford is part of the Active Learning Trust. This is a multi academy trust and there is an Active Learning Trust Board who place a local governing body in each school to oversee the leadership of the school.

The Local Governing Body acts in accordance with the scheme of delegation agreed by the ALT Board. This scheme sets out what the Trust board asks the Local Governing Body to carry out on its behalf. In essence the role of the Local Governing Body (which should then underpin the work of the LGB) can be summarised as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

To understand the full responsibilities then please read the document by clicking this link.

The Active Learning Trust has further information on the links below:

Board: http://www.activelearningtrust.org/people/board

Governance: http://www.activelearningtrust.org/people/governance

If you would like to know eligibility for a governor when a role becomes available please click this link.

Chair of Governors & Trust Governor

Marilyn Toft

Marilyn is currently our chair of governors. Working for the Active Learning Trust, she is the lead for professional development and works in all the Trust's primary and secondary schools. Marilyn's experience extends from secondary teaching to advisory work in a LA through to leading two national programmes on healthy schools and behaviour and attendance. Marilyn was a school governor in Surrey for several years before joining the Active Learning Trust.

Contact email for the Chair of Governors is:

marilyn.toft@activelearningtrust.org

c/o Gusford Primary School

Sheldrake Drive, Ipswich. IP2 9LQ

Declared interest:

Employee: P/T Active Learning Trust

Connected Party Relationship to ALT (Companies) Director: Specialist Leaders of Behaviour & Attendance

Education Trustee: Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Vice Chair of Governors & Trust Governor

Sally Wright

I became a Trust Governor in January 2016. My career in teaching spans over 40 years, initially teaching English and Drama in High Schools. After a short break to enjoy my own family I returned to Primary Education as a KS2 teacher, where my career continued to develop. I retired after 9 years as a Headteacher and, during the last four years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to develop interests outside of teaching as well as making more time for my family. As a parent and grandparent, I have continued to maintain a belief that children have a natural curiosity and, with the right encouragement and support, a love of learning. I am delighted to be part of the Gusford School Governing Body, in particular the EYFS Governor and I look forward to developing my role within the school.

Duties:

Early Years Governor

Declared interest:

None declared

Trust Governor

Pat Dobson

I have been a Trust Governor at Gusford for several years.

I became a school governor because I wanted to give back to society the skills and knowledge that I have acquired over the years. I have grandchildren, and nothing gives me more pleasure than when I have been able to help them in learning, and I can extend this help to others.

As well as attending the full governing body meetings I also chair the Personnel Committee and I am the Safeguarding Governor. I am also the governor who attends the School Council meetings, where I find that the children ask some very challenging questions but the meetings are always very rewarding.

Duties:

Safeguarding governor

Declared interest:

Connected Party Relationship to ALT (Individuals): Daughter

New Parent Governor



Duties:


Declared interest:

None declared

Trust Governor

Emma Clifton

I became a Trust Governor in November 2016.

I wanted to become a school Governor because I wanted the invaluable experience that comes with helping to run a school. I have a son at the school and being able to positively contribute towards his education and future is a great opportunity.

As well as attending Full Governing Body meetings I am also on the Personnel committee and look forward to developing my role to be able to assist the school in years to come.

Declared interest: None

Parent Governor

New Parent Governor


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Declared interest:


Staff Governor

Jamie Webber

I have been at Gusford since 2013 as a teaching assistant. I have become a governor because I want to contribute in giving the children at Gusford the best opportunity to succeed in life.

Declared interest:

Employee: Active Learning Trust

Teacher Governor

Janet Shanks

Janet has been working at Gusford since April 2015 as the Alternative Provision Teacher and has recently taken on the role of Teacher Governor. She has more than 20 years teaching experience in both mainstream and special education. She has been a governor in two other educational settings and is looking forward to supporting the governing body at Gusford.

Declared interest:

Employee: Active Learning Trust

Governor Minutes 2017