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Governors

Should you wish to contact the Chair of Governors; Mrs Janet Corcoran, or have a general enquiry you wish to direct to a member of the local governing body, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body via the following email addresses: enquiries@priory-cit.co.uk or enquiries@garth-cit.co.uk

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The Governing Body

Chair of Governors - Mrs Janet Corcoran

Janet Corcoran

"I have always been a teacher and since retiring have continued to be fully involved in Education through Governance.  I manage The Lincolnshire Autistic Society and work through the Lincolnshire Autism Partnership Board to raise awareness and understanding of Autism.  I Chair The National Autistic Society Academies Trust and Education Quality Development and this national perspective brings perspective and challenge to our local settings."

 

Nigel Earth

Governor Nigel Earth

I have lived in and around the Spalding area all my life.  My son was a pupil of The Garth School for over 16 years and many changes have happened to the school in that time.

My inquisitive streak led me to find out how the school works on the inside and possibly try to have an input into it.  Maybe as a child myself, taking things apart and putting them back together just to see how they work, has boosted this.  The qualification of having a child with a severe disability is what has guided me through the years of being a governor at the Federation.  It is the need to achieve something, to see it through, and see what I have done that led me into the building trade.  I work for a local house building company.  Amongst some of the things I enjoy are going on holiday and watching films.

Julia Higgins

Julia Higgins

 

Hello, my name is Julia Higgins and I am a Parent Governor at The Garth School where my son has been attending since the end of February 2019. 

Before having Cameron I worked in HR for 20 years.   I have previously been a Parent Governor at his Nursery School and his first Primary School that he attended.  For the last 10 years before moving to Spalding I was the Vice Chair of Families United Network, a charity that supports children with disabilities and their families in Bedfordshire.  It was a very rewarding experience seeing the charity grow from strength to strength and to see how many families have been supported. I am very proud of everything that the Board of Trustees achieved and was glad to have been a part of it.  I also carried out various fundraising events on behalf of the Charity. 

I have a wonderful chocolate Labrador called Bonnie who is registered with PetsAsTherapy, which enables me to go on therapy visits with her.  I am starting to visit at The Priory School and am looking forward to helping support children that will benefit from our weekly visits. 

I am a strong believer in giving back in the community you live in, so I am committed as a Parent Governor to do all I can to ensure that we provide the very best for all pupils.

Kerry Simpson

Governor

Hello! My name is Kerry Simpson. I am a Parent Governor at The Priory School where my Daughter attends. My background  has mainly been in Education settings and the Care sector. 

I enjoy very much being a Governor as it gives me an insight into how the School is run and why decisions are made which affect all of our children. I think it is vital that parents are at these meetings and feel our voice is important and is valued by the other Governors. I find the role very rewarding and would urge other parents to become involved . 

Kate Yearsley

I was born and raised in Spalding, and after my initial career in banking and finance in London, I moved back to the area with my family.  My son attended the Priory School and I initially became a Parent Governor to give something back and offer a parent’s perspective on the board.  Now a co-opted governor, I am committed to ensuring that the excellent work continues so that we can provide the very best for the pupils of the SSSF. 

I now work for a national charity in the community, along with my ‘hobby-job’ of dance and fitness instructing.

Clive Bourne

Clive BourneAfter 18 wonderful years I have recently retired from my position as the School Business Manager for both Priory and Garth Schools. I have served as a staff governor for over 13 years, and now volunteer my services as a community governor. 

My expertise, and my benefit to the Governing Body lies in, but not exclusively to, the areas of finance, budgeting, HR, Health & Safety, Premises management and IT. My wish is to continue helping the schools maintain and improve their excellent reputation for providing education of the highest quality.

 

Claire Moore

Claire Moore HeadteacherI have worked at The Garth School for over thirteen years and have a genuine passion and love for the school, our pupils, parents and carers, staff and all other stakeholders. I consider myself privileged to work in such a wonderful educational setting with different roles over the years: Class Teacher, Assistant Head, Head of School and now Head Teacher.

I am part of the Governing Body in role of Head Teacher and I am dedicated in supporting the schools and the governing body in this role.”

 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt 

Matt Flatt

I began working for the Spalding Special Schools 9 years ago as a teaching assistant at the Garth School. By the next academic year I had moved over to the Priory School where I have worked since.

Over the last 8 years I have been in the role of teaching assistant, teacher, Assistant Headteacher and, as of this academic year, Head of School. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work within so many roles within one school. I feel this experience gives me a clear understanding of how many parts of the school work and this informs my decision making as I lead the school.

As well as working at the Priory School, I am an appointed Specialist Leader of Education for LEARN teaching school. As part of this, I work collaboratively with other schools in the academy trust and, when required, support schools in the county with their mathematics provision.

 

Charlene Leuty

Charlene Leuty Staff GovernorMy name is Charlene Leuty and I am currently working as an unqualified teacher until I finish my degree in December.  I have 5 years experience in education and this is my first appointment as a governor and I am looking forward to helping the school in other ways.  My passion is to help support and facilitate opportunities for pupils in the best possible ways.

 

 

 

 

Register of Interest Register 2020/21 Spalding Special Schools Federation Local School Board 

Name

 

Role

Date Appointed

Relevant business and pecuniary interest

Trusteeships and governorships at other educational establishments/charities

Personal relationships with the trust employees or other members/trustees/governors

Date interest declared

Julia Higgins 

Parent Member

13.5.19

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

10.9.20

Kerry Simpson 

Co-opted Member

7.11.20

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

11.9.20

Nigel Earth 

Co-Opted Member

1.5.20

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

9.9.20

Janet Corcoran 

Co-Opted Member

18.11.18

None Declared

Trustee of National Autistic Society

Educational Quality Development Committee 

None Declared

10.9.20

Clive Bourne 

Co-Opted Member

5.4.19

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

29.9.20

Kate Yearsley 

Co-Opted Member

19.11.18

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

21.9.20

Matt Flatt

Staff Governor

Ex Officio

None Declared

None Declared

Aaron Bloodworth Flatt (husband)

16.11.20

Claire Moore

Staff Member

Ex Officio

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

9.9.20

Charlie Leuty 

Staff Member

18.7.19

None Declared

None Declared

None Declared

23.9.19

 

LOCAL GOVERNING BODY MEETING ATTENDANCE RECORD 2019-2020 

 

23.9.19

14.10.19

Meeting Cancelled

25.11.19

10.2.20

9.3.20

11.5.20

Meeting cancelled  due to COVID-19

29.6.20

Meeting cancelled  due to COVID-19

 Daran Bland

 Yes

 

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 

 

 Janet Corcoran

 Yes

 

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 

 

 Nigel Earth

 Yes

 

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 

 

 Kate Yearsley

 Apologies

 

 Yes

 Apologies

 Yes

 

 

 Kerry Simpson

 Yes

 

 Yes

 Apologies

 Yes

 

 

 Matt Flatt

 Yes

 

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 

 

 Clive Bourne

 Apologies

 

 Yes

 Apologies

 Yes

 

 

 Julia Higgins

 Yes

 

 Apologies

 Yes

 Yes

 

 

 Charlie Leuty

 Yes

 

 Yes

 Apologies

 Yes

 

 

 Claire Moore

 N/A

 

 N/A

 N/A

 Yes