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Effective governance provides strategic direction and control to schools, academies and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). It creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance and is ambitious for all children and young people to achieve the very best outcomes.” DfE Governance Handbook 2019

Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the CIT Governance Structure and LSB Responsibilities.

Pam Powell

Chair of Governors

I am very pleased to be a member of the local school board for GANF and to be their Chair of Governors. 

I have also been Chair of Governors at Woodlands Academy in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, for a number of years.

I retired as a Headteacher in 2009 after working for forty years in a variety of Lincolnshire Primary Schools. I was particularly interested in early years education and special needs education, during my teaching career.

Since retirement I am able to spend more time on my hobbies of quilting, reading and gardening and most importantly, spend as much time as possible with my three young grandchildren.

I enjoy supporting the dedicated team of people who are working hard for the benefit of all the young people attending GANF schools. I am impressed by the standards achieved in the schools and the ethos of care and support displayed. My aim is to enable this to continue.  

Stela Plamenova

Executive Headteacher of GANF

I have worked in special education since 2003, beginning as a class teacher and then progressing into senior leadership. I have held senior leadership positions since 2010 with a particular focus on teaching and learning, project management and staff development. I hold a Master’s Degree in Special Pedagogy and two further professional development certificates in Autism from the University of Cambridge.

Pauline Brownlow

Safeguarding Governor 

I was born on a farm near Barrowby in the early 1950's.  I attended Barrowby C of E Primary School and, as a child, got involved in a number of different activities locally which included Brownies/Guides at the Reading Room in Barrowby, Swimming Club at the outdoor pool in Dysart Park and dancing classes at Westgate Hall in Grantham.

I did both 'O' and 'A' levels at secondary school and then went to agricultural college in Devon, after which I returned to Lincolnshire in 1977 to farm alongside my parents.

I set up an equestrian business on the farm and that mainly centred around giving riding lessons, which I still do today.
I retired from the farming business in late 2015, but I am fortunate to be able to continue living in a beautiful rural location.
I enjoy outdoor activities, including horse riding and walking, and I am interested in music.

I have been a governor for nearly 10 years and I consider it an honour and a privilege to serve on the Local Governing Body of GANF. I do what I can to support staff and pupils across the Fellowship, trying to ensure that its visions and values are upheld.  

Lisa Freestone

Staff Governor

I have worked at the Fellowship for approximately two years. I am employed as a Teaching Assistant, mainly supporting pupils in the 14-19 age group. My other roles in school are to ensure the smooth running of school assemblies and the pupil reward system.  

I am a local girl with two children of my own. I know Grantham and the local community very well. Off duty I lead a busy social life and like to spend time on my greatest passion which is renovating old furniture and seeking out antiques.

I am dedicated to GANF and very keen to support the children and the school in any way I can. I am eager to offer my time and knowledge so that all our pupils across the Fellowship have the opportunity to reach their individual potentials in a safe, nurturing environment. 

I am looking forward to welcoming all the challenges of being a staff governor.  

Katie Bennington

Parent Governor

I originally came from Cambridgeshire where I lived and went to school up until the age of 17. I now live in Grantham and I am married with a child.  My son is and is severely autistic, has ADHD and learning difficulties, with his first method of communication being Makaton.

After looking around Ambergate and Sandon to meet my son’s educational needs, I was amazed with the way the school runs, and started working within the organisation. I have now been here since 2013 and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it.

Since the year 2000 I have studied and worked within the care sector, mainly in a senior capacity within nursing, residential and domiciliary care settings.  I have gained many qualifications within this field, attended many training courses and learned valuable experience. 

I have had the privilege of becoming a parent governor and I am enjoying the role and the challenges it brings.  It is an honour to be a part of what is already a very successful team.  I welcomed the role as it would give me an opportunity to have an input into developing the school and to watch it grow throughout my son’s educational development. I have an excellent relationship with parents and carers of GANF pupils and feel I can represent them well within the governing body.  

Samantha Kerby

Parent Governor

I am originally from Grantham and studied at Grantham Preparatory School. I then went on to study at Chetham's School of Music (Manchester) and the Royal Academy of Music (London), where I reached the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. On leaving the Academy, I then worked for many years as Director of Music in a number of schools in Kenya. When I moved back to the UK, I also taught at Chichester Cathedral School and at Beeston Hall School in Norfolk. I recently moved back to the Grantham area and I am currently the Director of Music at St Hugh's School in Woodhall Spa. 

Having a young son with autism, I am very interested in special needs education. I am also very keen to support parents who may be at the beginning of their journey having a child with Special Educational Needs.

I am honoured to be a Parent Governor at GANF and hope that I can bring my skills and experience within the Arts and education to an already fantastic governing team and school. 

Lucy Bowen

Community Governor

Bryony Mason

Community Governor

Jo Ingle

Clerk to the Governors

To contact the governors in the first instance, please email Jo Ingle, Clerk to the Governors: jingle.governor@citacademies.co.uk

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