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Local School Board

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Welcome to our Local School Board

Effective Governance:
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
• Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance
of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient
performance management of staff; and
• Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making
sure its money is well spent.
DfE Governance Handbook 2020

Please click the documents below to view:

Local School Board Register of Interest 2021/22

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Local School Board Meeting Attendance 2020/2021

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LSB Terms of Reference

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CIT Schools Governance Structure & Responsibilities

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CIT Trust Governance Structure

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Meet our Governors

Pam Powell
Chair of Governors – Role – Curriculum & Post 16 

Pam has been Chair of the GANF Local School Board for a number of years now. She is also Chair of Governors at Woodlands Academy in Spilsby.

Pam retired as a Headteacher in 2009 after working for forty years in a variety of Lincolnshire Primary Schools.

With a particular interest in early and special needs education, Pam enjoys supporting the dedicated team who work hard for the benefit of all the young people attending GANF schools.

Pauline Brownlow
Governor – Role – Safeguarding

Pauline retired from the farming business in 2015 amd has been a governor at GANF.

Pauline considers it an honour and a privilege to serve on the Local School Board and works hard to support staff and pupils across the Fellowship, trying to ensure that its visions and values are upheld.

Lucy Bowden
Community Governor – Role – SEND & EYFS

Lucy is an EYFS Teacher and SENDCO at Poplar Farm Primary School in Grantham.

Lucy completed her National Award for Special Educational Needs Award MA, and believes this award for SEND Co-ordination is more than just a qualification. It has empowered her to be the drive to ensure that ALL children are seen as individuals and can reach their full potential from their own starting points. 

Lisa Freestone
Staff Governor – Role – Celebration

Lisa has worked at the Fellowship since 2014.

Employed as a Teaching Assistant, she supports pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.

Lisa knows the Grantham community very well and is dedicated to GANF and supporting the children at the schools so they have the opportunity to reach their individual potentials in a safe, nurturing environment.

Katie Bennington
Parent Governor – Role – Community & Communication 

Katie’s son is severely autistic, has ADHD and learning difficulties, with his first method of communication being Makaton.

After viewing Ambergate and Sandon for her son to attend, she was amazed with the way the schools were run and began volunteering straight away.

Since 2000, Katie has studied and worked within the care sector, mainly in a senior capacity within nursing, residential and domiciliary care settings, gaining qualifications and valuable experience along the way.

Now a member of the admin team at GANF, she is proud to also be a parent governor. She is enjoying being a part of what is already a very successful governing team.

Katie welcomed the role as it would give her the opportunity to have an input into developing the school and to watch it grow throughout my son’s educational development.

Katie has an excellent relationship with parents and carers of GANF pupils and feel she can represent them well within the governing body.

Bryony Mason  
Community Governor – Role – Pupil Premium & CiC

Since qualifying as a teacher, Bryony initially worked at an inner-city school in Leeds before teaching and leading Key Stage 1 at an all-through school in Wolverhampton.

Having experienced working with children from diverse backgrounds, she believes every child should be valued and provided with equal opportunities to prepare them for the journey ahead of them.

Bryony is a Year 2 Teacher and Key Stage 1 Leader at Poplar Farm Primary School in Grantham. 

Giuseppe Vaccaro
Community Governor – Role – Health & Safety

Giuseppe has recently moved to the Grantham area with his young family and is currently the Mobilisation & Change lead for a Global organisation. Giuseppe brings a wealth of commercial, project management, change delivery and facilities management expertise to the already established Governors team.
Having a young nephew with autism & nystagmus, Giuseppe is very interested in the special needs education of the future generations, and keen to support the education sector with ensuring the best possible environments are provided for Special Educational Needs.
Giuseppe is honoured to be a Community Governor at GANF and hopes to bring his skills and experience from the wider industry to an already fantastic governing team and organisation.

Stela Plamenova
Executive Headteacher – GANF

Stela was born and raised in Bulgaria.
Stela received her primary education at a Russian Language Grammar School until the age of 12, and then moved to an English Language Secondary School.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Pedagogy and two further professional development certificates in Autism from the University of Cambridge.
Stela has worked in special education since 2003, starting as a class teacher and then progressing into senior leadership.
Stela has held senior leadership positions since 2010 with a particular focus on teaching and learning, project management and staff development.

Matthew Wainwright
Community Governor 

I have a son at Ambergate school and feel my personal experiences could help identify ideas and issues at the school.
With being a Managing Director of a legal company I run a team of 18 staff as well as the day to day running of a busy business – my skills are management, leadership, motivational skills.

Jo Ingle
Clerk to the Governors

To contact the governors in the first instance, please email Jo Ingle, Clerk to the Governors: