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Local School Board

A C.I.T Academy school

In a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), the Trust is responsible for all of its schools/academies. For the Community Inclusive Trust, governance of our MAT resides with Members, Trustees and Local School Boards.

Members: The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy Trust, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association. CLICK HERE to view the C.I.T Articles.

Trustees: The trustees are responsible for the three core areas of 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.

C.I.T’s Members and Trustees oversee the whole organisation and the MAT is the legal Governing Body for all C.I.T schools, but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local School Board. CLICK HERE to view the C.I.T Scheme of Delegation.

Meet the C.I.T Trust Board Members and Trustees…

Local School Boards and Local Governors: At GANF, we have a committed team of Governors who are actively involved in the life of the school. They reflect the community we serve and include parent, community and staff representatives. Governors serve as a key link between the Trust Board, parents/carers and the local community. They monitor the performance of the school, advising the Trustees on what’s going well and of any concerns.

If you want to bring any matters to the attention of the Local School Board, you should email the Clerk: or address your correspondence to the Chair of Governors at the school address.

The Governors are passionate about the school and are here to make sure that every young person is given the best education, opportunities and experiences possible. Our Governors play an important role in overseeing the work of the school, acting as “critical friends” for the Senior Leadership Team and holding the school to account for performance and development.

Please note that any complaints regarding the school must be raised in line with our complaints policy found HERE and cannot be raised with the Local School Board.

Find out more about C.I.T’s Governance Structure…

To view Local School Board documents, please click the links below:

LSB Terms of Reference 2023/2024

View Here

LSB Register of Interest 2023/2024

View Here

LSB Attendence 2022/2023

View Here

Meet our Local School Board

Kyna Adkins
Interim Headteacher

Awaiting Write Up

David Burling
Parent Governor

David is an experienced governor and charity trustee and works as a performance manager in the private sector.
As a parent of a child at Sandon School David has a great interest in the performance of the school and wants to help support the school and it’s leadership team in achieving the best possible outcomes of all of our pupils.

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 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
Community 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 her son’s educational development.

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

Matthew Wainwright
Community Governor 

Matthew has a son at Ambergate Sports College and feels his personal experiences could help identify ideas and issues at the school.
With being a Managing Director of a legal company Matthew runs a team of 18 staff as well as the day to day running of a busy business – His skills are management, leadership, motivational skills.

Julia Lindley-Baker – Special Interest Trustee

Julia coordinates and teaches on undergraduate programmes in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) at Bishop Grosseteste University.
Having originally trained as a special needs teacher with a primary age focus, she has taught and held senior leadership positions in a range of different settings, always with a special education focus.
Julia joined Bishop Grosseteste University in 2010, following ten years as Vice Principal of a special educational needs college. She also has extensive experience of delivering (locally, nationally and internationally) inset and CPD for teachers and teaching assistants.

Bryony Mason – 
Community Governor

Awaiting Write Up

Jo Ingle
Clerk to the Governors

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

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