Governance Information

Our Local Academy Board Members are:
Chair: Jon Hodson
Vice Chair: Anne McWilliams 
Executive Headteacher: James Freeston 
Head of School: Ryan Laker
Parent Member: Steve Etherington
Parent Member: Michael Maloney
Co-Opted Member: Tina Greenwood
 Staff Member: Natasha Baker (covering for Chloe Harman) 
Staff Member: Ruth Russell

(All members of the Local Academy Board can be contacted through the reception office or by email KingOffaOffice@auroraacademies.org)

Governance responsibilities are held between Aurora Academies Trust and the Local Academy Board.

The Local Academy Board (LAB) works in a similar way to a governing body and performs many of the same functions. The real difference is that the financial and legal responsibility is held by Aurora Academies Trust Board. This allows the LAB members to be focused on the learning and progress of pupils and not be burdened by the additional responsibility. The LAB play an important role in supporting and challenging King Offa and we are very grateful for the time they give to the school on a voluntary basis. Since March 2018 King Offa Academy and Glenleigh Park Academy have been operating a joint LAB. This decision was taken to maximise the use of LAB members skills across both schools. The close proximity (less than one mile) means that the LAB can operate effectively and strategically in it’s work. The LAB reports to the Regional Standards Council which in turn feeds into the Trust.

Jon Hodson, Chair of LAB: I joined Glenleigh Park LAB in 2014 and believe that the role of the LAB is to be a critical friend to the school, to hold the school accountable, to question, and support where needed. The LAB’s goal is to make sure the children have a great school to give them an outstanding education so they get the best start in life.

My role as LAB Chair role comprises of:

• Regular meetings with HOS to keep up to date on school matters,
• Regular learning visiting of the school,
• Regular reviews with the curriculum leads,
• Quarterly LAB meetings (reviewing SEND, Health and Safety, Quality of teaching, Pupil Progress)
• Listening to the views of parents, teachers and pupils to make sure the school is in touch with their needs,

Anne McWilliams: Vice Chair of LAB: I am very pleased to join the joint LAB (Local Academy Board) for King Offa and Glenleigh Park.  When I was shown around the schools, I was very impressed by the positive and welcoming atmosphere and attitude. The Trust-organised LAB member and Trustee training session on the Paragon curriculum, in the summer of 2018 was both fascinating and uplifting.  I have taken on the responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and look forward to supporting both schools in any way that I can, to achieve the very best for its pupils. I have a background in finance, administration, personnel and project management. I have worked as a bursar in both state and independent schools, which has given me an insight into how schools work and a great appreciation of all that they achieve for their pupils. I am also a volunteer at the Citizens Advice Bureau as an adviser.  I have four grandchildren, who are all working their way through the school system, and two grown up sons.  In my spare time I enjoy walking, music and reading.

Steve Etherington: I joined the King Offa Local Academy Board (LAB) in October 2017 after responding to a message from the school looking for new parent members.  Having two boys currently attending King Offa, I wanted to support the school in their aim of providing a high quality of education in a fun and safe environment. My role involves regular visits to the school, observing classes and providing the LAB with a parent’s view on topics that effect our children’s education.  These visits let me see at first hand the amazing teaching on offer and I was delighted with the results of the recent Ofsted visit. After moving to Bexhill five years ago, the family enjoys spending any spare time on the seafront and walking our two dogs.  I love all types of sport and am a keen supporter of local football.

Ruth Russell: I am a key stage one teacher at Glenleigh Park, I have been teaching here since 2009. I am passionate about my job and love teaching children new skills. As part of my teaching role I am subject lead for our Paragon curriculum and enjoy teaching children about different places around the world at different eras in our history. Outside of school I am a mum of two. I love to bake and spend time playing on the beach.

Chloe Harman: I am an Early Years teacher at King Offa Primary Academy and I have been teaching at the school since I qualified in 2015. I completed my final university placement and Newly Qualified Teacher year at King Offa. As part of my teaching role, I am also subject leader for PE and have enjoyed raising the profile of this subject within my school. I am passionate about Early Years and love being able to provide the children with stimulating environments to support their learning. Outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends.

Mick Maloney: My children have attended Glenleigh Park Primary Academy since it opened in September 2012. As a parent, I have always been supportive of Glenleigh Park and each of my children settled into it, very well.  Over the years, I have found Glenleigh Park to be very helpful with adapting to change and with putting effective actions into place. As a result, I have had the rewarding experience of seeing my children develop and grow within the school setting. In some way, within my role as a parent Local Academy Board member, I would like to encourage more parents to engage more fully with their children’s education and with their school.

Tina Greenwood: I am delighted to be a LAB member for both King Offa and Glenleigh Park Primary Academies having had long associations with both schools. Both of my daughters attended King Offa in the 1990s and I was a member of staff there for a number of years. More recently I was employed as the Safeguarding Lead for Aurora Academies Trust, this included working closely with both Glenleigh Park and King Offa. For the past 20 years I have worked for both the local authority and local schools supporting children and families in the Bexhill area to live healthy, happy lives. I have recently retired and am thoroughly enjoying my role as Nana to my first grandchild as well as trying to fit in as much walking and tennis as possible.

Natasha Baker: I have had an amazing journey into education and have now worked as a qualified teacher for over 13 years. I have a passion for teaching and learning and have been driven by determination and dedication to improve my own practice. I am appreciative of opportunities given for me to be a Leader of Learning, a Lead Moderator, an Education Improvement Partnership Lead, an Assistant Head and currently, Deputy Headteacher at King Offa Primary Academy. I enjoy being a staff coach and mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers and like to share my experiences and skills. I am committed to keeping children safe and am a Designated Safeguarding Leader. I am willing to meet new challenges and believe that positive approaches do work. I have worked closely with many colleagues from across the Trust and have supported Teaching and Learning. I enjoy trips to the beach and farms with my energetic boys who are 6 and 10 years old!

AAT gov info Feb 2020 – KOPA & GPPA

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