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Local Governing Body (LGB)

Our Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about our Academy governors and the work of the Academy governing body.

The Academy governing body is totally committed to supporting the Academy in our quest for continual improvement. We believe that by working together, and always expecting the best, we can attain the highest possible standards of our students developing our aim of learning for life.

The Governor's role:

As governors we have three roles:

◦       To be strategic not operational

This involves understanding and addressing what is best for the Academy in the context of current Government Policy most particularly for today but also with an eye on the future.

◦       To act as a critical friend in the development of the Academy

This means knowing the academy and asking good questions that search out what is really going on.

◦       To be accountable

Accountable to students and parents particularly but also to the whole Academy community.

Working together:

Our Academy vision is:

To be an outstanding education facility’

This is about everyone - parents, staff, governors and the wider Academy community - working in partnership to ensure that every student can be successful and reach their full potential.

To achieve this, and to carry out our role as governors effectively, we need to:

◦       Know what issues are important to you, so that we remain responsive.

◦       Ensure that you know what issues the governors are discussing, so that we remain accountable.

Keeping in touch:

The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of Academy life.   After you have gone through the normal Academy channels, if you have a concern or a point of view to share, please come and speak to us. 

There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us.  We can be contacted by letter, telephone or e-mail through the academy, and there will be specific opportunities throughout the academy year to hear from you and keep in touch.

Becoming a Governor

Being an Academy governor is an important role, but you do not need to have knowledge or experience of the world of education.  What you do need to bring is: an ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly a willingness to spend what time you can offer getting involved in Academy life.

What is important for the Academy, is that individual governors have different skills that when added together make up a well-rounded team.  Our governors spend time each month contributing to Academy life: attending meetings, undertaking training, visiting the Academy, participating in Academy events and much more.

The most important thing to note is that governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the academy and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Academy governor, please get in touch with any of our governors or via the website.

How we work

The full governing body meets at least once during each school term and it makes the key decisions. To help with its work, the governing body has established a Finance & General Purpose sub-committee to which certain responsibilities have been delegated. This committee also meet once a term normally before the full governors meeting so that they can feed back the work they have been doing to the full board.

As well as these meetings, governors visit the Academy when the students are there, at least once each term, to find out how the Academy works, to meet staff and students and to get to know them.  Each governor in addition has a specific area of interest such as: Teaching & Learning, Achievement, Behaviour and Safety, Special Educational Needs, Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural (SMSC) and Leadership & Management.

Members of The Priory City of Lincoln Academy Governing Committee come from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Below you will find a short biography of each of our Governors. Please click on the following link for details of appointments and attendance:

Governing Body Details and Attendance September 2016

Governing Body Details and Attendance September 2017

Michael Baker (Chair)
Michael is a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force, who is currently working at BAe Warton near Preston as a Typhoon Requirements Manager. He was born in Sheffield and went to school in nearby Rotherham where he sat the then 'new' GCSE qualification in 1988. After completing his 3 A-Levels at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology, he went to Liverpool University to study Physics. After graduating from University, he joined the RAF in 1993 to train as a pilot. Whist serving in the RAF he has flown both the Harrier and Tornado GR4 in combat ops over Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is married to Sarah and has 2 children who both attend LSST. A keen sailor, he is currently studying for his Yachtmaster Coastal qualification."

Sharon Osborne (Vice-Chair)
Sharon is a parent Governor from Lincoln where she grew up, she has moved away but is always drawn back to Lincoln. Her daughter started at The Priory City of Lincoln Academy in September 2013, and she wanted to be more involved in academy life, where she could offer her experience. Sharon works full time as a Staff Nurse in A&E where she is also a union representative and is currently the Chair of the North Lincolnshire branch of the Royal College of Nursing.

Lynda Turton
Lynda was born in Lincoln and attended South Park Grammar School from 1964 to 1969.  She has one son born in 1978, two daughters born in 1980 and 1983 and three granddaughters. On leaving school she worked for Lincolnshire County Council and then whilst raising her family she became a Registered Childminder and also worked in the family building firm. On returning to full time work she became a Childminding Development Worker and currently, she is back working for Lincolnshire County Council.  Lynda has been a school governor for over 20 years, initially at Sir Francis Hill School and then at Ancaster High School (Now Priory Witham Academy.) In 2010 she also joined The Priory City of Lincoln Academy Governing Committee.

Paul Holmes
Paul was born in the Northeast of England, he studied Electronics and Software Engineering at Newcastle University, after graduating he joined the Royal Air Forces in 1999 as an Aircraft Technician and currently works at RAF Waddington. He is married with three sons, he and his family are actively involved in Scouting with him also being a leader and Executive Committee member at 10th Lincoln Scout Group.

Scott Bainbridge (Parent Governor)

Julie Woodward (Staff Governor)

Emma Jorden (Staff Governor)

Richard Trow (Headteacher)

The Governors can be contacted through the Clerk to the LGB, Mrs Hodgson, via any of the means below:

Telephone: +44 (0)1522 882800

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