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Lealands High School

Lealands High School

Aspire Believe Achieve

Meet The Governors

HINAA AHMED - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

My name is Hinaa Ahmed and I am a self-employed Foot Health Practitioner working in Luton. I have been running my own business since 2011 and enjoy working with the town’s diverse communities.

I have taken this opportunity to join the Governing Body as I am extremely passionate about every child’s right to great education. I believe every child is unique and will succeed with the right investment, support, guidance and environment. I also want to take this opportunity to give something back to the community and the school; as I attended Lealands High School and so have my children.

I endeavour to invest my time, skills and knowledge to ensure Lealands High School continues to strive on its motto of Aspire, Believe and Achieve. 

I continuously like to challenge myself. I have taken part in events such as the The London Winter 10K, The Bournemouth Half Marathon, 25km and 50km treks in the Peak District and the Brecon Beacons and have climbed Snowden, Scafell Pike, Kinder Scout and Pen y Fan and am always looking forward to my next adventure.

STELLA AKIBOYE - PARENT GOVERNOR

My name is Stella Akiboye and I am a Parent Governor. I chose to be a Parent Governor to give something back to my community and to make a positive contribution to the school my sons attend. I believe I can support Lealands Leadership Team with its direction and its future, working with the Headteacher to improve behaviours, performance and standards throughout the school.

My background is in Human Resources and I have a broad experience of dealing with people in various situations and at different levels. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, swimming, meeting up with my friends, reading and travelling.

 

JOHN BURRIDGE - HEADTEACHER

I am a Governor by virtue of my role as Headteacher. Although a full member of the Governing Body, there are some governor duties I cannot take on due to being a school employee and Headteacher (e.g. I cannot sit on appeals panels). I have been Headteacher at Lealands for over six years as we have taken the school on a journey of transformation, both physically with major refurbishment, but also in terms of our approaches, ethos and outcomes. I am proud of all we have achieved and that which is yet to come. Lealands is now a thriving, oversubscribed, high achieving school with an excellent Ofsted report. Prior to joining Lealands, I worked as a senior school improvement advisor. My background is in English teaching, having previously been a Head of English and Deputy Headteacher. I have been an inspector for Ofsted for over 10 years and continue to fulfill this role on an occasional basis, alongside my very full job at Lealands!

 

LUKE DAVIS - STAFF GOVERNOR  

I currently work as a Teacher of Humanities specialising in Geography at Lealands. I became a Governor because I strongly believe in every young person receiving a highest standard of education and every student climbing the mountain to their successes. Lealands invested in me when I was a student at the school and now I am extremely proud to be giving something back to the school and the community.

I grew up and now live in Luton and I am really proud of the diverse town we live in. Previous to joining Lealands I spent some time living in Dubai I can now use this experience to help continue developing our school and also share good practice among the Governing Body.

Being a Governor has helped me in my everyday teaching as I now see the whole picture of the school. I am looking forward to what the next academic year will bring.

ANGELA HERBERT -  PARENT GOVERNOR (VICE CHAIR)  

Role/Position: I joined the Governing Body of Lealands High School as a Parent Governor  when my daughter became a pupil in Year 7.

I have three older children and was also a Parent Governor at Ferrars Infant School for several years where I attended various governor training courses and also chaired the Finance and Premises committee.

I feel passionately about all children being able to fulfil their potential and I recognise the importance that education, and the environment in which that education takes place, has on the successful development of children.

Skill/Areas of Interest: Finance; Gifted and Talented; Health and Safety.
Employment: I currently work as a School Business Manager at a local primary school. I’ve also worked with a local children’s/young people’s charity, CHIUMS.

Hobbies/Interests: I love cycling, Pilates, music, walking my dog and spending time with my family and friends.

 

 

 

SYD KNIGHT - LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR

I have been a Governor of Lealands High School for the past 40 years now on and off having been appointed by the local LEA.

My background is a tale of two parts. My first career was in engineering which I did for 22 years. However, having been active in community work in Luton for many years and very passionate about it, I decided to become a social worker.

I started off by becoming a generic social worker dealing with child care and geriatric issues. I then spent many years in dealing with the learning disabilities group before moving through the ranks and becoming an AMHP.

On a whole, my professional knowledge and my community work have given me not only a wide range of experience but also the understanding and empathy particularly for those groups of people in the deprived areas of our society.

 

AMY SHERIDAN - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR

My name is Amy Sheridan. I am Head of Year 10 and a teacher of geography. I have worked at Lealands since 2010. I was a staff governor and I am now a Foundation governor. I became a governor as I wanted to have a key understanding of the running of a school and to give something back to Lealands as well as the surrounding community. I grew up and now live in Northampton and have worked with outstanding governing bodies in Northamptonshire to share good practice so that our governing body can provide an excellent level of support for Lealands. As many of you are already aware, I love travelling to different parts of the world. This definitely helps me in my day to day teaching. I also volunteer at my local night shelter where many of you kindly donated clothes and different items to. I look forward to another year of working on the Lealands Governing team.

 

PAUL TROUGHTON - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR (CHAIR)

I became a Parent Governor at Lealands in May 2008 at that time my son was attending the school, just like every other parent and carer at Lealands, I really want the students to get the best possible education; be happy and confident in their environment; and for the school to continue improving.

I continued to be a Governor once my child had left as I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve their potential and I believe strongly that this is the ethos of our school. I have lived locally with my wife for over 30 years. My knowledge and expertise helps me in my role as Governor and I believe that by working together with school staff and the rest of the Governors, we can make Lealands the best it can be.

I have always had a keen interest in the academic achievements of pupils and also the necessary support needed in order for every child to succeed. The future is bringing many changes to education and I hope to support Lealands High School to continue to provide an excellent start in life for all its pupils.