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Meet The Governors

STELLA AKIBOYE

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

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  

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.

GOWRI DEP

I work for the University of Bedfordshire, School of Science. I am a Parent Governor and I joined the Governing Body when my daughter enrolled at Lealands two years ago.

This role provide an insight into how the school functions as a whole. It also provides an opportunity to give input as a parent and be part of the continuous efforts made by staff to improve our children’s education. As a past pupil at Lealands and now as a parent, I look forward to working closely with staff and other parents to maintain the high standards of our school.

 

ANGELA HERBERT  

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.

 

 

 

ALTAF HUSSAIN

What is leadership to me? A Cool Head: Warm Heart approach...

I am proud to be Vice Chair of Lealands Secondary School and also Deputy Principal at Luton Sixth Form College. I work closely with an excellent team of leaders at both institutions and have the honour and privilege of working with and learning from some outstanding people while driving and leading strategy for a diverse range of areas. These include curriculum improvement/ student outcomes, teaching and learning, student recruitment, examinations, student services, customer services, equality and diversity, safeguarding, careers, counselling, tutorial, marketing, PR and media and community relations.

In addition, I am continually improving all that we do as part of our quality assurance cycles- we do the simple things with brilliance while ensuring we have a values driven leadership model. Does it work? Yes, but there is always more to do if you want to be the best secondary school and the best sixth from college in the UK. I am also the College Ofsted nominee, senior safeguarding lead and Trustee for the Level Trust Programme as well as an active participant in the Malawi Charity Project (visiting our partner schools in Blantyre and, with our volunteer students/staff teaching and working with some of the poorest families in the world - incredibly satisfying and humbling in equal measures).

 

SYD KNIGHT

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

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

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.