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Meet The Governors


My name is Stella Akiboye and I am a Co-opted Governor. I chose to become a 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.



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!



My career in education spans more than 20 years. In that time, I have had a variety of positions; teacher, Local Authority consultant, Ofsted Inspector, Deputy Headteacher and since 2013 Headteacher of Leagrave Primary School.

At the time of my appointment the Parliamentary Review stated that “The reputation of the school was poor, teaching was inadequate and behaviour was challenging.” Through a drive and passion for learning Leagrave was awarded an outstanding judgement by Ofsted in December 2018. “The Head provides exceptional leadership. Teachers, leaders and governors hare her relentless determination to make sure all pupils succeed. Her high expectations result in excellent outcomes for all.”  LPS now stands in the top 3 % of schools nationally for progress and achievement.

As a newly appointed school governor I am committed to ensuring high aspirations for all the children attending Lealands as well as a commitment to achieving the best possible outcomes for all. I am prepared to give time, challenge, strategic leadership, skills and knowledge to create highly effective governance.


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.



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.