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Lealands High School

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Meet The Governors

STELLA AKIBOYE - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR (VICE CHAIR)

My name is Stella Akiboye and I am a Co-opted Governor, previously I was a parent 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.

 

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 a decade 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 15 years and continue to fulfill this role on an occasional basis, alongside my very full job at Lealands!

 

CARMEN CHILLOM - PARENT GOVERNOR  

My name is Carmen Chilom. I have a daughter in Year 9 at Lealands High School and a son at Leeds University. I have become a Parent Governor at Lealands High School with the aim of learning about secondary school systems and to understand the process in which it operates.

My knowledge in mental health and wellbeing will help me in the role as Governor and by working close together, we can make a difference for the school and the community. 

I am passionate about helping young people to achieve their best and I strongly believe that the value and importance of a well-balanced education and discipline today could shape the next generation. Although everyone learns in different ways and at various speeds, great things are achieved in the right environment and with the right motivation.

EDEL GILLESPIE - CO-OPTED GOVERNOR  

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 have 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 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.

 
CAROLINE LITTLER - PARENT GOVERNOR

My name is Caroline, I am a Parent Governer at Lealands. I grew up in poverty, on a Luton council estate and understand the struggles our families face. I am passionate about all children getting the best out of life. That requires having equality of access to resources to help that happen. 

For 12 years I was a governor at the school my older children attended. My youngest child is at Lealands and has special educational needs requiring an EHCP.

For her, achieving academic qualifications will always be a challenge. At Lealands I hope she will also be supported to acquire the other necessities of life such as integrity, social skills, friendships. The road I have taken to educate myself to support her, I would like to use to support all children at Lealands.

 
AMY SHERIDAN - FOUNDATION GOVERNOR (CHAIR)
My name is Amy Sheridan. I have been the Chair since September 2020. I previously worked at Lealands for 10 years as a Geography teacher and a Head of Year. I was also a staff governor as well as a Foundation governor. I now work at a school in Northampton as a Learning and Teaching Coach as well as a Geography and Sociology teacher. I became a governor as I wanted to have a key understanding of the school and to give something back to Lealands as well as the surrounding community. I grew up and 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. I look forward to another year of working on the Lealands Governing team.