Dear Parents/Carers

From 1 September 2020 we are changing the way our academies and college are governed. Please see the letter below for details of the new arrangements and the members of the new Local Governing Body.

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May I welcome you to the Governance section of The Stephen Longfellow Academy website.

Following our very successful first year of existence in temporary accommodation, the academy is now located in its new and permanent state of the art building with its excellent teaching professionals and support staff.

We are proud to support our students in recognising their own potential, many of whom have re-entered education within our Alternative Provision setting.

As a Local Governing Body, we are responsible for ensuring that along with the Senior Leadership Team, Teaching Staff and Support Staff, we deliver exceptional teaching, learning and experiences for our students. In doing this we will ensure that each individual student is encouraged to achieve their personal goals which should enable them to move on to the next stage of their education or employment.

The Local Governing Body membership has a diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience gained within a variety of professions within politics, education, business and public organisations. This mixture of competent people will ensure that the academy delivers on its goals and objectives through effective challenge and support to the Senior Leadership Team, Teachers and staff body.

Leadership across the academy (whether it be academy Senior Leaders or Governors), will be open and honest in its approach when communicating with its stakeholders.

This year the Local Governing Body has set itself an objective to engage Parent/Grandparent/Carer involvement in the governance of the academy. I would like to encourage any one or more of our student’s families to join our empowered Local Governing Body. If you are interested, then please contact me through the academy and I will happily discuss with you how to become involved in shaping our provision and how best to utilising your own experience, skills and knowledge.

Many thanks for taking time to read this section of our website.

Philip C Long
Chair of Governors

Name Category End of Term of Office Area of responsibility Voting Rights Declaration of Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy 2018/19 Attendance 2019/20 Attendance 2020/21 Attendance
Karen Lawson Chair TGAT 31/08/2022 SEND Yes None BA/TFA Daughter (Admin Assistant) 5/5 4/4 1/1
Philip Long
(Vice Chair)
TGAT 31/08/2022 Health & Safety Yes None None None 0/1
Claire Smith Community 31/08/2022 CIAG Yes None SCITT None 4/5 3/4 0/1
Adam Ryder Principal n/a No None BSA/TRGA None
Charles Boothroyd TGAT 31/08/2022 T&L / Curriculum Yes None None None 5/5 4/4 1/1
Ian Craigen Staff 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 3/5 4/4 1/1
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 Education n/a Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA None
Mark Robinson Parent 17/03/2024 Mental Health & wellbeing;
Yes none None none 3/3 1/1
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer n/a Yes None BA/TFA, BSA/TRGA, MNA/RA, HA/RHA, SCITT, TGAT Board None
Victoria Clayton Parent 14/05/2023 Safeguarding (incl e-safety)
Policy Committee
Yes None None None 2/2 4/4 1/1
Almut Beige Community 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 2/3 1/5 0/1
Wayne LIttle STaff 31/08/2022 Yes None None None 4/5 4/5
Debbie Oxtoby Community 31/12/2022 Pupil Premium;
Yes None None None 4/4 4/5 1/1
Francesca Robinson TGAT 31/08/2022 Safeguarding (incl e-safety);
Mental Health & wellbeing
Yes None BSA/TRGA None 2/5 4/5 1/1
Matthew Tune Community 01/10/2023 Health & Safety Yes None None None 3/5 1/1
Andrew Foster Principal n/a No None None None

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