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 Committee Membership Voting Rights Business Interests Other establishments they govern Any relations within the academy Key Area of Responsibility
Almut Beige TGAT 31/12/2021 Yes None BA None
Terry Elliott
(Governor Profile)
TGAT 31/12/2021 PPC Yes Judith Mary Elliot is a Director at Craft Centre & Design Gallery TGAT None
Jonathan Fyffe
(Governor Profile)
TGAT 31/12/2022 Yes None MNA None
Leanne Griffiths Executive Principal: 11-16 N/A Yes None BA, TFA, TMA, TRGA, BSA None
Peter Gruen
(Governor Profile)
TGAT 31/12/2021 Yes Business Interests with Leeds Playhouse (Enterprises) Ltd HA (Chair), RHA (Chair) and TGAT None
Sue Hawkshaw
(Governor Profile)
TGAT Governor 31/12/2022 Yes None TFA None
Lesley Jones
(Governor Profile)
TGAT Governor 31/12/2022 Yes None TFA None
Wayne Little
(Governor Profile)
TGAT Associate Governor 31/12/2021 Yes None None None Alternative Provision
Philip Long
(Governor Profile)
TGAT 31/12/2021 Yes Pending None None Health and Safety
Ben Mallinson Principal N/A Yes None None None
Simon McCarthy Executive Principal: Primary Education N/A Yes None HA, MNA, RA and RHA None
Debra Oxtoby
(Governor Profile)
Community Governor 31/12/2022 Yes None None None
Francesca Robinson TGAT 31/12/2021 Yes Pending TRGA (Chair) None Safeguarding
Christine Stopford
TGAT N/A No Pending None None
Sir John Townsley Chief Executive Officer N/A  PPM Yes None BA, TRGA, TFA, EHC, MNA, RA, HA, LTSA, TGAT, TMA and BSA None
Lisa Wainwright
(Governor Profile)
Community Governor 31/12/2022 Yes None TMA None

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