Ian Bowman

Chair of Governors

"Being a governor and chair is to support the school, pupils, parents and staff. This is done through governors who are members of various committees there are Committees for Health and Safety, Finance and Performance. These are set up to monitor the running of the Academy. I am Chairman of the full governing body meetings and there are some items I need to authorise such as policies, meetings and staff issues. I am also one of the three members who are "owners of the academy" as charitable company.

Maggie Hadland

Vice Governor

Safeguarding Governor

"I’ve been a governor at KTS for several years. I am a lecturer at Teesside University, and have a background in nursing and psychology. I am very proud to be asked to be one of the Members of KTS when we achieved Academy status, and as well as being link governor for Arts, my other governor roles include the Curriculum Group and the Head Teachers’ Performance Management. I recently took on the role of Governor responsible for safeguarding. I believe this to be a crucial aspect of providing good care for the children at KTS, and having worked as a counsellor in schools I have a good understanding of what the role entails."

Frances Brown

"I became a Governor here not long after my daughter, Stephanie became a pupil at 11 years old. (She’s 28 now!)  I’ve been on several different committees over the past 17 years. I have seen and been part of a lot of changes. The Academy has moved onwards and upwards, always finding ways to improve our pupil’s education with the support of our dedicated staff and leadership. It’s scary sometimes, but exiting to be part of the team working behind the scenes and supporting each other." 

David Major

"I am delighted to be a Governor of KTS as I think the Academy plays a remarkable part in the lives of young people, families and the community. I love the positive buzz when I walk into classes and different parts of the Academy such as KTS+. I can recommend the high quality of service at the café and the quality of the tea and scones! I have been lucky to have been involved in education all my working life. I am passionate about education changing lives and as Governor I am keen to help our exceptional teachers and support staff have the resources and support to continue to do the amazing job that they do. As a family we were fortunate to have our 3 boys taught in excellent Redcar and Cleveland Schools. I hope to help ensure that other families have the same opportunity. 

Mark Robinson

I became a Co-Opted Governor at KTS in Dec 2016. KTS has a vibrant and inclusive atmosphere and what always strikes me is how the provision of education is so focussed on the well-being and progress of the pupils as individuals. It is undoubtedly this approach, coupled with the dedication of the staff that has led KTS to gain the excellent reputation that it has consistently enjoyed. I am proud to be a part of KTS as a governor and to contribute in any way I can. 

Grant Hopkins

"For the last 9 years I have worked as Headteacher of Lockwood Primary School. I have had the pleasure of working with the Students and Staff of KTS in various capacities over the years and when approached to become a governor I jumped at the chance. I always enjoy visiting KTS and as a governor I am proud to see the hard work being undertaken by the dedicated staff and volunteers to improve the learning experiences for the students that they work with. KTS is an inspirational place to be at and if as a governor I can help maintain that and make it even better in a small way I’d be truly happy! "

Kevin Thompson

"As Headteacher of KTS Academy I am automatically a member of the Governing Body and I am one of the longest serving governors. One of my tasks is to present the ‘Headteacher’s Report’ to the Full Governing body which highlights the developments and successes we have had during the previous term. A key role of the Governing body is to challenge and support the senior leadership of the school. They certainly do an excellent job in holding myself and the senior leadership of the school to account. I feel  privileged and very proud to be Headteacher of such a wonderful school.

Sarah Gunn

I have been the Assistant Headteacher at KTS and staff governor since September 2016. I have worked at KTS since 2005, working in many class groups within Lower School and as the Primary Phase Leader. My passion for working with young people with special needs comes originally from my own family. My brother Chris, who is now 38 years old, has a genetic condition called Tuberous Sclerosis, he also has Epilepsy and Autism. Chris was once a pupil at what is now KTS. I saw the excellent work that the staff did to support Chris and our family through some challenging times. I am also the Deputy Safeguarding Lead and met a lot of our families during their child's EHCP transfer meetings.  

Alex Betts

My name is Alex Betts and I am a teacher at KTS+, with responsibility for the Preparing for Adulthood agenda. I have been a teacher for 16 years, working with young people with SEN for most of that time. I came to KTS Academy from a background of Further Education, where alongside my teaching I was responsible for the transition of students into college from school. This experience has given me a good understanding of the anxieties families face as our students approach their last years at school and are faced with choices about their future. As a governor, I am excited be working on Teaching & Learning and Curriculum.

Dawn Froom

My name is Dawn Froom and I have been a parent Governor for a number of years. I am on the Health and Safety Committee and I am proud to be part of a wonderful school. My daughter, who has autism, has attended this school since she was 9 years old. I also help to raise funds for the “Friends Association” by providing a school disco throughout the year. This has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of the children and marvellous staff.

Fiona Heslehurst

I am mum to Leah in green class. I have seen first-hand how the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff throughout KTS can have a positive impact on a child’s life. We chose KTS because of the warm feeling we got on our initial visit. We were greeted by many of the young people and staff and felt that the atmosphere set it aside from other schools. I am part of a local support group for families of children with special needs and run a website and online support forum for families affected by Kleefstra Syndrome. I would love to represent families views as I believe a great relationship between the family and school is key to providing education and opportunities for our young people.

Ruth Sherris 

I am appointed Parent Governor and I am excited and ready to embrace this role. I am looking forward to working with the other governors in continuing to maintain this fantastic school as well as looking how we move forward and improve. My son Luke is a pupil at KTS academy, in purple class. We wanted Luke to come to KTS as we were impressed by its relaxed, inclusive and individual approach to education. I am passionate about life Long learning and have an interest in new and diverse approaches to learning. Working within a large organisation gives me an appreciation of local and national policies which impact on service delivery.

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