Governor Profiles

 

 

Ian Bowman

Chair of Governors

 

I joined the Governing Body just over ten years ago on my retirement. Prior to this I had known the school through my work as a health and safety officer with the local authority. The role of Governor is to offer support to the pupils, parents and staff and to support and challenge the school leadership to ensure that we consistently delivering high standards and value for money. This is achieved through a variety of methods, such as being members of various sub committees such as finance, health and safety, human resources and taking part in learning walks and work scrutiny. I also aid developing and approving policies and strategic plans, interviewing and appointing appropriate staff. Part of my responsibility is to authorise the end of year accounts and to ensure we meet all of our legal obligations and I am accountable to the secretary of State for Education. I spend a good deal of my time in the school and I am proud to be part of such a vibrant, caring and forward thinking community.

 

 

Maggie Hadland

Vice Governor

Safeguarding Governor

 

I have been a Governor at KTS for several years now, and my main roles are Vice Chair of Governors and Governor responsible for safeguarding. Safeguarding is the most important aspect of providing good care for children, and having worked as a counsellor in schools I have first-hand experience of safeguarding issues. My other Governor roles include membership of the curriculum group and lead Governor on the headteacher's performance management group. Kevin is an inspirational head teacher but the most difficult aspect of performance review is getting him to do less! When the school achieved academy status I was very proud to be asked to be one of the Members of KTS and to play such an important role in the school. I spend a lot of time interviewing for new staff - our teaching and support staff do a great job and I enjoy making sure that we find the right people to join the team. I am currently involved in putting together a pack that will help newly appointed Governors to become familiar with the role. 

 

 

Frances Brown

KTS Trust Member

 

I became a Governor here not long after my daughter, Stephanie became a pupil at 11 years old.   I’ve been on several different committees over the past 17 years. I have seen and been part of a lot of changes. The School/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 exciting to be part of the team working behind the scenes and supporting each other. 

 

 

David Major

Associate Member

 

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 I feel when I walk into classes and different parts of the Academy such as the KTS+ – where I can recommend the high quality of service at the Friday café and the quality of the tea and scones!  I have been lucky to have been involved in education all my working life which is since last century! 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 very fortunate to have our three boys taught in excellent Redcar and Cleveland Schools and I hope to help ensure that other families have the same opportunity. Outside of schools and work I love walking the moors; mountain biking; live music, cooking and photography. Even at my age I am still learning lots of new things!

 

 

Mark Robinson

Co-opter Governor

 

I became a Co-Opted Governor at KTS in December 2016.  I was born in Brotton and during my childhood attended St Peter’s Primary and Warsett Secondary schools.  There was, at that time, a lot of interaction between the schools, given their proximity to each other, and this enabled me to see first-hand the huge and positive difference that KTS makes to the lives of the young people who attend. The academy 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 the academy to gain the excellent reputation that it has consistently enjoyed. 

 

 

Grant Hopkins

Co-opted Governor

 

I work in East Cleveland as Headteacher at Lockwood Primary School in Boosbeck, I have had the pleasure of working with the students and staff of KTS in various capacities over those years and when approached to become a Governor I jumped at the chance.  I live in Darlington with my wife and two children. Sport plays a big part in our lives and I coach rugby in the junior section of Darlington RFC if I’m not doing that I’m transporting my children to trampolining, judo, scuba diving, swimming, dancing, tennis or another sport they’ve started that week! I always enjoy visiting KTS and 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

Principal

 

I have been Headteacher at KTS for 14 years. During this time many changes have taken place. One of my roles is as Accounting Officer and I am responsible to the Academy Trust Board and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Another key area of my responsibility is as the Safeguarding lead professional and I am supported in this role by Deputy, Brian and Assistant Head, Sarah. I have 36 years teaching experience and KTS is by far the most rewarding school I have had the privilage to be a part of. I feel honoured to lead such a knowledgable, dedicated and caring staff team. I gain a great deal of satisfaction in watching our pupils and young adults mature and develop as they move through school. I believe it is important to offer a nurturing and learning  environment where everyone feels safe, respected and happy. I feel this together with a personalised approach, enables our children and young adults to be offered the best opportunities to develop both socially and academically, ensuring they have the necessary skills and confidence when they leave school.

 

 

Sarah Gunn

Staff Governor

 

I have been the Assistant Headteacher and staff Governor since September 2016. I have worked at KTS since 2005, working in many class groups and also as the Primary Phase Leader. I have been a teacher for over 19 years in both the mainstream and special education. My passion for working with children and 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 and when I used to visit the school as a child I thought it seemed so much fun!  I also saw the excellent work that the staff did to support Chris and our family through some challenging times.  This inspired me to want to make a difference for other children, young people and their families. These experiences confirmed for me just how rewarding helping someone make small steps of progress could be. So I am delighted to be working back where my journey with special education began.

 

 

Alex Betts

Staff Governor

 

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 two and a half years ago. This experience has given me a good understanding of the anxieties families face as our students at KTS approach their last years at school and are faced with choices about their future. I am passionate about creating opportunities for our young people. As part of the 16-19 study programme many of our students have meaningful work experience or are working on enterprise skills and this is helping them develop their work skills and giving them opportunities to find the right environment for them to develop and thrive in after they leave school. I have two young children and enjoy an active life out of school. I am only recently appointed as a Governor and am excited be working on Teaching & Learning and Curriculum.

 

 

Dawn Froom

Parent Governor

 

I have been a Parent Governor for a number of years.  I am on the Health & 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 children and marvellous staff.

 

 

Ruth Sherris

Parent Governor

 

I am a recently appointed Parent Governor and I am really excited and ready to embrace this role. I am looking forward in supporting this fantastic school and help the school move forward and improve. My son Luke is a pupil at KTS and he is 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 lifelong learning and have an interest in new and diverse approaches to learning. Professionally, I am a registered nurse working for a busy NHS trust. This gives me a good understanding of health issues and how individuals can be supported holistically in education. Working within a large organisation gives me an appreciation of local and national policies which impact on service delivery. I also understand the need for organisations to change and explore solutions and develop services. 

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