Gusford is part of the Active Learning Trust. This is a multi academy trust and there is an Active Learning Trust Board who place a local governing body in each school to oversee the leadership of the school.
The Local Governing Body acts in accordance with the scheme of delegation agreed by the ALT Board. This scheme sets out what the Trust board asks the Local Governing Body to carry out on its behalf. In essence the role of the Local Governing Body (which should then underpin the work of the LGB) can be summarised as follows:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
The Active Learning Trust has further information on the links below:
Chair of Governors & Trust Governor
Duties: Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor; Declared interest: None; Term of Office: 4 years 14/07/20 - 13/07/24
I have worked for over 30 years in education in East Anglia; the last 15 of those at senior leadership level. My biggest accomplishment was creating One Sixth Form College as both Principal and Deputy Principal; this was a unique experience; opening a brand-new college in 2010, taking it to ‘Outstanding’ in 2015, (Ofsted 2015). Our pupils and staff must be at the forefront of the decisions we make, always mindful of financial stability, innovation and creativity. I am delighted to have been asked to be the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Gusford Primary School and will bring the same level of enthusiasm and commitment to this role as I have in my previous roles.
Vice Chair of Governors & Trust Governor
Duties: Vice Chair of Governors & SEND Governor, Behaviour & Attitudes and Personal Development; Declared interest: None; Term of Office: 4 years 03/09/20 - 03/09/24
I am pleased to join the Gusford School Governing Body to assist the Trust, the schools Senior Management team and the Governors to achieve its strategic and academic aspirations. Education is a passion of mine, and supporting the Governing body to strive to ensure our young people reach the highest academic standards, undertaken in a safe, caring and high quality learning environment is an aspirational goal. Within the educational sector, I have extensive Building Surveying experience, having worked for various local authorities on the maintenance, improvement and extension of educational buildings. In addition to this, my role presently is as Managing and Finance Partner for a private practice of Property Consultants. This role entails being responsible for the financial security and development of the business as well as dealing with Quality, H&S and Environmental compliance to the relevant international standards.
Duties: Quality of Education, Science & English; Declared interest: None; Term of office: 4 Years 03/12/18 - 02/12/22
I became a Trust Governor in December 2018. I am currently Acting Head at Ipswich High School in Woolverstone and previously I was Deputy Head with a focus on whole school academic performance and assessment. Previously, I have worked as a Head of Science and Head of Biology in both co-education and single sex, day and boarding schools in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and North London. I passionately believe that all pupils have the ability to do well, if given appropriate academic and pastoral support. I wanted to become a local school Governor because I want to give back something to the community that I live and work in. I have a particular interest in the academic side of schools, which is why I am pleased to be the Science and English link governor. I am keen to support the senior management team in helping ensure that all the pupils at Gusford Primary School have an excellent primary education.
Duties: Behaviour & Attitudes and Personal Development; Declated interest: ; Term of Office: 4 years; 14/07/20 - 13/07/24
I am delighted to have joined the Governors Body at Gusford in 2020. During my twenty year career I have been lucky enough to have worked with a number of trusts and schools on projects across Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. This has allowed me first hand insight and experience of a schools running and appreciation of the educational, budgetary and operational issues faced. My role in construction contract management has provided me a wide variety of different experiences having initially trained commercially before taking up an operational role with both National and Regional Contractors. I hope that I can use these skills and experiences to help the Gusford Family grow and continue to give the students the best start to life.
Duties: Quality of Education, Maths & Pupil Premium; Declared interest: None; Term of Office: 3 Years 24/01/18 - 23/01/21
I was elected as a parent Governor in January 2018. My career is as a Chartered Accountant specialising in solicitors so I am very used to regulation, targets, deadlines and paperwork and I have a good understanding of finances and reporting. I have two children in the school and like any parent I want the best for them. I joined the governing body as I believe we as parents and teachers have the responsibility to help all the children in the school gain the best start in life and I would like to use my skills to help achieve this. I’m keen to support the Head teacher and other staff to continue to improve the school to its full potential. I’m looking forward to learning more about the school as I continue in my role and to being part of its positive journey for the benefit of the children.
Duties: Early Years; Declared interest: None; Term of Office: 3 Years 14/07/20 - 13/07/23
I became a Parent Governor in June 2020. I work as a Practice Manager for a Wealth Management company. Prior to this, I have worked in retail banking undertaking various roles including Branch Manager, Area Manager, and project management in head office. Although I have never worked in education, I believe my skills and experience will be transferable and invaluable to the school. I welcome the opportunity to apply my experience of corporate governance and regulation; to add value to the board by asking probing questions and providing strategic direction; and to bring an understanding and viewpoint from a parent’s perspective. I have a son at Gusford, and I am very passionate about his learning and development. I believe every child deserves the best education to fulfil their potential and aspirations. I offer commitment, enthusiasm, and a desire to influence, and I very much look forward to helping the school achieve their objectives.
I joined the Governing Body at Gusford Primary School in March 2022. I am an engineering and programme management professional with a track record spanning 37 years. During my career I have led major engineering and regulatory compliance programmes with accountability for all aspects including budgets of over £30m. I have a strong interest in STEM subjects with a passion for physics, maths and electronics. Taking early retirement from my professional career during 2018 in order to focus on hobbies and voluntary work, I volunteered at the Suffolk One Sixth Form College for 3 years. My work focused on supporting the engineering teaching team and students by delivering some of the more analytical content of the Extended Diploma in Engineering. I feel privileged to have benefitted from outstanding education which is directly responsible for the life that my family and I now enjoy. Consequently, I am passionate about the need for high quality and equivalence of opportunity for all in education. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to assist the leadership and teaching professionals at Gusford in their provision of educational excellence for the young people of Ipswich.
Andrew has nearly twenty years’ experience in education in challenging settings. Beginning his teaching career in Inner city London before moving to Essex. Currently he is Principal of Stoke High School in Ipswich and has been at the school since January 2019. In this time the school has moved from twice previously being graded as Requires Improvement, to being graded Good in March 2022. As Deputy Principal he was part a team that secured Colchester Academy’s first Good from Ofsted in 24 years. He is also currently training as an Ofsted inspector and will start the role of Director of Secondary standards at a MAT in January 2023. Andrew holds an NPQH and is currently studying for an MBA in Educational Leadership at University College London. His undergraduate degree is in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Andrew lives in Suffolk with his wife and two young children.