Local Governing Body

To receive a copy of the latest meeting minutes, please email Jo Ingle, Clerk to the Governors on governors@ganf.org.uk
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Pam Powell
Chair of Governors

I am very pleased to be a member of the local governing body for GANF and to be their Chair of Governors. 
I have also been Chair of Governors at Woodlands Academy in Spilsby, Lincolnshire, for a number of years.
I retired as a Headteacher in 2009 after working for forty years in a variety of Lincolnshire Primary Schools. I was particularly interested in early years education and special needs education, during my teaching career.
Since retirement I am able to spend more time on my hobbies of quilting, reading and gardening and most importantly, spend as much time as possible with my three young grandchildren.
I enjoy supporting the dedicated team of people who are working hard for the benefit of all the young people attending GANF schools. I am impressed by the standards achieved in the schools and the ethos of care and support displayed. My aim is to enable this to continue.
Laura Dodd
Vice Chair
Alison Paxton
Parent Governor
I am a proud mother to my ten year old daughter who has severe Epilepsy, Autism, Global Developmental Delay and Sensory Processing Disorder. She has attended Sandon School for the last five years and the school has become a fundamental part of our support network. I have been involved with GANF for much of this time, helping to raise funds and awareness as an active member of The Friends of Sandon and Ambergate.
I am employed part time as a Display Representative, and much of my spare time is devoted to Grantham Museum, an educational charity run by volunteers of which I am a Director and Trustee.
I consider it a privilege to be appointed as a Parent Governor and look forward to contributing to GANF's continued success.
Pauline Brownlow
Community Governor
Kate Scheel
Community Governor
I work for Lincolnshire LA as an Early Years Curriculum Adviser. This role includes supporting early years settings, both within the maintained and non-maintained sector, in developing provision and improving quality and standards.
I am a qualified teacher with over 8 years teaching experience, mainly within EYFS and Key Stage 1. During my last teaching post in a rural Lincolnshire school, I held the position of teacher governor.
I have a secure understanding of the role of inspection in raising standards as I previously worked for Ofsted as an Early Years inspector covering the Midlands region.
I am committed to supporting Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship in improving outcomes for all children and I am particularly keen to further develop my role as EYFS governor.
Lisa Freestone
Staff Governor
I have worked at the Fellowship for approximately two years. I am employed as a Teaching Assistant, mainly supporting pupils in the 14-19 age group. My other roles in school are to ensure the smooth running of school assemblies and the pupil reward system. 

I am a local girl with two children of my own. I know Grantham and the local community very well. 

Off duty I lead a busy social life and like to spend time on my greatest passion which is renovating old furniture and seeking out antiques. 

I am dedicated to GANF and very keen to support the children and the school in any way I can. I am eager to offer my time and knowledge so that all our pupils across the Fellowship have the opportunity to reach their individual potentials in a safe, nurturing environment. 

I am looking forward to welcoming all the challenges of being a staff governor.

Katie Bennington
Parent Governor
I am originally from Cambridgeshire where I lived and went to school up until the age of 17. I now live in Grantham and I am married with a child.  My son is 8 and is severely autistic, with his first method of communication being Makaton (language programme).

After looking around Ambergate and Sandon with regard to meeting my son’s educational needs, I was amazed with the way the school was run. My son began his education with GANF and soon after I began volunteering within the organisation. I have now been here for over three years and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it. I now work part time in the admin team and continue to work as a volunteer in my spare time.

Since the year 2000 I studied and worked within the care sector, mainly in a senior capacity within nursing, residential and domiciliary care settings.  I have gained many qualifications within this field, attended many training courses and gained valuable experience.

I have had the privilege of becoming a parent governor and I am enjoying the role and the challenges it brings.  It is an honour to be a part of what is already a very successful team.  I welcomed the role as it would give me an opportunity to have an input into developing the school and to watch it grow throughout my son’s educational development.

Jo Ingle
Clerk to the Governors
I have been clerking since 2010 when I was appointed Assistant Clerk at Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School.  As the organisation expanded, my role grew and I now clerk for the C.I.T. Trust Board meetings and both Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship and Isaac Newton Primary School's Local Governing Bodies.

My interest in clerking started when I became Clerk to the Parish in the village where I live.  This then extended to clerking in education at a number of schools. 

I have previously worked for Lincolnshire County Council in a number of roles including Administration and Residential Work.

My hobbies include horse riding and maintaining my garden.

To contact the governors in the first instance, please email Jo Ingle, Clerk to the Governors: governors@ganf.org.uk