Governors

Meet our Governors

To contact any of the academy governors below please email governance@osparade.co.uk

Chair of Governors – Jason Howard

Dr Jason HowardDr Howard is a Regional Director for Ormiston Academies Trust. Before this, he was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors, employed by Ofsted. Prior to that, he worked as a headteacher in Lincolnshire and has held a variety of senior leadership and other roles in schools and academies rated ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Dr Howard is a historian who completed his doctorate at Cambridge University.

Vice Chair of Governors – Emma Cooling

Emma Cooling My name is Emma Cooling and I am the Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning and Professional Development at Ormiston Maritime Academy.

I also teach Geography and am very passionate that students have many opportunities to experience and explore differing environments and cultures.

I am a firm believer in the power of Education in transforming lives and I work tirelessly to ensure all students gain the skills and qualifications they need to lead a happy and successful lives and to make a positive contribution to society.

I am delighted to be a Governor and Vice Chair of Governors at OSPA and supporting the excellent work of the Principal and her team.

Community Governor – Julie Moore

Julie MooreIn my professional life I am Vice Principal for Curriculum at the Grimsby Institute Group with a strategic lead for quality, e-learning and employability – which keeps me very busy!

I’m passionate about the use of technology to enhance learning – today’s learners are ‘Generation Z’ and have grown up with the internet and social media and a challenge for educators is to engage them in increasingly innovative ways.

In my personal life I am married with two grown up children and 3 year old granddaughter, Isabella, who is soon to become a big sister. Watching Isabella grow and learn and become a confident, curious little girl has awakened my interest in early years and foundation education and the psychology of learning. I can’t wait to see what she will do next.

I am excited about my governor role at OSPA and look forward to supporting the excellent work of Jane and her team.

 

Parent Governor – Justyna Podsiedzik

Justyna PodsiedzikMy name is Justyna Podsiedzik and I am a Parent Governor. I am also a Sales and Office Manager for Chapmans Seafood ltd as well as part owner of a consultancy company that specialises in sports performance. Achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management has given me a lot of confidence and experience.

I have a daughter in Year 2 and just like every other parent at South Parade Academy I want the very best for my child. I want her to be happy, confident and become the very best she can be. It is my desire to make the school as approachable as possible to parents and children alike, as well keeping the reputation in the local community as high as possible. I’m always happy to have a chat so if you see me around and want to ask me anything feel free.

 

Parent Governor – Richard Powell

Richard PowellI have 3 children, two are now grown up but Holly is 8 and currently in year 3 at Ormiston South Parade Academy. Holly enjoys school and it is a joy to watch her learning and growing into a mature well rounded individual.

I run a telephone company, a virtual personal assistant service and have a photo gift business, so I am experienced in all aspects of running a business. Education is something I value more and more as time goes by and I wish I had made more of the opportunities available to me when I was at school. To this end I have taken on the chair of the Curriculum And Standards Committee with a view to helping the school maintain pupil engagement in the learning process. I also sit on the Finance And Resource Committee and hope that the skills I learnt running my own businesses can be of use.

I am firmly of the view that Ormiston South Parade Academy is a great school and is still improving and I hope I can have a positive impact in helping to maintain this continual improvement.


Staff Governor – Jackie Allington

Jackie Allington

I have worked for the school for the past 16 years in various roles and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  For the past seven years I have been in my current role as Family Link Worker/ Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.  I have responsibility for safeguarding children and assisting families within the community for a variety of reasons.  I am extremely passionate about supporting families and their children in achieving their aspirations and ambitions.   Since the school transition to OAT academy, I have seen and been part of many wonderful achievements.  I am now delighted to be part of the Governing body as a Support Staff Governor and will look forward to assisting the academy to continue to achieve all of our aims and visions for the future.

 

Staff Governor – Jonathan Preston

Jonathan PrestonMy name is Jonathan Preston and I am currently a teacher in Year 5. With a twenty-year career working in local schools (sixteen of which have been based at South Parade), I now look forward to contributing ideas and making decisions on a wider scale than just in the classroom.

Having built up excellent professional relationships with all colleagues across the spectrum of the academy, I feel proud that I have been given the opportunity to represent the staff and contribute on a variety of issues which will have a positive impact on our academy and the community it serves.

 

Why does the Academy have a Governing Body?

The Academy has a Governing Body to ensure that the Academy has the capacity to improve and raise overall standards. Ofsted considers the governing body to be part of the leadership and management of the Academy. However, governors do not manage the Academy. That is the job of the Principal and management team. Governors are there to be “a critical friend” to the Principal and the Academy, to promote high standards of educational achievement and to ensure efficient leadership.

How do the Governors achieve this?

The Governors achieve this by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Principal 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 to make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

Who can be a school governor?

The role of a school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. You don’t have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations. What’s really important is that you have energy, enthusiasm, time and a real desire to help provide children with the best possible education.
Governors come from all sections of the community, and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents in the locality or representatives of local churches or businesses. They must be able to work as part of a team and show commitment to the school.

Governance Scheme of Delegation

Click here to download our Governance Scheme of Delegation.

Application forms are available at www.ormistonacademiestrust.co.uk/vacancy/governors
Further information is also available at www.ormistonacademiestrust.co.uk.

For further information, please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.

Governor Date of appointment Additional Position Category Appointed by Term of office Committees served on Relevant business interests Attendance
Jane Nolan March 2014 Principal Sponsor OAT 4 years All None 100%
Jason Howard September 2016 Chair of Governors OAT All Employee of OAT, Governor at George Salter Academy, Meadows Academy, Bourne Grammar School 100%
Emma Cooling July 2016 Vice Chair of Governors Community Employee of Ormiston Maritime
Julie Moore May 2016 Community None
Justyna Podsiedzik November 2015 Parent Parents 4 years Resources None 100%
Richard Powell June 2015 Parent Parents 4 years Curriculum & Standards.
Finance
None
Jackie Allington Jan 2017 Family Link Worker Staff Staff
Jonathan Preston September 2016 Staff Staff None

Governors who have served in the previous 12 months:

Governor Date of appointment Additional Position Category  Appointed by Date of leaving Committees served on Relevant business interests Attendance
Lee Lister May 2016 Community 20.04.17 None
Nicky Brown October 2012 SEND Staff Staff 01.01.17 Curriculum & Standards None
Liz Talmadge Sept 2015 Chair/
Safeguarding
Sponsor OAT 07.09.16 All Consultant to OAT 75%
Nick Nawrockyi Oct 2013 Vice Chair Community OAT 07.09.16 All None
Stephanie Harper Oct 2012 Staff Staff 07.09.16 Resources None
Karl Gabbitas Oct 2012 Chair Sponsor OAT 24.08.15 All None
Geraldine Wilson Oct 2012 Parent Parents 29.09.15 None
Matthew Ward Mar 2015 Community OAT 09.12.15 None None