Governing Body

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Governing Body

The Governing Body of Ortu Gable Hall School is accountable in law and the Academy's Articles of Association.

It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of education within a safe environment.The aim of the Governors is to use the strengths within the Trust Member Academies to raise achievement for all students and to enhance the role of member schools as resources for the community. We are passionate advocates of the power of partnership working to transform both educational and social outcomes for children for the better. Together, we have the capacity to make a difference and are morally bound to do so.

This is why our model allows member schools the autonomy to lead and manage in a way that preserves their individual identity and responds to specific community needs, while unifying them through:

  • a shared vision and shared objectives and values
  • partnership working in key areas such as leadership, professional development and sharing best practice in pedagogy
  • a relentless focus on an exceptional quality of teaching and learning systemic change and the raising of aspirations and career planning

As with all schools, Ortu Gable Hall School Governing Body is made up of representatives of the Local Authority, parents, teachers and members of the local community.

The Governors are responsible for the general direction of the school. They take decisions concerning staffing, curriculum, and finance.

The full governing body meet at least once term to discuss the needs and achievements of the school.

Contacting the Governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Ian Buckmaster (info@ortu.org). Governors can be contacted through Ian, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

Current Governors

The Governing Body, which normally consists of eighteen members, is currently made up as follows:

Georgina Clark - Chair of Governors

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Trust   1/09/2016   Ex-Officio

Until 2012 Ms Clark was Public Affairs Manager at the Coryton Refinery Thurrock, where she was responsible for internal and external communications and community projects.  She led the Refinery's Schools Links programme which enabled her to work with teachers and students in several local schools (Corringham, Hassenbrook and Gable Hall included). This gave her useful insights into how important it is for industry and education to work together to shape the future employability of our young people.  Since the refinery closed, she has been a consultant with Witt O'Brien's, a company which trains organisations to have robust systems in place in the event of a major incident at their site. She is a passionate social champion for Stanford and Corringham and leads the organisation of the celebrated Annual Orsett Agricultural Show, which has run in this area since the 19th Century. Her areas of expertise are Public and Community Relations, Risk Management, Events management, and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (Primary School Phase).

 

Rob Harman - Vice Chair

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Trust   1/09/2016 n/a Ex-Officio

Born in Stanford Le Hope and a Hassenbrook Academy Alumnus, Mr Harman, has been a Gable Hall School Governor since 2005 and is a founding Member of the Stanford and Corringham Schools Trust. All his three children went through and succeeded in Gable Hall School. Mr Harman is Managing Director of his own small specialist printing components distribution and services company and is experienced in the management of companies and financial accountability. This business has a designated policy for charitable distributions for local families hit by economic and social hardships, including the local church where he leads the 24/7 Prayer Stanford Community. He brings with him a wealth of Small and Medium sized business expertise. He has an intimate understanding of accounting rules and regulations with which he is able to hold the Finance Director properly to account.
He is the Trustee with the most detailed knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of all the schools within the Trust, given the hours he volunteers as part of the Chaplaincy for students with Social and Emotional Barriers to Learning. He has multiple headteacher selection experience.

Sophina Asong - Director, CEO

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Trust CEO   1/09/2016 n/a Ex-Officio

Dr Asong joined Gable Hall School as Headteacher in April 2011 after 5 years as Deputy Headteacher and then Acting Headteacher at Forest Gate Community School in Newham, inner London. Holder of a doctorate in Education (Organisational (Systems) Management and School Improvement), her leadership style can best be described is as pacesetter, completer-finisher and shaper. A high achiever with a strong bent for distributed leadership, Dr Asong has since led the school through an early Academy conversion, a good Ofsted, a 5% rise in headline results to 71% 5+A*-CEM (2012), a jump in the school’s national ranking from 31st to 4th percentile (Value Added Best 8 (2012)) and an IIP Gold Award amongst others. She leads an experienced and highly motivated Senior Leadership Team

Clive Stokes (Principal) / Ceri Evans (Acting Principal)

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Principal   1/09/2016 n/a Ex-Officio

Christie Harman

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation     4 years Trust Board

Chris Georgiou - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation   1/10/2013 4 years Trust Board

 

Private Charity Fund Manager, City of London

 

Sally Feeney - Staff Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Staff   1/10/2013   Elected
With over 15 years of leadership and management experience, Sally has responsibility for inclusion (AGT/Ebacc, FSM, LAC, Minority Ethnic, Reengagement and the Vocational Pathway) and is an expert at matching curriculum provision to student intelligences. A qualified MFL, Sally has also taught a number of vocational courses including Health and Care, Public Services and Travel and Tourism, and has oversight of Careers and Guidance. She is an expert at closing the gap strategies and is currently involved in raising the achievement of white working class boys at Gable Hall. Sally is an expert at partnership working, chairs the Delivery Group of the Thurrock 11-19 Strategy, has led training in a number of Thurrock schools on vocational courses and their assessment methodology and works closely borough's Headteachers leading a borough-wide collaborative project to provide impartial IAG to young people across the borough. She manages the provision within the school’s new skills centre in partnership with South Essex College on the delivery, and neighbouring secondary schools (St Clere's and Hassenbrook)
 

Dave Stubbings - Parent Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Parent   1/10/2013   Elected

I am local, married with two boys, who have attended or is attending The Stanford & Corringham Schools Trust. I have worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years, currently in the Business Support Office within Material Planning & Logistics Department. I have been a Governor for 13 years initially at a local Primary School, before also joining the Gable Hall School Local Governing Body in 2012. It is not the intention for governors to be shadow education professionals. However my experience of 30 years in Logistics, 17 years in team supervision & 13 years of ever changing school governance has gone a long way to equip me with the detailed understanding of the many of the disciplines within education;
 - curriculum, finance, personnel & management etc., allowing me to support the Trust in ensuring all our children & staff reach their full potential in performing their best in a rewarding, safe & happy environment.

 

Joanne Tredgett - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation        

Sally Khawaja - Parent Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Parent     4 years Elected

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