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 ten members, is currently made up as follows:

Sally Khawaja - Acting Chair of Governors

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Acting Chair     3/12/22 Elected

Sally works at a large London teaching hospital, and has been working there for over 19 years. Sally undertakes many different roles, which include, management of staff wellbeing, management of staff behaviour and conduct, leading on Education and Training programmes for Dental Care professionals, as well as delivering Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to patients experiencing severe dental anxiety and phobias.

This wide and vast experience, alongside her academic qualifications including a BSc Hons in Education & Training and MA in Management, assists Sally in contributing positively to the Education of children in the local community.

 

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

Christie Harman - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation     3/12/22 Federation

Christie Harman is a Marketing Manager and Social Media Consultant. Christie is a former pupil of Gable Hall School (the class of 2010) and served as a Chaplain (2013 – 2014).

Christie advocates that Schools operate at the frontline of societal change. A healthy school allows young people, families and businesses to greet the world around them with hope and confidence.

In Christie’s spare time its Chelsea all the way!

Clare Branton - Federation Governor

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

Clare Branton is Headteacher at Willowbrook Primary School.

In her spare time Claire is a Rugby mum and enjoys spending sundays mornings standing in the freezing rain, cheering on Brentwood Rugby Club! 

 

Joanne Tredgett - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation     21/02/22 Federation

As a former French Teacher, at Ortu Gable Hall, I have an ingrained passion for Teaching and Learning. Having taught pupils of ages 11-18, I was promoted to Advanced Skills Teacher, which used my love of teaching to support, guide and advise others, both in this school and other local Secondary Schools, to raise standards in education. I enjoyed the challenge of seeking strategies that would enable pupils to best access the curriculum and provide high aspirations for all, regardless of their starting point. Whilst my chosen subject was French, my real passion was providing individuals with the principles of learning, equipping them with the skills necessary for lifelong development.

I have also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity of volunteering in a local primary school, where I have supported small groups of younger children, which has served to provide a useful insight into an early phase of education.

As a parent to a pupil in year 10, a local resident, and an ex pupil of Gable Hall, I am personally committed to playing an active role in the ongoing success story of both the school and the sixth form.

Jaki Bradley - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation     29/04/24  

Mrs Jaki Bradely is Principal of Thurrock Adult Community College, the adult learning service for Thurrock residents. Jaki has worked in local authorities across the country in various roles from teaching to Senior Management and her passion is supporting people to achieve their ambitions through lifelong learning. Jaki has four grown up children that still keep her busy and is a keen sports addict. She loves ski-ing, running, hiking, windsurfing, cycling and dancing in particular and when time allows has been known to tread the local amateur dramatic boards.

Emily Folorunsho - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation     29/04/24  

Emily Folorunsho has been head of history in an inner London school. She is also a lead practitioner & History SLE . She has marked exams for OCR A level and is currently creating history resources for Oxford University Press and co-authoring a book for Collins. Emily loves history and is passionate about the next generation loving history. She has also led various CPD events nationally on the curriculum and has featured in edu books on retrieval practice. She is also an educational consultant for aticmedia who make media resources for Bitesize. Emily is very passionate about Teaching and learning.

Glen Hardwick - Federation Governor

Type of Governor Committee
Membership
Date of
Appointment
Term of Office Appointed by
Federation     27/01/24  

Glen Hardwick has worked in the ports industry for more than 30 years, starting as a cargo operative and subsequently worked his way through supervision and management grades to the present position of Head of Operations at London Container terminal , Tilbury docks.

In this role he has primary responsibility for the efficient running of the terminal , including Health and Safety, Planning functions , staff/ customer / contractor relations , finance, training and recruitment.

He works closely with the Port Of Tilbury training Academy and enjoys the process of giving people from all backgrounds the opportunity to start or progress careers within the port environment or other industries.

He is a member of the Chartered institute of logistics and transport since 2010 and believes in Traditional values, common sense decision making , practical advice and positivity.

He is married with two early teenage Children.

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