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The Local Governing Body (LGB) is made up of volunteers who commit their time to work alongside the leadership team of the school to play an important part in raising school standards.

The LGB has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.

The LGB meets regularly to meet these functions and other responsibilities. The governors also visit the school to ensure they understand what is happening and to monitor and evaluate the impact of actions. Governors can be contacted through the school.

Chair of local governing body

Name Appointed by From To
Dawn Jotham LGB 24/06/2019  23/06/2023
 

Local governors

Name of governor

Appointment type

Appointed by

Responsibilities

Term of office start

Term of office end

Sara-Jayne Fletcher

Principal

Ex-officio by virtue of office as Principal

- Pupil Premium

23/08/2017        

 

Dawn Jotham Community (Chair) LGB

- Chair of LGB

- Behaviour and Attitudes

24/06/2019   23/06/2023

Luciano Sepede

Staff

LGB

- Attendance

01/10/2016        

30/09/2024

Rakesh Naik

Community

LGB

- Safeguarding

01/10/2016        

30/09/2024

Donna Hatcher

Parent

LGB

- SEN/LAC/PLAC

 

07/08/2019        

06/08/2023

Eleanor Shaw

Community

LGB

- Finance

- Health and Safety

01/09/2020

31/08/2024

Ben Sharpe

Community LGB   30/10/2020 29/10/2024

Historic (left within the last 12 months)

Heather White

Parent LGB   09/03/2020

Resigned: 01/03/2021

Joy Allman Community (Chair) LGB   01/10/2016  

31/12/2020

Miranda Cannon

Community

LGB

 

01/10/2016        

30/09/2020

In addition, the Governing Body is supported by a Clerk, Rebecca Miles. Rebecca is not a voting member of the Governing Body.


About the Governors

Sara-Jayne Fletcher

Governor Type:
Principal

Date Appointed:
23 August 2017

 

I became Principal at Babington Academy in 2017.  I have however been part of the Babington journey since 2008 initially as Faculty Leader for physical education, performing arts, DT and art moving onto the senior team in 2010.  Previously to working at Babington Academy I worked in two secondary schools in Leicestershire.  I feel that it is an honour to lead a school blessed with such a diverse community and relish the opportunity that this role presents to make a real difference.

Rakesh Naik

Governor Type:
Academy Governor

Date Appointed:
1 October 2016

Appointment Ceases:
30 September 2024

Rakesh is a teacher/manager with a breadth of experience in behaviour change, safeguarding, learner finance and tutorial management across whole institutions. He currently heads up the Pastoral provision at Regent College and is the safeguarding lead there. Rakesh is passionate about the impact of educational research and in particular how schools and colleges can, and have, narrowed attainment gaps with learners who have faced the most disadvantage.

Rakesh is also the Safeguarding Governor.

Other Business Interests

Regent College - Head of Progress

Dawn Jotham

Governor Type:
Community (Chair)

 

Date Appointed:
24 June 2019

Term of Office:
4 Years

Appointment Ceases:
23 June 2023

Dawn has worked in the education sector for fifteen years. She has extensive experience in safeguarding, pastoral and wellbeing of children and young people in practice and research.

Dawn has a Master’s degree in Childhood and Youth Studies from The Open University and is currently working towards a Masters in Safeguarding in an International Context.

In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, watching rugby and in the ‘good old days’ exploring new places

Other Business Interests

None

Luciano Sepede

Governor Type:
Academy Governor

Date Appointed:
1 October 2016

Appointment Ceases:
30 September 2024

Luciano has been a teacher for sixteen years, fourteen of those at Babington. After beginning his working life as a journalist, he entered education with the principal hope of improving the scholastic achievement of young people.

Luciano has watched Babington grow enormously during the last decade and he would like to think he has played a small part in the school’s considerable success. As an English teacher, he has had the privilege of working with many fantastic colleagues, but the ultimate honour has been helping students progress, sometimes way beyond expectations.

Away from school, three things dominate his life: family, friends and football. He also enjoys travelling and classes himself as a cultured film buff and highly knowledgeable music fan!

Other Business Interests

None

Heather White

Governor Type:
Parent

Date Appointed:
9 March 2020

Appointment Ceases:
8 March 2024

Heather currently works within education. She has extensive knowledge of safeguarding and experience of volunteering with different organisations where she has worked with families within the community. Heather is passionate about wellbeing and helping families and children overcome barriers that affect their learning.  Outside of work, she enjoys socialising with family and friends, going on bike rides and keeping fit.  She likes to be creative whenever she can.

Other Business Interests

None

Eleanor Shaw

Governor Type:
Community

Date Appointed:
1 September 2020

Appointment Ceases:
31 August 2024

 

Eleanor is now retired but was Head Teacher of Oaklands special school which specialises in autism for ten years. She is committed to collaborative working to develop the best experiences for all young people, irrespective of need, across school settings. A career in primary education, both mainstream and special, ensures that she understands fully the challenges in planning, inclusively, top quality learning experiences for every pupil. She is passionate about improving outcomes for all pupils especially those with SEN. She is highly skilled in identifying shortfalls in progress and remedying the situations.

Other Business Interests

None

Donna Hatcher

Governor Type:
Parent

Date Appointed:
7 August 2019

Appointment Ceases:
6 August 2023

Donna was previously a manager of a 8 bedded home for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs.  For the last 6 yrs Donna has worked for a small independent school  that specialise in education placements of young people with SEND including (but not limited to) Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Emotional, Social and Behavioural Difficulties, challenging behaviour and mental health difficulties.

Donna coordinates and delivers PHSE, SRE and NCFE CACHE Level 1 Preparing to work in Adult social care, Donna works closely with staff and learners to manage and maintain positive relationships and behaviours within the school. 

Donna is now a part of SMT as Operations manager.

Donna is dedicated to working with the young people and their families to make a difference within their lives

Other Business Interests

None

Ben Sharpe

Governor Type:
Community

Date Appointed:
30 October 2020

Appointment Ceases:
29 October 2024

Ben is a senior recruitment professional who specialises in the education sector. He has experience in leading teams, building relationships with key stakeholders and training and developing staff.

A graduate of Nottingham Trent University (BA Hons History), Ben has worked with and alongside secondary schools across Leicestershire for the past 8 years, helping them with their recruitment for temporary and permanent staff. Ben regularly volunteers for Leicestershire Cares where he assists students with CV writing and interview skills.

Other Business Interests

None

More information

Further governance information such as annual accounts can be found on the Learning without Limits Academy Trust website.

Learning without Limits Academy Trust Website