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Local 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 (ghsenquiries@gablehall.com). 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:

 

 

 

Robb Harman - Director, Chair of Ortu Gable Hall

 

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

 

Mr Harman, born in Stanford le Hope, has been a Governor since 2005 and also acts as voluntary School Chaplain to students, providing advice and support to those whose social and domestic situation may be chaotic.  With his colleagues, he offers daily spiritual, moral, social and cultural guidance and counselling to students at risk of fixed term exclusion, alongside the school’s Pastoral Team.  He is also supporting the PSHE Curriculum in specialist community cohesion and diversity related subjects. 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.

 

 

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)

 

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

 

 

 

 

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 4 years 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 4 years 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 GovernorCommittee MembershipDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeAppointed by
Federation


 

Victoria Bailey - Parent Governor

Type of GovernorCommittee MembershipDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeAppointed by
Parent
4 yearsElected