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Chairperson 

Sarah Ackroyd

I joined New Fosseway Governing Body in October 2020 and was elected Chair. I feel very privileged and excited to be able to support the governance of such a brilliant special school.

 

I bring strategic leadership and management experience to the role following a 15-year career in local government housing management, where I became a senior leader running large capital and revenue budgets and delivering a comprehensive housing service to often very deprived areas. Just over 20 years ago I co-founded The Centre for Mentoring and Coaching Ltd.

 

I have a passion for developing people to their full potential and for ensuring businesses and organisations are fairer and more sustainable. I was a school governor when my children where in primary school and enjoyed the experience of contributing to a school. I am looking forward to supporting a special school.

Staff Governor - Head Teacher

Tonya Hill

 

I am the Headteacher at New Fosseway. I am a firm believer that all children and young people can achieve great things, no matter their starting points. I have experience of leadership in both mainstream and special education and understand the value of inclusive education for all. 

 

Outside of work, I am a huge fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy, and it is my hope that my son will grow up loving Harry Potter and Star Wars as much as me!

Staff Governor

Billie Quinn

 

I have taught at New Fosseway for over 25 years and have seen many changes during that time. I have worked throughout the school with children from reception to post 16, predominantly with those with PMLD. I am at a point in my life and career where I feel I have the time and the energy to become involved in the governing body.

Parent Governor - quality of education link governor and chair of quality of education committee.

Hi I’m Kelly mum to Freya who is 11 and is in Otter class I joined as a parent governor in 2019. I know first hand the struggles that parents face with children that have complex needs. I feel very privileged  being a parent governor as It gives me the opportunity to work together with the governing board so that we can make the school the absolute best place it can be for our children, as I am very passionate that all children should have access to great opportunities and education.

Parent Governor

Hi, I'm Sharon, mum to Carl who is almost aged 11 in Otter class.  My eldest son Kieran, who will soon be 21, also attended New Fosseway School.  I have lots of experience of working together with the school across the year groups and key stages with Kieran having transitioned through the school and moving on after completing Post 16 at New Fosseway.  I have always enjoyed attending school events such as coffee mornings, the family discos and fundraising events where I get the chance to talk to other parents and carers.  I am excited to take on this new journey of being a parent governor working with families, the school and the governing body team.

Finance link governor and vice chair, finance committee chair.

I joined the New Fosseway Governing body in January 2020 and enjoy being part being part of a team that supports and challenges the school to deliver the best outcomes for its pupils.

 

My day job is as the Director of Finance & Operations for a multi-academy trust and as a qualified Accountant sitting on the Finance and Resources Committee, I support the school to get the best value from its resources. I am also the H&S link Governor and sit on a number of other panels when required.

 

Outside of school life I enjoy travel and I’m currently struggling to learn Spanish as I’d like to spend some time in South America when possible.

SEND and Pupil Premium link governor

I became a governor at New Fosseway School in January 2022, I am really looking forward to getting to know the school and to support its governance.

 

I have worked in education funding for the last 14 years.  I am passionate about well-being and am a qualified mental health first aider.

 

I am the link governor for SEND and pupil premium.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy country walks and country pubs with my husband and two sons.

Careers and destinations link governor and finance committee.

I joined New Fosseway Governing Board in May 2022. I am the Managing Director of a Bristol based PR agency, which focuses on planning and development. Throughout my career, I have developed skills in stakeholder engagement, communications and finance. I have become a governor to put the skills honed in the private sector to good use and feel privileged to be able to support the work of a school like New Fosseway.

Equalities and inclusion link governor.

I joined New Fosseway Governing Board in May 2022. I chose to get involved after looking around the school and witnessing the great work that is done to support the children who attend and wanted to provide support where I could. I work in Human Resources with over 20 years experience in private and public sector.  I have previously been a charity trustee for national student charity. I am really look forward to working with the rest of the governors to support the school become the best it can. 

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