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Gonerby Hill Foot

Church of England Primary School


Our Governing Body

Our governing body is responsible for working strategically with our school leaders to ensure the delivery of high quality education and is vital to our school's success.

Our governors are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and are appointed from a number of different sources including elected from parents of children at the school, members of staff, appointees of Lincolnshire County Council and appointees from the Church.

  • Mr Michael Buckeridge

    Chair of Governors

    Governor Category: Foundation

    Appointed by Lincoln Diocese Board of Education on Sept 2013

    Interests and Other Positions: None

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    I have lived in Gonerby Hill Foot for the last 7 years having moved from a village outside of Grantham - where I worked as a herdsman - as a result of visiting an increasing number of schools to help with Collective Worship. I now combine my time between Bible teaching in Schools / Churches and Bookkeeping for some small businesses. GHF School was the obvious choice for our children and I have done various things in school throughout that time including, school assemblies, Bible Club, and helping with the school football team. I joined the GB in Sept 2013 as a Foundation governor and, as such, have a special interest in encouraging and monitoring the Christian ethos of the school, along with working with all members of our school community to ensure our children have the best possible start to their education.

  • Mr Stephen Crook

    Chair of Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee

    Governor Category: Co-opted

    Appointed by The Governing Body on 13/10/16

    Interests and Other Positions: None

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    Since our son started at Gonerby Hill Foot back in 2014 we have been very pleased with every aspect of the school, not least the teaching. As time went on we began to appreciate the amount of hard work and effort that goes into making and keeping a school like GHF great. It is that appreciation that led me to volunteer to become a Governor at the start of the 2016 academic year. I wanted to become more than just a parent and take an active role in guiding and supporting the great work the head and her staff do that will shape the future of our child and many others that pass through the doors.

    In my professional life I am currently working as a Merchandising Manager in Nottingham, working for a company that I accidentally joined nearly 20 years ago and never left! I have progressed through many roles and worked in many areas of the business from manufacturing, through to sales and many other departments in between.

    The company has always had a strong set of values that appeal to me, and have served me well. I hope I have brought some of these, along with my varied experiences to the role and made a positive impact that will continue into the future.

  • Mr Gary Hewerdine

    Chair of Curriculum and Pupil Matters Committee

    Governor Category: Co-opted

    Appointed by Parents then Govenors on 15/03/13

    Interests and Other Positions: None

    Link Roles: Link Governor, SEND Gov

    I joined the Governing body as a parent governor in March 2013.  I have lived and worked in and around the Grantham area all my life.

    I work in the education sector as an External Quality Assurer (Quality Auditor) for a qualifications awarding organisation in the automotive industry which sees me auditing the effectiveness of training and assessment of schools, colleges, training providers and automotive manufacturers throughout the East Midlands and East Anglia.

    My reasoning and motivations for joining the governing body are that I see our children’s successful education as being a key and vital part of our society today. With this in mind I see my role and responsibility as a governor being to ensure that wherever possible the school senior leadership team and teaching staff are given as much support as possible to facilitate this whilst maintaining their accountability.

    I attend a number of school events including spending time with children and hearing their views and thoughts on school. It is great to see and hear that our children have so many good ideas about what they enjoy and are happy to share their opinions and thoughts about all aspects of school life.

  • Mrs Lucky Goulsbra


    Governor Category: Co-opted

    Appointed by The Governing Body on 01/02/20

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    I am delighted to be appointed as a co-opted Governor. I’m mother to two great girls, both of whom attend the school. 

    Since the girls joined the school I’ve been so impressed by its culture and ethos. Our girls were made to feel immediately welcome after we had to move schools during the middle of term. They are thriving in the school and I think a huge part of that is the focus on creating the right culture and environment for everyone to flourish and grow.

    I was keen to support the school and join the governing body as I’ve always thought it important to give back to our local community. The school provides an important foundation for the lives of children that I believe it’s important to help in any way possible. I’m also keen to add value with my professional skills for my local community wherever possible.

    In my professional life, I’m an Organisational Psychologist and Leadership Coach helping companies deliver on their strategy through supporting the selection and development of the leadership teams.  With extensive experience in facilitating boards and leadership teams to drive change and improvements to performance, I hope to support the school and the governing body with strategic decision making in any way I can. 

    I’m really looking forward to getting properly stuck into the role and I’m already super impressed by the passion, commitment and energy I see in the governing body and staff on the leadership team already. 

  • Vacancy

    Governor Category: Foundation - Ex-Officio

    Appointed by Lincoln Diocese Board of Education on

    Interests and Other Positions:

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  • Mrs Jayne Watson

    Head teacher

    Governor Category: Headteacher

    Appointed by Automatic appointment on taking up role as Headteacher on 01/09/20

    Interests and Other Positions: N/A as staff member

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    I joined GHF as Headteacher is September 2020.   I have lived in Grantham for the past 10 years since relocating from Scarborough.  My family and I enjoy living in Grantham and it is important to me that I work and serve the community in which I live.  I have previously worked in church schools and using the Christian ethos and vision is an important element of how I engage with adults and children across the school community and enable everyone to achieve their potential.  I am committed to ensuring all the children across the school achieve their potential both academically and socially and develop the confidence and knowledge to be able to contribute to society and grow themselves as confident young people. 

  • Mr Tony Ruby

    Governor Category: Parent

    Appointed by The Governing body on 24/06/15

    Interests and Other Positions: None

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    My name is Tony Ruby, although my mother would call me Anthoney, I have lived in the Gonerby Hill Foot area for 3 years, and have worked in and around Grantham for my whole life.

    In July of this year I married my long term, and some would say long suffering, partner Sara. We have two children; one already at GHF school and one who will be starting in 2 years’ time. A month prior to this I was elected to the Board of Governors at Gonerby Hill Foot school, as a Parent Governor, and can now fully appreciate the hard work, time and skills donated by local people to ensure the direction & development of the school, and more importantly the welfare of the children is set to the highest possible level.

    My day to day work is very local, I value homes for sale and instructing them to the market in and around the Grantham area. I have been an Estate Agent for 10 years and love the work I do, the people I meet, and the company, Newton Fallowell just as much. The directors have been very supportive of my appointment to the board of governors, Mark Newton especially, having served 20 years as a governor himself.

    My motivations for applying to the board of governors are simple and clear, to make a positive difference to the life chances of children, and to add something back into the local and wider community, a community that has supported my, and many other families for years, and will do for our future generations.

  • Mrs Sarah Garland

    Assistant Head teacher

    Governor Category: Assistant Head teacher

    Appointed by Governing body on 17/10/18

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  • Mr Paul Davie

    Governor Category: Foundation

    Appointed by Lincoln Diocese Board of Education on 13/10/16

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    I am honoured to have been nominated to serve as a Foundation Governor, and look forward to working with the Governing Body to serve Gonerby Hill Foot school in the coming years.

    As a parent with one child at the school, and another who has recently left the school having spent 7 good years at Gonerby Hill Foot, I have been impressed by the education offered by Gonerby Hill Foot, both academically and in the wider development of the children.

    As an active church member, I look forward to contributing to the governance of the school, and especially helping to support the school’s leadership in maintaining and developing the ethos of the school.

  • Mrs Clare Gaylard

    Governor Category: Associate

    Appointed by The Governing Body on Sept 2013

    Interests and Other Positions: Staff

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  • Dr Maria Kordowicz


    Governor Category: Parent

    Appointed by Parents on 11/10/18

    Interests and Other Positions: None

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    I am a Chartered Psychologist and Research Fellow at King’s College London. I lecture in management and lead the King’s Public Health MSc programme. I am part of the development team of PSYCHLOPS and PSYCHLOPS kids, a patient-centred mental health outcome measure. I have worked independently as an organisational development consultant on behalf of public, private and charity sector clients, specialising in organisational wellbeing and qualitative evaluation, for fifteen years. In the past, I was a senior NHS manager for over a decade, including several years of management positions in prisons and forensic mental health settings.

    I am member of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Services Research Network; Principal Practitioner of the Association for Business Psychology; Full Member of the British Psychological Society’s Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology, Division of Occupational Psychology and Qualitative Research Methods Section; Full Member Institute of Healthcare Management; Affiliate Member Academy of Social Sciences; and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

    I hope I bring compassion and an insight into organisational processes to the role of Governor at GHF – a school I consider to be nurturing and focused on delivering high quality education, whilst remaining pupil-centred.

  • Mr Paul Stokes

    LEA Governor

    Governor Category: LEA Governor

    Appointed by LEA on 26/11/18

    Interests and Other Positions: None

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    I have lived in Gonerby Hill Foot for many years. My children both attended the school, followed by 3 grandchildren attending. I work for South Kesteven District Council as Corporate Operations Lead, on Leisure, Parks, Events, Festivals and Facilities Management. I am really pleased to be able to put something back into the school and hope that I can help make a difference with the knowledge I have developed through work and life.

  • Mr Mike Kufluk-Thackery

    Parent governor

    Governor Category: Parent governor

    Appointed by Governing body on 6 October 2020

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    I have lived in Grantham for a long time although my children love to point out that I still speak like a southerner. I have four children two of whom have already passed through GHF and onto KGGS and two others are in Reception. All told, by the time my youngest leave the school there will have been Kufluk-Thackery children at GHF continuously for over 16 years!

    I felt that the least I could do is give something back to the school after all those years educating my children. Having struggled with attention deficit during my own schooling I am passionate about every child having the opportunity to flourish and want to help the amazing teaching staff and the school with any skills that I can bring.

    I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) with a great deal of board and strategic level HR experience. After working outside of Grantham for many years I have recently moved to a local firm and am enjoying having more time at home with my family. I hope that I can use my experience to help the school continue to provide high quality education as well as supporting every child’s individual needs.