Our Local School Board

“Effective governance provides strategic direction and control to schools, academies and Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs). It creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance and is ambitious for all children and young people to achieve the very best outcomes.” 
DfE Governance Handbook 2019

Please refer to the CIT Governance Structure and LSB Responsibilities document below, for more information.
 
 
The LSB’s main aim is to help raise standards of achievement and make sure the school provides a good quality education.

The day-to-day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher and staff. Rather than manage, the Local school board members are there to help shape the school’s future direction and focus.

The Local School Board work as a team. Individual members have no power or responsibility. It is only the full Local School Board that has legal duties and powers and all members share in that corporate responsibility.

The Local School Board members are at the heart of how a school operates. It’s important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. Members are responsible for how the school is performing. They have to be prepared to support and challenge their headteacher by gathering views, asking questions and deciding what’s best for the pupils. The tasks they carry out can be divided into three main roles – providing a strategic overview, acting as a critical friend to the school and ensuring accountability.

The Local School Board meets regularly to keep abreast of the school’s policies and planning. The members bring a wealth of personal and professional experience to an eclectic mix that sustains the development and progress of the school.

 
Community Inclusive Trust: Governance Structure
Local School Board
Local School Board Members:

Name of Governor

Category

Term of Office

Individual Responsibilities

Selina Ratchford

Headteacher

 

 

Caroline Glass

Community

Member

19/09/2017-

12/09/2021

Chair of LSB

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Katie James

Staff

Member

09/10/2020 –

08/10/2024

Staff Liaison

Democrito Cakioa

Parent

Member

24/02/2021-

23/02/2025

 

Stuart Greenfield

Parent

Member

09/10/2020 –

08/10/2024

 

George Clement

Community

Member

18/11/2020 -

18/11/2024

 

Matthew Flatt

Community

Member

24/02/2021-

23/02/2025

 

Johann Boorman – Clerk to the Governors

Please contact the clerk in the first instance by emailing: stpauls.clerk@spaldingstpauls-cit.co.uk

 

 

Meet the Governors

Caroline Glass - Chair of Local school Board

I am a wife and mother to one child who is currently attending Spalding High School. As a Parent, I am very aware of the importance that school life can have on a child and as a family how much their education impacts family decisions.

Before Co-Opting onto St Paul’s Governing Board in September 2017, I served as a Parent Governor for 4 years in another local Primary school and in 2019 I was elected as the Chair of Governors at St Paul’s - a role which I thoroughly enjoy.

During my time at St Paul’s, I have gained experience whilst serving as a member of the Finance, Attainment, and Performance Management Committees and have supported the school in the recruitment of Staff. In addition to this I also volunteer in school listening to children read and practice their times tables. I believe that all of this has provided me with a unique insight into school life and the challenges that they overcome.

In my working life, prior to having my daughter, I worked in the Supermarket Retail Industry, in various roles, starting in-store and migrating to Head Office over a period of over 15 years.

As a Governor my aim is to ensure that all our children are receiving a quality education and that every child achieves their full potential in a safe and happy environment.

 

Katie James – Staff Member

I am relatively new to the St Paul’s team, joining in February 2020. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to work as part of the team and getting to understand the dynamics and needs of the school. 

 During nearly 10 years at my previous school in Peterborough, I gained knowledge and experience of the children, the school and its needs. My roles included; Assistant Headteacher (leading lower and upper school), leading Maths, English and Science and teaching across the school (EYFS – Year 6).

 I approach education with passion and positivity and I firmly believe that a good foundation is the key to a good education.

 I hope my knowledge and experience will put me in good stead working alongside fellow governors to make our school the best it can be!

 

Democrito Cakoa - Parent Member 
 
Years before, thoughts were all about building airplanes, supercars... Now, its all about building a strong community. This is what I would like to do by moving from the engineering field (composite engineering / manufacturing) to education as I feel that I should do more to support pupils and encourage them to reach their full potential. 
In February 2021 I joined the team as a parent member and I believe it will be a great term of service. 
 
 

George Clement – Community Member

Originally from County Durham.

After a variety of jobs, I trained as secondary school teacher spending over 30 years in teaching, both full time and as a supply teacher.

I moved to Holbeach in January 2018. Prior to that, I had been on the board of governors in two schools in Farnborough, Hampshire; one was a junior school and the other was secondary special needs school. During my time at the junior school, I served as a Chair of the Governing Body for 2 years. For 12 years, I also chaired in Schools Forum at Bracknell Forest District Council. I was a member of the Appointments Advisory Committee for the local district Scouts Association in Farnborough.

As I have time, I thought I might be useful by volunteering to become a school governor again.

 

Stuart Greenfield - Parent Member

I was born and bred in Spalding. I work for the Local Authority having served 15 years supporting the people of the South Holland area. My current expertise is in construction having previously been employed locally in manufacturing. Both roles involve being able to communicate with people and solving problems. I am open to being approached with issues and working with people to try find a solution.

I believe each student should be offered the support and environment to be able to try their hardest and achieve their best.