Our Local Academy Board (LAB) Members are:
Chair: Jon Hodson
Headteacher: Laylee Pocock
Parent Member: Elly Gibson
Parent Member: John Lucas
Co-Opted Member: Tess Gale
Co-Opted Member: Liam Berriman
Staff Member: Tracy Ramsden
(All members of the Local Academy Board can be contacted through the school office via 01424 213611 or by email email@example.com)
Full details of Glenleigh Park Primary Academy's LAB, including Terms of Reference, can be found here.
Full details of Aurora Academies Trust Governance can be found here.
Governance responsibilities are held between Aurora Academies Trust and the Local Academy Board.
The Local Academy Board (LAB) works in a similar way to a governing body and performs many of the same functions. The real difference is that the financial and legal responsibility is held by Aurora Academies Trust Board. This allows the LAB members to be focused on the learning and progress of pupils and not be burdened by the additional responsibility. The LAB play an important role in supporting and challenging Glenleigh Park and we are very grateful for the time they give to the school on a voluntary basis. From March 2018 to July 2022, King Offa Primary Academy and Glenleigh Park Primary Academy operated a joint LAB. From September 2022, both schools now operate their own LABs, to enable members to focus solely on one school.
Jon Hodson, Chair of LAB:
I joined Glenleigh Park LAB in 2014 and believe that the role of the LAB is to be a critical friend to the school, to hold the school accountable, to question, and support where needed. The LAB’s goal is to make sure the children have a great school to give them an outstanding education so they get the best start in life.
My role as LAB Chair role comprises of:
• Regular meetings with HOS to keep up to date on school matters,
• Regular learning visiting of the school,
• Regular reviews with the curriculum leads,
• Quarterly LAB meetings (reviewing SEND, Health and Safety, Quality of teaching, Pupil Progress)
• Listening to the views of parents, teachers and pupils to make sure the school is in touch with their needs.
I am extremely proud to be the Headteacher at Glenleigh Park. Having worked in schools for 22 years, I can safely say that I learn something new every day. For me this is the most exciting thing about education. Education has the power to change lives and this excites me! Teaching, learning and curriculum design are passions of mine and currently we are working hard at Glenleigh Park to design a curriculum that actively engages the learners to deepen and embed skills and transfer knowledge across the curriculum.
When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children. Being active is important to us as a family; we enjoy rambling over the Firehills, exploring Battle Woods or strolling along the seafront on a sunny day. Cooking is one of my favourite pastimes; I adore experimenting with new flavours and trying new foods. An interesting fact about me is that I undertook the 3 Peaks challenge to raise money for the charity CRY, it was one of the most exhausting but exciting experiences of my life.
I work in press and communications in the trade union movement. I'm passionate about equality and fairness, and I really care about education. It is so important all children get access to opportunities to enhance their learning and enrich their lives.
I have two daughters at Glenleigh park and have been actively involved with the school since they joined; going in to school to hear the children read, helping on school trips and most recently as the Secretary of the PTFA. I'm really excited to be joining the LAB team and contributing to the development of the school in a more strategic way.
I love living in Bexhill. In my spare time I volunteer as a town councillor and as a helped at the food bank. I enjoy running and recently ran the Tonbridge half marathon to raise money or a local homelessness charity. As a family we attend church at St Peter's in the Old Town and we enjoy going to the beach, restaurants and gigs together.