Who We Are

Meet the Governors and Trustees at Temple Learning Academy

On behalf of the Governors and Trustees of Temple Learning Academy I would like to take this opportunity to add our own welcome.

Temple Learning Academy is a new and exciting school. Exciting because, whilst we have real determination to provide the best possible education for every child, we want to do so in innovative and stimulating ways. We want your children not only to achieve success at Temple Learning Academy, but to enjoy the experience of learning in a secure and happy environment.

Temple Learning Academy is a Free School Academy that was established by the Temple Learning Foundation, a charitable Trust. The Trustees and members are responsible for the success and financial sustainability of the Academy.

As Chair of the Governing Board at Temple Learning Academy I work alongside my fellow Governors in

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Co-principals to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

 

We cannot do all of this, however, without your support for your children and for the Academy. Please work with Mr Browne, Mr Hadfield and their colleagues, to build bridges between home and school. In turn, we will try to govern Temple Learning Academy in a way which responds to your needs and those of the wider community.

There has been considerable development on the school site as we invest in the future. We hope you will share our excitement and our journey as part of the Temple Learning Academy ‘family’. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the coming months.

Yours sincerely,

Tim Kitching

Chair of the Governing Body

 

Read my Annual Chair’s Reports here.

Chairs Report March 2016 (signed accounts)

Chairs Report 2017 (signed accounts)

Governance Structure

Declarations Of Interest

A Guide For Future Governors

Articles of Association and Memorandum of Association

Governance Handbook January 2017

  • Tim Kitching
    Chair of Governors/ Trustees

    I am a director of Leading Edge Associates Ltd, a small company specialising in the provision of support for governance and leadership in schools and academies. My hobbies include reading, theatre going and history.
    Having served as a governor in a number of schools over the last 15 years or so, I willingly accepted an invitation to join the governing body of TLA. Temple Learning Academy offer a vision of education which is exciting and different; it seeks to establish itself at the heart of it's community. As the governor with safeguarding responsibilities I am keen to see everyone is safe and achieves well during their academic careers at TLA.

    To contact Mr Kitching please email info@templelearningacademy.org
    Interest in the school? No *
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: Nov 14
    Appointed by Temple Learning Foundation Board (Members)
    End of Term: Nov 2019
    * Through prior appointment, Leading Edge Associates secured a contract with TNLP to provide support to Trust governing bodies.
    Business
  • Martin Cosgrove
    Parent Governor/ Trustee

    I have been employed with Schneider Electric (a large French company with a manufacturing plant in Leeds) for over 2 years in the roles of Financial Controller and prior to this as a Project/Management Accountant.
    My main interests are travelling, football and factual documentaries as well as spending valuable time with family.
    As a Governor I would like the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the education sector as well as improve my own skills through project management. As my daughter now attends Temple Learning Academy I feel a sense of duty to ensure the school is a success, not just for her, but for all pupils, present and for future generations.
    I would like to be a part of the team that has not only made Temple Learning Academy a success already, but continues to serve the community well in the future.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: 5th Oct 2015
    Appointed by Parents of Temple Learning Academy
    End of Term: Oct 2019
  • Nigel Wood
    Governor/ Trustee

    I currently work with disadvantaged young adults in an organisation called 'People In Action'. I set up the 'Trzone' Project two years ago following the receipt of a BIG Lottery grant. I work city wide on this project and manage adult learning, working with vulnerable adults seeking employment.
    I've 12 years experience delivering out of school and off-site provision for disengaged pupils - this is my passion. Providing meaningful, creative and personalised learning programmes has motivated me to becoming a Governor at TLA. I find it inspiring and the opportunity to start such an important project from scratch really excites me.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: Nov 2014
    Appointed by Temple Learning Foundation Board (Members)
    End of Term: Nov 2019
  • James Firth-Gieban
    Governor/ Trustee

    I work for a trade association which represents the freight industry. I live in Leeds with my wife and two boys who are 7 and 4, and another on the way shortly.
    I wanted to become a school governor as an opportunity for me to use a variety of skills which I might not use in my day-to-day job, but also to be contributing to my community and hopefully bring some fresh perspective to the school beyond the educational expertise and experience we already have in the leadership team and Trustees.
    I was really interested to be involved with the Temple Learning Academy project because - entirely aware of the pressures on Leeds school capacity - I felt that the leaders of the schools in the community had come together to grasp this nettle.
    I am a qualified ski instructor and enjoy playing the piano and singing. I am also looking forward to the second most exciting thing happening in Leeds in September (after TLA opening its doors) when two games in the Rugby World Cup are coming to Elland Road.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: Nov 2014
    Appointed by Temple Learning Foundation Board (Members)
    End of Term: Jan 2019
  • Drew Rowlands - Vice Chair of the Governing Body
    Governor/ Trustee

    I work with IVE (previously Cape UK) as the Director of Development in the school and business development sector. I spent 19 years in a school on the leadership team but acting is my passion. I'm a member of the British Actors Equity Association, a Trustee of Shakespeare North and a published author (Tales of an Ordinary Man!)
    I joined the governing body of TLA as I really believe in the curriculum they offer. I want to see TLA as a centre of excellence in the field of creative teaching and learning.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: Nov 2014
    Appointed by Temple Learning Foundation Board (Members)
    End of Term: Nov 2019
  • Amanda Lightfoot
    Governor/Trustee

    I am the Headteacher of Austhorpe Primary School which is a member of the Temple Newsam Learning Partnership - a Co-operative Trust. I have a strong passion for meeting the needs of the local community. I want all of the TNLP Trust schools to work cooperatively and collaboratively to provide outstanding educational and enriching experiences for the families in East Leeds.
    I believe that by working together and sharing the very best that we have we can meet this aspirational vision.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? Yes
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: Dec 2016
    Appointed by Temple Learning Foundation Board (Members)
    End of Term: Dec 2020
  • Janette Songhurst
    Staff Governor

    I work within the academy as a full time teaching assistant. I support staff to ensure outstanding learning opportunities take place and deliver Read, Write Inc. and interventions.
    Previously I was a teacher and classroom assistant. I love being part of the new staff here at TLA and equally excited to be a Governor and having the opportunity to shape the vision and direction of the academy as it grows.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: 4 Oct 2017
    Appointed by Staff of Temple Learning Academy
    End of Term: Oct 2021
  • Andrea Smith
    Staff Governor

    I joined the academy in September 2015 from a school in Barnsley where I was Key Stage 1 and Early Years Leader. During that time I started my National SENCO Award Qualification and achieved this recently. This is great as I'm the SENCO here at TLA.
    I volunteered to become a member of the Governing Body to be involved in decision making about the future for the school.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed: 7 March 2016
    Appointed by Staff of Temple Learning Academy
    End of Term: March 2020
  • Matthew Browne
    Co-Principal

    I love being Co-Principal and think that I must have the best job in the world getting to develop a new school from scratch. Day to day I work with pupils, staff and parents but the Governing Body 'keep me on my toes' and make sure we are always working in the best ways to achieve the best possible outcomes. They also keep an our budget to ensure that we are using funds appropriately and getting the best value for money.
    Working alongside the Governors can be challenging as life in schools changes so often and so quickly. Governors need to be aware of these changes. I also see it as a time to share the good news, outcomes and provision we have in school. In other words, I get to brag about what's been done to support your child.
    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    End of Term: n/a
  • Nneka Ikeogu
    Governor/ Trustee

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed by Temple Learning Foundation Board (Members)
    Appointed: May 2016
    End of Term: May 2020
  • Richard Hadfield
    Co-Principal

    Working with Governors, staff, pupils and families at Temple Learning Academy is such an exciting privilege. Our Academy is a truly special place, an innovative all-through school at the heart of our community. I am passionately committed to our shared values, our overarching ethos of equality, our celebration of diversity and our belief in the individuality and unique potential of each child. Co-Principal Browne and I work closely together and we work closely with Governors to ensure that we provide the best possible leadership and management for the benefit of all our pupils.
    Our Governors are a fantastic team who champion the ideas and ambitions of all our parents and all our stakeholders. They have the local community, families and children’s interests at the heart of everything they do. They have been instrumental in building our Academy from the very beginning and they have turned our vision into reality.
    Governors make regular visits to our Academy and hold meetings to review the quality of everything that we do for our pupils. They really care about pupils’ safety, learning and development. They know how well we are doing and what we need to do next to improve. They check that Mr Browne and I are providing the best possible curriculum for our children and that we are spending our money wisely. We find it extremely helpful when Governors challenge us to explain our decisions and we are very proud when Governors can celebrate our Academy’s successes.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    End of Term: Jan 2021
  • Tonia Thomas
    Parent Governor

    I am currently a policy administrator for a work plsace pension provider. I am married to David and have two children, one grown up and one in Phase 3 at TLA> I enjoy fitness and love reading and socialising. I have lived on Halton Moor for 12 years now and grew up in Halton.
    I became a parent Governor because I want to have more input into how my child's school is run for the benefit of all children and parents. I also wish to gain a deeper understanding of what happens behind the scene. I want to ensure that all of our children feel valued, are treated as individuals and develop self-confidence so they can reach their full potential at school and beyond.
    Working as a policy administrator I am used to attending meetings, making my views heard and learning new skills. I feel well suited to the role of Parent Governor and I'm committed and looking forward to helping TLA on it's exciting journey becoming the very best school it can possibly be.

    Business interest in the school? No
    Governor at another school? No
    Related to any member of school staff? No
    Able to vote? Yes
    Appointed by the parents of TLA
    End of Term: Jan 2021
  • New Staff Governor tbc - Nominations taking place