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Ryhall CE Academy

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Meet the Governors


Community Governor

Elected as Chair in May 2016 - re-elected annually (last election 14.10.2020)

I am delighted to be part of the Ryhall CE Academy Governance Committee (AGC). I retired as Headteacher of a primary school in 2013, so have a good understanding of teaching and learning, as well as policy and procedure.

In the world today it is vital that children receive an outstanding academic education and the skills and knowledge to support them in living happy and safe lives in the 21st Century. We are a Church of England school and our Christian foundation is a vitally important part of this learning. It has been a pleasure to witness the school developing and growing over the years. I believe that Ryhall CE Academy is an excellent, vibrant learning community.

As governors, our roles and responsibilities changed radically in 2019. We are now required to monitor, support and challenge senior leaders in relation to vision and values. Our role can broadly be divided into three areas:

  • Compliance - in areas such as safeguarding, health and safety, SEND, breadth of educational experience.

  • Church - our ethos, our relationship with the church and our church school inspection.

  • Community - our relationships with the whole community inside school, around the school and beyond.

The coronavirus has, unfortunately, led to unprecedented times and never more so in our schools across the country. It is a huge tribute to all the staff and children of Ryhall CE Academy to witness the sensitive, caring and collaborative approach employed to ensure great learning outcomes alongside outstanding care and compassion.


Church Governor

I was appointed as Priest in Charge of Ryhall, Essendine and Carlby in September 2019, but my connection with the area goes back a long way. I moved here in 1972, and my two sons – now in their forties - were pupils at the school, which they still talk about with great affection.

My background is in secondary teaching; I taught English for thirty years before being ordained.

Before taking up my present post I was Priest in Charge of Castle Bytham, Little Bytham, Creeton and Careby, followed by eight years at Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Tickencote, Tinwell and Pickworth. During a break from ministry I volunteered at Ryhall Academy and quickly came to realise what a wonderful school it is, where every child is valued and encouraged, and where Christian values affect every aspect of its life. I greatly enjoy devising and leading our services in Ryhall church.

For me, the school is a vital part of church life, so I am delighted to have been appointed to the governing body and in particular to its Ethos working party.

Paula Carlton

Staff Governor (Teaching) 

I became a teaching staff governor in November 2019 having been elected by the staff. I'm the Reception Class teacher and have now been at the school for over 6 years.  I became a teaching staff governor in November 2019 having been elected by the staff. I'm the Reception Class teacher and have now been at the school for over 6 years. As a staff representative (rather than a representative of staff), I bring an important, unique viewpoint to discussion and debate.  Although I am the sole EYFS teacher in the school, my training was in the full scope of primary education and research, with a particular focus on Early Years and KS1.  My aim is to support the school community's focus to ensure Ryhall CE Academy continues to be a school of choice for parents of Ryhall and beyond, providing high quality foundations and education for all. 

Sarah Stickland

Parent Governor 

I have two children at Ryhall CE Academy and have watched them develop into caring young people during their time here.  Above all, I am impressed by the feel of the community and the commitment of the staff. I hope to reflect that commitment in my role as parent governor; to help shape the present and future of the school. I have worked in organisational strategy for the last ten years and have extensive experience working in teams, collaboratively with multiple stakeholders and influencing key decisions. I aim to bring all of this to bear in the role to ensure a parent's voice is heard clearly, candidly and passionately. 

Rev Fiona Ogg

Church Governor

In 2021 we moved to Essendine from the West Highlands of Scotland where, until I retired early; I was a Church of Scotland minister, equivalent of a vicar.  With that role came chaplaincy of two primary schools and joint chaplaincy at the local high school.  There were few weeks when I was not in one of the schools; from class room assisting to leading assemblies the engagement was always interesting!  Outside the schools, one of the congregations ran Messy Church, an all age fun event themed around Bible stories.  These activities meant that individuals of all ages were always able to explore what faith, in particular Christianity, meant to them.

Being a Church Governor at Ryhall Academy is an opportunity to continue working to ensure understanding of faith and the ability of making personal decisions about the importance of faith is at the heart of community.

Laura Upson

Parent Governor Image preview

I have one child at Ryhall CE Academy and feel very lucky that we were allocated a space in this fantastic school. I love how much of a family feel the school has and how dedicated the staff are. I have worked in art, design, marketing and communications for nearly twenty years and hope my experience and perspective will be of value to this fantastic group. It is a pleasure to work with the school as a governor, helping to represent the views and voices of fellow parents.


Mr Craig Huntbatch

Foundation Governor

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