Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Board

Purpose: Meeting termly, one of the main goals, in support of the Academy’s Leadership Team, of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body (LAB) is to offer independent insights across a range of areas affecting the day to day operation and future of the Academy.  A key focus during the early stage of the LAB's development will be stakeholder engagement to ensure the broad views of the Goffs-Churchgate Academy Community are represented. 

Members: As a result of the nomination process at the end of the Summer 2017 term, the LAB membership comprises the following Trustees and volunteers:

Joanna Formoso: has been a Governor at Goffs Academy since 2014 and in addition to her role on the Trustee Board is Chair of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body.  Joanna has a background in Recruitment and Executive Search.  She has also had many years’ experience as a Samaritan’s volunteer and has a strong interest in the mental health provisions within The Generations MAT. As a parent of four children, she has personal experience in many aspects of education from nursery through to university and admission appeals through to exclusions. Joanna believes that every student is an individual and has a right to the best education. Joanna is looking forward to working with the parents, students and staff at Goffs-Churchgate Academy to achieve this.

Patrick Philpott : Patrick is a Trustee at Generations MAT and as part of this role also sits on the Goffs-Churchgate LAB.  Before joining the Trust he spent two-and-a-half years as a Governor at another secondary school in the area, also chairing the Resources Committee during this time. Patrick is the Managing Director of a learning and talent consultancy, which he founded as a school leaver in 2009. He is passionate about social mobility and helping young people achieve career success regardless of their background, and has a strong interest in the careers and employability provision across the Trust.

Sarah Allen: has worked predominately in the Education sector and also has a background in Sales & Marketing. Sarah worked at Goffs Academy as a Lead practitioner for eleven years teaching within a variety of subject areas and led on the schools vocational provision including BTEC subjects, college placement, extended work placements, etc. Sarah has one child currently studying at Goffs Academy. Sarah currently runs her own Educational Consultancy as well as working in various roles for a major examination body. Sarah is looking forward to sharing ideas and working with the team to support staff and students at Churchgate to raise achievement and help develop further improvement.

Christina Meleka: has a background in marketing and IT. Most recently a qualified Teaching Assistant, active member of two PTA’s and currently  a Governor of Dewhust St Mary C of E school for the past 6 years and volunteers at the school. She has two children, one at Goffs-Churchgate in year 8 and one in primary school in year 5. She feels her insight into primary school governance will be of use to Goffs-Churchgate and is looking forward to getting involved with the school.

Watch out for more information on the work of the Goffs-Churchgate Local Academy Body or to get involved with the LAB please contact Tom Sparks, Principal in the first instance