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Governors have a responsibility for the strategic management of the school, acting within a framework set out in the national legislation and the Articles of Government of the school.

The Headteacher works closely with Governors and is responsible for the day to day running of the school. Together they are responsible for the well-being of all children and for ensuring that the learning taking place fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Governing Body or are interested in becoming a Governor please contact the school office to make an appointment with the Headteacher, Chair or Clerk to Governors.

Instrument of Governance for The Lancaster School

Governors Register of Interests

Governors Attendance Register

Message from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the children, staff and governors at The Lancaster School I’d like to welcome you to our website. You may be a parent or a potential parent trying to make the best choice for your child, or someone interested in gaining deeper insight into the function and learning environment of our exciting world. Our website is designed to provide you with some of the key facts about our school. However, there is only one way to know how our school really works and that is to come and see it in action. If you do want to visit us or if you would like further details about any aspect of school life, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The Lancaster School is situated within the heart of the Birchwood Estate and was built on an old airfield that was part of RAF Skellingthorpe. The school was named aptly after The Lancaster Bomber that was stationed at RAF Skellingthorpe during the Second World War.

Our school aims to provide the best education for our children, through a varied curriculum, within a stimulating learning environment, offering a friendly and creative atmosphere, with excellent teaching and the opportunity to gain additional skills through extra-curricular activities.

We have very dedicated staff and governors who help to shape the direction of the school. Our governing body is made up of voluntary parents, staff, local authority representatives and the community. We are responsible for making sure the school provides a high quality education and continually strives to raise standards through effective teaching. We will challenge and hold the school accountable both financially and academically to ensure that our children make the best progress. I am privileged to hold the position of Chair of Governors and have been an active member of the governing body since November 2007 when my children were at the school.

If you have any questions for the governing body or have an interest in joining our team, please email me at lucia.redfern@lancaster.lincs.sch.uk. All new governors are welcomed and play a vital role in ensuring that the views of parents and the local community are heard.

Thank you for taking the time to access our site, we hope you find all the information you require but please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further information.

With Kind Regards

Lucy Redfern
Chair of Governors

Lucy Redfern

Mrs Lucy Redfern - Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor. End of Office - 29 November 2019

I have been a governor for almost 8 years now, starting as a parent governor in 2007 when my two children were at The Lancaster School. I was lucky enough to be nominated for Chair of Governors in 2009 and have thoroughly enjoyed this role ever since.
My children progressed very well at The Lancaster School and were very happy here, they have now moved onto The Priory City of Lincoln Academy and Birchwood Junior School but I continue to be a governor here as I firmly believe that the values and standards that we instil at The Lancaster School have a big impact on the future of the children.

Anna Belczynska

Mrs Anna Belczynska – Vice Chair of Governors

Co-Opted Governor. End of Office - 5 November 2020

I have been a parent governor since November 2012. I am the governor responsible for Early Years and Safeguarding as well as being part of the finance committee and quality and standards committee.
I enjoy being part of the governing body which I find very interesting and I embrace the responsibility of knowing that I have a say in how the school is run.
Professionally, I work part time within education as an ESOL tutor and I am also involved in local projects. I am very happy to use my skills and knowledge to help the school meet the children’s and parent’s needs and promote the school in the wider community. I enjoy being part of the governing body and I have been really encouraged by everything I have seen of The Lancaster School.

Tracey Bowman

Mrs Tracey Bowman – Executive Headteacher

I have been a Headteacher at Birchwood Junior School for 8 years and was delighted in January 2015 to be asked to take on the headship of The Lancaster School too; this has been a fantastic opportunity for both schools to work together more closely.
I have taught in 5 schools in Lincolnshire during my career which spans over 20 years, I have also done some improvement work in schools.
I was born and grew up in Hull. I am married and have two lovely daughters who are currently away at university in Edinburgh and Oxford.

Naomi Haughton

Miss Naomi Haughton – Head of School

Staff Governor - End of Office - 09 July 2021

I am the Head of School at The Lancaster School and have worked here for 10 years. I am a committed and loyal member of staff who wants to make a difference to the lives of children, teaching them skills and providing them with opportunities that they will need for the rest of their lives. I aim to provide the best for every child and develop in each child a love of learning through the prevision of a broad, balanced and creative curriculum.
I become a governor in September 2014 as I wanted a deeper insight into the school and wanted to work with other governors to drive the school forward.

Karen Henry

Mrs Karen Henry – Co-opted Governor

End of Office - 20 May 2019

I have worked at the school for 23 years. I am part of the senior leadership team, teaching assistants’ line manager and provide support in Key Stage 1.
I provide pastoral care support to children, who require it. I have extensive experience of pupil with additional needs, have led a nurture class and provide support for pupils who need assistance with their behaviour.
I am a governor to represent my colleagues and the pupils at our school. I feel my experience of early years and SEN assists the governing body with making informed decisions affecting our school.

Yvonne Turner

Mrs Yvonne Turner – Partnership Governor

End of Office - 20 May 2019

My name is Yvonne Turner. I am a community governor at The Lancaster School. Outside of the school I work in the Sure Start Centre here in Birchwood as an EYFS assistant. I have worked with children 0-5years for thirty one years.
I have been Brown Owl for my brownie pack since 1972 also I am an authorised Lay Minister for St Luke’s Church.
I was asked to be a governor by a member of staff who I worked with and was a parent governor at the time.

Karen Hunter

Miss Karen Hunter – Parent Governor

End of Office - 30 September 2018

I am a single mother and a childminder. I returned to the UK in 2013, after spending 2 years teaching in China and a further 6 years as a teacher/Head of Department at an international school in Kurdistan.
I have a five year old daughter who attends The Lancaster School and have volunteered in school on a regular basis.
I became a governor as I am keen to involve myself in helping to make decisions that will benefit the school, its staff and the pupils.

Phil Shirley

Mr Phil Shirley - Local Authority Governor

End of Office - 20 May 2019

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Andy Kerry

Mr Andy Kerry – Partnership Governor

End of Office - 25 September 2020

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E Flowers

Miss E Flowers – Parent Governor

End of Office - 28 November 2020

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Cathryn Gant

Mrs Cathryn Gant – Clerk to Governors

End of Office - N/A

I joined Lancaster Infants School as Clerk to Governors in January 2017. My career has primarily been in finance focused roles in the public sector and since 2013 I have been working in both administration and finance in primary schools. I also work as Clerk to Governors at Woodlands Infant School and more recently as an Administrator for Kyra Teaching School Alliance.