Meet our Members
Reverend Stephen Holt
I am currently a priest in the diocese of Lincoln. I was ordained in July 2011 serving a curacy in the Grimsby Team ministry and am currently Associate Rector for the Parish of Boston. I am the lead priest for all pastoral decisions and occasional offices and I also chair the Boston foodbank. I have a passion for the education of young children particularly around faith. I have good communication and pastoral skills and have a clear understanding of how important the role of governance is to a school and its success. I believe I am a person of high integrity and am effective in the execution of duties. I have been a foundation governor of St Thomas Primary School with shared responsibility for safeguarding and am currently a governor of Boston Grammar School - with shared responsibility for safeguarding and sixth form support.
My career in education began in September 1997 as a newly qualified teacher. I have taught in five different schools, been a senior leader since 2002 and a headteacher at two different schools since 2010. I therefore have extensive experience of primary school education. I have spent fifteen years of my career in Church of England primary schools. At Chestnut Street Church of England Primary School, I was the religious education leader and whilst in this role contributed to an “outstanding” SIAMS inspection in June 2011. As headteacher at Kirkby on Bain Church of England Primary School, I led the school through two SIAMS inspections with the most recent, in July 2017, achieving “outstanding” in all areas. I have a working knowledge of a multi-academy trust in my current role as headteacher at Boston West Academy which is part of the CfBT Schools Trust.
I was born in Boston and have lived here most of my life. I attended University in Reading and started a teaching career in East London, then moved back to teach in Skegness and the Boston area.
I no longer teach, but have been involved in school governance for a number of years now.
I am currently Chair of Governors at Boston High School where all three of my children have attended, I continue to enjoy my involvement there. I feel very passionately about volunteering in, and serving my local community, and especially now being involved as a Member of the Infinity Trust Board.
Paul is the strategic lead for school improvement for LAAT. Having been a successful Diocesan Deputy Director of Education since 2010, Paul has an excellent knowledge of the 141 schools in the diocese. From being in a team of two advisers when appointed, Paul has built a very strong school improvement team consisting of 14 Associate Advisers and 8 specialist advisers to work alongside the permanent internal team of five advisers. He is able to draw on the strengths and expertise within the Diocesan schools as well as the team of advisers and key partners in education such as the teaching schools, local authorities and independent consultants. Paul’s career in education spans 22 years with the majority of that time in senior leadership positions. He holds the NPQH qualification and has been a successful headteacher for seven years achieving a good OfSTED and Outstanding SIAMs inspection during this time. Paul is also a trained SIAMs inspector and leads a team of inspectors. He uses his wealth of experience to lead the school effectiveness advisers and ensure the school improvement strategies bring about sustained development in all LAAT academies