Meet our Members
A solicitor by profession, working at a leading firm of solicitors in Lincolnshire, he has had a long association with Gipsey Bridge Primary from before the conversion to an academy and has served as both a member of the governing body and the PTFA during his son’s Primary education years. Appointed a community governor in 2011 he is in his second term in this role. A key player in the decision to convert the school to an academy, his experience has led him to be the lead on several sub-committees dealing with parent complaints and exclusions as well as being involved with the appointment of staff and head teachers. He retains a particular interest in SEN and has been the designated SEN governor for a number of years.
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.
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
I have received very positive feedback from the LA (Lincolnshire), my work has been highlighted in Ofsted reports and featured in articles produced by Kyra TSA and Forum Education focussing on rapid school improvement and my role in achieving this.