LEAP Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and is also (under the terms of the Academies Act 2010) an ‘exempt charity’, i.e., it has charitable status but is exempt from registering with the Charity Commission due to it being accountable to the Department for Education (DfE).

Effective governance is key to our success. Transparent, empowered, assured governance, in keeping with the Trust’s values, is hard-wired into our constitution and in our ways of working.

All Academy Trusts have two layers of governance – Members and Trustees. Some (like LEAP) choose to have a third, i.e., Local Governing Bodies (LGBs).

To view more detailed information about the Trust’s governance model, please click here.

LGBs are delegated responsibility by the Trust Board. Each LGB is, in effect, a committee of the Trust Board.

Consistent with the Trust Board’s role Trust-wide, LGB’s are responsible for the following core areas in respect of the Academy which they oversee:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction at Academy level and with reference to the Trust
  • Holding the leadership to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils
  • Awareness of finances to ensure that money is spent well and in line with school improvement priorities
  • Engaging with stakeholders

They undertake a vital role in contributing to the work of LEAP Multi-Academy Trust to ensure high standards of achievement and “Achieving Excellence” for all children and young people in education within the Trust’s Academies.

If you wish to know more about becoming a Governor on the Local Governing Body, please contact the Lead Governance Professional via email

Our Governors are:

Valerie Whitaker

  • Co-opted Governor and Chair
  • Term of office: 28.04.20 – 27.04.23

My link roles include behaviour, attendance, Disadvantaged, Looked after Children, Principals PDR and SEND.  I am part of the team who sit on committees such as Staff Grievance and disciplinary, Behaviour, Pay progression, and Attendance panels.

I am a semi-retired educator who became a governor when my own children were in education.  I believe that every child should have the same opportunities to achieve their full potential and as a governor I am able to support the academy in this.

Jon Coe

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Term of office: 21.01.21-20.01.24

As a Brinsworth Academy alumni, I felt it was important to give back to the school and community that gave me the best start possible in my career. After finishing Brinsworth Academy, I went to university to study Mathematics and Business, which led me to teach secondary students. Now working in higher education at The University of Sheffield, I find myself with the opportunity and skills to best support the school in ‘Achieving Excellence.’

My motivation as a governor comes from wanting to be the best version of myself; this includes doing what is right for the students at Brinsworth Academy. Every time I’m in school, I’m driven to support, question and reinforce with every decision I make. This school feels like home, and that is because we put the students at the heart of everything we do.

Jon Coe

Kate Davis

  • Parent Governor 
  • Term of office: 05.11.21-04.11.24

I am part of the team who sit on the Behaviour and Attendance committee.

I became a parent governor to support the young people of Brinsworth Academy in receiving the best education possible and to prepare them for a bright future. I believe in equality of opportunity for all and in enabling students to gain skills and experience which will assist them in life beyond school.

I have lived in Brinsworth for over 10 years and have found Brinsworth to be a great place to live. In my professional role I have over 14 years HR experience and act as a Member nominated Trustee for my Employer Pension Scheme.

Kate Davis

Peter Freer

  • Co-opted Governor & Vice Chair
  • Term of office: 08.12.19-07.12.22
  • Chair of Behaviour Committee

I have always been motivated to help all students receive the best education possible.

Was asked to consider joining the governing body after retiring from teaching in 2015. I felt I was able to use my skills and knowledge to help the school improve and move forward. I have a long association with the school having taught Physical Education and Mathematics and was part of the middle management team. I first joined the school in 1982.

I can use my general knowledge of education, the community and specific knowledge in pastoral work, data and curriculum to act as a critical friend to the school.

Peter Freer

Massrat Ghulum 

  • Parent Governor
  • Term of office: 01.01.22-31.12.25

Michaela Glarvey 

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Term of office:01.01.21-31.12.23

Karen Green    

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Term of office: 01.01.21-31.12.23

My link roles include Ofsted Framework regarding Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development, Leadership and Management.  Student/Staff/Parent Voice panel member.

Although originally from the North East, my husband and I have called Brinsworth our home now for over 17 years, and have happily grown our small family.  My daughter attends Brinsworth Academy, and so I have a vested interest in its success, both for my family, and my community. I have seen that formal education is often taken for granted, and I’m proud that I am helping to make it the best that it can be, for those who have yet to realise the gift that it is.

I have a background in social housing where I have developed key skills in performance and quality management, and organisational and regulatory governance, and am currently employed as Corporate & HR Manager.

Connor Humphreys

  • Staff Governor
  • Term of office: 01.01.21 – 31.12.23

I wanted to become a governor for a number of reasons. Firstly, I want to be a member of the Senior Leadership Team of a school one day, acting as a governor gives me the opportunity to explore every area of how a school functions and operates, giving me invaluable experience. Also as a staff governor I am able to bring my professional experience and knowledge as a teacher to governor meetings and act as a link between the governing body and the staff base.

Mahomed Khan 

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Term of office: 21.01.21 – 20.01.24

Greg Raynor 

  • Ex-officio- Principal
  • Term of office – n/a
  • Date appointed: 01.09.20

I have worked as part of LEAP Multi Academy Trust since September 2017 and joined Brinsworth Academy in September 2019. I am incredibly proud to represent our diverse school community and constantly strive to ensure that all students are able to ‘Achieve Excellence’ for them.  I have a range of experience in other schools and am also currently a governor in two Sheffield primary schools.

Greg Raynor 

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Claire Trueman – Co-optee

  • Appointed 09.10.21
  • Resigned 25.03.22

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