Governors' Pen Profiles
I joined St Sebastian’s in September 2013 as a Teaching Assistant in EYFS. Having worked with older children previously, the reception class came as quite a shock but I soon came to love working with the youngest children in the school and am still there now. Since starting at St Sebastian’s, I have completed my Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification and now cover teachers' PPA and management sessions. In these sessions I teach PE to classes across the year groups which I thoroughly enjoy. I am currently undertaking some further education in my career, I am studying for a PE qualification through Inspire +. I am passionate about PE and hope my enthusiasm encourages the children to enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle.
I think the merge of the two schools in the federation is a very positive thing. We are learning to work together both as a staff and as governors, celebrating strengths and working together to develop any weaknesses.
Reverend Stuart Hadley
Foundation Governor - Ex Officio
I am the ex-officio governor to the Grantham Villages’ C of E Primary Schools Federation and also to the Barkston & Syston C of E Primary School. This is part of my role as Rector of the 10 parishes which make up the South Cliff Benefice. Outside of church duties, I enjoy spending time in the garden, walking by the River Witham in Grantham and cycling. I also enjoy days out on the train as well as reading (gentle) crime novels and doing jigsaws.
Marie Jackson FMAAT
Vice-Chair of Governors
Being involved with your children ... watching them grow from starting school into confident, resourceful, kind youngsters ... is such a joy - albeit that by then they're usually taller than me!
Learning was very different when I was at school - I still can't spell - but your children always impress me with their range of knowledge and importantly understanding gained through modern learning methods.
Maths is my thing - it was the foundation of my profession in the back office of Hertfordshire Country Council Education Department. I gained insight into all things education - invaluable in supporting our federation schools.
It may be an overused phrase, but inspiring a love of 'life long learning' is what I want for our young people and the reason I volunteered for this role. As a kid I hated learning but now I'm delighted to learn new skills - especially if it involves my glue gun!
When I hear you child say "Hello Mrs Jackson" it lifts my spirits - I love getting to know you too - I'm often around and love to chat with you - come and say hi! Love and blessings, "Mrs Marie"
I am a proud mum of two of St. Sebastian's pupils. My eldest child joined in September 2015 and I was immediately struck by what a warm and inclusive school St. Sebastian's is, truely operating at the heart of the local community.
In my working life, I head up business services and serve on the board of Directors for an Import/Export company. In my 16 years as an accountant, I have worked in many sectors including accounting practice, manufacturing and mental health.
Most of my spare time is spent with my family and friends or working on my garden.
I look forward to utilising my skills in contributing to the continued success of our wonderful school.
Chair of Governors
My name is Anne Schaanning and I have been a governor for almost ten years. I have always worked with children, for 25 years as a neonatal nurse in Birmingham. I moved here with my family in 2004 and have been a foster carer since then. I also assist with the local Girl Guides as a Guide helper. I have had two children at Saint Sebastian’s, both who flourished in the nurturing environment, to go on to the local grammar schools.
I am very proud to be part of such a caring school that values each and every pupil.
I’ve enjoyed a long and happy career in education, having recently retired as a Head Teacher of x2 primary schools. My career has been mostly in church schools so I’m delighted to join the team at St Sebastian’s as a Foundation Governor. I’m also the school’s Bishop’s Visitor so will be able to visit the children with special messages from the Bishop of Lincoln throughout the year.
I’ve been a member of St Sebastian’s Church for many years and am a Church Warden and will enjoy the closer connection with our school next door! I’m a member of the executive committee of the Lincolnshire NAHT and serve as the NAHT representative on the Lincolnshire SACRE, (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.)
I love singing and playing the piano/keyboard and sing in a small choir and very occasionally play keyboard in a ceilidh band.
I have two grown up children and a new grandson who currently lives abroad but I enjoy visiting him as often as I can!
I look forward to being a part of the successful team at St Sebastian’s, supporting the whole school’s community in the drive to see all children succeed and flourish.