Governors' Pen Profiles
I completed my legal training in 2001 and went on to specialise in Employment Law carrying out Employee Relations and Tribunal representation for a multi-faceted portfolio of clients, including the NHS, E-Commerce and Manufacturing companies.
The skills that I have attained throughout my working life could make a positive impact with my role of Parent Governor. I have further strengthened the skills that I now find invaluable on a day to day basis. The ability to look at any situation analytically and drill down to the issues and consequences quickly whilst balancing the objectives of the parties involved would be very acceptable to this role to ensure a positive result.
I am now in a position where I practice part time which means that I am fortunate to have the time to dedicate to this role. Like many parents I feel passionately about my child's Primary school education; I will continuously work with energy and enthusiasm to ensure that the foundation of St. Sebastian's has cultivated for a happy and healthy life ahead is supported and future challenges overcome.
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 sessions, working in years one, two and the three/four class, all of which I really enjoy. I think St Sebastian’s is a wonderful school and as a governor, I will do my best to help it go from strength to strength.
Local Authority Governor
I first joined St. Sebastian’s Primary School in 2006 as a parent volunteer. After a short time I qualified as a Teaching Assistant and was lucky enough to be employed by the school, first as a 1:1 Support Assistant and later as a Classroom Assistant within the Foundation Stage class room. Since then I have completed a Degree in ‘Working with Children’ from De Montfort University and was employed, again by St. Sebastian’s, as a Graduate Teacher then later as a full time Foundation Stage Teacher and SENCo. In July 2018 I decided to develop my career within the area of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and left St. Sebastian’s to join the Rutland County Council SEND team as a SEND Caseworker. This new role has provided me with a great opportunity to continue to assist the school in supporting and developing the very best SEND provision.
Both of my children were educated at St. Sebastian’s before moving on to further their education at the King’s School. It has been a pleasure to wear so many ‘hats’ at the school and to work within the community in which I live. Being a governor, teacher, SENCo and now SEND practitioner allows me to play an integral part in the direction, implementation and overall improvement of the school.
Marie Jackson FMAAT
Vice-Chair of Governors
I’m a relative newbie to the area having come ‘from the south’ - but being married to a Lincoln man, upon our retirement, with our three kids making their own way in the world, we headed home. All my working life was spent in the not-for-profit sector with my last role being in Education. I am passionate about the role that education plays in our society and am delighted to make my contribution as a Foundation Governor. Being retired gives me the chance to indulge in my hobbies - reading, arty/crafty stuff and whizzing about on my bike - so you may just find me supporting the children with pva glue and poster paint!
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 am currently serving in the Royal Air Force and myself and my family moved to Grantham a few years ago in order to settle down in one location to ensure the best start to our daughter's education. After doing our research we found St Sebastian's and were very impressed and happy with the school's nurturing environment and the individual attention given to pupils. Our daughter has truly thrived here.
As a parent I am fully aware that engagement with your child's education is the key to success and wanted to apply for Governorship so that I can gain knowledge and expertise in the education field, to which I am very new. I am hoping I can bring in different skills and knowledge from my career in the Forces and apply them effectively to bring success for the whole school.
On a personal level I am a qualified fitness instructor and am also very interested in languages, world politics and Russian history.
I am really looking forward to this new challenge and getting to know the education system in order to bring about success for the children, families, staff and the Church.
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.