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Gladstone Primary Academy


Gladstone has a Local Governing Body (LGB).  The LGB is responsible for ensuring high-quality teaching and learning and good outcomes for pupils. Other aspects of governance are the responsibility of Thomas Deacon Academy Education Trust. 

Local Governing Body Membership

Chair of Local Governing Body, Rakhsar Shabir

Rakhsar has three children, at various stages of their education. He has over 16 years experience in the science and pharmaceutical industry, the majority of which have been in managerial positions. Currently, he is a project manager, requiring him to organise, manage and direct pre-clinical studies and projects for reputable clientele whilst complying with strict regulations and guidelines. 

"As Chair of the Local Governing Body, I bring an open mind, fresh ideas and a personal perspective to the success and future improvements of the school.  With my experience of being in leadership roles and managing people, it could help drive through positive change and initiatives as well as process improvements. I believe this experience along with a serious professional attitude and enthusiasm will be beneficial and bring some value or meaningful difference, at least towards fulfilling the ambition for seeing Gladstone Primary as an outstanding, thriving and competing school of Peterborough."   

John Turner 

John Turner is Impact & Improvement Officer at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. He has volunteered and worked within the charity sector for over 10 years in a variety of roles, which has included involvement in an area based curriculum, supporting young carers and their families. John is also a trustee of the Deacon's School Trust and a former student of Gladstone Primary School.

John has responsibility for safeguarding.

Reta Suali

Reta is an experienced governor, having before been a governor at The King’s School and a member of the local Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.

Geoff Walls, Associate Governor

Geoff is the Principal of Thomas Deacon Academy and has experience of the private, primary and secondary sectors of education. Geoff has also been an Ofsted inspector and brings a wealth of educational experience to the group.

Donna Augustine 


Donna was born and raised in Dogsthorpe Peterborough and attended John Mansfield Secondary School then Peterborough Regional College.  Donna has worked for various Government departments, most recently as an Employer Adviser, supporting both employers to recruit and Peterborough people to find work.

Before becoming a Director of Thomas Deacon Academy, Donna was a Governor of a local Primary school for several years.

Gary Moore


Gary has three grown up children, one of whom works in education and four grandchildren who are at various stages in their education.

He works as a Regional Sales Manager in Environmental Services in London and the South East and has a wide breadth of experience.  Gary has worked as a governor in several local primary schools and is now a new governor on our Local Governing Body.

Meg Waters 


Meg has over 16 years’ experience working within the education sector supporting vulnerable young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.  She currently holds a Designated Child Protection certificate and line manages a large team of staff.  Meg has the requisite interpersonal, analytical and decision making skills to make a positive difference to the education of local children.

Ansar Ali 

Ansar is a retired Local Government Officer and is currently a  Peterborough City Councillor. He has lived in Peterborough for over forty eight years and has been involved in public services for nearly forty years in voluntary and professional capacities. He has worked as a senior manager in local government for nearly thirty years as well as undertaking assignments across the Country for agencies like National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), HMIC (Her Majesty's Inspector for Constabulary), Audit Commission and Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA).

He has also served as an Independent Member of Cambridgeshire Police Authority, as a Non-Executive Director of an NHS Healthcare Trust and as an Elected Cambridgeshire County Councillor.

Ansar is active in voluntary community work as a Governor at Peterborough Regional College, director and presenter at Salaam Radio and UK co-ordinator for the charity British Friends of Islamgarh Welfare Trust. He has also have served as a Magistrate (Justice of Peace).  

Sukaina Manji 


Sukaina is a qualified Teacher of Ethics, Philosophy and Humanities. She holds a Masters in Education and is passionate  in empowering young learners to develop their future skills and abilities.


Sukaina also holds a Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy and she is actively involved in both community and Interfaith work. Currently she is the Chair of the Peterborough Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education  (SACRE).


Local Governing Body Meeting Dates

Thursday 11th October 2018
Thursday 6th December 2018
Thursday 7th February 2019
Thursday 21st March 2019
Thursday 16th May 2019
Thursday 4th July 2019


Local Governing Body Terms of Reference  


The LGB’s key responsibility is to ensure that pupils' learning progress and development is at the heart of the Academy's priorities.


It shall consist of at least six local governors.


At least half termly - the committee shall meet six times a year plus other times as required.


The quorum shall be four local governors. The committee shall not meet without the Headteacher or their representative being present. There is an open invitation to the CEO and Trustees.

Terms of Reference:

* To ensure that the Academy sets suitable learning challenges, responds to pupils’ diverse learning needs and overcomes barriers to learning for individuals and groups of students.

* To monitor pupil progress and attainment and receive regular reports on the analysis of test and assessment results from both key stages.

* To monitor and review Academy, local and national performance information and data relating to the Academy.

* To report to the Trust Board on the achievement and progress of pupils throughout the Academy.

* To measure and review the effectiveness and input of the Academy Improvement Plan and the post-Ofsted action plan.

* To understand, and contribute to, the Academy’s self-evaluation form.

* To set, monitor and review priorities as agreed by the CEO, Headteacher and Chair of the LGB.


Recent minutes can be downloaded below