I am delighted to introduce myself as the chair of governors of Tuxford Academy. I lead a highly committed and talented team of governors, dedicated to supporting and challenging the academy to ensure the students achieve the best possible outcomes, both in terms of their academic, spiritual and emotional wellbeing. This also means ensuring that all staff receive the support they need to deliver a first class education.

We know how important parents and carers are in contributing to the progress that students make, and are keen to attend parent and carer groups and meetings to listen to your views on what is going well and what you think could be done better.

In addition to regular governor meetings, we also make visits to the academy to observe different aspects of the curriculum and to monitor areas of statutory compliance. Tuxford Academy is part of Diverse Academies Trust with whom we work closely.

I thought it helpful to tell you a little about myself and my journey to becoming the chair of governors. I have been a governor since 2015, most recently as the vice chair. Having officially retired in 2014, I have spent 38 years as a teacher and senior leader, including head of secondary, special schools and support services mainly in Nottinghamshire. I also worked in the school improvement service, and for a national charity as a coach. I have grandchildren attending Tuxford, which is one of the reasons why I became a governor.

To conclude, I wish to share with you a quote from my application to be chair of governors – ‘At the heart of this role is ensuring young people are enabled to achieve their dreams.’

I can be contacted through the academy via email office@tuxford-ac.org.uk or via phone on 01777 870001.

Rob Lancaster
Chair of Governors