Mrs Raybould started as a Parent Governor at Leigh Primary School over 15 years ago, continuing as a co-opted governor and has been Chair of Leigh Governors for the last 4 years. This is in part due to the fond memories her son has of the school at what was such an important stage in his life and has provided him with a strong ethos for education, travel and social skills. The foundation the school provided him has helped him to obtain a first class degree in International Business Management.
Growing up in Washwood Heath, educated locally and having strong ties in the local community, Mrs Raybould was drawn to the role during her son’s time there because of the school ethos, the schools approach to educating every child, removing barriers to learning. Also the personal development not just for herself but for the staff, volunteers and other schools in the area, the school having good links with the community. This role enables her to give something back to the community and school, whilst supporting the school to provide the same ethos and standards to the children in an ever evolving education arena.
Being part of the Governing body ensures that the provisions made by the school meet individual needs; values difference whilst promoting a culture of dignity and respect within the school and the community. Mrs Raybould is presently a community specialist nurse working with children, young people and adults who have inherited blood conditions (Sickle Cell and Thalassemia) for the past nineteen years.
Her nursing career started in 1984 with qualifications as a general nurse (adults), sick children nurse and health visitor. Working in hospital and community settings with a qualification in clinical teaching. Mrs Raybould has degrees in community health nursing and nursing studies, recently qualifying as a nurse prescriber. Mrs Raybould has a vast amount of experience working with children and young people with a wide range of needs and uses her experience and knowledge to support the well-being of children with varying needs and the safeguarding ethos of the Trust. As a senior nurse she brings skills in management; safer selection and recruitment; research; networking; child care; health and well-being; finance insight (as similar to health education has also had budget restrictions and challenges). Experience working with multi agencies on Safeguarding and Domestic violence committees.
Mrs Gospel is a retired Head Teacher. During her years of working in the Education sector she was committed to working in inner-city schools with high levels of deprivation and has also worked for a local consortium as the excellence in cities co-ordinator. Mrs Gospel was appointed as the Head Teacher for Leigh School in 1985. She started off the school with one class of children in a derelict building and went on to build up the school to a successful two form entry primary school.
Following her retirement in 2006, after a period of relaxation, Mrs Gospel served as a governor representing the Local Authority in two very different local schools. During this time Mrs Gospel had experience of all aspects of governor responsibility. She acted as Chair and also chaired and served on all committees. She particularly enjoyed her continued contact with young people and their parents, regularly attending special events and supporting residential visits. Mrs Gospel is still serving as a Local Authority representative at a Birmingham school. Mrs Gospel has also supported and chaired the Patients Participation Group at her local health practice and thoroughly enjoyed learning how the National Health Service works and how patients can support and occasionally influence the service provided. Mrs Gospel is a wife, a mother of three daughters and grandmother to six grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, gardening, sewing and being a member of various clubs. Mrs Gospel is now looking forward to renewing her relationship with Leigh School and working as a Member of Leigh Trust.
Mr Hussain has previously had over 30 years’ experience in a senior management position at large bakery which was part of the Mother’s Pride group. His role involved facilitating change and progression management covering such areas as finance, recruitment, contracts, procurement and Health and Safety. More recently, Mr Hussain has set up his and is running his own retail business in the local community of Leigh Primary School, which includes a bakery on site. He has previously served on Governing Bodies which have included being on the Finance and Audit committees for a number of years. Working in a large multi-national organisation, setting up and running his own business and serving on Governing Bodies have given him the skills and experience which he is able to draw upon in his role as Member of Leigh Trust.
Member - In memory of Mr Hornsby who sadly passed away on 11th September 2018
Mr Hornsby was Head Teacher at a ‘Good’ 3 form entry, inner city school for over 14 years. Whilst Head Teacher, Mr Hornsby took on the role of Executive Head Teacher at a local ‘Requires Improvement,’ 3 form entry primary school – work which was commissioned through Birmingham Local Authority. Richard was a School Improvement Advisor for Birmingham Local Authority and also a Governor on a local Governing Body. He was previously a member of the Disciplinary Panels for the General Teaching Council.
Mr Hornsby retired in 2010 but continues as School Improvement Advisor for a number of Primary Schools and Education Advisor across the West Midlands. He also provides a comprehensive training programme for senior and middle leaders, NQT’s and administration staff. Richard also carries out Head Teachers’ Performance Management for a number of Governing Bodies across the West Midlands. Now that Mr Hornsby is retired he ensures that he keeps himself up to date with current developments in the world of Education.