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  2. Meet our Local Academy Councillors

Meet our Local Academy Councillors



 Mrs Geraldine Faint -  Chair - Trust Elected Local Academy Councillor 

Hello to all our school pupils and our school family.

My husband and I have 3 children who are all grown up.  We’ve recently been made grandparents by a beautiful little boy called Noah.

I don’t work in a school but I do work in a school environment so I get to see how schools operate from a different perspective.

I’ve been a Local Academy Councillor at Teesville Academy for over 3 years and I’ve seen the incredible talent within Teesville Academy flourish for both students and staff.

Going forward I would like to have a greater part in school activities, meet with the students, their parents and carers and our staff more so that I can have a greater depth of understanding to help build the school into an even greater place to learn and grow.

Mrs Delyth Linacre - Trust Elected Local Academy Councillor 
My name is Delyth Linacre and I’m currently Principal at Easterside Academy in Middlesbrough, part of the Enquire Learning Trust (ELT). I have had the pleasure of being Principal there for seven years and have worked at the school for over twenty four years.  I have lead the school through academy conversion, standing alone but working in collaboration under an umbrella trust. Four years later I then lead the academy through the exciting process of joining ELT. As a leader I love to work collaboratively with schools within Middlesbrough but also across our region and the country. I like to be outward facing. Collaborative work has so many positives and gains not only for my own school but also those I work with and has been key to my own school’s improvement.
Working in an area of high deprivation in Middlesbrough, I strive for all children to aim high and be the very best they can be with the support of a great school.  
My passions throughout my teaching career have included Early Years and outdoor learning, and I have delivered training and worked collaboratively with different schools and settings to improve in these areas.
I am passionate about Education and enjoy working as part of a team of committed Local Academy Councillors who are determined to support the Headteachers and staff in ensuring the very best for Teesville Academy.


Mrs Alison Toward - Trust Elected Local Academy Councillor  

My Name is Alison Toward. I was in primary education for the whole of my career which stretched for 37 years. In that time, I taught in a range of schools each with their own strengths and challenges and with very differing approaches to education. I have many years teaching experience in KS1 and KS2.

In 2008 I became a head teacher at St Joseph’s in Loftus. I thoroughly enjoyed working with staff, parents and children and was particularly proud of shaping the family ethos that made the school such a special place. I was delighted to achieve an outstanding Ofsted judgement in September 2017. This reflected the hard work of the whole staff team and the drive towards clear whole school approaches to learning.

My professional experience has given me a good insight into the role of Local Academy Councillor which is crucial to the success of the school. I understand how important it is to have support from the Local Academy Councillors but also to be challenged about policy and practice.

I firmly believe that every child deserves the opportunity to attend a school that offers them a creative and balanced curriculum, develops their understanding of the world around them and, most important of all, makes them believe in themselves as learners.

Having recently retired, I have started to come into Teesville Academy in a voluntary role and am thoroughly enjoying interacting with the children who are a real credit to the school.

I have a real interest in education and feel that I now have the time to commit to the role of Local Academy Councillor. I hope that my experience in education can contribute to helping the school further develop.

Mrs Karen Gallagher - Parent Elected Local Academy Councillor 
My name is Karen Gallagher.  First and foremost I am a mum of three children. Two of my children attend Teesville Academy. I am also a registered nurse of 15 years. I have worked in numerous wards and my last job was at Butterwick Children's Hospice. I then decided to go back to university to complete a public health degree which has led me to my current role as a Health Visitor. I am very passionate about my work and felt I could offer our school some of my expertise and of course have the extra bonus of working with such wonderful children and staff at Teesville Academy. 
Mr Stuart White - Y6 teacher - Staff Elected Local Academy Councillor 

Mrs Sharon Weston  -  Head of School

Mrs Jill Ashman -  Head of School 

Mr Steve Leigh  -  Clerk to the Governors