Governors' Pen Profiles
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 and management sessions. In these sessions I teach PE to classes across the year groups which I thoroughly enjoy. I am currently undertaking some further education in my career, I am studying for a PE qualification through Inspire +. I am passionate about PE and hope my enthusiasm encourages the children to enjoy a fit and healthy lifestyle.
I think the merge of the two schools in the federation is a very positive thing. We are learning to work together both as a staff and as governors, celebrating strengths and working together to develop any weaknesses.
I taught in Kent for 30 years, 25 of those at a large infant school. After I retired, I did some supply work locally and voluntary work for Childline Schools Service.
My belief has always been to develop each individual child through knowledge and values whilst providing them with the fun of, and a love of learning.
I have lived in Marston for 14 years and am secretary of our local Women's Institute (W.I.). I have 2 grown up sons, who are married and live in Kent with their families. After retiring from teaching, my grandchildren learnt from grandma too!
I live quite near Marston school and it is obvious watching the children skip and run to school that they are happy in the nurturing, caring environment they have.
Reverend Stuart Hadley
Foundation Governor - Ex Officio
I am the ex-officio governor to the Grantham Villages’ C of E Primary Schools Federation and also to the Barkston & Syston C of E Primary School. This is part of my role as Rector of the 10 parishes which make up the South Cliff Benefice. Outside of church duties, I enjoy spending time in the garden, walking by the River Witham in Grantham and cycling. I also enjoy days out on the train as well as reading (gentle) crime novels and doing jigsaws.
Marie Jackson FMAAT
Being involved with your children ... watching them grow from starting school into confident, resourceful, kind youngsters ... is such a joy - albeit that by then they're usually taller than me!
Learning was very different when I was at school - I still can't spell - but your children always impress me with their range of knowledge and importantly understanding gained through modern learning methods.
Maths is my thing - it was the foundation of my profession in the back office of Hertfordshire Country Council Education Department. I gained insight into all things education - invaluable in supporting our federation schools.
It may be an overused phrase, but inspiring a love of 'life long learning' is what I want for our young people and the reason I volunteered for this role. As a kid I hated learning but now I'm delighted to learn new skills - especially if it involves my glue gun!
When I hear you child say "Hello Mrs Jackson" it lifts my spirits - I love getting to know you too - I'm often around and love to chat with you - come and say hi! Love and blessings, "Mrs Marie"
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.