Lea Mason - Hello, my name is Leanda (or Lea for short) Mason and I had the privilege of being a Governor and Headteacher of St Bernard’s School from 2009 and then held the position of Governor and Executive Head Teacher of The Lincolnshire Wolds Federation, with St Lawrence School from September 2012. In both roles I have enjoyed the support and challenge of very active Governing bodies, as well as my husband and two children.
Prior to my appointment at St Bernard’s, I worked as a Deputy Head in a school for young people with moderate, sever and complex needs in the south of Lincolnshire, and worked as a consultant for the specialist schools trust in supporting schools to develop provision for youngsters with Autism and complex needs, including multi-sensory impairments.
My role as Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust, sits alongside and compliments my role as Executive Head for LWF. The positions support me in my working closely with the Local Authority and the Local Community, as well as parents and other settings, to build on educational opportunities and ensuring that LWCT continues to provide outstanding education and support for all of its students, in any setting.
I have a passionate drive for ensuring all of our students are afforded the opportunities to achieve their aspirations and potential, as well as providing an environment that supports all within the LWCT community to aspire and achieve
Michelle Hockham - My name is Michelle Hockham, I qualified as a teacher in 1996. Since then I have worked in an array of settings including mainstream primary, secondary, further education as well as SEN. I have worked at LWF since 2006, based at St Lawrence School. I have had the pleasure of teaching across all age ranges and abilities within the Federation, however my specialism is in English and ICT.
In my current role as Head of School, I am in responsible for the day to day management of the school and supporting the development and direction of our Curriculum across the Federation. I also monitor progress and attainment to measure achievements and success.
I have a passion for improving the provision and education offered to young people with additional needs and in particular providing a curriculum that addresses the whole child not just the academic progress. I am a strong believer in offering our students valuable ‘real’ experiences to support their learning and development to enable them to be the best they can be and be as independent as possible in adult life.
Kay Smith - I joined Lincolnshire Wolds Federation in March 2015 and have already experienced a fast journey of change in a short space of time.
Since the Federation converted to Academy status in September 2015, my initial role as HR Administrator has grown and changed beyond recognition.
I am now HR and Facilities Lead across the Federation and hope, in the future, as the Lincolnshire Wolds Community Trust grows and we welcome more schools under our wing, to develop my role further to become responsible for those functions for the Trust.
I have over 10 years’ experience in HR roles following a change of direction when I was made redundant from a previous role. In that time I have become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), gaining a Level 5 qualification through personal studies. In time, I plan to extend that learning to gain my Master’s Degree in HR & Employment Law sometime in the future.
Being part of the Federation brings a wide variety to my work along with challenges which provide a level of interest that I feel is important to achieving a level of work and personal satisfaction.