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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


If you would ever like to contact the Chair of Governors then their email address is;


Gladstone Primary Academy Governing Board


Mrs C Bartley – Chair of the Governing Board       

Trust Appointed Member, a member of the Mathematics Working Party and Safeguarding Link Governor. Headteacher Performance Management. 


Mr P Woodall – Vice Chair

Trust Appointed Member, Health and Safety Governor, a former  Chair of Governors with 20 years experience. Mr Woodall is now retired having had many year's experience in business. Headteacher Performance Management


Fthr. K. Palmer – Vice Chair - Trust Appointed Member                                                 

Member of the English Working Party, Pupil Premium Link Governor and a former Chair of Governors. Headteacher  Performance Management. Fthr Kevin is parish priest at St Mary's and St Chad's C.E. Church, Anchor Road, Longton.


Mrs E. Preston – Headteacher     

Mrs Preston has now been the headteacher at Gladstone Primary Academy since 2007 having been the Deputy Headteacher since of Woodhouse / Gladstone since 1998. Having qualified as a teacher in 1986 she has worked in a number of schools across Stoke-on-Trent as a teacher and in middle and senior leadership roles.


Mr Michael Artemis – Associate Member                                       

Inclusion Link Governor specialising in SEND, a Senior Educational Psychologist and an experienced primary school governor  / former Chair of Governors. 


Mr E. J. Irons – Trust Appointed Member                                                      

Member of the Science Working Party, a former Vice-Chair of Governors and specialising in finance. Mr Irons is also a trustee of the mental health charity MIND.


Mrs L Perry – Trust Appointed Member  with experience in Further Education and experience as a governor in a primary school. 


Parent Governor - Mr G Bowen specialising in business and enterprise and experience as a governor in a number of settings. He has a senior position in sales for a major car dealership.


Parent Governor - Mrs S Carter specialising in leadership of a child care facility and special educational needs. She currently works as Lead Practitioner at Ashwood Nursersies / Anchor Daycare, Longton.


Mrs C Annese – Associate Governor, Deputy Headteacher. Mrs Annese has worked at Gladstone as Deputy Headteacher since 2007 and prior to that has experience working as a teacher / senior leader in other schools across the City.


Support Staff Governor – Mrs S Carter, Teaching and Learning Practitioner. Mrs Carter has worked at Woodhouse / Gladstone since 1998. 


Mr S Stanford – Teacher Representative , Assistant Headteacher and SENCo. Mr Stanford has worked at Gladstone Primary since 2012 having worked at a number of schools in Stoke-on-Trent as a teacher and senior leader.                                                   

Governors meet twice per term, at a minimum. The Strategic Governing Board which consists of all governors meets in the first half term and the Full Governing Board meeting takes place in the second half term.


We also hold Strategic Days when governors come in to school to meet with relevant staff to discuss a specific area of enquiry. E.g. In the past they have reviewed the curriculum, Special Educational Needs, monitored books in the Core Subjects and spent a day reviewing attainment and progress.


 The Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher meets with the Chair and Vice Chairs on a regular basis.