Full Governing Body

Our Governing Body at Lighthouse School

Our Governing Body at Lighthouse School is made up of a group of skilled individuals who are passionate about the students, highly engaged with the school and totally bought into the vision and values for the school and all within it. They are generous with their time and bring experiences to support and challenge the leadership and staff of the school.

Our skilled professionals being a breadth and depth of experience and includes Educationalists, Finance, Legal, HR and Leadership Development, Business and Enterprise. They also share their network of contacts to further community and business partnerships. We are all on the same journey of great outcomes for all continues improvement and a strong sense of team!

Katie Parlett MBE – Chair of GovernorsKatie

Date of Appointment – November 2011 and re-elected in September 2014 for four years.

Date of Appointment to Chair of Governors – September 2016 for one year

Roles & Responsibilities – Vision, Values and Strategy, Post 16, Safeguarding

Sub Committees – Teaching and Learning Committee, Student Family & Staff Support Committee, Finance Committee

I am one of the Founders of Lighthouse driven to bring about change and provide families in the area a greater choice of provision, one that is destination based and one that strives to do its absolute best for each and every student. I have a strong belief in fairness and ensuring that every single child and young person has a personalised journey that is right for them and draws out their abilities, talents and interests and helps them build emotional resilience and self esteem. From the moment they arrive we are preparing them for adulthood.

I have a background in starting and building successful multi-million pound businesses in IT Training and Software Engineering since the age of 19. I studied Marketing and Engineering at Huddersfield Polytechnic and through running successful businesses I have developed many key skills including leadership and development, finance, marketing, project management and general emotional intelligence and resilience.

I have been a Governor and the Chair of Governors at a local primary school from 2006 to 2010 and I have been acting Principal for one year at Lighthouse which gave me a true insight into the educational and operational aspects of running a school. I had the privilege of leading the school building project and worked with a strong team from within the school and collaboratively we have the best environment for our students despite huge financial constraints. The building has transformed behaviours, reduced anxiety and has a sense of purpose, calmness and happiness!

I have a child with special needs so I understand parents journey and parents need for support.

Pauline Hilling-Smith – Executive PrincipalPauline 2

Ex Officio Governor

Date of Appointment – September 2016

Sub Committees – Teaching and Learning Committee, Student Family & Staff Support Committee, Finance Committee

I have been the headteacher of a number of highly successful all age special and primary schools for 16 years. I am a qualified teacher of the blind. I am an accredited Early Years Ofsted inspector and have recently successfully completed training as a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (HMC and GSA schools). I worked for Ofsted for 10 years as a team and subsequently lead inspector in schools for all age groups.

I am currently working as an inspector for the Church of England. I also supports a multi-academy trust consisting of 8 primary and 2 secondary schools as well as two special schools as a school improvement partner. This works includes headteacher performance management. I studied natural sciences and hold a masters degree in education. My hobbies are travelling and studying languages. I am a fluent speaker of French and Spanish and have studied Arabic.

Rada Grkinic – Vice Chair of GovernorsRada Grkinic, Administrator, Lighthouse School

Date of Appointment – November 2011

Date of Appointment to Vice Chair of Governors – September 2016 for one year

Roles & Responsibilities – Pupil Support

Sub Committees – Teaching and Learning Committee

I have over 30 years experience of administration, management and finance within the hospitality, education and charity sectors. I am one of the founding members of Lighthouse School and a parent to 2 young men & one who is on the Autistic spectrum. Having seen and experienced at first hand the challenges faced by young people with ASC & their families, I am dedicated to improving life choices and outcomes for young people with ASC and building on their underlying talents.

My experience also includes being a trained advisor on the NAS education advice line . I serve on the Teaching & Learning committee at Lighthouse School. My hobbies include travel, skiing, keeping fit and spending time with family & friends.

Darren Cooper – Parent GovernorDarren Cooper, governor, Lighthouse School

Chair of Finance Committee

Date of Appointment – September 2013 for four years

Roles & Responsibilities – School Finance, Health & Safety

Sub Committees – Finance Committee (Chair)

I am a chartered accountant who chairs the Finance and Resources Committee. I have worked for a Housing Association for the last 15 years and I am a great believer in social justice. An Arsenal fanatic, my favourite pastimes apart from sport are going for days out with my kids.


Angela Owen – Parent GovernorAngela OWen, governor, Lighthouse School

Date of Appointment – September 2013 for four years

Roles & Responsibilities – Parent Support, School Policies

Sub Committees – Student, Family & Staff Support Committee

Initially I was involved in the school as parent liaison, providing support and guidance for current and prospective parents. This role enabled me to understand the concerns parents have for their child’s education, wellbeing and future life. I became a parent governor and continue to act as a link to parent.


Michelle Hoole – Staff GovernorMichelle

Date of Appointment – September 2015 for four years

Roles & Responsibilities – Staff Support

Sub Committees – Teaching and Learning Committee

I am Head of Computing, E-Safety Office and part of the Safeguarding Team at Lighthouse School. I have been teaching for 12 years and was an ICT teacher and then an Advisory teacher for Leeds City Council prior to joining Lighthouse School in 2013. I was the Quality Nominee for Btec qualifications for all the City Learning Centres in Leeds and have a lot of experience in assessment and curriculum design.

I wanted to join the governing body as I saw it as an opportunity to be involved with the strategic direction of the school, alongside my role within the school leadership team. I felt that is was important to become more involved in the school as I am passionate about it and it’s ability to make a massively positive contribution to the lives of young people with ASC.

I am very knowledgeable about the use of ICT across the curriculum, the design if a curriculum that engages and enthuses young people and how to deliver accredited qualifications that enable students to reach their potential. I have many years experience working with a range f vulnerable young people and of the safeguarding needs, both online and offline, of young people.


Emma Sullivan – Co-opted Governors

Date of Appointment – June 2015 for four years

Sub Committee – Student, Family & Staff Support Committee

I have 20 years experience of working in secondary, further and higher education in the UK and abroad. I am currently the Director of  14-19 education at Leeds City College which provides a range of programmes from re-engagement to A Levels. I have recent experience of setting up and establishing a 14-16 Academy and gaining outstanding and good outcomes from OFSTED inspections. I am passionate about assisting young people to gain the future they deserve and working with students, parents and staff members to achieve great things. I am keen to support the school achieve its aim of providing personalised education which is destination led and that enables each student to have a bright future. I am a mum of two beautiful children who are my greatest achievement and inspire me everyday.

Geraint Pinches – Co-opted Governor

Resigned as a Governor 18th May 2017

Date of Appointment – December 2014 for four years

Roles & Responsibilities – Legal and contracts

Sub Committee – Finance Committee

Deborah Laycock – Safeguarding Governor

Date of Appointment – May 2017 for four years

Roles & Responsibilities – Safeguarding

Sub Committees – Student, Family & Staff Support Committee (Chair)

I am an experienced Safeguarding professional working for over 25 years in the Education sector, being known mainly for my extensive grass roots work with both young people and adults at risk. I have led on developing and delivering positive safeguarding and early help interventions as well as wellbeing and support services.

Throughout my years in education, I have developed extensive knowledge and skills, which have helped to bring about organisational change for safer cultures in schools and colleges, enabling them to meet their safeguarding responsibilities and challenges.

I have previously contributed to achieving ‘outstanding’ recognition from Ofsted and work to continue to work to inspire practitioners to both reflect and develop safeguarding best practice. I work independently as a trainer/consultant to deliver training, supervision, support and interventions which address the ever changing landscape of safeguarding and offer support to staff to be the best who they can be within this often complex and challenging area.

I believe that all children and young adults should feel safe and have access to opportunities, which enable them to thrive, flourish and follow their dreams, regardless of their background or level of ability. I use my commitment, drive, people skills and relentless passion to continue to spread the safeguarding message!

Christine Milner – Clerk to the GovernorsChristine Milner, Clerk to Governors, Lighthouse School





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29th September 2016 Lighthouse School FGB Minutes 29.9.16

8th December 2016 Lighthouse School FGB Minutes 8.12.16

15th December 2016 Lighthouse School FGB Minutes 15.12.16

2nd February 2017 Lighthouse School FGB Minutes 2.2.17

18th May 2017 Lighthouse School FGB Minutes 18.5.17

6th July 2017


Meeting dates for 2017/18 Academic year


Full Governing Body

27th September 2017 AGM

6th December 2017

21st March 2018

4th July 2018

Finance Sub Committee

22nd November 2017

28th February 2018

20th June 2018

Teaching and Learning Committee

2nd November 2017

8th February 2018

24th May 2018

Student, Family & Staff Support Committee

9th October 2017

22nd January 2018

14th May 2018