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To be greater and to aspire further

The GFM is the first localised Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) established in Hampshire. The founding schools of the GFM are Bay House Academy, Gomer Junior School and LWS Academy. Brune Park School joined the GFM in May 2017 and Rowner Junior School in September 2018.

Our aims and ethos

The GFM is a local solution that will champion the needs of Gosport and Fareham learners across all phases of education; Secondary, Primary and SEN.

The GFM recognises the need to work in partnership with Hampshire County Council and all local schools to build better outcomes and opportunities for the young people of Gosport and Fareham.

It is through our collective endeavour that we can make a difference, with Gosport and Fareham learners’ achievement being greater and them aspiring further. The local commitment to this initiative is overwhelming; schools and communities see this as an opportunity for a group of schools to become greater than the sum of their parts.

The members and directors have a clear ambition and belief in local schools working together for the benefit of all their young people. The GFM was formed on  the 1st April 2017 with Brune Park joining from the 1st May 2017.

The GFM Executive Board

GFM Executive 2021

Executive Board


Kirstie works across the GFM Secondary Headship, having joined Bay House School in 2014. Kirstie held senior leadership roles in schools in London and Hampshire before leading raising achievement and school improvement programmes, and authoring a number of publications/books with the Department for Education and an International Not-for-Profit Education organisation.

Executive Finance Director


As a Chartered Accountant and Business Advisor, has a career across various private and public sector roles supporting capacity building and financial and business development. Has worked at senior level within the voluntary sector for the last 15 years focusing on building sustainable community enterprises through strategic planning, business health and resilience.

Has also been involved in supporting the development, project management and launch of new pilot investment funds in partnership with leading charities and sector funding bodies.

Executive Board


Nige is a former pupil of Brune Park School and began his teaching career at Bay House School and Sixth Form in 2002.

He is actively interested in educational research and holds a Masters degree in education with distinction and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southampton.

Executive Board


Executive Head Teacher based at Gomer Junior School having worked in education since the year 2000, teaching in a variety of settings ranging from nursery through to secondary. Primary practice is being cascaded across the GFM with a focus on the TES award winning gSTEM as a catalyst for cross-MAT working. Primary GFM practice has a clear focus on a balanced and broad curriculum rich with opportunity.

Executive Board


Stuart is currently Executive Headteacher for our Specialist Provision phase and from September 2021 will be our Executive Director for Extended Services. He has over 20 years experience of working in Education and School Leadership, with a career drive to innovate toward improved local systems for greater capacity and equity that enable better opportunities for our children and families.

Executive Board


Kerry is the headteacher of Rowner Junior School having previously been the deputy headteacher. Following her time in Kent and Medway as both a member of school leadership teams and acting deputy headteacher Kerry returned to her hometown of Gosport.

Executive Board


Ryan joined Bay House school in 2002 as a teacher of mathematics and has held various school leadership roles within the organisation. As a member of the executive team he now works across the secondary phase leading learning and teaching in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Languages.

Chief Executive


Ian is the Chief Executive of the Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust. The GFM is the first local Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in Hampshire, United Kingdom. Prior to its formation in 2017, he was the Headteacher of Bay House School during which time all five Ofsted inspections judged the leadership to be outstanding.

Ian’s research interests include System Leadership. He co-coordinates the International School Leadership Development Network Researching Social Justice Leadership in schools internationally.

He is Vice-Chair of the BELMAS Council and the Society’s Coordinator for International Affairs and their representative on the CCEAM Board. He is a member of the BERA Conference Committee and ASCL Local Representative for Hampshire and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Publications

  • James, C., James, J. S. & Potter, I., (2017) An exploration of the validity and potential of adult ego development for enhancing understandings of school leadershipSchool Leadership and Management.
  • Miller, P. & Potter I (2017) Whole School Development Across Borders: Leading Intercultural and Cross-Cultural Learning In MILLER, Paul (Ed) Cultures of Educational Leadership: Global and Intercultural Perspectives Palgrave Macmillan
  • Potter, I (1994) Education For Change And Change For Education in Quality World Vol 20 (11) November 1994
  • Potter, I (1994)  Gas Works in School In Teamtalk published by the National Society for Quality through Teamwork (NSQT) August 1994
  • Potter, I  (2017) Change in Context and Identity: The Case of an English School Leader In ANGELLE, Pam (Ed) A Global Perspective of Social Justice Leadership for School Principals Information Age Publishing
  • Potter, I  (2017) Developing Social Justice Leadership through Reflexivity. In ANGELLE, Pam (Ed) A Global Perspective of Social Justice Leadership for School Principals Information Age Publishing
  • Slater, C., Potter, I., Torres, N. & Brinco, F. (2014)  Understanding Social Justice Leadership: An international exploration of perspectives of two school leaders in Costa Rica and England. Management in Education
  • Potter, I, Chitpin, S (2020) Professional development for school leaders in England: decision-making for social justice
  • Woods, PA, Torrance, D, Donnelly, C, Hamilton, T, Jones, K, Potter, I (2020) Diverging Systems of Educational Leadership in the Four Nations of the United Kingdom

Director of Human Resources


Marie has a background in education-specific HR and is experienced in developing and leading HR training for organisations including the NAHT. Having previously qualified as a Barrister and Teacher of A’ Level Law, Marie is able to offer specialist knowledge and expertise, leading on the full breadth of operational and strategic HR. Working collaboratively with major stakeholders, Marie supports the development and implementation of a modern HR strategy reflecting the GFM’s people ambition for the future.

Director of Schooling


Geoff is the Trust’s Director of Schooling, working on school improvement strategy in all schools in the GFM. He has been an Ofsted Inspector, the Headteacher of one of the UK’s largest all-through academies and is a qualified executive coach.

Executive Board


Chris is the Executive Leader for Personal Development and Community Endeavours across the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust and joined the organisation in 2019. Before joining the GFM Chris held a number of senior leadership positions across London schools and is a Trustee for another national Multi Academy Trust.

If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume... that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world. - Noam Chomsky

GFM Education
Bay House School
Gomer Lane, Alverstoke
Gosport
Hampshire
PO12 2QP

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