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.
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.
Our 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.
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.
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.
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.
Head Teacher of LWS Academy, the only local special school for students with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs. Has worked in secondary education for 18 years and as a leader in special education for the past 11. Throughout his career there has been a focus on developing and improving systems to better and further positive outcomes for the most disadvantaged learners in the education system.
Executive Finance Director of the Gosport & Fareham MAT. 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.
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.
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.
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.