Management Committee

Gloucester & Forest Alternative Provision School Management Committee

The Management Committee Members have a wide range of experience and expertise. They meet regularly and work in close partnership with the Senior Leadership Team to determine the aims, agree policies, targets, and priorities for the development of the APS in order to continuously improve the standards of education and promote a safe and caring environment for the benefit of our pupils. Management Committee members have legal duties, powers, and responsibilities. However, they can only act together, not individually.

Management Committee Members are appointed to help:

  • By working in partnership with the Headteacher;
  • With the implementation of the School Development Plan;
  • Advise on spending the budget;
  • Interview and select staff;
  • Ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are taught;
  • Are elected for 4 years 


For more information, please contact the clerk to the management committee at:

 There are no members of staff earning over £100,000 at GFAPS. 


Lyn Dance - I have worked in special education within Gloucestershire for 30 years as a teacher, Deputy and Head teacher of The Milestone Special School.  I am now the CEO of SAND Academies Trust, which has 4 special schools and 1 mainstream.  I also do support schools through consultancy..  I have been on the Governing Body of 2 city primary schools in the city.  I am passionate about Gloucester Alternative Provision Schools and aim to support all I can, alongside a strong set of Governors on the Management Committee.

Lyn is the Chair of the Management Committee with responsibility for Leadership & Management and SEND

Philippa Dancey has lived in Gloucestershire since 1989 and has worked in international event management following a degree in French and Spanish.  She has extensive experience as a governor having been Chair of Governors of a Gloucestershire Primary School from 2002-2014. She is currently Chair of Governors of the Peak Academy, a Special Senior School for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues joining the governing body there in April 2014.

Philippa is the Management Committee Member responsible for Safeguarding and Post 16 placements at GFAPS.

Richard Johnson has been working in Gloucestershire schools for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Headteacher at Severn Vale School, having previously worked at the school as Deputy Headteacher. Richard is an unashamed lover of maths and teaches maths at both Key Stage 3 & 4 at his school. He has a wide range of experience of governance.

Richard is the Management Committee Member responsible for Key Stage 4 Quality of Education at GFAPS

Scott Albon has been working in Gloucestershire schools for over 20 years. He is currently the Headteacher at Barnwood Park School, having previously worked at the school as Deputy Headteacher.  Scott has a strong track record in Teaching and Learning and has supported schools nationally and across Europe, to aid school improvement.  Scott also teaches Physical Education.  He is the Management Committee member with responsibility for Teaching and Learning for KS3.

Jane Ireland has over 30 years’ experience of teaching; the last 20 of which have been in Gloucestershire. Jane’s last post was as an Assistant Headteacher at Severn Vale School with responsibility for Inclusion and SEN. Prior to joining Severn Vale Jane taught at a pupil Referral Centre in Gloucester. Since retiring Jane has continued her interest in education through becoming a Governor at Severn Vale School with responsibility for safeguarding and SEN.

Jane is the Management Committee member with responsibility for Attendance.

Nicki Woolway -  I have worked as a Special Educational Needs practitioner since 2010; I worked at the Milestone School for 10 years supporting children with a wide range of special needs before joining GFAPS 2 years ago in the role of Pastoral Officer. I passionately believe that students should be treated as individuals and valued for who they are; they should be given the opportunity to access the learning environment in a way that meets their needs allowing them to succeed and reach their full potential.

I have been elected to the GFAPS Management Committee as a Staff representative to support the wellbeing of staff and raise concerns that may affect them. Staff wellbeing is of paramount importance, and I hope that as a staff representative, I will be able to work with the Management Committee to ensure that staff are supported and valued.

Liz is a qualified School Business Manager and has worked in school business administration since 2008. She is currently working as a School Business Manager role in a primary school setting. Liz is passionate that pupils receive the best from their education experiences by ensuring that schools obtain value for money in all areas.

Liz is the Management Committee Member responsible for Finance at GFAPs.