Local Governing Body

The Atlantic Academy Local Governing Body (LGB) is overseen by the Launceston College Multi Academy Trust (Trust) board. Details of board members, and the contact for correspondence can be found on the Trust website.

Join the team!


We currently have two exciting vacancies for Parent Governors within the Atlantic Academy Local Governing Body and we are looking for volunteers that might be interested.


Being a Governor is a substantial, but highly rewarding role that involves communication and challenge within the school to deliver the best possible outcomes for our children. It's a great way to meet new people and to develop new skills.


If you are interested in becoming a Governor please contact our Trust Governance Officer at tracey@launcestoncollege.org.uk.


If you would like further information on what the role involves, feel free to speak with one of our existing Governors or contact the Chair of Governors, Alan Whittle, at awhittle@launcestoncollegemat.org.uk


We look forward to hearing from you!

The Atlantic Academy LGB:

Dr Alan Whittle (Chair)

Alan has worked in the scientific industry since graduating University with a PhD in Chemistry. Specialising in chemical synthesis and project management, Alan has worked for many organisations and in different locations both in the UK and abroad. Since retiring, Alan has chosen to support a range of organisations where he feels his skills will be useful, including RHS Rosemoor, the National Trust and the Parish Council. Alan will also be undertaking the role of Health and Safety Governor as well as Chair.

Gilly Sanders (Vice Chair)

Gilly retired in 2010 and moved to North Devon in 2012 following a career in marketing communications. She worked in media planning and buying in London for over 35 years in both public and private sector. She has been a school governor for over 20 years and, until 2012, served the primary and secondary schools in West London attended by her two children. Gilly is currently the Vice Chair of the Atlantic Academy Local Governing Body.

Dr Janice Haddon

Janice is a local GP, and has worked within the healthcare sector in North Cornwall and North Devon for many years. Previously a governor when her children were at Primary school in Bude, and was part of the Cornwall Schools Governing Council. Janice will be undertaking the Safeguarding Governor role.

Catherine Clawley


Catherine is the Lead Science Teacher and Pupil Premium lead at Atlantic Academy and has taught at Atlantic Academy since 2018, joining the governing body in March 2021. She has lived in Devon since 2004 and has taught Science in a variety of educational settings including a private school and a school focusing on emotional and behavioural difficulties, which has given her a deeper insight in the need for education to be focused on the needs of the individual students. Catherine's teaching addresses the content of Key stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 and she uses a variety of techniques to ensure students maintain their curiosity and develop their understanding. As the Pupil Premium lead, she is committed to the ethos that education and support is for all, both students and staff; and that with the correct support everyone can achieve their best regardless of their background or circumstance and her role as governor will help to raise the profile of those students that may fall under the radar.