Our Governance

Mark Escott


Mark is the Co-Founder of Life Chance and School for Inspiring Talents; an award-winning therapeutic education provider that specialises in working with young people and families who have experienced trauma.

Mark’s own troubled childhood has given him a unique understanding of the world he now works in. Despite a turbulent start in life, he went on to carve out an impressive career as a child and adolescent behaviour specialist, working therapeutically with young people and families within the Social Care, Health and Education sectors.

In 2014 he decided to follow his true vocation and set up Life Chance, and School for Inspiring Talents. Hugely successful, it was the first school in the UK to be awarded the Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools Award.

Today, Life Chance continues to expand its education, training, and outreach services to transform the life chances of children and young people in our communities.


Rob Gasson


Rob has extensive board room experience as both an Academy CEO and trustee. Rob’s first Headteacher role started in 2000.

He has Masters Degrees in Economics and Education Management and has worked extensively with pupils who exhibit challenging behaviour, and those who are unable to access school due to their health.

He contributes to developing leading policy and practice in this field and is a passionate advocate of inclusion.

Judith Johnson


Judith has 44 years’ experience in education, Trusts and Local Authorities.  As a senior Local Authority Officer and Ofsted Inspector, she has worked across five Councils, with a further nine in an advisory capacity.

Her extensive career is grounded in her teaching, school leadership and governance experience in the primary, secondary, and special school sectors. She has chaired several Boards and has been a Chair of Governors for three schools.

As an experienced school improver and change management practitioner, Judith is the founder and Managing Director for JJ Education Services Ltd, a successful school improvement and educational consultancy service for education leaders schools, MATs, and Local Authorities.


As a school we aspire to be outstanding and this is exemplified in our school motto…

‘Be the best we can be’
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