I have been a governor at both primary and secondary level for the past 25 years mainly in church schools. During that time I have been a Chair of Governors for 5 years at a High School that became Outstanding in Ofsted terms during that period. I was also Vice Chair but actually had to step up into the Chair’s role in a primary school that slipped into special measures. I left once the school was back on a good footing. Currently, apart from being Vice Chair at Peterhouse Primary Academy, I am also Chair at a large high school in Norwich.
I have been a National Leader of Governance for the past 3 years and in that role have supported other Chairs of Governors and Governing Bodies with governance issue during that time. I am a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and am employed as a School Business Manager in a high school and so have skills in both finance and HR.
I feel that all students should have the opportunity to become the best that they can be in the education system – not just academically but as rounded individuals able to make a contribution and difference to society. The governor’s role in monitoring the provision in schools and holding school leaders to account for the progress of their students is, in my opinion, a crucial part of the education system. It brings a different perspective and a supportive but critical eye on the standards of the school.