I have been a school governor for Langstone Junior School since September 2016. My current role is as chairman of the Finances and Resources Committee. My background includes experience from a range of different areas including pharmaceutical research, purchasing, project management as well as directly from education where I have worked in secondary maths and business studies. I also have some experience of post 16 provision. I currently work as a caseworker for a South coast MP where am able to use my life and work experience to assist constituents with their concerns. As a grandmother of a primary age student I have the opportunity to maintain my understanding of provision in this section of education and can relate to both the parental side as well as the challenges faced by staff and pupils from my academic experience.
I have been a school governor for Langstone Junior School since January 2002.
My current role is Chairman of the Safeguarding and Learning Committee which meets about twice a term.
I fully support the school’s vision, and I am ambitious for the children to continue to make progress in their learning to become fully rounded citizens as they develop ‘self-belief’ and experience life skills.
It is my pleasure to lead the after school chess club, which is a popular weekly activity which strengthens the pupils strategic thinking and is FUN.
My interests focus on family, scouting, reading and music.
My profession of 30 years has been teaching in schools in Portsmouth. After 15 years as a class teacher I spent a further 15 years as a Headteacher. Having retired from the latter position in August 2015, I am privileged to have been appointed Chair of Governors at Langstone Junior School and offer a lifelong career in education to the performance of this role.
My aim is to use my knowledge, skills and experience in education to lead the Board of Governors in best serving and supporting the school community. Mrs. Bush, the Headteacher, has been a respected teaching colleague for a number of years. I believe that our mutual respect and understanding will assist us in maximising the effectiveness of the teaching / governing relationship.
One of my immediate goals is to improve the effectiveness of the work we do as governors in the interests of pupils, staff and all stakeholders in the community. The overall goal is, by working as a team, to make Langstone Junior School a school of excellence where all pupils thrive and reach their full potential.