Personal: I am married with two daughters, my husband is retired. Our elder daughter works at Horton Lodge School and is a specialist in Conductive Education. Our younger daughter is Head keeper at Zoo2U, they take animals into schools to support the curriculum and visit children’s hospitals and care homes as therapy. We have one Granddaughter aged 2.
I am a retired deputy head teacher; I worked in a large inner-city high school. Prior to my senior leadership roles, I was Head of Religious Studies; also teaching history, citizenship and law. I had particular responsibility for training new teachers as well as the appraisal and professional development of all staff both teaching and support. I was also involved in developing strategies for effective classroom management and safeguarding procedures. I supported staff in a range of educational settings to implement and monitor these strategies effectively.
I served on the strategic board for the GTP programme. I was a member of SACRE which is responsible for writing and monitoring the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. I was a member of the consultative management group of one of the largest examination boards charged with developing and tracking new national qualifications and grading systems.
I have experience in inspecting and observing the conduct of external examinations including Key Stage 2 SATs. I have served on short listing and interviewing committee appointing a range of staff including head teachers. I have conducted competency and capability procedures including coaching staff to successful outcomes.
I am a governor at two Primary Schools; Oakhill and Alexandra Federation; I am link governor for Pupil Premium, Key stage 2 and Head teacher’s performance Management in both schools. Committee responsibilities include Resources, HR, Staff Welfare, Appointments and Exclusions.
I am a member of West End Methodist Church and Centre, two churches came together to convert an almost derelict pub into a church and community centre. Having raised just under a million pounds to convert the building we were successful in obtaining a lottery grant for £490,000 to employ three staff. I was part of the group which put together bids for grants and am now vice chair of the Management Committee. Recently we were runner up in the Sentinel Heroes Awards in the Community section. I volunteer with Foodbank and I am the safeguarding officer for the church.