I am the authority governor and have fulfilled this role for 16years. Recently retired from the civil service, my strengths are in educational project management, event management and human resources. I have a Social Policy with Politics Degree from the University of London and I am CIPD qualified.
I am married with two adult sons and I have lived in Ashford for most of my life.
I am proud to be Chair of Governors and I led our team to achieve Governor Mark, a national quality accreditation award that recognises excellence in school governance. I enjoy helping with recruitment of new staff and making monitoring visits to the school.
I am keen that we continue best practice and we have recently successfully achieved the Department for Education (DfE) GovernorSpace Entrust accreditation.
I am a co-opted governor having first joined the governing body as an associate governor early in 2015. Having taken early retirement from my job as a marketing director to bring up my daughter, I was looking for voluntary work where I would be able to make a difference and continue to use my skills.
I viewed Downs View as a prospective parent and was blown away by the school and knew immediately that I wanted my daughter to go to this school and that I would like to be a part of the team helping to provide such a great learning environment. I applied to be a governor and to my delight, I was accepted.
As well as my general governor responsibilities, supporting and challenging the head teacher as she leads the school, I help to keep the school a safe place for children and staff by conducting regular health and safety inspections. I also work with the Single Equality group ensuring all the characteristics under the Single Equality Act 2010 are protected for children and staff alike.
All the staff are 100% committed to giving each and every child the very best foundation to their learning journey and I am immensely proud to be a governor at Downs View and seeing how well behaved and happy the children are when I visit the school is a reward in itself.
I am a Co-Opted Governor and am just starting my second term of 2 years. Born in the old Willesborough Hospital I think I count as a local and I have friends and family who attended Downs View.
I joined the Governing Body as I felt my skills and experiences within education (as a teacher of nearly 20 years) would enable me to support the school to remain an ‘outstanding’ provision.
I love going into Downs View, it’s always buzzing and the whole staff team work exceptionally hard to provide the widest experiences for the children.
The best reason to be a Governor is the children, watch them run into school in the morning and come out smiling at the end of the day. It makes me very proud to be part of the team making that happen.
Since September 2016 I have been the teacher governor at Downs View Infant School. For the past 2 ½ years I have been the Inclusion Leader at Downs View which includes the role of Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator. I achieved my Post Graduate Certificate in SEN Co-ordination from Canterbury Christ Church University in May 2016.
In 1990 I qualified as a teacher at Derbyshire College of Higher Education with a Bachelor of Honours degree and have been teaching primary age children ever since. I spent 2 years working as a Junior teacher in Grimsby before moving to the South East and I have worked in a number of schools in the Dover area. I have been a part-time teacher at Downs View Infant School for 16 years both as a class teacher and intervention support teacher. For 14 years I was the PE and sports coordinator and I continue to support the current PE leader with her role.
My role of intervention teacher requires me to work very closely with the teaching staff to co-ordinate and teach intervention programmes for a number of targeted pupils across the school for a range of curriculum areas. I also work closely with the school management team to provide strategic leadership for inclusive practice for all pupils. My role of SENDCO gives me responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy. I co-ordinate additional support for pupils with SEND and liaise with their parents, teachers and other professionals who are involved with them.
I have been a Parent Governor for Downs View Infant School for 15 months. I take a specific focus on the training and development of our Governing Body, with a general knowledge of the Schools Plan and responsibility in assisting the Governing Body in holding the head teacher to account.
I am a parent with a child at Downs View Infants School, and volunteered for the role when I heard that the school needed more Governors. Being a Parent Governor enables me to be a representative of the parents View and provide feedback to parents regarding school developments and other topics of Parent interest. It does provide me with a great insight into the way the school functions and the standards held by the school and how these standards are achieved and maintained.
I am a registered general nurse at my local hospital. I work nights and weekends so that I can be at home in the week for my children. I have two sons, one at Downs View Infants and the other is just a toddler.
The future is bright for any child at Downs View Infant School. We have an excellent and Strong Governing Body and School staff with a very focused Head Teacher. The value that ‘Every child matters’, I can assure you is held to an exceptional standard. The school will strive to achieve the absolute best for your child’s education and at the same time the school commits to the 100% happiness for every child. We are proud to be able to offer such a rounded system for all your children. The Governing Body will continue to maintain the schools focus in line with the school plan and ensure standards are maintained.
When I was at school the government did not set the targets for schools to the same level seen today. So I remember infant school being more play related with teachers giving you short structured lessons. I chose Downs View for my child because the teachers are tasked to make learning fun filled, with games and child focused play. The teachers have to hold in depth knowledge of the education system and are expected to be very creative so that they can ensure every child can learn and develop the necessary skills laid out by the education board at their pace. Happiness of each and every child is key to the education provided at Downs View Infant School.
With sons in Year 2 and Reception, I see how special the atmosphere is at Downs View Infants and want to work with school leadership to ensure children learn, develop, play and have fun.
My husband, sons and I moved to Little Burton from Medway in 2015. I volunteered as a governor to contribute to the school and Kennington community as we puts down roots in the area.
As well as my interest as a parent, I work part time at a professional services firm in London. In my day job, I help leaders define and implement strategy, build good stakeholder relationships, make decisions and manage crises.
I joined the Governing Body in late 2017 having been a parent of a child at the school for just over a year with a child now in Year 1 and child that will hopefully join the school in September 2020, in the last year I have seen several pleas from the school for new parent governors and at first I thought that its was something for someone else, but I then thought about how my life was changed by the strong leadership and governance at my primary school back in the 1980’s and without that input I really think I’d have been doing something very different today.
I help run a regional building contractor and hold the post of commercial director dealing with everything from marketing to pricing and subsequently overseeing the completion of projects throughout Kent, my work means I’m involved daily in Financial, Purchasing, Health & Safety & Quality Assurance within the company and this is were I feel I can help the most as a governor.
From what I have already seen both as a parent and a new governor we are very lucky to have the committed quality team that we have running our school and I’m looking forward to supporting them.
I have three daughters two of which are currently at Downs View; the eldest is in Year Two soon to move on to Kennington Academy, my second child is in Reception and my youngest child born last year who when the time comes will follow her Sisters and attend Downs View Infants School too.
The first time I visited the School I was immediately impressed by the care and dedication of the teaching staff along with the School ethos that every child matters. It was obvious to me from the beginning this really is the case. I have been a Parent Governor since September 2017 and joined hoping to continue the great work that the Governors past and present do.
I moved to Ashford in 2010 and since 2012 have stayed home to raise our family and help my husband with his Digital Online Advertising business. Prior to this I worked in the City of London in the Insurance industry for 15 years, with 9 of them as a Lloyds Broker.