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Downs View Infant School

Meet the Governors

DIANE TURNER – Chair of Governors

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.

MICHELLE KRAWCZYK – Vice Chair of Governors

Hello. My name is Michelle Krawczyk I am a co-opted governor whose son is a pupil at Downs View Infant School. Having spent 21 years as an Officer in the US Army, I retired three years ago in order to have more time to focus on our young family. I became a governor in January 2019 after seeing first hand what an amazing school Downs View was and wanted to help contribute to its success.

I truly believe the introduction and experiences young pupils receive in their first formal educational environment is critical and sets the stage for the rest of their learning life. I want to help the school continue to create an environment where every pupil achieves their full potential, can excel and be their best. Within the governing board I am the Training and Development governor. Within the school, my focus in on Pupil Outcomes, the Curriculum, Continuous Professional Development of the staff and Maths.

CHRISTINE OZDEMIR – Co-Opted Governor

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.

NIC PETRI – Co-Opted Governor
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.

NIC PETRI - Co-opted Governor

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.

 

 

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