Academy Committee members (formerly known as Governors) meet to discuss finances, standards, safeguarding, health and safety and site maintenance, among other issues to ensure that the best possible provision is being planned for the pupils.
I have spent my teaching career of 39 years in Catholic education. I have had the privilege of working with children aged 3 to 12. My first teaching post was at St. Ethelbert’s as a newly qualified teacher. I retired from full time headship in 2012.
I held a shared headship role in a primary school for two years before embarking on the headship of an Infant and Nursery School. This lasted 13 years until I retired in 2012. While in this leadership role the school was judged as outstanding in 2004 and again in 2008 by both OFSTED and the Diocese of Northampton.
I have worked on a consultancy basis, where leadership issues have been identified by the LA or Diocese. I have also worked on a weekly basis with the senior leadership team in another school offering strategic support and advice until a new Head was appointed.
Besides gaining the experience of being a governor in my headship roles, I currently serve on the governing body of a secondary school.
I am the Named Midwife for Safeguarding at the Trust where I am employed. This means that I oversee support for pregnant women who may be at risk from domestic violence, substance misuse, current/previous social care involvement, mental health, asylum seekers/refugees and any language barriers. I work closely with various external agencies such as the police, social care, health visitors and drug services to ensure women and their unborn babies have the appropriate support in place. I provide safeguarding supervision and facilitate Level 3 Targeted Children safeguarding training to over 160 midwives. I am also the Lead Specialist FGM midwife. I update Trust policies on Domestic Abuse, Substance Misuse and FGM.
Due to my knowledge of Children’s Safeguarding and the statutory requirements, this gives me a great advantage as to the transferrable skills within my Academy Representative role as Safeguarding lead.
All my children have attended St Ethelbert’s school so I have been part of the school community for a number of years.
Being involved with our Catholic School, in the capacity of governor, is a natural progression from my working life as a teacher. Having spent many years teaching in Junior and Middle schools in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, I hope to use my skills, working to support the head-teacher and staff, in making our school as successful as possible.
I am also a parishioner of Holy Redeemer Church which strengthens church and school interaction.
My special interests are teaching and learning, the curriculum and standards, both academic and social.
I look forward to seeing the school develop as part of a thriving Academy.