Meet our new Parent Governors
Congratulations to Rachel Hermer and Kim Issroff on collecting the most amount of votes to become Acland Burghley's latest Parent Governors. Thank you to all parents for taking the time to vote and the other candidates for taking part. Read below for a reminder of Kim's and Rachel's statements.
Hi I am Rachel, I have a son in year 9 and I’d love to be a governor at ABS.
What do I care about? As a parent of children with special educational needs, I have a particular interest in SEND provision and in speaking up for the needs and rights of those pupils. I want to ensure that the school system is fair for everyone and truly inclusive.
I also have a general and real passion for education and equality. My day job is working with schools challenging gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality throughout the school environment. This involves developing and delivering staff training as well as engaging with government departments to bring about change.
Why would I/do I think I would be a good governor? I'm an experienced primary school governor - I was a governor for over eight years and I was a previous Chair of governors - and my experience spans all areas, from school restructuring to staff recruitment to the day to day of finance, school data and behaviour and personnel issues. What has made me effective has been a real interest in schools, knowing my stuff, being committed to fairness for pupils, families and staff and never shying away from difficult questions or decisions.
I'm keen to contribute as much as I can to ABS. I love that ABS is an inclusive community school with an impressive leadership determined to keep improving the school while also being honest about the distance still to travel.
I have sons in year 8 and 12 at Acland Burghley and have been a parent governor for the past 4 years. I've learnt a lot about how the school works and how to be an effective governor. I am keen to continue contributing to the success of our school.
I have chaired the Teaching and Learning Committee which is responsible for the quality of education and have contributed to all aspects of governance, including taking part in the most recent Ofsted inspection, dealing with complaints, behaviour and attendance panels, headteacher performance management and mentoring new governors. I have a deep understanding of the school, its processes, procedures and policies, and understand the role of governors and how to be supportive while asking difficult questions.
I've been volunteering and supporting schools for many years and have been a governor and chair of governors at a local primary school, as well as a governor at other schools and I have good relationships with other Chairs in Camden.
In my professional life, I carry out research on the use of technology in education.
I love swimming in cold water, combat classes and cooking. I aspire to be like Darcy Bussell – talented, honest, fair and respected.
I believe in inclusive schools that value all members of the community and are committed to providing all children with an outstanding quality of education that prepares them for the complex world we live in. I want to continue supporting Acland Burghley to be that school.