Parent Governor Candidates
On 7 October, the school invited nominations for the vacancies for parent governors.
We are now delighted to announce that there has been a good response and there are four candidates for the two vacancies. This means we must now hold a ballot. See below for the candidates' statements. Ballot papers will be posted to families today.
The deadline to vote is 4pm on Thursday 7 November. Please email reception at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your ballot papers by Friday 1 November.
My son started in year 7 in September, he has had a successful transition from primary school through a supportive environment from staff and pupils. As a new parent to the school I want to take an active role in shaping the foundation for my son and his fellow pupils. I want every child irrespective of their age or ability to have a successful, fulfilling and enjoyable school experience. That comes from excellence in both academic and pastoral care provided by the school. As a governing team they need to be constantly challenging the norm, discovering innovative ways to drive fresh thinking and striving for constant improvement.
The skills I have gained during my career and as a parent governor at his primary school in leadership management, budgets and analytics allow me to challenge and grow school thinking and practice. I am passionate that we look for new ideas that will allow the children to excel in such difficult funding times. Alongside providing exciting opportunities and experiences for everyone ? staff and pupils to grow and excel.
Hi I?m 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.
My son (Year 8) joined Acland Burghley in September 2018, and since, I have taken great pleasure in watching him grow and flourish in his new school environment.?
At Acland Burghley, he is being nurtured as an individual, whilst remaining part of a diverse community, and interacting productively within that.?
My Son is also enjoying learning there, and recognises that the ?self-regulating? behaviour concept, adopted by Mr John and the staff, results in a positive, friendly atmosphere, which I certainly notice whenever I visit the school, and keeps the students interested and engaged.
If I was elected as a parent governor, I would uphold these values, which, I feel strongly, are helping to provide a well rounded, high quality education for the students of Acland Burghley.?
I also believe that, through my work as a cycling instructor and environmental campaigner, I would bring some useful skills to my new role. Among these would be to work with students and staff alike to empathise with, imagine, and hopefully realise, a less polluted, more liveable local area.?