Parent Governor Elections
We wrote to families on 17 March 2022 to invite nominations for the vacancies for parent governors.
We are now delighted to announce that there are two candidates for the vacancy. This means we must now hold a ballot.
As indicated on the ballot paper posted home, you should vote by marking an X alongside the name of the parent you support.
Once you have marked the ballot paper you should put it in the ballot box, which can be found in the school reception by 4pm on Monday 2 May 2022. If it is not possible for you to vote in person, please either post this form to the school addressed for my attention, or scan and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The election will be decided on Tuesday 3 May 2022 by a simple majority of votes cast. In the event of a tie, lots will be drawn.
Please see the candidates' personal statements below.
I am a parent of two boys, one currently in year 7, the other who will join ABS in 2023.
I work in a vocational 6th form college in Highbury, where my role involves supporting students to establish careers within the creative industries. Prior to which I worked in film and TV for 26 years. I'm passionate about Arts education, social mobility and the provison of good quality education for all students, especially those with additional educational needs.
My skills and relevant experience
Having worked within both the creative industries and the education sector, I understand the benefits to students of an education rich in creative subjects, such as that provided at ABS. Professionally I bridge the gap between industry employers and students to ensure that all of our young people are educated about the opportunities available to them and to support them to achieve their career aspirations. I am particularly driven to improve the employability of AEN students and I work closely with SEND and Pastoral teams to help students re-evaluate their perceived deficits as potential strengths and develop the skills and self confidence to achieve their full potential.
Ensure good quality education for all students, including broad ranging arts education. Strengthen links with potential employers and Higher Education providers so all ABS students achieve positive outcomes beyond ABS Advocate for all AEN students to help them reach their potential and achieve positive outcomes beyond ABS
I have a son in year 7, am a charity Chief Executive, and have lived in the area for over 15 years. I am standing because the current governing body is not representative of the diverse make-up of the students. Most importantly, I am passionate about building on work ABS is already doing, recognising that there is always room for improvement.
My skills and relevant experience
I've spent decades challenging social and economic inequalities, especially in education, policy and practice, as the head of equalities at an education trade union. As CEO of The Equality Trust, an advisor on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to the Mayor of London, and an advisor to government bodies, I have worked on tackling discrimination and on social justice, particularly on race, gender, class and sexuality. I've been a governor of a primary school and trustee of several charities, including Redthread, a youth charity. I've set and run budgets and strategy and provided oversight in my trustee roles. I have experience as an academic, in media and in diversifying boards and mentoring people regarded as minorities to take on leadership roles.
I want to make sure that all parents feel valued by the school community and part of it. I will support the school, parents and students to work together, as a richly diverse community, to make sure ABS is the best it can be for all students. There is always more to do to ensure that students are happy, healthy and able to fulfill their full potential.