The Governors’ Blog January 2020
As members of the Governing Board, our aim is to support Whittlefield Primary School and to add value to the hard work of the staff, whose primary focus is to support your children in realising their potential, as well as growing into well rounded, confident and caring young people.
Over the next few months both myself and other Board members will share with you, through this blog, some of the work we undertake on behalf of the school. This includes many different duties to assist the school and its leadership team as it strives for continuous improvement under the Ofsted framework, particularly:
- Quality of education
- Behaviour and attitudes
- Personal development
- Leadership and management
- Effectiveness of the early years provision
We also play a role in supporting school activities this is alongside the fantastic efforts of many parents/carers of our children who organise through the Parent Teachers and Friends Association the events that all the children enjoy. I would like to take this opportunity to thank those individuals for this work and encourage anyone interested to get involved.
Over the coming months each Board member will in turn introduce themselves to you and share more about the work that we do, as we try to support the school in delivering the very best experience for our young people.
I am proud and privileged to be the Chair of Governors, especially given I was a former pupil of the school many, many years ago when Whittlefield Primary school resided near the Barracks station in Burnley. I also have a grandchild who is a pupil of the school, so experience first-hand the education and nurture the school provides on a daily basis.
Prior to my recent retirement from work, as a member of the Senior Leadership team, I held the position of Director at Burnley College. Whilst involved in the leadership and management across the breadth of the College services, my specialist areas provided a focus on human resources, staff development, marketing and administrative and support services. From previous career roles, I also hold experience in both the public (Education and Local Government) and private sector (Aerospace Engineering), as well as working for the Employment Tribunal service in Manchester as a Lay Member for a number of years hearing employment law cases.
As we start the New Year, I felt it appropriate to indicate that in 2020 I and other Board members look forward to the continued development of the school, ensuring our Governance arrangements are Ofsted ready and contributing to the supportive and positive culture that the pupils and staff have created.