I am now a community governor having been a parent governor for over 17 years, my son moving to Whitworth Park School in 2001 and my daughter in 2011. I first got involved with Rosa Street Primary School when my son was a pupil, helping with infant class reading. I took on the role of Vice Chair in 2004 and have been Chair of the Governing Body since 2006. I have governor responsibility for Literacy and More Able and Talented children. I am a Director of the Cleves Cross Learning Trust.
I have was also involved with the Friends of Rosa Street School Association (FORSSA), now known as Helping Hands of Rosa Street, who are a group of parents, teachers, governors and community members who work together to raise funds for the school and organise and arrange activities and events for the children.
I took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2013, being previously employed part-time at the Department for Education, in Darlington, where I held a variety of posts. These included working in human resources, facilities management, policy directorates and undertaking financial management and budgeting roles, where as Assistant Finance Manager, I was responsible for estimating, profiling and analysing budgets amounting to more than £12m. My experience in all these areas, help me to offer support and challenge to the school’s Senior Leadership Team. I, along with other governors, also undertake a strategic role in the monitoring of the School’s Improvement Plan.
I enjoy working as a governor, being at the heart of the school and its community and in making a contribution to the lives of our young children. I find it an extremely rewarding experience.