I became a Local Authority governor at Airy Hill in November 2016 after moving to Whitby following my retirement as a head teacher of a school in London. Having carried out my second teaching practice at Airy Hill whilst I was a student at NRCE Scarborough (a long time ago!) it was a great pleasure to be invited to sit on the board of governors here.
Originally from the North East I worked in London from the age of 21 and was always a lifelong learner. I studied for (and passed!) the NPQH and NPQSI and also sat on the Local Safeguarding Board and Human Resource Working Party as a head teacher representative. Training to be a Schools Ofsted Inspector has given me the skills to challenge and support in a variety of ways.
I am passionate about all children receiving a broad, balanced, challenging education which enthuses and excites, and having worked with the QCA (developing the national PESS curriculum), I feel confident to support the curriculum developments at Airy Hill. Whilst I understand that data does not give the full picture of a school, I feel my background enables me to challenge and question the schools data so that all children receive the best chances possible.
I love all types of sport and played, coached and umpired netball right throughout my career. I also enjoy watching sport, reading and visiting galleries and theatres.
Presently I volunteer with the Victim Care and Advice Service in Cleveland which supports the PCC work with victims of crimes and I also support the “Friends against Scams” and “Dementia Awareness” initiatives.