Hatcham Temple Grove free school Parent Governor Candidates
Parent governor elections have now closed. Please do read more about your candidates for Parent Governor at Hatcham Temple Grove Free School below.
I have a strong connection to the free school and am standing to be a parent Governor as I want to support it to continue progressing to ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to be the best that they can be. I have two children in the school, Dylan in year 5 and Seren in year 3. I am particularly interested in supporting the Special Educational Needs provision at the school. I have previous experience of being a school Governor at Rushey Green primary for 6 years. I was the lead Governor for SEN and supported the school to improve from a satisfactory to a good school. I often visited the school along with other schools to share best practice. Through my day job as a civil servant I have experience of making unbiased decisions, tackling tricky HR issues and always looking for ways of improving outcomes.
I believe in ensuring every child has the ability to reach their full potential, and removing any barriers in their way. My day job is as a playwright and screenwriter, focusing on theatre and television for young audiences. As part of my work for the National Theatre and others, I run creative writing workshops with children from many different backgrounds including homeless young people, children with SEN, and young offenders. The insight I’ve gained in different learning approaches is something I hope to use in the role of parent governor. I also moonlight as vice-chair of several fostering and adoption panels for London boroughs, giving me awareness of children’s experiences from all walks of life. My son is part of a transracial, same-sex family, and is adopted; so helping the school develop policies that are inclusive and promote access to education for all will be a big driver for me.
I would like to considered as a parent governor; to be the voice of important issues from the perspectives of all and promise to deal with matters with great consideration and integrity with the best interest of the school and children it serves. I have a keen passion for working with children and young people, and have spent the past three years supporting the social-emotional and mental health of young people in my role within Secondary Education. I have a MA in Applied Theatre-Goldsmiths and BA Hons in Youth & Community Work-Canterbury Christ Church; and have 15 years experience in working within early years, after-school care, holiday provisions, schools and in management within youth clubs. As a Parent Governor, I would offer commitment, enthusiasm and determination to make a difference; striving for academic excellence and to be a link for communication between governors the school and parents.
As a governor, I would bring experience in the education and finance sectors. I recently switched career and am now a teacher of modern languages at a secondary school (not Haberdashers’). Parenthood was the most important factor in making this change, but the inspiration provided by the Free School came a close second! I am a big fan, and I would like to be part of ensuring that the school continues to play an exceptional role in the lives of the children and the wider community. However, I also recognise that there are areas for improvement, especially in terms of differentiation. I worked for nine years in corporate finance and, having recently been elected as an employee representative in my school’s consultation on pensions, I would bring an understanding of the immense governance and financial challenges faced by the education sector in the years to come.
I wish to be considered for a parent governor post. I think I bring both the skills I have gained from my voluntary work in the many community projects and boards I sit on. I am also able to bring the project and management skills I use in my day job working for the Office of Security and Counter Terrorism and utilise them for the benefit of others in the wider community e.g. I’ve arranged experiences for local children to have trips into government. Following a year of disrupted education due to the CV19 virus. Big areas of social change Brexit, Black Lives Matter and Global Warming. I feel it’s important to work with the school and hold them to account to ensure that these students don’t become the forgotten generation and understand the society they live in and the impact that they can have both positive or negative.