I have been involved with Eldon Grove Academy since 1998 when my children attended a span of over 20 years, which gives me a good insight into the many changes that the school has gone through in that time.
After college, I started work at Hartlepool Borough Council within the Finance Division undertaking several roles until moving to my current role as Insurance & Risk Manager.
I joined the Governing Body in 2000 becoming Vice-Chair firstly and then Chair in 2014. I feel that we have developed a fantastic learning environment for our pupils at Eldon Grove Academy and I look forward to the challenges ahead, in particular the opportunity to work with other schools and colleagues within the Multi Academy Trust. I have also been a Governor at High Tunstall College of Science since 2004 when the first of my children transferred from Eldon Grove School. I have previously held the position of Chair there and I am still involved in many committees and I am currently Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee. After college, I started work at Hartlepool Borough Council within the Finance Division undertaking several roles until moving to my current role as Insurance & Risk Manager.
I am really enjoying my role as a Parent Governor at Eldon Grove Academy. I am a parent of 3 children and I want them to have the opportunity to thrive during their time in primary school. I became a Parent Governor because I feel that I am a good advocate for working parents who want an enriched education for their children. I have been a teacher for 11 years at a local secondary school and understand that the transition from primary to secondary can be difficult for both children and parents. I hope that my experience can prove useful as a member of the governing body.
I am currently Assistant Headteacher at High Tunstall College of Science with responsibility for whole school progress, data analysis, assessment and exams, pupil premium, educational visits and raising aspirations opportunities. In my role as Assistant Headteacher, I am also experienced at observing lessons and quality assurance procedures. I have had the privilege of being a teacher and leader in three very different schools in Surry, Cheshire and now in Hartlepool. My previous roles include Faculty Leader, Head of Subject and duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator. I am pleased to be able to contribute as a Community Governor at Eldon Grove Academy.
As a relatively new co-opted Governor I’m sure it will be a great experience and challenge. I’m a parent of a child in the school and have a wife, father-in-law, mother-in-law and brother-in-law all who are (or have been) primary school teachers. I graduated University with a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science then went on to do a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). I have taught in Higher and Further Education setting for a while but eventually got sucked into the IT Industry starting with a job at IBM looking after global banking networks. I moved into the NHS looking after Hospital ICT infrastructure and now work for a global communications vendor with a staff of approximately 80,000 and a market capitalisation of around $208 Billion (it’s fair to say I work for a large company). I have over 17 years experience working in the ICT industry locally, UK wide and globally.
With that in mind I see my role as co-opted governor focusing mainly (but not only) on ICT. How are Extol Trust utilising the ICT infrastructure to engage and enthuse staff, parents and students? How could its potential be maximised and the benefits seen by all? I really do believe Staff, Parents and Carers and Students all need to be on the same page when it comes to ICT otherwise it gets forgotten about or misused. As digital learning becomes more commonplace in the classroom, the need to protect children online has risen to the top of many school’s agendas. Legislation such as Keeping Children Safe in Education and the Prevent Duty have solidified how high the Government expectations of school safeguarding responsibilities are. So it would be good again to assist in this area.