My son joined Nightingale Primary School in Reception class in September 2015. It had been many years since I’d had any involvement with a school, but I was so quickly impressed with the passion, care and support provided by the Nightingale team that I wanted to try and do something to help. I therefore became a Parent Governor in early 2015 and towards the end of 2015 moved on to become the Chair of Governors.
For me it has been, and still is, a really steep learning curve. There is so much that goes on within the school on a daily basis which most of us parents are blissfully unaware of .
Myself and the team of Governors want to do all we can to ensure our children are safe and in an environment where they can learn and develop, whilst enjoying themselves. Our role is to be a critical friend of the school. That is, to offer support but at the same time challenge how the school is run.
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Anne Dee Co-opted Governor
I believe very strongly in a child's right to quality education in a safe and trustworthy environment which will enable them to develop their personal talent and equip them for success. I have worked in the public services sector in a variety of roles and departments including education. I understand that there are a range of pressures on schools in terms of managing scarce resources and providing the best outcomes for every child. I hope to be able to use my skills to provide positive support to Nightingale Primary School.
Yvonne Scott - Co-Opted Governor
I decided age 13 that I wanted to teach and have really enjoyed all the different roles that I have had in schools during my career. I currently teach mathematics at Crestwood Community School. My son has just started secondary school, his primary school education has given him a great foundation on which to continue building his knowledge and life skills.
I became a governor of Nightingale as I wanted to continue to be part of a primary school environment. I wanted to work with the team of governors alongside Mr James and the staff, to support the school; ensuring the best learning experience for all the children who attend. My experience means I understand how schools work and the importance of reflecting and making positive changes. Working at Crestwood also means that I will get the opportunity to continue to be a part of many of the pupils’ learning journeys.
Kate Leech - Staff Governor
I am in my fourth year of teaching at Nightingale Primary School. I became a Governor in 2016 as I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how the school operates and lend my expertise as a teacher to the rest of the governing body. Additionally, I wanted to support the school in ensuring we are enabling children to be the best they can be by providing them with a safe, positive, fun learning experience at Nightingale, which is something I am very passionate about.
As well as being part of the Full Governing Body, I am also part of the PTA Sub-Committee. I help the team by building strong working relationships between parents and colleagues so together we can raise the maximum funds possible to support all children at the school.
Alex Bourne – Parent Governor
My youngest child started in Year R September 2017 and my eldest child attended Nightingale and is now in year 10 at Crestwood. I had thought before about being a School Governor but always left it to someone else could do it. When I received a letter home saying there was a vacancy I decided it was time to step up and take an active interest in the great work that happens at Nightingale. I am Head of Compliance at a national Insurance Company so have a particular interest in governance and procedures and hope I can be of value to the Governor team. I am very proud of the school and want to play my part in helping it to continue and flourish.