I was proud to become Chair of Governors at Crofton Academy in 2018. Joining Castleford Multi Academy Trust in 2020 has been a passion realised and a tremendous opportunity for all who are connected.
I have worked in Education for over 40 years in many roles but principally as a teacher of Geography, Secondary Head Teacher, Associate Local Authority adviser and National Leader of Education, supporting headteachers and schools in Wakefield, Barnsley and North Yorkshire. I retired in 2012 from my position as Principal of Castleford Academy, judged then as now as “Outstanding” and worked on a part time basis for the LA until 2015. My Governance experience includes LA contracts as Interim Chair in three Junior schools as well as being a Governor at Crofton since 2014.
Over the past six years I have immersed myself in the business of governing this Academy. It has been a very rewarding experience that suits my optimistic outlook and I really enjoy the collaborative nature of the role. The past three years have been challenging for Crofton but throughout, everyone connected to the Academy have been hardworking and committed to the improvements now taking place. There is a tremendous drive and desire to accelerate these positive changes.
Annually, I have interviewed our pupils as part of their Careers Education and without exception have been a delight to work with. I am very confident that the improvement in professional expertise and pupil outcomes for both organisations will only be reinforced by the new partnership.
I have been married to Maria for over 40 years, she works as a medical secretary for the NHS. My two daughters Ruth and Emma have well established professional careers and families. For relaxation, I am a regular swimmer, fish when the weather allows, enjoy travel and watching my grandchildren grow into young adults.
I joined Crofton as a Governor over seven years ago. Over that time, I have learned a great deal about how the school operates and functions and have found the role incredibly rewarding. I have been Chair of the Finance committee for over five years, and in 2018, became Vice Chair of the Governing Body- a position I am proud to hold.
I retired from work just over eighteen months ago from a career in retail management. I spent thirty-four years in various roles but principally as a Store Manager of a leading food retailer. During my time, I had the fantastic opportunity of leading teams of up to five hundred colleagues across the North of England in Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the North East. My last store was in South Yorkshire.
I have been married to Alison for 34 years, and she is soon to retire from a career in teaching, specialising in Special Needs and Dyslexia. We have two children. Hannah is a teacher in central London, and my Son, Ben, is a professional Rugby Union player. We are expecting our first grandchild momentarily and we are both looking forward to the joys that will bring!
I became a Parent Governor at Crofton Academy at the end of 2019 and I am excited to immerse myself in the governing body and help make a difference to the lives of the young members of my local community.
I currently work as a teacher at New College Pontefract, a local Sixth Form provider and have been there all of my teaching career. I have been teaching for 18 years and have experience of both GCSE and A Level Psychology as well as BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care. I have predominantly taught Health and Social care for the last 8 years as I feel that this is the most rewarding role I have been in. I get fulfilment from educating students from disadvantaged backgrounds, often supporting first generation University applicants. It is most rewarding when I see past students in careers such as nursing and teaching whilst out in the wider community.
I have been married to my husband Carl for 12 years and we have three children together. Outside of our employment, together we run our business of an indoor soft play centre which is located in Garforth. In my free time I enjoy running around the local woods and walking my dog with my husband and children.
I have worked in criminal justice for the last 15 years. I currently work for a national charity that supports ex-offenders and other vulnerable groups. I have oversight for the delivery of services across Yorkshire including employability, children and families, peer advisors, women’s services, and tackling serious youth violence.
My governance experience includes being the lead safeguarding governor for two junior schools, I currently hold this position at Crofton Junior School, and I am the parent representative governor at Crofton Academy.
A little bit about me… I currently work as a Senior HR Advisor for South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust (SWYFT) which is part of the NHS and offers mental health services to Adults, Forensic Adults and Forensics CAMHS and Learning Disabilities. I have worked at SWYFT for 6 years. Previous to SWYFT I worked for Wakefield Council for 13 years as an Employee Relations Advisor offering HR support to managers’ of the Local Authority and schools.
I am currently a school Governor at North Featherstone Junior and Infant school. I am a Co-opted and also I am the SEN Link Governor for the school and work closely with the school’s SENCO. I enjoy my role as a school Governor in assisting and supporting the school to strive to its full potential. I believe that all children deserve an education and each child is individual to their own merit and all children should be encouraged to strive to whatever they wish to achieve.
I am a mum and step mum to four children – Olivia and Ella – age 13, Lucy age 10 and Max age 9. I live in the historic town of Pontefract and have done so all of my life. In my spare time I try to take time to go to the gym but my children and my dogs keep me very busy! I love reading and long walks with my family.
I became a parent governor 6 years ago and it has been a great learning, challenging and rewarding experience. Most recently I have been given the opportunity to become the chair of a subcommittee. I’m excited for Crofton’s future since the of joining Castleford Multi Academy Trust in 2020.
I have worked in retail for 27 years of which most of them were spent as part of the management team. My experiences cover all aspects of working as management within a high-profile company. During my time in retail I was given the opportunity to work in the community and support charities it was through this I decided to seek out the Governor post at Crofton. 18 months ago, I decided to change my career and I am currently a School Business Manager in a local primary school. I really enjoy my role as a Governor and feel my skills have greatly contributed to the Governing Board.
I am an ex pupil of Crofton. I have an 18-year-old daughter who is going on to university and a 13yr old son who is currently studying at Crofton and a keen rugby player. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking the dog and going out on my bike. I’m also a volunteer at my son’s rugby club and manage the under 14s team.
I have been a teacher of Mathematics at the Academy since September 2010. During this period I have been involved in the teaching of a wide range of Mathematics, that have included; GCSE, Additional Mathematics, A level Mathematics, GCSE Statistics and preparation for STATS at our feeder schools. I have also been responsible for the coaching of new staff and the mentoring process through training to gain qualified teacher status. Throughout all this time, I have held the position of Group Tutor and have been privileged to witness the development of our fabulous Crofton students over their five year journey.
Crofton Academy has been a huge influence in my personal development as a teacher, so when the position of governor became available, I had no hesitation in offering my support. I became the Staff Governor in 2016 and feel honoured to be part of a body that is committed to the development and success of the Academy.
I qualified as a Doctor of Clinical Psychology in 2010. Since then I have worked in Leeds in a variety of roles including in Child Development and Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. For the past 5 years I have been working in the Clinical and Health Psychology department based between St James Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary. I specialise in trauma, surgery and rehabilitation across the lifespan. Whilst the role can present with challenges, I find my work extremely rewarding. I am particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents, supporting them to overcome life’s challenges through paying attention to and helping them to develop their emotional, behavioural and social needs. I am also experienced in assessing the cognitive and learning abilities of young people and regularly conduct standardised IQ assessments for children.
I moved from the South coast to Crofton in 2003, originally just for a years’ work experience as an Assistant Psychologist at Field Head hospital. That year soon became 2, 3 …and eventually 18! As a resident of Crofton and a parent of 2 children attending the local schools, I have gained knowledge of the local community around Croton Academy. I was privileged to be parent governor and safeguarding governor at Crofton Infant School whilst my youngest attended from 2016-2020. I am pleased to be able to continue the role of governor here, at Crofton Academy, particularly given this pertinent and exciting time in the schools development.
I have worked in a Big Four accountancy firm for over 30 years with the last 15 years specialising in employment matters in insolvency situations. This role has meant working with thousands of different people across a multitude of sectors during the most challenging and stressful times for those individuals. It has taught me to adapt quickly to meet the needs of the people that I am supporting to ensure that they are treated and supported with compassion and empathy.
I am a proud Crofton resident, born and bred. I love the village and the people who live here and have very fond memories of my time at the Academy. My son is currently in Year 5 at Crofton Juniors and will be joining the Academy in Year 7. I have been married to my husband, Mark, for 11 years and we have two crazy cockapoos called Teddy and Mavis. In my spare time, I am studying to become a counsellor and am currently qualified to Level 3.
I feel honoured to be a Governor at Crofton Academy and to be part of its future development and success and the exciting times ahead. I am committed to supporting the Senior Leadership team and my colleagues on the Governing Body to ensure that each pupil has the opportunity to reach their full potential.
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