I work as a civil servant in the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) heading a team of around 30 people as the Further Education territorial team for London & the South East. We work with colleges and other FE providers to monitor and oversee their funding, quality and financial health; taking steps to intervene or secure improvement where necessary.
My civil service career of over 30 years has been mostly in the field of education, ranging from Sure Start and nursery education, to schools, and through to Further Education and universities.
I joined the Arbour Vale Governing Body in 2017, and continued as a member of the LGB when the school joined OHCAT in 2018.
For the past 30 years I have worked in education, governance and charity management. This experience includes :
Vice-Principal Stanmore College Further Education Corporation 1985-97;
Executive Director: Further Education London Region Services (Corporation of London) 1997-2005;
Chief Executive ; National Council of Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education :2008-17;
National Leader of Governance 2014;
Currently Chair of Governors : Park High School Academy, Harrow
I am first and foremost a mother of a child with significant special needs, who is passionate about improving the life chances of all SEND children. I firmly believe all SEND children should have access to a first class education that meets their individual needs. Being Dyslexic myself, and having a child with SEND, I know the challenges and struggles that individuals and families face on a daily basis. As a Parent Governor, I wish to make it my goal to ensure every child flourishes no matter what challenges they face.
I have over 20 years’ experience within the education sector, 10 of which years have been at Senior Management level in a range of educational settings. I currently work as an Assistant Headteacher in a large 11-19 mixed secondary school in Hounslow.
In addition to this, I have extensive experience with school improvement and raising achievement gained via my role as a Senior Leader and as a National Strategy Schools Advisor for Birmingham LA. I believe that my extensive experience of leadership and governance would help me contribute positively to the governing body of Arbour Vale School.
Overall I have the interests of Arbour Vale School very much at heart, and would like to be involved in the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, in whatever ways are helpful to the school community.
I am a retired medical officer, a trustee of a newly formed charity and an active member of the steering committee for Special Voices, a Slough based voluntary organisation that assists parent carers of children with disabilities.
I decided to become a Parent Governor so that I can be a voice for the parents and hopefully play an active role in assisting, Arbour Vale School, in the provision of a high level of care and education for students.
Neil Sykes, Principal (Ex-officio)
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Matthew Downey, Staff Governor
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