These profiles are to introduce the members of the Governing Body of Sir William Robertson Academy.
I am a parent governor with three children, two of which are currently at SWRA, and over seven years’ experience of being a school governor, both here at SWRA and a local primary school where I am Vice Chair. Parent governors have a vital role to play in the leadership of the school and I represent parents in ensuring that the school provides our children with the best possible opportunities to achieve their potential. I am passionate about education and helping our school provide a positive and challenging learning environment for our children to succeed. As Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee at SWRA I am, in part, responsible for ensuring that the school maintains its vision, ethos and commitment to year on year improvement for the benefit of all our children.
I am the longest serving governor of SWRA and have more than thirty years classroom teaching experience. Before I retired I was Head of Sixth Form in a comprehensive school. My school experience includes Army education (Royal Army Educational Corp), Quaker Boys School and Girls Grammar School. My teaching included being a Head of Science teaching to A Level in Biological Sciences. Other roles have included part-time tutoring in Lincolnshire for a Technical College and at the University of Nottingham and chairman of GCSE syllabus drafting and examination setting for Oxford and Cambridge Examination Board. I am presently a Vice President of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
I have been Headteacher at Sir William Robertson since January 2009, having spent the last 27 years as a teacher working in secondary schools in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and now Lincolnshire. It was this school’s ASPIRE ethos which drew me to Sir William Robertson and it is this ethos which continues to inspire our students, parents, staff and governors alike.
It is a privilege to lead this wonderful school and over the past seven years it has been a joy to oversee its development from being a popular and well-regarded 11-16 school into a thriving, vibrant and high-achieving 11-18 academy. Over that same period examination results have increased significantly and I am proud that OFSTED judged Sir William Robertson to be a ‘Good’ school in every area of its work in June 2015.
I am married with three children. Having grown up in Birmingham, my football loyalties lay with Aston Villa, but increasingly also with my son’s Under 12’s Football Team. I am a Governor in my local Primary School as well as at Sir William Robertson, as I firmly believe that inspiring teaching has the power to transform lives.
My husband and I relocated to Lincolnshire three years ago when our son took a place in Year 7, September 2015 at SWRA.
I am currently the Deputy Head Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead in a highly diverse primary school in central London with over 30 years involvement in a range of aspects of primary education. I have extensive experience of school improvement and great familiarity with external review and challenge and I have been a visiting fellow at several universities training the next generation of teachers. I have particular interest in more able pupils and pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium funding. I have previously been a governor at a special school for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.
I hope my background and skill set will support the school to continue to go from strength to strength and I can help direct and shape the vision and growth of the school for each and every child.
I am a teacher governor; I started here in 2009 as a bright eyed NQT teacher filled with bright ideas and high expectations. Over the past 7 years I have developed and grown as a teacher and I still have the same high expectations and I am somewhat less bright eyed due to a 1 year old bundle of joy taking up most of my waking hours. I returned to Will Rob in January 2016 as Head of Geography. I trained in both physical and human geography and spent a number of seasons working with and alongside the National Trust as environmental warden helping to protect some of the country’s most sensitive ecosystems. I have been involved in several extra curricular activities while at Will Rob from running trips to Morocco, Romania and Iceland, helped to run Duke of Edinburgh as well as set up and run several Year 12 trips to national locations such as Devon and Pembrokeshire.