Three Lane Ends Academy
Since leaving school I have had held a number of employment posts; at 16 I started work life filling shelves in a supermarket after school, until I left school to begin an apprenticeship following which I served as an electrician. Supported by further education, I have since worked as a lecturer, technical author, and am currently employed as a Health and Safety advisory. I also served for 13 years as a soldier / electrician with the REME.
My personal connection with Castleford began when my employer relocated me to our Castleford offices in the early nineties. As I made the daily commute from Sheffield and back, it never crossed my mind that by 2001 I would have relocated with my wife and 1 year old child to set up home here as well. As newbies to the area, we were keen to integrate into the community and first stepped foot on Three Lane Ends Primary School territory when we joined an on site parent and toddler group. We quickly made friends with other new parents and children – most of whom remain very close friends today – and created a long standing bond with the school and staff. Not long after my first child had started his journey of formal education, my wife started working in school and a year or so later I found myself at my first Governing Body meeting. To this day, I cannot recall the circumstances that led to me volunteering to be a governor, but looking back I am glad I made that step.
All three of my children have long since passed through the school and continue to build on the sound educational foundation provided throughout their primary school lives at Three Lane Ends. Whilst not born in Castleford, I consider myself integrated within my adopted community and wish the best for our children and our future generations. I have very strong opinions about the value of a good education and the opportunities that it can provide for every child to develop into a valued contributing member of society. I believe that every child within our community should experience a safe and positively fulfilling educational experience, with which they want to fully engage. It is my hope that our children attend school because they want to be here to learn, and in doing so, achieve the best level of educational performance that they are capable of.
My tenure as a governor at Three Lane Ends Academy has been a long one. Throughout, I have tried hard to engage with every aspect of my Governor role so as to to ensure that my contribution has a positive impact on the ongoing improvement of the facilities and education offered to the children of my adopted community. It is for this reason that I continue to be a governor of Three Lane Ends Academy.
I have lived in the Castleford area since 2007, and am a Mum of two pupils who have attended Three Lane Ends since 2013. I am currently a member of ‘Friends of Three Lane Ends’ who are a group of parents who volunteer to lead and arrange various fund raising events to complement the work of the School. In addition I have experience of volunteering at events through ‘Castleford Families Together’ which was set up following the closure of Sure Start Centres.
I have a strong belief that all children have a right to the best education possible, enabling them to reach their highest potential. I also believe that school has an important role to play in supporting every child in their social and emotional wellbeing and development. I am passionate about parents having an opportunity to be involved in their children’s school, working in partnership with school staff. I enjoy involvement in my children’s school life and my personal support to the school.
Having moved into the Castleford area 14 years ago, I am proud to have become involved in our local community.
I am Headteacher at Glasshoughton Infant Academy where I began my teaching career in 2005. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start that I can, with a great belief that children only get one chance at school and therefore they deserve the chance to be the best that they can be.
I am currently Literacy Subject Leader, a subject that I feel passionate about. For children to be able to access all other areas of the curriculum they need to be able to listen, to ask and answer questions, to read and write. Literacy is the gateway to learning and we have to get it right.
I have been teaching at Three Lane Ends Academy since January 2018, where I started my teaching career. The school provided me with the skills needed to pass my NQT year early, through professional CPD and supportive mentors and colleagues. I have taught in Years 4 and 6 and now in Year 2 where I have taken on the new role as Year 2/3 lead, in which I will manage staff and ensure that all children are making rapid progress throughout all subjects. Teaching Year 6 was a personal highlight, as this allowed me to observe the students flourish and grow to be outstanding citizens that I know will thrive in higher education.
During my time at Three Lane Ends, I have been actively involved in rebuilding a curriculum that not just fits the National Curriculum but engages learners and develops children’s thirst for learning. In addition, I was involved in the Ofsted process by being interviewed with a colleague on the intent, impact and implementation of our curriculum.
Being a member of the Governing Body will allow me to be more involved with the school and local community and to support the Governor’s in setting aims and objectives for the school, I will be able to share my experience of teaching and learning to evaluate targets, policies and challenges whilst supporting the Headteacher’s actions.
I am very lucky to have been part of the TLEA team since February 2016 and joined the governing body in late 2018.
I started working with children in 2005 when I volunteered at the local Mums and Tots and playgroup I attended with my son. It was during this time that I decided that this was the perfect job for me. I believe a love of and first class education for children is the key to a better future for everyone.
I resigned from my post of 18 years in Engineering and successfully gained employment in a primary school in a very deprived area in Bradford. This post was to prove invaluable as it gave me a great insight into the impact of poverty and generational barriers towards learning. I worked there until I joined TLEA after relocating. I have a special interest in SEND, especially ASD, having gained valuable knowledge and understanding through personal experience. As a result of these experiences, I feel I have a lot to offer the children and TLEA, not only in my role as HLTA but also as staff governor.
In my spare time I have a volunteer role with Yorkshire Ambulance Service, as a Community First Responder (CFR). I am very proud to be a part of this award winning, voluntary service. This role entails being on call as part of a local team, attending life threatening emergencies to all patients over the age of 2 ahead of the ambulance crews during busy periods. We undertake comprehensive, initial training in life saving techniques and to use specialist medical equipment. We attend compulsory training every 6 months. CPD is also available and through this I became a qualified Restart a Heart trainer, which is designed to create awareness in how to deal with cardiac arrest and perform effective CPR. This also brings added value to TLEA as my skills and training surpass general First Aid accreditation.
I intend to continue being a part of team TLEA for many years to come, supporting families and the education of all our children, through my main role and the governing body.
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