Andy Mason – Parent Governor/Chair of Governors
Hi I’m Andy Mason new to the School Governors role but looking forward to contributing to the continued progression of the school.
I have two grandchildren at Castlechurch Primary Schools, both girls in years 2 and 3, but prior to this in the mid to late 90’s my own three children attended the school, so I have a long association with Castlechurch.
I work as a professional Civil Engineer and Project Manager working for Amey in partnership with Staffordshire County Council Strategic Highways. So I bring experience in leadership, budgetary control, staff management, programming and a good knowledge of working with partners and communications. I’m also a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) ambassador often attending events to encourage children to actively follow these subjects in the national curriculum, and a qualified swimming coach having spent many years with Stafford Apex before moving on in 2009.
I hope that I can make a useful contribution to the school and its children and look forward to working with fellow governors, the Head Teacher and other members of staff.
Vicky Bowyer, Parent Governor
Currently I have one child at Castlechurch. My role as an `Inclusion Unit Manager` in a Stafford secondary school for the last 14 years means that I have vast experience of working with vulnerable children behaviourally, emotionally and with Special Needs.
My role as Governor is very varied and extremely involved. I am the link governor for SEN, Maths, wellbeing and Pupil Premium. I work closely with the lead teachers in all these areas and have built strong relationships where we meet regularly, discussing pupil progress, interventions and relevant issues that are important to ensuring that all pupils are meeting appropriate targets.
I spend most Friday mornings at school where I am also available to meet with any parents if they have any concerns or queries that need to be addressed.
Keith Luscombe, LEA Governor
I have a real passion and interest in education and for ensuring all children have the best possible foundations for their future. School for me is about learning, socialising, fun and getting ready for life. I currently have an older child in Year 2 and my youngest is due to start Reception in September.
Through my professional career largely within Staffordshire County Council I bring useful experience to add to the existing skills of the Governing Body, including project management, supporting and influencing the strategic thinking and direction of an organisation along with close working with partnership organisations, all of which involves clear communication skills and working with many different people with different interests to make joint informed decisions for the good of local people.
I took on my more recent role (just over 12 months ago) as Parent Governor and it really is a rewarding way to be more involved in the education of my children and indeed the education of all children at Castlechurch School, where I really do feel we have a great little community who will and do strive for the best for all of our children together. It's also a great opportunity to further understand and represent parents’ views and ensure these are central to the future direction of the school; the parent / school partnership being critical to the success of any school.
Along with the broader responsibilities Governors share I also jointly head up the Communications work on behalf of the Governing Body and support the Parents Forum.
Richard Clark, Co-opted Governor
I have been a governor for well over 10 years, having started when both of my daughters were at the school. My eldest is now about to start work having spent 4 years at university and the youngest is about to take her A-levels at King Edward VI High School and also wants to continue into higher education. I have continued as a governor as I want all the children at Castlechurch School to be given the same opportunity that my children have had to reach their full potential.
All governors have different skills and experience with which to help the school. My background is in road safety and sustainable travel education, training and publicity. Over the years this has given me an opportunity to visit many primary schools and work with teachers as part of my job. I am lucky enough to work for Transport for Greater Manchester’s Active Travel Team and still have the opportunity to work with schools in my role. I hope that this and previous experience has given me a broad insight into the education system and some of the issues faced by schools. I am also particularly enthusiastic about the work done to enrich the curriculum and make it stimulating and interesting for children, by using the local environment wherever possible.
One of my roles is to work with staff in my role as the link governor for English and helping to support them with the challenges of speeding up the progress children make, especially with writing skills. The role of governor is never boring and I continue to learn something new every time I visit the school.
In the recent past I had to visit the school in my professional capacity as part of a team delivering Bikeability cyclist training. When I did I was always encouraged by the positive view held of the school by my colleagues at the time and it makes me proud to be part of the school community where everyone is working hard together to achieve the best.
James Wildman, Parent Governor
I am a communications professional, currently working as Press and Communications Officer for Highways England, where I lead on media campaigns and other activities.
I was formerly Chief News Editor at the Shropshire Star where I oversaw production of the newspaper, website content and managed staff. Prior to that, I was based at the Express & Star.
Both my sons have attended Castlechurch Primary School, with my youngest about to enter Year 6 later this year.
As a parent governor I obviously have a vested interest in the school and the welfare of its pupils but I have an interest in education in general. I also look closely at how the school communicates with parents.
Above all, I am a passionate believer in the principle that all children deserve a decent education in order to make the most of their lives.
Penny Gilbert, Parent Governor
As a parent of a year 5 child, I have been part of the school for several years and share a keen interest in how the school can continually strive to improve outcomes for our pupils.
I am currently working as an early year’s consultant for entrust supporting childcare settings and schools to raise the quality of early years provision and promote excellence in learning, the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework, leadership, management and Governance. I have had a long childcare career and have been in my current role for 15 years.
Early years is my passion and I truly believe that if we give children the best start in life, they will become happy, healthy adults
I have many interests including cooking, walking and cycling. As a parent governor, I hope to be able to support Castlechurch to the best of my abilities and represent the views of our parents.
Richard Smith - Co-opted Governor
Previously a Design and Technology teacher specialising in resistant materials and Technical Drawing I am currently delivering lessons in ICT and Technology. I graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1996 with a 1st Degree honours before starting my teaching career in Wolverhampton. After my first year of teaching I was promoted to Head of Technology. I was soon promoted to the leadership team where my main focus was the technological developments and virtual learning environments available to staff and students. I became the deputy headteacher at King Edward VI in 2011. I am passionate about school improvement and affording all the students in my care the best educational advantages they can get.
David Lomas, Parent Governor
Since the day that my daughter started at Castlechurch I have been most impressed with the skill and efforts of her teachers. Whilst so many things in education are perpetually evolving, one fundamental constant remains true; the only way for a pupil to maximise her or his potential is through a fully committed three-way partnership between pupil, school and parents. I was honoured to be invited recently to join the board of governors and with my background of many years in business and systems I hope that there will be a number of ways that I may be able to support and facilitate this three-way partnership.