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Please find below a link to the Governance arrangements of our school in relation to our membership of the Children First Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust

 

http://www.childrenfirstlp.org.uk/trustees/

 

For information about the Governance of the Children First Learning Partnership please click here:

 

http://www.childrenfirstlp.org.uk/governance/

Richard LewisFull Name: Richard Lewis

Role (s): Chair of Governors, Co-opted governor

Date appointed: 

Appointed by: Local Advisory Board

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None 

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: No

 

 

 

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Having enjoyed and benefited from my schooling I am keen to ensure that every child has the chance to enjoy school and experience the lifelong lasting benefits that a good education can provide. Whilst I have no qualifications or experience in formal education I am an advocate of the importance of formal education, as part of a wider learning experience, and believe I can support the staff at Castlechurch in delivering the quality education every child should receive.

 

One of my daughters (now in year 8) attended Castlechurch and had a wonderful time. Unfortunately the last two Ofsted reports have not reflected her experience. The school has started to address these shortcomings and I am confident that with the support and scrutiny of the governing body and the support of parents the school can ensure that the children attending Castlechurch will enjoy and benefit from the schooling that they deserve.

David LomasFull Name: David Lomas

Role (s): Vice chair, Co-opted Governor - Curriculum link

Date appointed: 

Appointed by: Local Advisory Board

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: No

 

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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.

Tammy DrinkwaterFull Name: Tammy Drinkwater

Role (s): Co Opted Governor- Safeguarding link

Date appointed: 16th December 2020

Appointed by: Local Advisory Board

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: Friend of Hayley King (Parent Governor)

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: No

 

 

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I am an enthusiastic, forward thinking highly motivated Social Work Manager who is keen to improve, develop and promote high standards of education and outcomes for children, whilst supporting the wellbeing of the children at all times. I attended this school many years ago and now have the pleasure of seeing my own children grow and develop within the same school.

 

I have supported many social work teams through a period of change and recognise that everyone reacts differently to change. However, I have always remained positive myself and reinforced the messages relating to moving forward. This being a skill which I believe will be transferable to this role with the many changes which are occurring in response to the Pandemic and will continue to develop, as the school has transitioned to an academy status.

 

I have overseen financial recovery plans for the districts that I have managed and have challenged colleagues. Again, I believe my experience will support this role to manage, guide and direct funding available to the school and how this is best spent to improve outcomes for our children.

 

As a manager, I have overseen many complex adult safeguarding investigations and have been responsible for chairing investigation review meetings with a range of professionals and outside agencies, including the police, CQC and care providers. I have also had direct experience of carrying out investigations as a practitioner and know what a good investigation should look like. I will be able to offer advice and support in terms of safeguarding procedures, ensuring that the school is adhering to such important legislation, the welfare of the children is paramount and should be our main priority.

 

I have experience of investigating complaints and responding to MP enquiries, this demonstrates that I am able to manage conflict in a professional manner whilst ensuring a positive outcome for the citizens of Staffordshire. Where situations escalate, I believe that it is better to meet people face to face and discuss common ground and differences and I believe I have a friendly, approachable and fair manner.

 

I excel at working collaboratively with citizens, carers, local agencies and other professionals to deliver outcomes for citizens. I am an empathetic individual with a genuine interest in improving the lives of the citizens of Staffordshire. I feel my personal skills; knowledge and experience will support me to excel in this position. I am committed to improving not only my children’s future but the future of all children who attend the school. I am delighted to be given the opportunity in making a difference to their education along with really promoting the well-deserved positive recognition of this forever improving school.

Hayley KingFull Name: Hayley King 

Roles: Parent governor – inclusion Link

Date appointed: February 2021

Appointed by: Local advisory Board

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: Parent 

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: None

 

 

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I am parent to three young children, both of my daughters attend Castlechurch and hopefully my son will join them in the future. 

 

I have 19 years experience of working with people who have learning disabilities; Autism and other physical disabilities in a variety of settings. I am committed to seeing each person and child as unique individuals.

 

In my previous role I strived to support people to reach for their full potential, to fulfil their aspirations and goals. I have gained many skills and experience in the use of sign language, Makaton, graphic facilitation and Picture exchange communication system (PECs) to support people to express themselves and break down tasks to offer structure and routine in their lives.

 

During my time at school I struggled with some aspects of learning. I felt I only started to achieve when I was engaged in my own pathway that embraced my interests as I have dyslexia.  Over the years, I have been able to understand my dyslexia and have created my own way of coping and using technology to support me. I went on to achieve a university level accreditation, achieving higher grades than I ever did at school. Because of this I think if we can get it right for our children at a younger age, it will give our children a solid foundation that will support their individual aspirations and life chances. 

 

It is my belief that everyone has potential regardless of their ability and they have the right to inclusive support, tailored to enable each child to achieve and be the best version of themselves possible.

 

I am really excited to be a part of the school's development and I am committed to the provision of safe, consistent and creative education to enable fulfilment, personal growth and development during each child’s time at Castlechurch Primary School.

Full Name: Joanna Cranwell

Role (s): Teacher governor

Date appointed:         March 2021                

Appointed by: Local Advisory Board

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: I am a teacher at Castlechurch Primary

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: None

 

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I am a teacher governor at Castlechurch, only recently taking up the position. I have been teaching  at Castlechurch for 7 years and this is my 24th year of teaching in total.  I am currently in the year  3-4 phase team. I have responsibility for RE, Collective worship and personal development including PSHE, Well-Being and School Council. I am an active member of the school PTA and I have positive relationships with our parents.

 

I feel great pride in being part of the Castlechurch family. I have a broad experience in education and passion for my job. I believe that staff governors are in a unique position to make a real contribution to the school. I intend on supporting  Mrs. Reynolds to move the school forward on a day to day basis and share the leadership’s vision in making Castlechurch the best it can be. My own daughter attended Castlechurch and during her time here she became a confident young person and had a rich learning journey. I believe Castlechurch cares and puts the child at the heart of everything it does and as a governor I will take great pride in working hard for the benefit of the children.

 

Full Name: Donna Insull

Role (s): Parent

Date appointed: December 2020   

Appointed by: Local Advisory Board

Term of Office: 4 years

Relationships between other governors or school staff: none

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests including governance roles in other educational institutions: None

 

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I have a daughter who currently attends Castlechurch Primary School, she joined reception in 2017. I have always been actively involved and interested in her school experience to support her learning and the school through homework, PTA activities and engaging in any events that have been ran at the school. I have a strong network with other parents and believe I can be a good parents voice for all.

I very much believe that education is a fundamental part of a child’s emotional, social and educational development, a strong primary school experience is integral to childhood and all children should have the opportunity to be involved and engaged in education.   

I currently work at HMP Stafford having worked in the Criminal Justice field for over 20 years, my career experience has cultivated many skills including managing a complex multidisciplinary team, supporting a team to nurture their well-being and build resilience, believing everyone can be an active citizen and my passion is promoting Equality, Inclusion and Diversity to which I am a proactive ally.


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