All about our Governors
Chrissie Green – Chair of Governors
I have been a governor at Bedrove Infant School for nearly 5 years. I am now Chair of Governors and have been since stepping up from Vice Chair in July 2018. I have 4 children and run my own childcare business. I have an Education Studies degree and have always loved the ethos of the infant school; 3 of my children have been at or are at Bedrove Infant School and I joined wanting to give something back to the school. I have always enjoyed being a part of the team; ensuring that each child strives to reach their own full learning potential. Whilst the governor role has had its changes and challenges; I have faced them head on and I am privileged to be a critical friend to the school and the team. My education and experience of working with all ages of child has enabled me to impart parts of my experience into my role as governor. I have a breadth of experience with regards to SEND and this has a very positive impact on my role of SEND governor to ensure each and every child at BIS learns and thrives. I have also learnt a lot and have been part of numerous training to ensure that I have as much knowledge as possible to each aspect of school life. I am very proud to be part of an ‘Outstanding’ team at the school. Please come and say hello if you see me around school.
Sue Quirk – Vice Chair
Some of you may have seen me in the playgrounds picking up my Grandchildren.. I have been a Governor for a few years now and have been involved with lots of changes and challenges that have occurred during this time. I was still working when I joined knowing that I would soon be retiring and hoping that some of my many years of experience would be useful in supporting the school. I retired in 2016 to look after my Grandson (one of the five I have) leaving a job I had been in for almost 20 years working with Children who are Looked After. I was originally a Placement Manager which involved matching and placing children with Foster Carers and dealing with Local Authorities, contracts, funding etc.., the last eight years of my working life was spent being responsible for overseeing the Education for these vulnerable children, a heartbreaking job at times but incredibly rewarding working with such amazing young people, especially those stroppy teenagers, who gave me hours of work fighting their corner with their schools.
Prior to this I was teaching in the school my children were at, much to their horror when ever we were in the shops and were followed round by children calling out and waving ( I think they loved it really).
Within my role as a Governor with Bedgrove Infants I am Vice Chair, supporting Chrissie and also my core responsibilities are Safeguarding, Child Protection and Head Teachers appraisal, these are my main focusses but as a team we all support wherever needed. I am also involved with a lot of the staff recruiting along with the Senior Management Team. I really enjoy being part of such a great ‘outstanding’ team and the best bit is seeing how the children flourish in such a great school.
Please do come and say hello if you see me around school.
Sara Azarkan - Parent Governor
I was recently voted in as Parent Governor for Bedgrove Infant school. I feel privileged to be able to aid and contribute in whatever small or large way that I can.
I have a background in education and value and support high standards when it comes to a child’s learning and development. My previous roles as a HLTA and Child Care Practitioner and now a stay at home mum has encouraged me to take on as much responsibility as I can. I plan to go back to university in the next couple of years to complete my teacher training.
I have three children; two who attend Bedgrove Infant School. One is currently in Year two and the other in Reception. I firmly believe in the importance of a great working relationship between parents/carers and the school to achieve the best positive outcomes for the children.
I am sure that my role as a parent governor will allow me to support Bedgrove Infant School in continuing to build a strong school community as well as celebrating the success and achievement of the children and staff.
Steven Stray – Staff Governor, EYFS Governor
Many of you will know me as Mr Stray. I have been working as an HLTA at Bedgrove Infant school for coming up to two years. I work across the whole school - covering classes where necessary and also supporting our year one Pupil Premium students.
I have eight years of experience working across Early Years and Key Stage 1 in two schools.
I was elected onto the governing board in January 2019 and use my work based knowledge and expertise to support the governing board and head teacher in discussions and decision making. I thoroughly enjoy being the voice of staff and having an input on the running of the school. I feel that my job role supports my role on the board and my knowledge of the school is a valuable aspect. Bedgrove Infant School is an outstanding setting and I feel privileged to work alongside Governors, Staff and pupils.
Mr S Stray
I have been a governor at Bedgrove Infant School for 14 years. I first joined the board as a parent governor when my eldest son was in F2. During this time, I have seen many changes and have undertaken different roles as a governor, including Chair for four years before I was employed at the school. I have worked with a wide variety of governors from different walks of life over the years but their commitment to wanting the best for each child has always been outstanding.
My background as an Early Years teacher and then local authority and independent consultant enabled me to bring a wide variety of educational experiences to the role of governor but I have also valued the opportunity of working alongside others from different professions and have learned from this too. I joined the team at Bedgrove almost 8 years ago and this has enabled me to share my experiences as a member of staff.
I have two sons aged 19 and 16 who thrived whilst they were at Bedgrove Infant School and both have great memories of their time here; it was an amazing start to their education and I am completely committed to ensuring that all children here have the best start in their educational lives.
Mrs C Lee
Hi, I’m Rachel Albrighton and I joined the Governing board as a co opted member at the start of the year. My background is in HR and I hope to be able utilise my work based skills and knowledge to support the school in achieving its objectives each year. I have two boys and my eldest currently attends BIS. I'm really looking forward to working with the staff and Governors to ensure BIS continues to deliver the very best for all of its pupils and staff.
Louise Sim – Deputy Headteacher
I have been a member of the Governing Board since joining the school as Deputy Head in 2017.
Being a member of the Governing Body provides me with the opportunity to celebrate the successes of school and explain the initiatives for improvement; whilst working with a group of individuals from many differing backgrounds and careers who bring their own expertise, ideas and experience.
There are so many different aspects of Governance, which is why it makes it so interesting. Members of the board read, analyse and challenge the school in a variety of ways, using the information provided by the Headteacher and the school’s leadership team.
I enjoy discussing so many different aspects of the school such as: safeguarding, the school’s development plan, how much targeted funding the school receives and how it's spent (e.g. pupil premium and PE and sport premium), the impact of the funding, the financial security of the school, how we are supporting inclusion throughout the school, the school's performance data, anonymised Performance management of teachers and communications with parents and other stakeholders.
Being a Governor allows me to bring insights from the school and its staff to the meetings and encapsulate everything that is happening within our school.
Mrs L Sim
I am very glad to be part of the school governors. I have two young children and am keen to make a positive impact in supporting BIS.
My background is varied. I have worked as a teacher, in the social sector and am currently working in the pharmaceutical industry. I hope to use my experience to help BIS provide the best education possible for all of our pupils.
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