All about our Governors
Rachel Albrighton - Chair of Governors
I joined the Governing board in December 2019. When I first volunteered, I was just keen to contribute to the school to support its success, not only for my two children who were attending, but for all the children of the BiS community and the wider community it serves. I felt that I had the time and enthusiasm to commit to the role, and some transferable skills and experience from my career in HR. I was nervous as I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I have found being a Governor is a hugely rewarding role!
Our Governing body is made up of volunteers with a range of different backgrounds, different skills sets and different experiences, but they all work together for the common goal of ensuring BiS is, and continues to be, an outstanding school. We all share the same aim of striving to provide a learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and challenging so children thrive and have a positive learning experience.
I have found that the Governors are an essential link between the school and the community it serves. We play an important part in raising the school standards through our three key roles: providing a sense of direction for the work of the school, supporting the work of the school as a critical friend, and holding the school to account for the standards and quality of education it achieves. As a board we actively engage with the school to enable us to effectively provide support and challenge to the Headteacher and Leadership team.
It’s been a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the education of children at BIS and work with a team of truly inspirational people.
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 the Chair of Governors 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.
Lorraine Edlin– Vice Chair co-opted Governor
Hi, I’m Lorraine Edlin, I joined the Governing Body as a co-opted member at the beginning of 2021. I have lived in Aylesbury for 25 years and with two grown up children and with a bit more time on my hands I wanted to do something for my local community. I hope to use the skills I have developed over the last 30 years working in financial services and educational finance to help and support Bedgrove Infant School. I am enjoying seeing the workings of a school and hope to be able to make a positive contribution. I look forward to working with governors and staff to ensure that all students and staff Believe, Inspire and Shine.
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
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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I joined the Governing board in March 2021. We have two children who are currently at BiS and I volunteered to become a Governor in order to get more involved in the school and broaden my understanding about how it is run. My background is in Product development and Engineering management and I hope to use my experiences in this Industry to bring a different perspective to the board and BiS. I am really keen that all children get a great start in education to excel later in what they love.
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