I have been a member of the local governing board since March 2020, and was previously a member of the ‘rapid improvement group’, which was formed following the school’s 2019 Ofsted inspection. This involvement has allowed me to witness the school’s significant journey of improvement over that time. I currently hold the positions of vice-chair and SEND link governor on the board. I have three children currently attending Kings Sutton Primary Academy (KSPA), and share the school’s vision for all pupils at KSPA to have ambition for what they can achieve.
Professionally I work as the Director of a small education-related business. In this role, I liaise regularly with staff in primary schools, and keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the education sector. Previously I worked for a decade as a further and higher education careers adviser and information officer, advising both graduates and further education students, including helping those applying for teacher training programmes. As an information officer, I was regularly involved in developing resources specifically for students with disabilities. Other previous roles include working as a teaching assistant in a secondary school, and as a 24hr live-in carer for a postgraduate student with physical disabilities.
My family moved to King's Sutton in 2021 and I am delighted to be supporting the school and its community as a Governor. Currently, I work in organisational development for the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes the Horton General Hospital and Katharine House Hospice.
I previously worked as a secondary school English teacher and pastoral tutor in inner-city academies, the private sector and an international school in Spain. Outside of work I enjoy running, playing music and hanging out with my baby son.
I am the Year 5 and 6 teacher at King's Sutton Primary Academy as well as the lead teacher for Mathematics, Physical Education and French. I bring experience from teaching in both small village and large inner-city schools, within the state, academy and private sector.
I am passionate for ensuring all children achieve their full potential and demonstrated this by completing my research Master's degree in 2017, focusing on reducing Mathematics anxiety in primary aged children. In 2018, I was nominated for Pearson's National award 'Outstanding new teacher of the year' and won the silver award for my contributions to inclusion and increasing ambition in a school with high deprivation. I have a passion for dance and performance, and work as an assistant teacher for Freewheelin' (an inclusive dance class in Birmingham, who are current UK National champions) in my spare time.
I am a Parent Governor at KSPA with a linked responsibility for Pupil Premium. I have two children currently attending the school and am passionate about helping ensure they and all pupils at KSPA experience an ambitious, rewarding curriculum.
I have worked in the education sector for 18 years, for an organisation that provides educational resources, qualifications and training to schools in the UK. This has involved working closely with a wide range of schools across the Primary and Secondary age ranges, to understand the challenges they face and how such schools can best be supported. In that time I have also worked closely with a number of key organisations in education, including Ofsted, the Department for Education and Ofqual. More recently, I now lead the team responsible for developing and delivering GCSE and A Level English qualifications and examinations in schools in England.