As a Principal Sponsor governor, I have been associated with All Saints since 2008 when I was appointed as project manager to facilitate the transition from the predecessor school, Northfields Upper. I am currently Chair of Governors and a member of the Leadership and Management Committee at the Academy. My association with the community of Houghton Regis, which the Academy largely serves, goes back to 1986 when I was Head of Adult Education at Kingsland Community College. There followed a period of working in various roles as a senior education officer in the Local Authority before establishing my own education consultancy business eleven years ago. I am passionate about developing life-chances for all young people no matter what their background and experiences; being a governor is a way of enabling that to happen.
I have been a Governor of All Saints Academy since its formation in 2009 and was appointed by the Diocese of St Albans. I am a member of the Diocesan Board of Education. I retired from the Methodist Ministry in 2010 and before becoming a Minister, I was the Head Teacher of a C of E Controlled Primary School in Hertfordshire for 15 years. I have two children and three grandchildren. As a Governor at All Saints I am chair of the Key Stage committee and have a particular interest in teaching and learning and literacy. Currently I am a Governor at a Primary School in Harpenden and chair of its Standards and Curriculum Committee. I am also Vice Chair of Hertfordshire SACRE. For my leisure I enjoy reading and travelling, theatre and music, walking and swimming. When time allows I can be found on my allotment.
I am a Principal Sponsor Governor appointed in July 2012. I am married to Jean and we have lived in Dunstable for nearly 50 years – we have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and am a member of the Leadership and Management and Key Stages committees. Being a school governor gives me the opportunity to be involved in the life and development of the school and I believe that the governing body provides a support and challenge to the senior staff. Before my retirement in 2010 I was Head of Libraries for Central Bedfordshire (and for Bedfordshire before the new authorities were established) and worked in local government for 50 years so I have a wide experience of public service and senior management. I believe that my professional experience gives me an understanding of the importance of learning for young people. My interests now are around volunteering as a school governor, I am Chairman of Develop, on the Board of Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and I am a volunteer at the local Citizens Advice. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, walking and sports (watching mostly rather than participating).
I am a Principal Sponsor governor having joined the governing body when the school became All Saints Academy in 2009. As part of my role on the governing board, I serve on the Individualised Pathways committee, as well as taking a lead on SIAMS. As the former Archdeacon of Bedford, I am interested in the spiritual and pastoral wellbeing of the students and staff and my role on this committee ties in well with this. I feel that the role of a school governor is a very important one and that providing all children with a good education gives them a firm foundation that can be built on in later life.
Having 20 years in Education as a Middle and Senior Leader, I have taught across contexts in secondary, all-through and special education.
To date, I have been part of a Senior Leadership Team within a new birth to 19 Academy, and more recently a 7-19 52 week residential school for young people with a primary diagnosis of Autism.
In addition, I have provided consultancy for primary schools transitioning into new Academies, early years, and strategies for working with children with ASD.
My PhD, awarded in 2014, considered different contexts of children’s transition from primary to secondary education.
I have lived in Houghton Regis since 1990. I became a governor at the Academy in December 2017 and am a member of the Leadership and Management and Key Stages committees. I have been involved with education as a parent governor since my daughter was at primary school and am also governor at the school she attended.
All governors have different skills and experience with which to help the school. My background is as a Senior Business Analyst for the Post Office and is in problem solving, critical thinking, strategic planning and IT. I therefore hope I can make a difference to our academy in my role as a governor. I am the governor responsible for compliance, with a special emphasis on Health & Safety. In my spare time I am a keen photographer.
All correspondence for the Chair or any member of the Governing Body should be addressed to All Saints Academy.
All Saints Academy is sponsored by the Diocese of St Albans, as Principal Sponsor, and the University of Bedfordshire, as co-sponsor. All Saints is a Church of England Academy that welcomes all students.
There are no admission criteria that require any form of church attendance and our criteria are fully in line with the joint admissions criteria for Central Bedfordshire. What the Academy does benefit from is the support of the Diocese in developing a Christian ethos across the Academy. The Diocese also provided an Endowment Fund, the capital from which was utilised in 2019 to build The Reflection Centre. Our ethos is based on the values which contribute to the Academy’s strapline.
Aspire, Strive, Achieve:
Our Christian ethos underpins our work and our relationships with each other, and the Sponsors are clear that All Saints Academy is a school for students of all faiths and those of none.
As Co-Sponsor of the Academy, the University of Bedfordshire aims to work with us at four strategic levels:
As Sponsors, both the Diocese of St Albans and the University of Bedfordshire bring a unique blend of experience, expertise and support to ensure that the students of All Saints Academy get the best opportunities to outperform expectations.