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 Chair 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 nine 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. Outside of education, much of my time has been dedicated to music, having been a member of various brass bands, orchestras and choirs over the years, and also a Concert Manager for several organisations. Being now semi-retired, I enjoy travel, when the demands of four grand-daughters permit.
‘As a Parent Governor and Chair of the Individual Pathways Committee I strive to ensure everyone receives an equal opportunity to a good education that equips our children with the skills and experience to access lifelong learning.
I became a Parent Governor in June 2016, being keen to represent the views of parents and students whilst supporting the school to become a highly regarded throughout the local community and as measured by OFSTED.
With 20 years’ experience leading teams that delivered world-class learning solutions in and to FTSE 100 companies I aspire to contribute to the strategic direction of the academy and play an active role in assisting continual improvement.
After taking a change in career direction in 2009, I qualified as a High-Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), having studied a BA in Education whilst working in an Inclusion Unit supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs, Emotional & Behaviour Development and children with English as an Additional Language. I hope this experience has been useful in my role as a link governor for Pupil Premium initiatives.
My hobbies include being an FA licensed coach, FA child welfare officer and actively encouraging children participating in sport.
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 4 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.
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 am a Principal Sponsor Governor appointed in July 2012. I am married to Jean and we have lived in Dunstable for 48 years – we have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. I am Vice-Chairman of the Governing Body and am a member of the Leadership and Management committee. 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 sponsor governor having joined the governing body when the school became All Saint’s Academy in 2009. As part of my role on the governing board, I serve on the Individualised Pathways and Key Stage committees, as well as taking a lead on SIAMS. As the 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.
Belinda is the Governance Officer for the Diocese of St Albans Schools Team, working with church schools across the diocese. She has a teaching background in adult education and taught for 14 years with the Workers’ Educational Association and other adult learning providers. Her experience includes teaching family learning and other school-based courses for parents in primary and secondary schools. She has also worked for Hertfordshire County Council as a SEND caseworker for secondary schools and colleges, and was previously a governor in a community maintained school. Belinda is a licensed Reader (lay minister) in the Church of England. She is particularly interested in how schools support parental and community engagement.
I have lived in Houghton Regis since 1990. I have become governor at our academy in Dec 2017 and I am a member of the Outcomes committee. I have been involved with education as a parent governor since my daughter (who is now in year 10) was at primary school.
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. In my spare time I’m a keen photographer.
Julie Brasier qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and was in practice in local authorities and Abbey National. Following a career break to have children, Julie joined the Governor Services Team at Milton Keynes Council as a clerk in 1999. Now no longer in practice, Julie worked in Governor Services for 8 years clerking a wide range of schools covering the full age range from 4 to 19. She then joined the School Organisation and Planning team at the Council. In 2013 Julie became clerk to the Sharnbrook Academy Federation Multi Academy Trust and worked in a wide range of areas in addition to governance until September 2015. She set up her own company and now clerks a range of educational providers including All Saints Academy, Northampton College, Unity MAT and the Challenger Multi Academy Trust Board.
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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 interest from which is used to offer additional opportunities to students. 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.