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. It’s a sobering fact that there hasn’t been a single year since the age of 4 when I haven’t spent a considerable amount of time in schools! 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, which sadly closed some years later. 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. Having worked in education all my life, I have run my own consultancy company for the past eight years. Outside of education, my real passion is music, having been a member of various brass bands, orchestras and choirs over the years. Being now semi-retired (although it doesn’t feel like it!) I also enjoy travel, when the demands of four grand-daughters permit.
‘As a Parent Governor and Chair the Personal Development Behaviour 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. I was subsequently appointed as Chair of the Personal Development, Behaviour and Well-being Committee (PDBW).
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 Disorders and children with English as an Additional Language. Many of these areas are discussed in the PDBW Committee.
As the Academy’s governor taking the lead on safeguarding, it is important to ensure and maintain a positive and safe environment in which children can thrive.
My leisure time and hobbies focus around football, being a FA licensed coach, FA child welfare officer and active committee member for the Bedfordshire Girls Football League, aimed at increasing children’s participation 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 candidating for the ministry 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. My principle responsibility on the Governing Body of All Saints is as the Chair of the Teaching Learning and Assessment Committee. I also have oversight of Literacy and English. Currently I am a Governor at a Primary School in Harpenden and also a member 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.
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I am a Principal Sponsor Governor appointed in July 2012. I am married to Jean and we have lived in Dunstable for 46 years – we have 2 sons and 6 grandchildren. Currently I am a member of the Leadership and Management and the Teaching, Learning and Assessment 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 at 2 schools in Dunstable, I am chairman of Develop and on the board of the Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and I am a volunteer adviser in the local Citizens Advice service. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, walking and sports (watching mostly rather than participating).
I have been a Governor at All Saints Academy since May 2016, when I was asked by the St Albans Diocese schools team to be a Principal Sponsor Governor at the Academy. I have lived in Dunstable since 1993 and taught at Ashton C of E Middle School VA for 23 years, initially as science teacher and Head of Science moving onto Deputy Headship in 2001 and Headship in 2014.Currently I am a self-employed education consultant, regularly deployed by Central Bedfordshire Council as a system leader to work alongside Head teachers to support and bring about school improvement. In addition, I undertake reviews of Safeguarding, More Able provision and use of Pupil Premium Grant in schools of all phases.I am also on the St Albans Diocese list of Education Consultants. In my free time I am a keen photographer, enjoy travel and, along with my husband, I am an active member of a local church.I am pleased to be able to work alongside the staff at All Saints Academy at this exciting time, as the school journeys towards being a good, and ultimately outstanding, Academy.
I am a sponsored 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 Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare committee. 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.
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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.