I became a governor in September 2014. I was interested in the role because my son, Ben, has been at the school for over 3 years and he has been and remains very happy here. I am keen to do all I can to help the school go from strength to strength so that our children can continue to have a happy and positive experience and develop personally as well as academically.
I have been a governor at Belgrave for seven years, During this time I have seen the school to transform from an Infant School to a fully fledged Primary School. Both my children have attended Belgrave and enjoyed the experience particularly the school's fantastic portfolio of adventurous outdoor activities and resident visits.
As a governor I support the school to:
Continue to develop and improve
Enable the whole school community to belong, enjoy, enthuse and succeed
Provide the skills necessary for the children to flourish during their secondary school journey.
My daughter attends Belgrave School, and my younger son will also attend. I strongly believe that all children should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
My background is in the public and charity sectors where I have led local government regeneration programmes and delivered an array of projects including the rebuild of three schools and public facilities. I am keen to support the school and am a member of the Resources Committee.
I retain a strong interest in educational matters from my time at university and the subsequent 5 years teaching in primary schools in Manchester and Trafford. A while ago my twin sons attended Belgrave Infants and had a great time there. Having recently retired I enjoy putting some of my energy and expertise into the local community: I already spend a couple of mornings each week helping in the classroom and working on various other related school activities.
I’m a new parent to Belgrave, with my daughter recently starting in reception. I am however, no stranger to the education environment, having over ten years teaching experience in a large secondary school. It is my belief that all pupils should be confident in their academic abilities with good self-esteem that enables them to contribute to the school and wider community. Moreover, pupils must enjoy school and as a parent governor these are the views that I would want to represent. To the position, I would offer my experience of the secondary school transition process, academic monitoring and pastoral care.
I currently have two daughters at Belgrave Primary School. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with years of experience in practice, commerce, industry and most recently, in education. I worked for the University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) as an accountant supporting the finance function of the primary schools in the Trust, which gave me a unique insight into primary schools from a funding, cash flow, budgeting and costs perspective. Since 2007, have been working as a tutor, firstly in professional education, training students across various professional accountancy qualifications, such as the ACCA and CIMA qualifications. I believe many of these insights are transferable to all echelons of education, including primary school education.
Rev Neil Stacey
Our son, Ben, has been happy all the way through his time at Belgrave, so I am keen to help the school to continue to provide an excellent, broad education for children. I have 3 older children, who each went to university; one of them is now a secondary school teacher. Previously I have had experience of being a school governor in two primary schools in East Middlesbrough. As a new governor again, I am looking forward to learning again how best to support the school!”