I look forward to working with the talented and enthusiastic team of people involved to develop a whole range of exciting and rewarding experiences (such as the Handfuls of Harmony community choir project), which will benefit young people and their families in the Greater Bedminster area of Bristol – and will engage staff in the four member schools as well as from within the partner organisations represented on the Trust Board. To illustrate the maxim that “it is never too late to learn”, I have recently qualified as a Paraglider pilot, and am learning how to drop gently to the ground from a great height – always a useful skill!
What attracted me to the school and remains a driving motivational force is the sense of community both within Ashton Park and across the Learning Co-operative.
I am committed to work with our partner schools to ensure all young people in our community have the best possible opportunities to succeed. I believe that schools achieve this best by developing effective partnerships, sharing resources and working in collaboration together.
It is crucial that the Learning Co-operative is at the heart of the community and that parents, students and partners have a clear voice and involvement so they can help it move forward.
I look forward to working with you all.
After spending some years at home looking after my husband and two sons, I worked in a residential children’s home working with children who were unfortunate to be in the care system. After several years I transferred to community work as a welfare officer and a further move to occupational therapy took me up to my retirement.
I became a School Governor at Ashton Vale and now have the privilege of being Chair of Governors. It is an interesting and busy job but it is one of the most rewarding.
I have two teenage children and live in a village outside of Bristol. Although I am originally from Southampton, over my school career I have worked in different parts of the country and have settled in Bristol and I love living here. I feel very privileged to work in the cooperative trust learning community as it shares so many of the same values as I do.
I am now Associate Head of the Department of Education at UWE, chair of our partnership steering group and responsible for developing educational collaborations within the university and across our partnership. I am also regional network coordinator for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust working with colleagues regionally and nationally to promote and secure a broad and rich curriculum for all children.
I am very keen on cooperation and making links between organisations – finding the common agenda – has been an important part of my work. This has been both between community based groups and business and statutory ones.