Chair of Governors – LA Governor
I have lived in Portsmouth and the surrounding area for almost 30 years and my children attended local schools in Hampshire. Both of my grandchildren attended Cumberland Infant School the younger joining the School in 2015. I became a governor at Cumberland Infant School at the beginning of 2006 and Vice Chair of Governors in 2010. I have been elected as Chair of Governors and took up this role from October 2013.
I became a governor at an infant school, in part, because of my longstanding interest in and commitment to education. I also believe that what happens in the earliest years of schooling can have a significant effect on the outcomes for children and young people as they progress through the education system.
I think the role of a governor is an important one with a responsibility to the school, its children, parents and carers, and the staff. The head teacher, staff and governors at Cumberland Infant School work very hard to ensure all pupils achieve their full potential in a caring, supportive, safe and happy environment. As well as chairing the governing body I also have responsibility for monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of our inclusion and special education needs and disabilities policies. Briefly, this means that together with the Head Teacher, staff and other governors my role is to ensure that all children attending Cumberland Infant School reach their full potential.
On a personal level I have worked as a member of academic staff at the University in Portsmouth since 1986 and have been involved with the education of social workers, nurses and police officers as well as students on a range of degrees in the social science faculty. I enjoy walking and fairly often can be found on Southsea seafront with or without grandchildren in pushchairs or on bikes.
Please do feel free to contact me and ask me any questions and I will do my very best to answer them. Or contact me just to tell us what we are doing well or, of course, where you think we could improve or to voice any concerns you may have.