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Foxdell Infant School Head Teacher Personal Statement

Governors' Duties

Whilst the Headteacher has responsibility for the day-to-day running of the school, the main function of the Governing Board is to act as a critical friend in order to secure a good education for the children in a safe environment. If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the school. Involvement in the Governing Board provides a challenging and interesting way of being involved in your children’s education. Free training is provided in all areas of Governor responsibility.

The Governing Board meets at least six times a year and has two main Sub-Committees:

Finance, Personnel and Premises
Curriculum and Standards

Below is a list of all our Governors, their areas of responsibility and terms of office. You will also find a record of attendance at meetings reported under Attendance at Meetings along with any Governor vacancies.


Please read the welcome letter from our new Chair of Governors, Mr. Nick Whitbread, HERE

 

 The Governing Body

  • Mr. Nicholas Whitbread - Parent Governor (Chair)

    I became a Parent Governor in November 2016 and I have two children at Buckton Vale.

    I have lived in Carrbrook all my life and very dedicated to the community. I am a leader at the local Scout Group and lead the Beavers Colony every Monday night.

    I currently work for Rochdale Council as a Practice Manager for the Cared for Children Team. I manage Social Workers who are the lead professional for Rochdale's children who are in public care. This job means I have a lot of experience with safeguarding vulnerable children, hence why I am allocated the role of Designated Safeguarding Governor for the School.

    Outside of work and my voluntary work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, running, football (all sports really!) and watching movies.

    I am currently the assigned Governor for Year 5.

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    Date of Appointment:
    28th September 2016

    Term of Office:
    27th September 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    Safeguarding

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Mrs. Adele Knott - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair)

    I have been on the governing board since 2011, when I was elected as one of four new parent governors; at the time I had a son and daughter at the school. My daughter is in her final year at Buckton Vale now and since December 2015 I have been a co-opted governor. Over the last six years I have attended most governing board meetings, been involved in the recruitment of two headteachers and become vice-chair. As a former pupil and a parent I have a strong connection with the school and I enjoy being able to play a part in its growth and development. I work as a head of languages in a large 11-18 school and enjoy having the opportunity to find out about education in a primary school, and being able to bring an insight into education at Year 7 and up.


    Date of Appointment:
    23rd November 2015

    Term of Office:
    22nd November 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Vice-Chair
    Outcomes and SEND

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Head of MFL, The Blue Coat School, Oldham.

  • Mrs. Alison Leigh - Co-opted Governor

    I am currently a serving Primary Headteacher in Oldham, with over 28 years of experience working in schools. Living in the local area, my daughter attended Buckton Vale and during that time, I served 4 years as a parent governor. I am now pleased to be serving on the Governing Board as a co-opted governor. I have a great interest in education and believe passionately in its importance and value. My wealth of experience as a teacher, Headteacher, parent and governor means I am well equipped to offer both support and challenge to the school. I am highly committed to working hard to achieve the best outcomes for the children at Buckton Vale Primary School.


    Date of Appointment:
    23rd November 2015

    Term of Office:
    22nd November 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Headteacher, Oldham MBC.

  • Mrs. Lisa Wilkinson - Parent Governor

    I have been a Parent School Governor since September 2016. Within my role, I am the designated Child Protection Governor and have been allocated the Year 3 Class.

    Currently my youngest daughter attend Buckton Vale and my 2 eldest daughters attended before moving on to high school.

    For the past 3 years I have been a full time Childminder caring for children between the ages of 6 months to 11 years old, many of which attend Buckton Vale. This has enabled me to form positive relationships with both the parents and the children. Prior to this I was a Children and Families Social Worker for Manchester Local Authority, this has enabled me to build up a wide area knowledge and experience in relation to working with young people ranging from pre-birth up to 18 years of age, and from a variety of backgrounds.

    Community ethos is important to me and I am involved in various community projects such as Muddie Buddies, Operation Farm and I am also Secretary to the Incredible Edible Project and I have also taken a role in the 2017 Band Contest held in Carrbrook.

    In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, walking and love spending time with my family.


    Date of Appointment:
    26th September 2016

    Term of Office:
    25th September 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    Child Protection

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Dr. Gavin Wayte - Parent Governor

    I joined the governing body in autumn 2016, the year my daughter entered the reception class at Buckton Vale. I have lived in Mossley for around a decade, having moved from south Manchester, being attracted by the open air, views and community atmosphere.

    As a freelance composer and conductor, I work in media and live performance with different partners all round the country, and the world. I also work in education, teaching composition at Chetham’s School of Music, lecturing in music at the Royal Northern College of Music and leading arts projects.

    I am the designated enrichment governor for Buckton Vale, focusing on arts, sports and development activities additional to the school’s central curriculum.

    I am the assigned governor for Year 1.


    Date of Appointment:
    26th September 2016

    Term of Office:
    25th September 2019

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    Enrichment

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Councillor Tafheen Sharif - Authority Governor

    I am currently a Councillor for Mossley, Tameside Council, having been elected to the position in May 2016. I come with a wealth of experience in education having been a school governor for over a decade, as well as a strong Chair of Governors seeing my previous school to a 'Good'. I have also governed at a sixth form college. I have trained as a National Leader in Governance (NLG) by the National College of Teaching and Learning.

    I am passionate and dedicated to making a difference to the lives of young people and have founded a number of successful initiatives. In a relatively short period I was recognised nationally and awarded 'Young Councillor of The Year' by the Local Government Innovative Unit for showing energy, dynamism, and a fresh approach to making positive changes to communities. I have also been awarded 'Governor of the Year' in my previous role in Luton.


    Date of Appointment:
    13th July 2017

    Term of Office:
    12th July 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Councillor, Tameside Council.
    Trustee, Home-Start (HOST).
    NED, Equity Housing Group.
    Chair of Governors, Foxdell Infant School (until August 2017.)

  • Ms Zoe Etchells - Co-opted Governor



    Date of Appointment:
    13th July 2017

    Term of Office:
    12th July 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Mr. Gary Dean - Co-opted Governor


    Date of Appointment:
    24th January 2018

    Term of Office:
    23th January 2022

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    To be confirmed

    School Responsibility:
    To be confirmed

    Pecuniary Interests:
    To be confirmed

  • Mr. Matthew Hartley - Parent Governor

    I became a Governor in November 2017, as I have a daughter in Year three, and my son will be joining the school next year.

    Growing up in Carrbrook I have fond memories from attending Buckton Vale myself and would like to help with the development of the school for all.

    I’m an enthusiastic technologist with a focus on software development. Technology is not just a job for me; it’s a way of life! I’ve acquired over twelve years' development experience, five of which have been developing medical software and applications. During my career I have designed and developed solutions within medical imaging, loan brokering, hospital bed management and beyond, on multiple platforms and in multiple programming languages.

    In my spare time I have developed games and apps for iOS and Android and I also enjoy experimenting with electronics and microcontrollers. I also go rock climbing on a weekly basis and enjoy pushing my own physical limitations in events like Tough Mudder.

    Date of Appointment:
    30th November 2017

    Term of Office:
    29th November 2020

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    To be confirmed

    School Responsibility:
    To be confirmed

    Pecuniary Interests:
    To be confirmed

  • Mrs. Sarah Blake - Staff Governor

    I have been a teacher here since January 2008. I have taught years 1 to 5. I am very committed to the teaching and learning of all our children and love teaching.

    I have been the PE co-ordinator and I am currently the maths co-ordinator.

    My passion for the school led me to becoming a teacher governor to help lead the school to becoming an outstanding school.

    I work hard with Mrs Brown, all the staff and governors to ensure that we offer an enriched and varied curriculum for every child at Buckton Vale.


    Date of Appointment:
    8th February 2017

    Term of Office:
    7th February 2021

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards

    School Responsibility:
    (Teacher)

    Pecuniary Interests:
    None

  • Mrs. Deborah Brown - Headteacher


    Date of Appointment:
    3rd May 2017

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    N/A

    Committees Served on:
    (Headteacher)

    School Responsibility:
    (Headteacher)

    Pecuniary Interests:
    None

  • Mr. Steve Noble - Resigned from post


    Date of Appointment:
    1st September 2015

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    31st August 2017

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Chair of the Full Governing Board

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Governor at Longdendale and Alder High Schools
    and Ravensfield Primary School.
    Sole proprietor of Stephen Noble Educational Consultant.

  • Ms. Lisa Ringwood - Resigned from post


    Date of Appointment:
    1st September 2015

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    31st March 2017

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Trustee, CVAT.

  • Mrs. Stacey Webb - Resigned from post


    Date of Appointment:
    26th September 2016

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    31st August 2017

    Committees Served on:
    -

    School Responsibility:
    -

    Pecuniary Interests:
    -

  • Mrs. Lorna Moore - Resigned from post


    Date of Appointment:
    24th September 2016

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    31st August 2017

    Committees Served on:
    Finance, Personnel and Premises

    School Responsibility:
    Chair of Finance, Personnel and Premises

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Deputy Headteacher, Copley Academy.

  • Mrs. Christine Lyness - Resigned from post


    Date of Appointment:
    1st September 2015

    Term of Office:
    N/A

    Date of Stepping Down (if applicable):
    31st August 2017

    Committees Served on:
    Curriculum and Standards

    School Responsibility:
    Quality of Teaching
    Learning and Assessment

    Pecuniary Interests:
    Governor at Mossley Hollins High School
    Mossley Town Team Member
    Councillor for Cheshire Ward.

 

 Attendance

Full Governing Board Meeting: 2017 - 2018
 

Oct '17

Nov '17

Jan '18

 

 

 
Sarah Blake

 

 

 
Deborah Brown

 

 

 
Gary Dean

N/A

N/A

 

 

 
Zoe Etchells

 

 

 
Matthew Hartley

N/A 

✓ 

 

 

 
Adele Knott

✓ 

 C

 

 

 
Alison Leigh 

 

 

 
Tafheen Sharif

N/A 

 

 

 
Gavin Wayte

 

 

 
Nicholas Whitbread

 

 

 

Lisa Wilkinson

 ✓

 

 

 

 

Full Governing Board Meeting: 2016 - 2017
 

Sept '16

Nov '16

Jan '17

Mar '17

May '17

Jul '17
Steve Noble

Adele Knott

Alison Leigh

✓ 

Christine Lyness

✓ 

Lorna Moore

 C

Lisa Ringwood

 

 

N/A

N/A
Sarah Blake

 

Simon Hunter

N/A

N/A
Gavin Wayte

Stacey Webb

   
Nicholas Whitbread

N/A

Lisa Wilkinson

 

Full Governing Board Meeting: 2015 - 2016
 

Sept '15

Nov '15

Mar '16

Training
May '16

June '16

Steve Noble

Adele Knott

Alison Leigh

 

Christine Lyness

 

Lorna Moore

Lisa Ringwood

Sarah Blake

 


KEY: 
 ✓ = Attended   C = Absence consented

Your personal statement is the heart of your application for work as a newly qualified teacher and should be re-written for each role. This is your opportunity to provide evidence of how you match the needs of the specific teaching job you are applying for, and earn yourself an invitation to the next stage, which is likely to be a selection day held at the school.

Writing tips for personal statements

See our example personal statement for primary teaching and personal statement for secondary teaching for further guidance.

When completing a personal statement for a teaching job you should usually observe the following guidelines:

  • Do not exceed two sides of A4, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Tailor your statement for each new application according to the nature of the school or LA and the advertised role.
  • Emphasise your individual strengths in relation to the role.
  • Consider using the government's Teachers' Standards to structure your statement, or follow the structure of the person specification.
  • For a pool application, make sure you give a good overview of your skills and experience.
  • It is essential that you give specific examples of what you have done to back up your claims.

What you must cover in your personal statement

Why you are applying for the role:

  • Refer to any knowledge you have of the LA or the school, including any visits to the school and what you learnt from them.
  • Mention any special circumstances, for example, your religious faith, which you think are relevant.

Details about your course:

  • Give an overview of your training course, including the age range and subjects covered, and any special features.
  • If you are a PGCE student, mention your first degree, your dissertation (if appropriate), any classroom-based research projects and relevant modules studied. Also mention if you have studied any masters modules.

Your teaching experience:

  • What year groups you have taught.
  • What subjects you have covered.
  • Any use of assessment strategies or special features of the practices, for example, open-plan, multi-ethnic, team teaching.

Your classroom management strategies:

  • Give examples of how you planned and delivered lessons and monitored and evaluated learning outcomes, including differentiation.
  • Explain how you have managed classrooms and behaviour.
  • Detail your experience of working with assistants or parents in your class.

Your visions and beliefs about primary/secondary education:

  • What are your beliefs about learning and your visions for the future? You could touch on areas such as learning and teaching styles and strategies.
  • Reflect on key policies relevant to the age range you want to teach.

Other related experience:

  • This can include information about any previous work experience.
  • Include training activities you have carried out and ways in which your subject knowledge has been developed.

Other related skills and interests:

  • Give details of any particular competencies, experiences or leisure interests, which will help the school to know more about you as a person.
  • Any involvement in working with children (running clubs, youth work and summer camps) is particularly useful to note.

Aim to end on a positive note. A conclusion which displays your enthusiasm in relation to the specific application and teaching in general will enhance your application, but avoid general statements and clichés.