Words from Our Governors

 

Wendy Sharp

Chair of Governors 

I have spent my entire working life in education. I love school life and have been privileged to teach, manage and lead in many schools in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and until a few years ago serving as Headteacher in two Derbyshire Schools.

Born and raised in a loving, working class family, my parents encouraged me to work hard, aim high and to seek a life that was less hindered by poverty than theirs had been.

I firmly believe that education helps all children and adults to lead more fulfilling lives and increases their chances of earning a good living.

Though retired I cherish the opportunity to work with all the staff at Leys Junior School to ensure that each and every child has every reasonable opportunity to succeed in life.

With four grandchildren, aged 1, 3, 3 and 7 years of age, my interest is more than academic and I, along with other committed Governors, pledge to seek the best for the entire school community.

                                                                                           Wendy Sharpe

 

John Thorpe

Vice Chair

I have 2 children, both of which went to Leys. It was back in 2005 I first became a Parent Governor. After finishing secondary school I entered the Motor Trade and after 10 years of being on the workshop floor I went into Automotive management.

It was in this role I gained experience in people management and a keen eye for cash flow and financial budgeting. Both of these skills are assets to bring into school governance.

I had always felt let down by my senior school as I was not given the opportunity to excel and accomplish the best of my ability and talents. It was for this reason I became a school governor.

My wish is for every child to realise and exceed their expectations and become the best they can be by ensuring that each child is given the environment and the quality of teaching each one deserves to enrich their education and springboard them into future adult lives.

                                                                                  John Thorpe

 

Alan Wragg

Authority Co-opted Governor

Having spent my working life in Local Government, in the Architects Drawing Office, Health and Safety and then as a Senior Surveyor in maintenance, I felt that I had something to offer the school.

After retirement from the above I became the Chief Exam Invigilator in a local Secondary School for 10 years, during this time I also carried out four years of mentoring to improve the pupils performance in the GCSE examinations.

I have previously served on the Governing Body of a local Infant School and ultimately became the Chair of Governors.

The current Chair of Governors (who I knew at her local Secondary School) asked if I would be interested in becoming a governor at Leys Junior School, I accepted because I felt I could offer an input into the Governing Body.

                                                                                           Alan Wragg

 

Nicola Bettison

Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at Leys Junior School for around seven years.

Having three children I wanted to be involved with the school they attend and hopefully challenge and help the school move forward.

I live and work part-time locally in Early Years and I am also a fully trained and experienced Outdoor Learning Practitioner. My experience with children ranges from Early Years to Secondary Education, with children of all abilities including S.E.N, so this as well as outdoor learning is a great interest to me.

                                                                                               Nicola Bettison

  

Jo Baranek

Parent Governor

I became a Parent Governor at Leys Primary School in November 2016, after my step daughter started Leys in September 2016. 

I work as an Early Years Adviser for a large Childcare Charity and my work includes spearheading a national Maths Champions programme and acting a lead safeguarding designated officer supporting nurseries all over the UK with any concerns or queries they may have. In my role I also deliver a wide range of training to nursery owners, practitioners and childminders including at specialist childcare expos. 

I wanted to become a Governor to use my interests and training to support the school my step-daughter attends. As a Governor I bring a wealth of knowledge of education on different levels, including having trained as a primary school teacher myself, specialising in maths and science. My aim is to be the voice of the children and ensure they are all able to meet their full potential through the excellent education and support the school offers. 

                                                                                                   Jo Baranek

 

Roz Jackson 

Parent Governor

This is my first year as Parent Governor of Leys Junior School and I'm also part of the Parents Teacher Association where I had the chance to organise the 2016 Christmas Fair and I'm sure you agree it was one of the best so far and I promise to keep making events even better.

I applied for this position as I have 5 children and one of those is a current student and another has just moved up to senior school and I have many years to come of being part of this school as my other children join in later years.

I work as a children's entertainer so my life is based around children and families which is something I truly enjoy so when this position became available I jumped at the chance to be part of a fantastic board and to be able to help keep the high standards that we see daily at Leys Junior School for not only my family but for all the families that are part of the school.

I look forward to meeting you and excited to see Leys Junior School evolve with my support.

                                                                                                     Roz Jackson