Both my children have been pupils at The Cottesloe School and thoroughly benefited from both its academic and pastoral brilliance.
I have been a governor now for 7 years and like many, didn't have a clue about the role when I first started - but would now describe it as one of the most worthwhile and rewarding things I do.
For my day job I am a director of a marketing and benefits provision company. I am also the treasurer of a local canoe and kayaking club and a national level 2 canoe and kayaking coach - and when I find time, or the water levels are right, you'll find me shooting white water rapids on some of the most scenic rivers the UK has to offer. I'm married and, for her sins, my wife also works in education.
I have been a governor at The Cottesloe School for thirty years. Initially I was elected as a parent governor and then became a local authority appointed governor. The School became Grant Maintained which in turn, went on to become a Foundation school. I am currently classed as a Partnership Governor.
Both my daughters were educated at the school and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a governor, seeing the school grow and develop from having 500 students to the 1200 students we have today. I am pleased that I have been able to help in this achievement.
I have been involved with the Cottesloe School since 2007 when my daughter Sarah joined as a new student in year 7. She graduated in 2013 having completed 6th form, attaining three A levels, History, Biology and Business Studies, she has gone on to read Biology at The University of Derby.
During those 6 years I became involved and helped to re-establish the Friends of Cottesloe, as Chair. The FoC is now an established charity that raises funds to support the students with those little extras that the school budget cannot provide. I became a parent governor 18mths ago and I am currently the Vice Chair of the Resources and People committee. Becoming involved with the Cottesloe School has given me the opportunity as a parent governor to support the Head and leadership team build a strong future for our students.
My personal career started in the catering industry as a hotel manager, later moving to work for THF Roadside Catering division as their IT Training Manager. As a qualified trainer I later moved to work for an American telecoms Company as their UK Training Manager. For the past 15 years I have owned and run my own Complementary Health business in Wendover. I was Chair then President of the Association of Reflexologists for 6 years and I continue to run group and one to one training courses across a broad spectrum of subjects. When I am not at the clinic, or at school I enjoy being a volunteer National Trust Bee keeper at Hughenden Manor, High Wycombe.
I live locally in Stewkley and one of my daughters is in year 9 at The Cottesloe. I have been a Governor for the past year and a half and decided to become a Governor because: 1) I had heard about so many positive changes at the school that I thought someone is bound to 'poach' Mr Fox so I had better be a Governor to ensure the next Head Teacher is just as good or even better (I didn't anticipate Mr Fox retiring!); and 2) I wanted to directly contribute to my daughters education by helping the school grow from strength to strength - which it is doing.
I am a psychologist and run my own consultancy business working in organisations, with communities and also with behaviourally challenged young people in schools and prisons.
I helped establish and run the local youth club in Stewkley, help organise junior cricket in the summer and set up the Stewkley Enterprise Agency that employs people to do basic maintenance work (eg: lawn mowing) in and around the village. To chill out I run, read and play golf.
I have been a parent governor at The Cottesloe School for 5 years. I have been a registered Childminder for 25 years, a job which I enjoy very much. I have 4 grown up children who have all enjoyed their secondary education here. I have recently stepped down from the LA governors role at Edlesborough school after 12 years to give me more time to concentrate on my new voluntary job as treasurer at Leighton Town Football Club. This is proving very challenging for me.
In July 2012 I was asked to help write the travel plan for The Cottesloe as I had previously been involved writing one for Edlesborough. In September 2013 I took on the role of Child protection governor and I also attend the school council meetings. I like being part of the governing body and hope with all the hard work from the staff that we soon achieve our Ofsted grade to good/outstanding.
I have been a teacher at The Cottesloe School for 9 years now. Teaching Physical Education has allowed me to see many students in an array of situations, both in the class room and outside. The change in the both the atmosphere in and around the school and attitude of the students has been phenomenal.
The idea of being a staff governor was intriguing. Seeing where the school was 9 years ago to where we are now and knowing where the school could potentially go is really very positive. It was this development that has made me want to be a Staff Governor, assisting the current Governors with information from a teachers’ point of view. I feel that being involved and more aware of the decisions made for the best interest of the school and particularly the pupils, will be of a great benefit to the school.
I run a small farm (Abbotts View Alpacas) in Aston Abbotts. I am married to Joanne and we have three daughters. Amy, Jessica and, our youngest, Rosie who attends The Cottesloe. Before we set up our farm I ran a successful IT company which I sold in 2011. For several years I have been chairman of Dunstable Hang Gliding and Paragliding club. I have also served as a parent governor at Vandyke in Leighton Buzzard.
I am absolutely delighted with The Cottesloe and have seen my daughter flourish. When asked 'why she loves the school so much' she said how she feels empowered by the motivational talks during assembly. She truly believes that she can achieve and make a difference. This is not something measured by ofsted but is so important. I've also noticed how she, and all students, seem to share a great deal of respect for staff and for each other. This is, in my experience, a rare and precious thing and is producing very well rounded, confident young people who will have a positive impact on society. When selecting a school for my daughter it was this wonderful culture that won me over. It was definitely the right choice.
The Cottesloe is at an exciting stage of development as it makes continued improvement in standards. I think my daughter is right when she proudly says that the school is the best around and is getting better.
I have been working at The Cottesloe School for around a year as Attendance and Pastoral Support Officer and have experience working in school support staff teams for seven years in total. I look forward to fully engaging with the existing governing body in providing a perspective on school life from a support staff viewpoint.
Personally, I am married and have three children, the youngest of which is currently in Year 7 at the School. I am actively involved in a number of village organisations, including Stewkley Football Club where I have co-ordinated the refreshments rota for each Saturday morning during the junior season for the past three years. In addition, our family actively support Stewkley Vicarage Cricket Club, from a playing, coaching and management perspective, I have been regularly involved with organising fundraising events, the most recent of which have been a Barn Dance and a Sunday Breakfast.
As a prospective and current parent, and now staff member, I have been very impressed by the progress made by The Cottesloe School over recent years in terms of academic achievement, however I do believe that there is still much more that we need to improve on. In the short term, I am looking forward to the challenge of helping the school achieve the ‘good’ Ofsted rating it deserves, then to drive standards even higher.
I have been a Parent Governor at Cottesloe since January 2013. I am a qualified Programme Manager and run my own business focused on Project and Bid Management within the Healthcare sector. Through my work I have gained a broad range of business experience applicable to the role of a Governor. I am a keen runner and particularly enjoy off road running.
I see the purpose of the governors as being to support and continually challenge the school in the pursuit of high standards, strong achievements and the best possible outcomes for all students. I'm proud to be a member of the governing body and I enjoy working with colleagues to help this rapidly improving school gain a positive Ofsted result.
During 35 years of teaching I was Head of an independent school specialising in students with specific needs, a SENCO, Head of Year and Head of Upper School of a large inner city comprehensive and an Advisory Teacher for the Ethnic Minority & Traveller Education Achievement Service.
After taking early retirement in April 2011 I studied and obtained a Certificate of Psychometric Testing, Assessment & Access Arrangements (CPT3A), which is recognised by the British Psychological Society.
My expertise and interest is working with children whose needs were not being met by mainstream education. I have worked with primary and secondary schools training teachers and teaching assistants and assessing students. This included using the assessments to implement successful individual programmes of study, intervention strategies and support packages to ensure the highest quality of teaching and the most effective learning. I have lived in Wing for 15 years and want to do as much as I can to maintain its village status, promote its strong points and develop areas of weakness. To this end, I am actively involved in the local community. I was a school governor at Overstone Combined School in Wing and am Chairperson of Wing Parish Councillor, Neighbourhood Plan Group and Wing Community Library. I also sit on the Buckinghamshire Adoption and Fostering panels.
At present I work as an education consultant for ABI Homes in Milton Keynes, which provides full time secure care for people with severe autism and learning difficulties.
After teaching in schools in London and Luton, I worked at The University of Hong Kong from 1976 until 2000. During this time I was an elected Dean of the Faculty of Education for six years and became a full professor in 1997. I also served on the Hong Kong Government's Education Commission and Advisory Committee on Teachers' Education and Qualifications. I was President of the Hong Kong Institute of Education until 2007 and was instrumental in its upgrading. I joined the Institute of Education, University of London, where I currently work as Professor of Education, in October 2007.
I have supervised and am supervising PhD and MEd students both in the UK and overseas, and my main teaching is on MEd programmes in London and Singapore.
My scholarly pursuits cover comparative education, curriculum, policy analysis, teacher and civic education. I am is the author / co-author/ co-editor of many books and academic journal articles; and am currently a Co-editor of the Journal Compare and member of the Editorial Panels of several academic journals.
My wife, Esther, and I have lived in Wing (Burcott) since May 2008. Our younger daughter and her husband recently moved to Leighton Buzzard, whilst our elder daughter, her partner, and two grandsons live in Western Australia.
I have been associated with the School for over twenty years - initially helping youngsters with expedition training for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and subsequently as a governor. In that time, the School has seen a doubling of student numbers and a large increase in its facilities. I have previously served as Chair of Curriculum and Vice Chair of Governors. My wife, Margaret, is Clerk to the Governing Body and youngest daughter, Lucy Mayer, a teacher of German at The Cottesloe.
Now retired and living in Whitchurch, my working life was spent entirely in public service - a long career as an RAF officer, followed by shorter stints in the Civil Service and Local Government, in the field of logistics, IT and project management.
After family commitments and trying to keep up with Matty our young and very lively rescue springer spaniel, I now spend much of my time maintaining, driving and showing a couple of obscure 1950s sports cars and keeping active around house and garden.
Former County Librarian of Buckinghamshire[1983-1996] and Independent Chairman of the Connexions Board for Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire 2001-2007. Chairman of the Bucks Committee of The Princes Trust 1997-2000.
Appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 2001, and currently Chairman of the Friends of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and a Trustee of the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation.
After taking early retirement from the post of County Librarian due to Milton Keynes becoming a Unitary Authority, worked part time as a Regional Coordinator for the Royal Star & Garter Home for Disabled Ex-Servicemen and Women from 1997- 2007.
Awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Library Association in 1999, and an Honorary MA by Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (now Bucks New University) in 2004.
Rotarian since 1986, and President of the Rotary Club of Aylesbury 2012-2013.
Married with two grown up sons, and a Wing resident since 1983. Member of the Tall Persons Club of Great Britain, life member of the National Trust and collector of books on the English Civil War.
I am a registered nurse trained to work in the Intensive Care and Coronary Care fields and have worked overseas extensively, gaining widespread experience in Australasia. I have experience working in the field of medical recruitment, where reviewing curriculum vitae and interviewing personnel was critical to the role. I have also worked with senior consultants within the Interventional Cardiology arena both as an educationalist and as a visiting consultant on a sales basis.
I believe wholeheartedly in “the working team” and feel that to achieve the best results in any environment that every part of that team is of value. Currently I work as a nurse on a part-time basis and am also a senior partner in a property business based in Oxford.
My eldest daughter attends The Cottesloe School and I am keen to help the school on its journey to an Ofsted result of Outstanding via Good in any way that I am able.
Clerk to the Governors