Who Are Your Governors?
Chair of Governors
I joined the Five Acres Governing Body in January of 2014 and am Chair of Governors which is a role that I find both challenging and rewarding.
In 1997 I graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA in Drama and Education. My course involved going into many schools as a trainee teacher which gave me valuable insights into what factors make a school great. My passionate interest in really high quality Education has remained constant ever since, even though life moved me in a slightly different direction. Joining the FGB at Five Acres means I can put my experience and commitment to work in the service of the School, and the village communities we serve.
In 2008 I joined the local authority as an Officer at Bicester Town Council and worked there for 10 years – it was a role I was very proud to do. With Bicester being designated an ‘area of growth’ by Central Government, my role was interesting and diverse. It allowed me to have a detailed understanding of how public services work, and how to use them to full advantage. As part of this Local Authority work, I developed strong links with the MOD and with the other local authorities: Cherwell District Council and Oxfordshire County Council. Since July 2018, I have been working for the MOD in Arncott.
Until July 2016 I was also a member of the Friends of Five Acres PTA. I’ve helped with the planning of many events, in particular with the resurrection of the Five Acres School Fete which is a fabulous community event which I am very proud to have been part of. Whilst I am no longer a committee member, I will continue to support these events where possible in the future.
My biggest link to the school is of course my children, Esme in Year 4 and Rex who left in the Summer of 2018 to join the Bicester School. Their achievements at the school are what I am proudest of and knowing how much they are enjoying their time at Five Acres has been my driving force in being an active member of the FGB.
Teacher Governor PAC Committee
When the opportunity to join the Five Acres Governing Body arose in September 2016, I jumped at the chance.
I first joined the teaching staff at Five Acres in 2010 as an NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). Since then I have taught in Year 3, 4 and 5 classes; and have been teaching in Year 6 for the last 3 years. Among my class teacher duties, I also have the responsibilities of being KS2 Coordinator and ICT coordinator.
I am immensely proud to be a member of Five Acres Primary School. The positive, nurturing ethos of the school is truly inspiring.
I have had the privilege of watching many children grow, develop and move on. The experiences a child has in primary school are vitally important to set them up for life in Secondary school and beyond; not just academically but emotionally and socially as well. With a high turnover of pupils, due to the close proximity to the garrison, this is as important as ever and we must ensure that, however short a child’s time is with us, we make as much of a positive impact as possible. We do a fantastic job of this at Five Acres but there is always room for improvement and just like our children, we are always looking for challenge and striving to improve.
By being a member of the FGB, I’m looking to make sure these priorities underpin every decision we make – on your behalf, and on the behalf of your children.
Dedicated Safeguarding Governor, appointed by FGB
Pupil Achievement Committee
I am the Unit Welfare Officer for the Defence EOD, Munitions & Search Training Regt (DEMS Trg Regt). I have been in the role for 4 years and learn something new every day. DEMS is also a school and so requires me to be fully trained and current in Child Protection & Safeguarding procedures, which is something I feel very passionately about.
As part of my job role I have established strong links and work on a daily basis with Local Authority Agencies who are dedicated to ensuring and maintaining safe environments for our children to learn and flourish in.
I was also a Military child myself and so understand, first hand, the pressures of moving schools every few years and the vulnerabilities and uncertainties this can create. Not just with the Service Child but the wider impact on their friendship groups and class as a whole.
Having worked closely, through work, with Five Acres over the last 4 years I am continually impressed with the way they manage vulnerable children and the complex problems and additional work this creates. Their dedication to every child’s learning experience, emotional wellbeing and development is admirable and I am honoured to be working with them to achieve this.
I’ve joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor very recently. I gave it a lot of thought before putting my name forward, because I know that it’s a big job. I realised I very much want to do what I can to add value to the School - by joining a great team of dedicated people who I feel care passionately about our school and the children within it.
My husband and I have two children of our own who are really only just starting out on their journey at Five Acres – Millie is in Year 2 and Chloe is in Foundation Stage. I feel I have a strong vested interest in doing my upmost best for the school.
My hopes for my own children, and for all your children too, are to support our school to excel in teaching both on an educational level, but also on a social interaction level. It’s very important to me that children also learn essential life skills and develop strong moral attitudes.
Having moved to Ambrosden in 1997 I have always felt at home, and thoroughly enjoy living here. My father was in the forces for 22 years and then spent a further 15 years in the Territorial Army. So, I spent all of my childhood and young adult life as a military dependant both here in the UK and abroad in Germany. During that time I attended various different solely Military schools and also mixed Military / Civilian schools, so for this reason I feel a strong connection to this village, its school and its community.
We are fortunate here at Five Acres to enjoy a fantastic diversity of families and hopefully my own combination of experiences as a forces child, and as an “ordinary” wife and mother, can help the Governors’ meet the needs of all the children in the school.
My professional life began in Finance at age 16, working full time whilst also studying for the AAT qualification (Association of Accounting Technicians) - I have been a fully qualified member for well over 10 years, now. I have also gained part qualified status with CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants).
I have acquired extensive knowledge and experience within my accountancy roles and I have worked within a broad range of industries, both public and private sector. I now enjoy helping my Directors to lead an efficient finance team as their Financial Controller during a period of exciting growth, in uncertain times.
I’m looking forward to putting all this experience to good use as a member of the Finance Committee of the Governing Body (which makes sure the budget is being well-spent.) Schools would always like more money, but we get what we’re given. It’s essential that the money we do receive is creatively and responsibly spent, to ensure your children get the best possible Primary education. That’s where I’m going to focus my best efforts, on your behalf.
Co-opted SEN Governor
Pupil Achievement Committee
I was a teacher at Five Acres for 20 years. The last 3 years of which I was part time taking responsibility for Special needs. Since retiring 9 years ago, I have continued to do some one to one maths teaching and also hearing readers.
Five Acres felt very much like a second home for 20 years and, now I have more time, I feel able to support the school in the role of governor, with a special interest in Special Needs.
Pupil Achievement Committee
I am currently The Home School Link worker at Five Acres and have previously held roles in the school as Pastoral Support and Teaching Assistant.
I have been part of the school team since 2007, when both my son and daughter joined the school in full time education.
Both my children attended the school from Nursery to Year Six and both achieved very well. The time here gave them a positive start in secondary school, both socially and academically.
I thoroughly enjoy my role in school. I enjoy working with the children and supporting them through varying difficult situations, as well offering support to parents who are also experiencing difficulties.
By being a governor I am hoping to help the school continue the work to nurture the potential of every student to the best of our ability.