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John Allum

Chair

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body

Term of Office: Start 1/08/14 Finish 31/7/18

Committee Membership: F&GP (Chair) and P&P Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None Relationships with school staff: None

 

My name is John Allum, a retired Company Director, and currently the Chair of Governors at Eskdale School.

 

I was born in Chilwell, went to school in Chilwell and after serving 10 years in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm I eventually returned to Chilwell to live and work.

 

Both my son and daughter were both pupils at Eskdale, enjoying a brilliant education and preparation for their successful futures.

 

It was during my children's time at Eskdale that I was encouraged to join the Friends of Eskdale and after a few years to apply to become a governor.

 

Being part of the Eskdale community for nearly 20 years has been very enjoyable and has enabled me to have a very broad insight into how the education system works and how difficult it is for schools to prepare and deliver budgets, and at the same time maintain the high standards, outstanding pupil achievement and development, all through outstanding leadership and teaching.

 

My role as a Governor has involved monitoring finances and leadership, including interviewing and appointing the Head Teacher.

 

Everyone who is part of the Eskdale Team and community should be justifiably be proud of the school.

Angela Pollard-Ward

 

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body

Term of Office: Start 1/08/14 Finish 31/7/18

Committee Membership: F&GP and P&P

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None

Relationships with school staff: None

 

I have lived in Chilwell for over 25 years and my two daughters attended Eskdale Junior School. I am employed by a local accountancy firm managing a very busy payroll department.

My governor roles include being the Vice Chair, training co-ordinator, a member of the finance and general purpose sub-committee and linked to outcomes for pupils and pupil groups.

As a governor it is very rewarding to see everyone connected with the school strive to make the children’s time enjoyable and enriched while maintaining high standards. I am particularly focused on ensuring that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their full potential both academically and personally .

I am also a volunteer treasurer at New Dawn Counselling Centre and a member of Beeston Oasis Christian Centre helping with the youth and childrens work. I love sport particularly football and have a season ticket at Nottingham Forest Football Club.

 

Mr Rob Scruton

Headteacher

Type of Governor: Staff Headteacher

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body

Term of Office: 1/1/11

Committee Membership: F&GP and P&P

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None

Relationships with school staff: None

I have been head teacher of Eskdale Junior School since January 2011. Prior to becoming head teacher I was deputy head in two different schools, one in Sutton-in-Ashfield and the other in East Bridgford.

 

As head teacher of the school I sit on both governor committees and welcome the support and challenge that the governing body bring to the school.

 

Being headteacher of Eskdale Junior means a lot to me. My wish for the pupils, parents and governors of the school is that we continue to provide a high quality education for all pupils using our core values to develop children both personally and academically.

 

My hope is that we can provide all pupils with memorable experiences that they will look back on years to come with great fondness.

 

Kashmir Purewal

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body

Term of Office: Start 1/08/14 Finish 31/7/18

Committee Membership: F&GP

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None

Relationships with school staff: None

I have been a sub postmistress of a local post office for 24 years, which I sold over the summer.

Currently I am enjoying time out from the hectic environment of running a business. I have business and legal experience as I am a qualified solicitor.

 

I became a governor because I wanted to contribute to the school where both my boys had a very positive and happy experiences. I felt my business experience would be good contribution to the financial element of the school.

 

In my spare time I am a keen photographer and I enjoy a good keep fit regime.

 

Mrs Susan Smith 

(Chair, Pupils and Personnel Committee)

 

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body

Term of Office: Start 1/08/14 Finish 31/7/18

Committee Membership: P&P (Chair)

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None

Relationships with school staff: None

 

I have lived in Chilwell all my life. I have been married for 47years I have 4 birth children and 8 adopted and also fostered many children over 28 years.I have had an association with Eskdale school for 40 years.I have always valued the help from Eskdale within our fostering career. I am proud to be a governor of such a fantastic school, working alongside; staff a great head teacher and a committed governing body.


I am chair of the pupil and personnel committee and also share the role of headteacher appraisal governor.


I am retired so I hope to give more time to the school and enjoy going into school to help and love going on the school trips ,I am always very proud of the children on these outing because the behaviour of the children is always exemplary which I feel reflects Eskdale school.


I feel very passionate about the school and hope to continue being a governor.

 

Mrs Margaret Braham

Type of Governor: Local Authority 

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body 

Term of Office: Start 1/08/14 Finish 31/7/18 

Committee Membership: P&P 

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None 

Relationships with school staff: None 

 

I was born and educated in Derby. I trained as State Registered Nurse 1961 at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

Moved to live in Berkshire & Oxfordshire in 1963 and worked as a District Nurse until 1967 when I did my Health Visiting training at Reading University. After qualification I worked in the Oxfordshire including The Royal Military College of Science at Shrivenham until 1983. I returned to the Nottingham Area and was employed in the Beeston/Chilwell areas up to my retirement in 2003.

Have lived in the Chilwell area for the past 35 years. I have many personal interests including Arts & Crafts, Photography, Walking holidays, Reading and taking an active role in the local Community general Health & Wellbeing issues.

Have had a very keen interest in Politics throughout my adult life and have served at both Parish & Borough Council level in Oxfordshire & was a Councillor in the Chilwell West Ward during 1993/97.

I was appointed as a LEA Governor for Eskdale Junior School in 1993 and have continued in that Role until the present date.

I share the responsibility with Mrs S. Smith for the Head Teachers Appraisal, am a member of the Pupil & Personnel Committee and Link Governor for SEND and Computing

I am very proud to be a member of Eskdale’s Board of Governors.

We are a very committed group with varied levels of expertise who continually strive to ensure that all our children are given the best possible education within a safe, happy and caring environment.

 

Mr Mick Deehan

Type of Governor: Co-opted 

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body 

Term of Office: Start 1/08/14 Finish 31/7/18 

Committee Membership: F&GP and P&P 

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None 

Relationships with school staff: Wife is a teaching assistant

 

I am a 44 year old married father of three; all of my children went to Eskdale and are now at Chilwell School. My wife also attended Eskdale and currently works as a teaching assistant here. Originally from Rotherham I have lived in and around the Nottingham area since I was 18.

My career is in retail management and I have spent 25 years working for several of the UK’s major retailers. Currently, my role is as a Commerical & Operations Section Manager with Marks & Spencer, situated at the Simply Food store in West Bridgford.

 

I became a governor 4 years ago whilst my children were at Eskdale in years 3, 5 and 6. Initially I got involved to give me a greater understanding of how the school worked, whilst also giving me some involvement in my children’s education. Over time my intentions have developed into a desire to ensure the school’s leaders are accountable for providing the best possible opportunities for all children who come to the school, whilst ensuring the school values are upheld.

Additionally, I am keen to ensure the children leave Eskdale as well-balanced, young people, who, regardless of ability, are able exceed progress expectations.

In my free time I am an avid sports fan and I also enjoy watching movies, both at the cinema and at home. Spending time together as a whole family, exploring a city or town, is something I love to do, although as the children get older it is becoming increasingly difficult to find shared interests, but I only see this as a challenge.

 

Mrs Sharon Briggs

Type of Governor: Staff 

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body 

Term of Office: Start 26/02/16 Finish 25/02/20 

Committee Membership: P&P 

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None 

Relationships with school staff: None

 

I have been a teacher at Eskdale Junior School since September 2013. Since qualifying as a teacher I have gained experience from teaching in a number of different schools, teaching children across the primary years, which has provided me with a unique perspective on school effectiveness.

 

Pursuing a new challenge I arrived at Eskdale Junior School, where I immediately felt welcomed and have enjoyed being part of such a brilliant, hardworking and fun group of people. Now that I am staff governor, I aim to support fellow governors in their understanding and involvement in all aspects of the schools work and future development. In addition to this, I welcome the opportunity to provide both support and challenge for school leaders in ensuring we continue to make Eskdale the best it can be. It is great to work as part of our strong team of governors who are dedicated to securing the high quality teaching of skills and knowledge as well as, enjoyable learning experiences for all our pupils.

 

Outside of school I love to spend time with my busy family building memories.

 

Mrs Carole Heath 

Type of Governor: Community 

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body 

Term of Office: Start 26/02/16 Finish 25/02/20 

Committee Membership: P&P 

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None 

Relationships with school staff: None

 

I became a teacher in 1970 and began my career at Eskdale Junior School, where I spent ten very happy years until I left to become a mum.

I returned to full time teaching when my daughter was 5, and I became Deputy Head Teacher of Bramcote Hills Primary School in 1993, retiring in 2010.

 

In addition to being a class teacher, my roles and responsibilities at Bramcote were:

whole school co-ordinator for curriculum planning and development - guiding and monitoring teaching and learning - gifted and talented provision - personal and social education - home, schools and community links - staff appraisal.

As deputy, I was on the interview panel for appointing new teachers and I attended the governors’ committee meetings. I also enjoyed being a member of the school’s P.T.A.

 

Children each have their own individual personalities and abilities, but they all need to be, and to feel, safe, valued, engaged and supported in what they are doing, and confident that, by trying, they can make progress. I hope to contribute in helping to ensure that all of the children at Eskdale can fulfil their potential, get on well with others and have fun.

 

Recreationally, I enjoy entertaining my two young grandsons, playing golf, compiling and competing in quizzes, gardening, walking and singing.

 

I loved every minute of my years as a teacher and look forward to sharing really good times with everyone at Eskdale.

 

Mr Ben Monaghan

Type of Governor: Community 

Appointed by: The Full Governing Body 

Term of Office: Start       Finish  

Committee Membership: P&P 

Register of Governor (Business and Pecuniary) Interests: None 

Relationships with school staff: None

 

Intuitive, analytical and enthusiastic, I joined the Royal Engineers as a Plant Operator Mechanic in 1994, maximising my enjoyment of physics, maths and engineering. The Amy life has taken me all over the world, including Hameln (of Pied Piper fame), Falkland Islands and more recently the Caribbean Islands. Life experiences cannot be summarised here, but suffice to say differing cultures, languages and poverty keep things in perspective.

 

Governor related, the Army gave me a chance to gain an NVQ Level 4 in Learning Development. This showed me many things I never knew about teaching, mentoring and coaching as well as learning styles and difficulties. I really enjoy these areas and have spent a good deal of time either training or conducting training development across the Royal Engineers. I also enjoy analysing any process or system and making it better.

 

 

The arrival of my daughters Lilia and Sophie changed my life, and I’ve always wanted to be involved in their development and maximise their potential. I started at Leuchars in Scotland as a Board Member of the military funded Nursery. This was an important a taster and I enjoyed it, but I was keen to do more. Knowing Lilia was due to be in Eskdale a while longer and that Sophie was due to start the following year, I saw this as the opportunity and have enjoyed it from the start. As a civil engineer, project and personnel manager, the Army has also provided me with financial and resource management experience, which should all help with my role. Also understanding the nuances of military life, the role as Parent/Military Governor seemed ideal.

 

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