Committee: Resources - Chair
Contact via Clerk to the Governors
Working for Balfour Beatty as the Knowledge Centre manager I have responsibility for business support, programme delivery, network management, legal orders, customer service, business development, performance and quality. My role involves liaison with a wide range of people internally and externally including public, local councillors and Herefordshire Council officers. In addition, I have implemented a number of business improvement and system integration projects developing services for the benefit of the public. As a senior manager I understand the importance of strong governance, robust budget management and making clear and informed strategic decisions. I was chair of governors at Withington primary school for a number of years taking an active role in the successful federation with Aylestone School. I really enjoy my role as a parent governor working with the board of governors to improve the outcomes for all the pupils within the federation.
My background is in finance where I am a bank manager with over 15 years’ experience currently based at TSB in Ross on Wye. I am also a Level 2 RFU coach and am currently the Head Coach for both Hereford under 11's & the Greyhound Ladies. I currently preside as a parent governor for St Thomas Cantilupe primary school and am chair of the Finance & Resourcing committee.
My links with Aylestone go back many years from when I was a student, house captain and prefect. I have child already at Aylestone with my second son is due to join in 2017.
I really admire what the school has achieved to date and am privileged to be considered as a governor to help continue this high performing culture that has been created.
Committee: Improving Standards
Andrew has taught in the primary sector for over 20 years in maintained primary schools in Nottingham and across Herefordshire. He has been the headteacher in three Herefordshire primary schools since 2003. These include an executive headship role in a single form entry primary school for 16 months, during which time, the school moved from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ in all areas.
Andrew has also been the headteacher at St Paul’s CE Primary School since January 2010. St Paul’s is a two-form entry primary school in Hereford, judged as a ‘good’ school in March 2009. The school’s most recent OfSTED inspection was in March 2014 when it was judged to be outstanding in all areas.
Andrew is an accredited National Leader of Education and works on a number of school improvement partnership groups in Herefordshire. He is a director of a not-for-profit-company, which provides CPD across a network of 30 primary schools. He is also a SIAMS Inspector with the Hereford Diocese and is a member of the Hereford Diocesan Board of Education. Andrew is also a school governor in an independent school.
Committee: Wellbeing - Chair
I was born in Hereford hospital but was raised in Presteigne with my two older brothers and our parents. I moved to Hereford with my husband and 2 sons in early 1997.We then completed our family with our youngest son. My first contact with Aylestone was when our eldest son started in 2006. Followed by his brother in 2007. Our youngest son is currently in his second year of Aylestone. I've always taken a keen interest in our sons education, joining their primary school board of governors. As they moved on in their school career I moved with them starting with helping the Aylestone's PTFA before joining Aylestone board of governors as a parent governor in 2010.
I am a retired headteacher of a local pupil referral unit and have been in education for most of my working life. I currently have 2 grandchildren who attend Aylestone School. I attended an Open Evening with my granddaughter 2 years ago and was very impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the staff. I expressed an interest in being a governor and eventually accepted the role of Safeguarding governor in May 2016. My role, amongst other things, involves working with other governors and staff on the wellbeing committee.
In my spare time I sing with several choirs with my husband, both locally and nationally, and enjoy playing tennis and walking in the Welsh hills. I am fortunate enough to have 5 (soon to be 6) grandchildren and love spending time with them.
Committee: Improving Standards
I am currently the class teacher for Year 4 and subject co-ordinator of Maths and Computer Science. I consider every child to be unique and have their own individual areas of interest and skill that must be recognised and nurtured. All children need to be in an environment in which they are looked after and challenged at an appropriate pace, ensuring that they are moving along on their personal learning journeys at the best speed for them. Since being a teacher I have remained mindful of factors that can affect children’s learning, investigated these further through my Masters in Education and have applied this practice within my teaching.