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Governor Profiles


Laraine Jones - Co-Chair of Governors

(Certificate of Education, Batchelor of Education Hons.)

I have worked as a teacher in Nursery schools in the city for 33 years, the last 10 years as the Headteacher of Thomas Boughey Nursery School in Shelton, until my early retirement in December 2013. As part of this role I have had responsibility for the school budget and also ensuring that the standards in the school were high, and children were safe. The school had 3 inspections under my leadership which have been Outstanding, and Good with Outstanding elements. The school was based in a Children’s Centre, and for a period of two years I also managed the Children’s Centre budgets, services, staff and standards. This was an interim measure before the move to a locality model of management.

In a voluntary capacity I am also a founding Director of the Thomas Boughey Kindergarten, a PVI childcare organisation with charitable status which cares for and educates children from 0 to 5 years (Ofsted Outstanding judgement July 2015). As part of this role I have responsibility for the quality of the care offered to service users, Performance Management of staff, and the successful business management of the company. I am also a Foundation Governor at St Mark’s CE (A) Primary School (Ofsted judgement Good with Outstanding elements) and a LA Governor and Vice Chair at Westfield Nursery School in Longton (Ofsted judgement Outstanding) As part of my role as Governor in these two schools I have supported the management of the schools and successfully monitored standards of education, the curriculum, Health and Safety and supported the process of staff recruitment.

The majority of children from Thomas Boughey Nursery School and Kindergarten are of ethnic minority heritage and many move on to St Mark’s Primary School and Etruscan Primary School. I, therefore, am known and respected by the local community and understand the needs of the children and families from this area.

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Julie Thompson - Co-Chair of Governors

I have always had connections to the Shelton and Etruria area as I grew up there and attended St. Mark’s C.of E. School. I worked at Shelton Nursery School for 30 happy years as a Senior Early Years Practitioner until taking early retirement in 2007. I then became a Governor at Thomas Boughey Nursery which enabled me to use my expertise to continue to actively contribute to the school and the community. As a Governor on the Federation Board I am committed to ensuring quality education and high standards in a safe and nurturing environment to improve outcomes for all pupils. I am also a trustee at Thomas Boughey Kindergarten which is a PVI with charitable status for 0-5 year olds. In 2015, it was judged to be outstanding by Ofsted.

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Simmy Akhtar

Having seen the positive environment at the school, I came to be interested in being a member of the Board of Governors.  I wish to positively contribute to the development of the school and be part of a team that strives to ensure that all children receive a high standard of education.

I am a qualified solicitor and have experience of working in the charitable sector too.  I have a strong background in providing legal and general information, advice and support together with experience of organising fundraising activities and events.  I have financial management experience together with audit and governance awareness and wish to use my skills to support the school to continue to be an important part of our community.

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Samina Bilal

I am a full time mummy who has a little girl attending at St Mark’s Primary, year 1. Previously, I worked as a sales executive at Phones4u before leaving to have my son. My interest is our children’s academic success; I am therefore happy to stand as a parent Governor.  I have an open mind and am not afraid to speak out; I would like to ensure our views will be heard in a fair environment and viewed accordingly. Most importantly; as all parents do, I want my children to enjoy learning, feel happy and be safe.

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Louise Bradbury

I am the teacher in charge at Thomas Boughey Nursery School and the School’s Staff Governor. I started at Thomas Boughey Nursery School in January 2016 and have worked in Early Years Education for over ten years. Prior to starting at Thomas Boughey Nursery School, I worked at St Mark’s Primary School for 9 years in the Foundation Stage. I know many families very well and have developed excellent relationships with all. As a Staff Governor I work closely with Mrs Johnstone and I am able to share data and information about the children and the school with her and the other Governors.

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Nagina Datta

I am currently a full time mum; my two girls attend St Mark’s Primary School. I was previously working as an early year’s practitioner at a local nursery so I have some background knowledge of working with children. I have now taken the opportunity to represent St Mark’s Primary and Thomas Boughey Nursery as a parent Governor to bring in views from myself and other parents to help the schools reach its targets.

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Andrew Jarvis

I have worked at St Mark’s since 2012, firstly delivering 1-1 interventions before moving to my current position as Year 5 class teacher. Previously, I have worked in high schools and colleges as an Art teacher as well as working in the local pottery industry for a number of years as a figure painter. I feel privileged to represent the teachers of St. Mark’s and be part of the governing body for the Shelton and Etruria Federation.

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Leanne Pickering

I am staff Governor and class Teacher at Etruscan Primary school. I teach Year 2 at the school and I have taught at three other schools in the local area. I am passionate about making a difference to children’s lives and I have become a Governor to have an even bigger impact on the children’s life chances. I am from Liverpool and I really enjoy living in Stoke-on-Trent and teaching in local schools.

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Reverend Sally Smith

I am vicar of St Mark’s Church Shelton, Christchurch Cobridge and St Luke’s in the Hanley Team Ministry.  I have been a Governor at St Mark’s since my appointment to the Church in September 2013. I am interested in the pastoral and spiritual wellbeing of the children, whether they are from a family of faith or not.  I believe that our schools should be places where seeds are planted into young hearts and minds that will come to fruition later in their lives, so that positive values and attitudes will be a rich aspect of every child’s character, leading to their positive contributions to community life.

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Alex Wolvers

My family are originally from Shelton and I spent my early years in and around Stoke on Trent – my first teaching post was in Leek. After I married we moved out to live in China and then later we moved to Sri Lanka. When we returned back to this area I wanted to serve the local community and especially the schools. My main job is working for a Christian charity in the schools department but I am also an RE advisor for the Diocese of Lichfield.

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