Meet the task group

We wanted you to know a little about our task group members:

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Chair of the task group

CLAIRE LIVINGSTONE:Head of HR FOR THE TRUST

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

Have worked for the Trust since the beginning

Love working in Primary Education and love enabling children to get the best out of education

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I want Boothroyd to be an Outstanding school

WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I have been a governor at my children’s primary and secondary schools

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

The academy has all the ingredients to be a great school.

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ANGELA LEACH:PRINCIPAL OF FREEHOLD PRIMARY ACADEMY

 TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

I have just become a Grandma to Eliza Rose.

 WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I want to develop a more in depth understanding of another academy within the Trust and I am looking forward to getting to know the Boothroyd community.

 WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I have experience of being a head teacher, Local Leader of Education and am an associate member of the Institute of Education Advisors.

 WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

The wider curriculum that the academy offers and the environment for the children.

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KYRSTIE JOSLIN: PRINCIPAL BOOTHROYD ACADEMY

 TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

I have been a head teacher for 7 years and love my job- I love making a difference for children and improving their outcomes. I have a real passion for the well-being of staff and pupils and believe the environment of the school plays a big part in learning. I have four children and a dog!

 WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I want to make sure Boothroyd Academy is the best it can be and that our children achieve their potential.

 WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I have experience of being a governor, head teacher and working in other roles in education.

 WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

The academy is not afraid to try things that are different if they think it will be better for the children. I also think we have the most amazing staff.

TRACEY THORNTON: ACADEMY IMPROVEMENT PARTNER

 TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am passionate about education and teaching and learning. I like travelling and visiting new places and learning from that.

 WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I want to contribute to the success of the school and I am most looking forward to helping develop staff to make a difference to children’s lives.

 WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I have experience of being a governor, head teacher and working in other roles in education.

 WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

The academy is responsive to change and adapts to the needs of the children.

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LISA LYNCH:ACADEMY SENIOR BUSINESS MANAGER

 TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

Formerly a PA and office manager.

Mum of two children and two dogs!

 WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I am the support staff representative and believe it is important to have representation from the staff. I am looking forward to seeing the school continue to improve.

 WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I have financial expertise which is important especially when helping governors manage and review the budget.

 WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

The ability of the academy to change and take a chance!

MARNIE COPE: PARENT AND SENIOR CLINICAL EMBRYOLOGIST

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a mum of two daughters who attend the academy and keep me busy when I am not at work! My husband and I have lived in Dewsbury since 2003, now there is the four of us and three hens.

Mum of two children and two dogs!

 WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I feel that by becoming a governor I can give something back to the school. As a parent I can see that the school is striving to be the best and I want to be able to help them achieve.  Parent voices are as important as any and I relish the opportunity to be able to take ideas from the playground to the table. 

 WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I am happy to challenge if something doesn’t feel right and I believe that there is always room to improve. Any task that I am given I will endeavour to my best and am happy to learn new skills to achieve this.

 WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

I love that the academy is such a caring environment, to pupils, staff and parents (oh and animals!) that thinks outside the box and has its own personality even though part of an academy trust.

CLAIRE BIRKENSHAW: LECTURER: CHILDHOOD AND EDUCATION CARNEGIE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

Claire Birkenshaw: Lecturer: Childhood and Education Carnegie School of Education (Leeds Beckett University)

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am a former principal of an alternative provision academy. I have 26 years teaching experience and have worked in five different secondary school settings in Yorkshire.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I didn’t just want to be just a governor – I wanted to be a governor at Boothroyd Academy. I was drawn to the inclusion nature of the community and their sense of ambition and purpose. I wanted to be part of that and to learn as well.

WHAT SKILL S DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I bring knowledge and experience of education to the academy. I’m outward facing and as such am able to draw upon expertise from across the country that will enhance Boothroyd Academy which I am sure will ripple across the community.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

Without a doubt the energy, enthusiasm, drive to be the best and the inclusive nature of the academy

 

DONNA TANDY: Academy Improvement Partner

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF:

I’ve been in education since I was 5 – I haven’t left yet!

I’m a champion for disadvantage pupils across the trust and believe that this is not a barrier to achievement.

Away from work I have 2 greyhounds and volunteer for a local greyhound rescue and charity

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A GOVERNOR?

I believe that whatever our roles, we are lifelong learners and this role allows me to learn and develop as well as being able to offer support and challenge

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU BRING TO THE ROLE?

I’m a Chair of Governors at another Trust academy and was previously a primary headteacher. I enjoy data analysis and have carried out Pupil Premium reviews in all Trust academies.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A STRENGTH OF THE ACADEMY?

The academy is very responsive to the needs of the children and the community and is not afraid to take a risk or be creative in the provision on offer to all.