I have been involved in my children’s primary school’s PTA and now Longhill’s PTFA for as long as my children have been at school – and their pre-school before that. I felt that when my son joined Longhill I would like to be involved in the Governing Body and the training courses run by Brighton & Hove Council has given me a certain degree of knowledge to understand the role better. I am particularly interested in the role of the school within the wider community and the challenges of inclusiveness.
Although I have no direct experience of education I have long been involved in charity and voluntary work that supports young people and have been involved in setting up peer listening schemes, promoting anti-bullying and understanding equality and diversity working directly with young people and schools. My day job involves me in areas such as restorative justice and supporting young people through the criminal justice system. This gives me an understanding of partnership agencies and community groups which helps me see a bigger picture. Being a parent governor is a steep learning curve but I have found my fellow governors supportive and encouraging. For me Longhill is a school improving all the time and it is rewarding to be part of that.