Aqueduct Primary – Meet our Governors
Christine Marsh – Chair of Governors
I was pleased to be approached to become a Governor at Aqueduct Primary School because, through my recent work with Telford Local Authority, I am aware of the good reputation the school has with regard to meeting the needs of their pupils.
I have lived and worked in Telford for the last fifteen years first as a Primary Head Teacher and more recently as the lead officer for Early Years, Children Centres and Children and Family Locality based services in the Local Authority. I have recently retired and am enjoying spending more time with my young grandchildren and felt that I would also like to support a local school as a volunteer.
I have a special interest in the Foundation Stage provision within the school and want to ensure that I provide governor support to the children, staff and parents using the skills and knowledge that I have gained throughout my career. As a School Improvement Partner I provided support and challenge to both school managers and governors to ensure that their performance management and vision for their school was robust and ambitious. Aqueduct is a forward looking school with high expectations for all the children and a caring approach to supporting them in the context of their families and local community and I would be proud to become a school governor.
I moved to Telford in 1977 when I started working as a Maths teacher at Madeley Court school. I worked there for 27 years as Maths teacher, Head of Year and Assistant Head , during which time both of my children attended the school. In 2003 I moved to a Deputy Head post in Sandwell, becoming Associate Head in 2010 and then retiring in 2013.
As I live locally and Pam, my wife working at the Aqueduct until 2013 I have had links with the school for over 20 years.
Although retired from full time work I continue to work with young people so becoming a Governor with particular interest in Maths was a natural move. This fits in well with my other commitments to the Duke of Edinburgh award which I have been involved with for nearly 20 years.
Kate Barnes is Aqueduct’s literacy key link worker and works closely alongside the literacy co-ordinators to monitor standard in reading and writing. She is Assistant Headteacher in charge of English at Madeley Academy and this provides essential links to aid a smooth transition for students between primary and secondary school. Kate also has experience in successful marking and feedback for students, intervention and extra curricula activities such as outdoor pursuits.
Steve has been a co-opted governor at Aqueduct Primary since June 2014 and is the ICT link governor. He works as a Network Manager at a local secondary school and he has a wealth experience and skills in project management, strategic planning and IT (specifically in the education sector). Steve is also a Borough Councillor for Dawley and Aqueduct. He lives in Dawley with his wife and two young children.
I currently work within public protection and have done for over 8 years. As a co-opted governor I have an overview of Safeguarding and issues relating to Policing in Telford. I am married with two young children and live in the local community. I enjoy reading and spend a lot of time outdoors with the children. I intend to help the school, its pupils and their parents in any way I can.
I am the Whole School Literacy Co-ordinator at Madeley Academy, and am now in my sixth year of teaching. My work focuses on raising levels of Literacy throughout school through interventions and whole school strategies, in addition to a full time teaching commitment. I work closely with the SEN department, as I teach or am Personal Tutor to a large number of students with additional needs, including EHCPs. I have a detailed understanding of SEN codes of practice, in addition to hands on experience working with students who have a wide range of needs and can present challenging behaviour. Whilst training to teach part time, I worked in a variety of educational settings (including special schools and nurseries) in support roles, which has helped develop both skills and knowledge across both Literacy and SEN.
As you may probably know I am currently a teacher working with year 2. I am the staff Governor who represents, teachers, teaching assistants and other staff members. I have worked at Aqueduct for the past 26 years and have had experience with working with most year groups within the school. I am currently responsible for Mathematics across school, a subject about which I am passionate. Outside of school I enjoy walking, reading, cooking and spending time with my family away in my caravan.