I very proud to have been a governor of Springcroft Primary school for eight years in the capacity of Parent Governor followed by LA Governor, Co-opted Governor, Vice Chair and now Chair of Governing Body.
I entered the field of education in 2008 after a 10-year successful career as a retail manager for a major national retailer. Professionally I have been privileged to work with a number of schools nationally achieving Specialist Leader of Education status in 2014 and a scholarship to complete the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management. I currently hold the role as Director of Financial Governance, Compliance and Resources for a local Multi-Academy Trust and as such I have extensive experience in school leadership alongside a comprehensive understanding of teaching and assessment pedagogy in relation to delivering high outcomes for pupils and a maximum return from school resources.
As a member of the Governing Body at Springcroft Primary School I have played my part as a member of the extended leadership team in securing continuous improvements to standards for the benefit of the wider community whilst maintaining pupils’ thorough enjoyment of school. Moving forward my knowledge of organisational transformation and up to date understanding of national changes within the educational landscape will further assist in supporting Springcroft Primary School to innovatively navigate through the current challenges faced by all schools.
On a personal level, I live with my family within the local community of Meir Park and have a son who attended Springcroft Primary School but has now moved on to attend Blythe Bridge High School. I am passionate about ensuring that the very best standards of education and opportunities are afforded to the local children and young people of Blythe Bridge and that their education provides no ceiling to their future ambitions in life.
Chair of Governors
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I am Pam Miles and have lived in Blythe Bridge/Forsbrook for 52 years. I am married and we have two daughters and 4 grandchildren who are now the centre of our universe.
My background has been in Education for over 20 years and I must say that it is a passion of mine.
I was asked to become a Governor at Springcroft in the summer of 2015 and I was delighted to accept the role. Since then I have enjoyed getting to know the staff and children of this wonderful dedicated school.
I look forward to being part of the ‘team’ for many years to come.
My name is Paula Kent. My husband and I moved to Meir Park 3 years ago, just as we were looking for a primary school for our son Charlie. After looking into a number of schools in the area we decided on Springcroft as our first choice and Charlie was lucky enough to be awarded a place.
I wanted to get more involved with the school so last year I applied to become a parent governor. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know more about Springcroft, spending time with the children and even tagging along on school trips which have been great fun. I am very proud to be part of the team of governors that support the school.
I am Bob Dean, I was born in Meir Heath and have lived locally all my life. I am married with one daughter, one son, and 3 grandsons.
My background has been in the Ceramic Industry since leaving Grammar School. I have concentrated on the Engineering aspects of the industry, and have travelled extensively overseas.
I was asked to become a Governor at Springcroft in the spring of 2015 and I was delighted to accept the role. I am enjoying the involvement, and look forward to being of support to the school for the foreseeable future.
I have lived in Blythe Bridge for approximately fourteen years. Both of my children have attended Springcroft. One is currently still there and the other has now progressed to Blythe High.
I have spent the last Thirty years working and managing within the prison service. The last Twelve, working with children at HMPYOI Werrington.
This demanding work has provided a unique insight into how troubled and vulnerable children progress through the secure home and prison system. I have managed the very challenging behaviour presented by violent and troubled young people with ages ranging from 15 to 18. My current role as a training manager at the prison service college will, I hope, also give me an insight into training / teaching, which may also come useful within my new role.
Now that i have been appointed to the board at Springcroft, I hope that some of the skills and experiences gained in the prison service will help me to contribute and help to provide a positive addition to the already experienced and close team of Governors.
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