Elected Parent Goveror and Chair of Governors
I am the Chair of Governors.
I have two children, both have attended Air Balloon School, one is now at secondary school and the other is in Key stage 2. They both really enjoyed their time at Air Balloon and I became a Parent Governor to help ensure other children do so as well.
I currently work at the University of Bristol where I have been seconded to a project looking at improving all aspects of study and assessment. My normal job at the University is Learning Technologist (I teach Lecturers how to use technology to improve their teaching) and I am very interested in theories of learning. I have taught maths to adults and also worked in the corporate sector as an IT trainer.
I attend the standards committee as I feel my skills are best used supporting the quality of education at Air Balloon School.
Co-opted Governor and Chair of Finance Committee
I have been a Co-opted governor since the latter part of 2012 and have two children at the school. I am currently chair of the Finance Committee and am a previous chair of Governors. I work as a Financial Controller on a development programme for a large engineering firm, so I am used to dealing with the complex financial issues which can occur in any large organisation. One of my main hopes is to use this experience in supporting and challenging the school’s financial processes to maximise the benefit our children can get from the available funding.
Co-opted Governor and Co Vice Chair of Governors
I am Co Vice Chair of Governors.
I became a co-opted governor in December 2016 after a request for HR skills. I have worked in HR for nearly 20 years so like to think I bring a fair bit of experience of recruitment, policy & procedure and best practice of people management. I have 2 boys at the school who keep me extremely busy and hugely entertained outside of my employment and governor duties.
Co-opted Governor and Health, Safety & Wellbeing, Numeracy Link and Monitoring & Evaluation Governor
Although originally a parent at the school, I have always been elected as a Co- opted Governor. I joined the governing body of the then Infants school over 15 years ago when my eldest daughter was a pupil and went on to hold the role of Chair of Governors there, before the schools amalgamated.
I currently work at one of the local Hospital Trusts as an Associate General Manager and bring a variety of transferable skills from that role. I am proud to have been part of building the strong reputation Air Balloon Primary School has locally as well as further afield and the positive start it offers to children starting out on their journey in formal education. I serve on the finance committee and am committed to ensuring the school provides a safe, happy and positive learning environment for the local community, within the resources available, where both pupils and staff are supported to achieve their optimum potential.
Co-opted Governor and co-Vice Chair
I have been a co-opted governor for just over a year, and I am the SEN link governor. I have two children in the school, in years 3 and 5, and I want to support their school in any way I can. I work as a software developer for a financial technology company, and have former experience in finance, insurance and law so I bring experience applying technology to a range of different projects.
I joined the school as a co-opted governor in June 2018, so I am still new to the role. I have two children, one in Year 3 and the other still too young for school. My eldest has had a great time so far at Air Balloon Hill School, and I want to ensure the school continues to offer the same great education and environment to other children. I felt that joining the governing body was the best way I can contribute to this.
I am currently a consultant, with a long previous career as a civil servant. In both roles I have had plenty of experience in financial management, and I currently sit on the Finance Committee, which makes good use of this experience.
Hi I’m Niotia. I am a mum of 3 daughters one of whom currently attends Air Balloon Hill Primary School. I am a Co-opted and the Equality & Diversity Link Governor and work with the school to ensure the vibrant, culturally diverse community of ABHPS is recognised and celebrated.
I have worked for Bristol City Council for over 10 years. I endeavour to use my skills at work to enhance and assist the Governing Body where useful.
Please feel free to approach me in and around school with any concern and I will take time out to help.
Welcome from the Chair of Governors
Dear Parents, Carers and Friends of Air Balloon Hill Primary School,
Thank you for taking the time to visit the governor pages on the ABHPS website.
I have been Chair of Governors since September 2017, taking over from Dan Reed the previous Chair. Before that I was Vice Chair of Governors.
One of the key roles of the Governing Body is appointing a new Head Teacher. We have just Tim Browse who starts as Head in September 2017.
We want all our children to develop their full academic and social potential. Becoming responsible caring adults in their later lives. As a board of governors, we feel the school does an admirable job achieving this but no school is perfect. It is the role of the Board of Governors to work with the Headteacher and staff to act as a ‘critical friend’. We support and challenge the school to achieve even more for our children.
We are responsible for:
We offer a broad, balanced curriculum and aim for enjoyment in learning in the classroom and beyond. Our experienced and dedicated staff work in partnership with parents and children. Providing the children the best education possible.
As a parent I have seen how the teachers and other staff help every child reach their full potential. I will be working with the Headteacher to continue and improve this educational experience.
Chair of Governors