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We have 4 parent governor vacancies on our Governing Body. All parents of registered pupils are entitled to vote. Please read below the voting instruction followed by the candidates’ personal statements.
“I am a serving Police Officer specialising in domestic abuse and safeguarding vulnerable people. I have previously been Chair of Governors for a local Primary School. I am interested in equitable opportunities for children and the promotion of excellence in the school”.
“The push towards academies, potential re-introduction of Grammar schools and significant budget cuts are putting massive pressures on our schools. I would like to help Budehaven meet these challenges, with enthusiasm and passion, ensuring our children get the very best education possible. Having spent the last five years as Chair of Governors of a local primary school, I understand the scale of the challenge. As a Parent Governor I would be committed to improving outcomes, across all areas of the curriculum, making Budehaven School a great place to learn and develop for every child whatever their strengths”.
“I’m a father of two boys, one of whom goes to Budehaven; the other will be going there in a year or so. I have been hugely impressed by both the curricular and extra-curricular activities at the school. I believe that I can bring several things to the role of governor. I am highly passionate about the role that schools can play in a community such as ours and have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills; but most of all I think I bring enthusiasm and excitement about the huge potential of the school, and would like to be involved in helping however I can”.
“For the last couple of years I have been the Vice- Chair of Budehaven‘s Governing Body and have been pleased to support the progress made within the school in raising standards and aspirations for the pupils and would very much like to be a part of its continuation. Having taught in primary schools in Cornwall for the last 20 years I feel I have the background and key skills that the governing body needs to ensure that the school is proving the best education for our children that it can”.
“I have a year 7 child at Budehaven and a year 5 child at a local primary school. I am a primary school teacher at Kilkhampton and a current parent governor at St Mark’s, Morwenstow. I am passionate about schools providing a rich and broad education for all pupils. From experience, I have found that schools work well when the school works together with parents and the wider community to achieve the best for the children. I would aim to support the school in all these respects. I also have previous experience, working as a solicitor and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which has been of use in my role as a governor at St Mark’s”.
“My name is Ricki Hallett and I’m a parent of two children attending Budehaven, one in year 11 hoping to go onto the sixth form and one in year 10. I’m standing for election as parent governor because I’m very interested in children’s education and want to support the school as much as possible. I have worked in the motor trade for over 25 years, but I have always been involved in my children’s education. My wife Sarah has worked in the school setting for many years, this I believe gives me a better understanding of how schools run and what I can add to the school as a parent governor. I believe I am ideal for the position of parent governor because I want to make a positive contribution to children’s’ education and be involve in raising school standards”.
“Clear governance partnering strong leadership is essential for a successful school. AS part of the Budehaven governing body I would wish to see the school continue its progress in raising aspirations and achievement for every student, regardless of their starting point. As a parent governor I would be approachable and impartial. My own background is in education – I taught science at secondary school level for 15 years. I then returned to university to study osteopathy and I have practised as an osteopath in Bude since 2003. My husband and I adopted 2 girls from care in 2011. This has made me acutely aware of the challenges, disadvantages and poor outcomes faced by children in care and by vulnerable children more widely. I have been a governor at Bude Junior School (now Bude Primary Federation) since 2012. This has been a relatively turbulent time for the school with major changes in leadership, moving the school form ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ and changing the school’s status to a federation with the Infant School. The Junior governing body was instrumental in making these changes. I have been involved in monitoring and challenging marking and feedback, effective use of pupil premium; I chair the finance and personnel committee, have been vice chair and stepped up to chair when required to do so. I have had specific responsibility for safeguarding and science”.
“I am a primary school teacher at St Mark’s, Morwenstow. I also supply teach in other primaries locally. I am a Staff Governor at St Mark’s and have been a Parent Governor at Budehaven for four years. I feel our children’s education and wellbeing at school is hugely important. I would endeavour to support the school in giving our children the best experiences possible to enable them to fulfil their individual potentials”.