Governor Parent Election - June 2017
We are holding an election for 2 Parent Governors. Every parent or guardian of a child at the school is allowed one ballot paper, which have been issued to you via your child. Parents may vote for up to two candidates by placing an ‘X’ in the box next to the candidate’s name.
Personal statements from the candidates are shown below. Completed ballot papers (in an envelope if preferred) must be returned to the school by 3pm on Friday 7th July 2017, a ballot box will be available in the school reception area. Counting of the votes will take place on Monday 10th July at 10:30am in the presence of candidates or their representative should they wish to attend. The outcome of the election will be communicated via email.
Personal Statement – Harminder Bains - One child in KS2
My core value is "inclusive engagement is key to drive any change". Having worked in the education sector since 2002 I see myself as an educationalist. My roles ranged from teaching, leading change programmes, supporting staff for Ofsted inspection, to working nationally for the government on the curriculum. I currently work in the NHS as an Education Transformation which allows me to work with patients, and learners to ensure they have a good educational experience. I have the right skills sets such as managing large budgets, leading teams and setting the strategic direction to deliver positive change to learner experience.
My interest in applying to become a parent governor is to ensure that we capture the “parent and learner” voice and "do" something with this, making sure parents know exactly what is done with their feedback given. I also want the school to be leading the way in providing an excellent service to the children of Doveland, this to me goes beyond getting an outstanding rating from ofstead.
How will I do this? I will ensure I constructively challenge senior managers and also be held accountable in ensuring all children and their parents are "happy" with their experience at the school. I will create opportunities to share thoughts and ideas to create a positive change. I will also ensure you know what difference your feedback has made with “you said we did” communication which will be accessible in different languages and formats to reflect the communities served.
Personal Statement – Alex Cadoux
My eldest daughter Lizzie is currently in year 5 and my youngest daughter Amy is in year 1. I have lived in the area since 2001 and have been involved with the school since Lizzie started in foundation stage in 2011.
I have worked in front line services for Leicester City Council for 16 years, currently in social care and have a good understanding of how local government works and the importance of working in a transparent and accountable way particularly in relation to public funds.
In my spare time I am volunteer treasurer for Leicestershire District Woodcraft Folk, maintaining the accounts and managing the budget. In additional I am involved with fundraising for Leicester Charity Link.
I have good knowledge of the community as my current work is focused in the area. As my daughter is about to enter her final year at Dovelands I am keen to support the school to continue to build ties with local secondary schools.
I believe in fairness and equality and that everyone should have the same opportunity to develop their potential. I feel proud that my children are learning these values at Dovelands and would continue to support that. As a parent governor I would work to ensure perspectives of all parents are considered. I believe in promoting good communication between parents and the school and would be keen to look at how this can be further developed. Equally I would welcome the opportunity to support the school, staff and children to achieve their goals.
Personal Statement – John Garratt
My eldest child, Henry, is in Year 3 and with my second son, James, starting in F2 in September, I have spent and will continue to spend time at Dovelands through parent evenings and assemblies, whilst also contributing to events such as the Summer fayres, discos and quizzes.
I have seen how Henry has developed during his time at Dovelands and appreciate the hard work that all the staff put in, to give our children the best starts possible with the resources available.
I would like to take on the role of Parent Governor as I would like to give something back to the school which is playing a huge role both in my personal life, but also within the Community.
As a qualified accountant and Treasurer of the Western Park Beer Festival, I have a skill set that I believe could be utilised by the Board and the school.
We have a vibrant diverse community which is well represented by Dovelands. It is a good school and I would be honoured to help it continue on the right path.
Personal Statement – Alison Gibson
My daughter Hazel is in year 4 (my son is just finishing his first year at secondary school. A whole new world!). I have thought about becoming a parent governor before, but now I finally feel that I've got enough time to do it. I've been volunteering every week at Dovelands for the past 7 years, mainly to listen to readers. I love seeing the day-to-day life of the school. I used to be a teacher, so I feel that experience might be useful in this role too.
Dovelands has seen many changes in the time my children have been there, and I would love to be involved with shaping it for the future. I am in the playground every morning and afternoon, If anyone has any suggestions or queries. I'm easy to chat to and a great listener. I've got bags of enthusiasm and I would love to be a parent governor!
Personal Statement – Alison Myers
I have two sons currently at Dovelands, one in Year 5 and the other in Year 3. Just like every other parents, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident, to feel safe and a part of the school community and to achieve the best they can.
I make every attempt to support school trips, assemblies and sporting activities. I have also been involved with the PTFA for four years and am currently the chair of the group. Our aim is to raise money for additional activities / equipment for the school as well as providing children with fun events – film nights, disco’s, summer & Christmas Fayre’s.
I currently work for Leicester City Councils’ Children & Young People’s Service and have spent over 18 years working directly with children from a wide variety of different backgrounds and cultures. I strongly believe that all children deserve the right to experience an inclusive and rounded education within a supportive and nurturing school environment.
I would like to become a parent governor to help and support with the decision-making for future developments within school and to act as a “critical friend” – supporting the school whilst also challenging decision that could adversely affect pupils’ learning. I am happy to undertake any training if appointed and will bill do my best to support the school to ensure our children have a positive experience at Dovelands and that each child achieves their full potential.
Personal Statement – Rajni Sahota
Mother of Joshan Sahota (Miss William’s class).
I am a HR Manager for a Global Technology Company with a degree in Law. I’m standing for election as a parent governor because I want to help make the school a great place to further our children’s education. Since my son started at Dovelands Primary School I’ve seen the change in approach to academic activities in learning as well as involving the community to be a part of this.
In my role I’m involved in strategic planning of projects with the overall aim to lead to the success of the business. I would like to take this same approach to help strive to make a children’s experience overall enjoyable which in term makes them open to learn new things. I don’t only see the curriculum that the school needs to follow as important, but also the non-curriculum base activities.
More than anything as a parent I am passionate in my desire to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children, to give them the best possible start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead. On this basis, I submit my candidacy for the role of parent governor.