Who are we?
I have been involved in primary education for more than 40 years, spending the last 16 years of my career as Headteacher. I am on the board of trustees of two academy sponsors, both as a volunteer. I am committed to supporting and challenging schools in order to provide the best for all learners. I am proud to be associated with Grove Primary.
I have been Headteacher at Westwood Primary School since September 2012 and Executive Headteacher at Westwood Primary and Grove Primary since February 2018. Working in partnership with The Active Learning Trust, through careful recruitment of outstanding staff and targeted school improvement Westwood Primary School was successfully lead out of Special Measures. Again in February 2019, Grove Primary school was successfully lead out of Serious Weaknesses. Both schools have been transformed resulting in a learning communities which are both happy and harmonious and where strong leadership ensures positive outcomes for all children and their families.
Stephen Clarke is a police officer by trade. He joined the Governing body in 2017 as a Parent Governor. In July 2019, he was asked by the Active Learning trust to become a Trust Governor. Stephen is our Governor responsible for safeguarding.
|I have been involved with Westwood Primary since my son started in Reception in 2016 (my daughter joined nursery in 2018) and have seen first hand the kind and nurturing environment that the school promotes. I currently work within local government and will use my skills and knowledge to ensure the schools already high standards are maintained.
My four sons have all attended the school since 2005 and my youngest son is currently in Year 1.
I work full time as a childminder and care for a lot of children who attend the school and the nursery so have a good relationship with staff already and have a vested interest in supporting the school to progress further. I have a huge amount of experience in Early Years and childhood development, and I would like to be able to use some of this knowledge to support the school in their visions for our children as they progress through primary school.. I strongly believe in positive relationship between the school and parents/carers.
|Elliot Gibbons is a qualified teacher who is current in post as a Deputy Headteacher in a local high school. His experience and responsibilities in this role are around safeguarding, behaviour, student conduct and inclusion. Elliot predominately teaches Physical Education and has a passion for sport. He has had active role in primary PE education, sports coaching, community work and school transition work. Elliot has been keen to support and develop his leadership through school governance. He is looking forward to supporting Westwood and Grove primary school.
|Steve is an experienced Middle Leader and KS2 Teacher. He is accountable for History, Geography and RE across the two schools. Steve is currently undertaking his NPQSL and feels that he can offer skills to the governing body whilst also experiencing another angle of leadership.
|I am experienced teacher having taught for over 15 years in schools both in the Lowestoft area and in London. This is my second time working with the Active learning Trust having been a class teacher at Westwood between 2013-2016. I am currently employed across both Westwood Primary and Grove Primary (since 2019) as SENDCo having completed the National Training Award in 2018. My passion is working with primary aged children and seeing them grow and mature in a nurturing and caring environment