What type of governor are you? London Diocesan Board of Schools.
Why are you a governor of St Mary Magdalene Academy? I first joined the governing body as a parent governor as both my children attended the primary school. Then I was asked to stay on but as an LDBS governor. We’re especially charged with upholding the ethos and values of the school, this is very close to my heart. I want all the children to be the very best that they can be but also to benefit from a wise and kind outlook on their well-being. It’s important the school community feels like a family; full of different characters but all upholding the same guiding principles.
Which subject at school did you love best – and why? English. Making up stories and putting on plays was a big part of my childhood. When I got to school and found this was actually part of lessons, I was in my element.
What’s your favourite book of all time? Gilead by Marilynne Robinson is right up there along with The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I also love poetry, Keats and RS Thomas being particular favourites.
Who was your most memorable / inspiring teacher at school? I had some wonderful teachers so I’m spoilt for choice. “Curly Bill” merits a mention – he was my English teacher in the sixth form who inspired my lifelong love of Keats. I couldn’t leave out Mr Viv Morgan, who taught geology and put up with a very boisterous but enthusiastic class who would have done anything for him.
What’s your favourite: chocolate or ice cream? A warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
What are your hopes for St Mary Magdalene Academy? I hope it becomes a place that changes lives, with passionate pupils, fulfilled teachers and delighted parents. I hope it has peacefulness at its centre, honours faith and tries to be wise and just in its treatment of everyone.
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