Alan Moseley -
The reason I was inspired to become a governor was a strong belief that all children deserve the best education we can offer. Governing bodies have a vital and demanding role as the strategic leaders of our school.
I have being a school governor now for 37 years, 31 years as a chair. I have chaired an (IEB) Interim Executive Board and being a (N.L.G) National Leader of Governance which meant at times I am asked to go into schools where it is felt that the governing body requires extra support or more to the point the chair. I have worked in a diverse range of schools from Special to Pupil referral units, Mainstream maintained all with categories from Outstanding to Special Measures.
Our aim is to achieve at least good but always aspiring to be outstanding. We need to prepare our children to achieve the very best they can be and move into secondary education and on to a rewarding working life. With the support from both parents and school I also believe that every child has the right as a minimum to expect to be able to read and write when they leave our school.
Governors do challenge the senior leadership team by making sure we set challenging targets, monitor progress and assessment. Another important role is making sure we aspire to reach 100% attendance.
I attend school most weeks to meet with the head and other members of staff to enable me to feedback to the governing body on any issues or concerns that arise from a broad array of topics from finance or work life balance for our staff or policy development.
As well as being the chair of governors my other governor responsibilities are Special education needs provision, Looked after children, Safeguarding named governor I.T and attendance.
Been a school governor has over the years changed considerably. When I first started you attended 3 meetings a year and just agreed with what you were told to by the chair which was normal a local councillor. Now we meet around 6 to 9 times a year plus other sub committee meetings and every governor is encouraged to have an input. We at Mallard do have a sitting councillor on board who has proven to be a good source of information and his opinions are always supportive, challenging and diverse.
I feel privileged to be part of the team here at Mallard under the headship of Mrs Theresa Siverns, she is, constantly along with other leaders, looking at ways to make every Childs education safe, relevant, fun and rewarding.
The Rev. Canon Ian Smith - I’m London born but have lived away from the city most of my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to work in Zimbabwe and the United States and now Doncaster is my home, based at the White Church. I was a teacher of history and English as a Foreign Language. After teaching I have been a governor almost 30 years, mainly with Primary schools.
I do relax and my top forms of chilling are the theater (really liking CAST in town); cooking and entertaining; reading and trying to sort the garden into something you want to sit in during the summer.
Stuart Moore - Now retired, I enjoyed a long and happy career working in and with primary schools like Mallard.
As a class teacher I taught from reception (F2) to year 6. I then held three quite different headteacher positions before becoming a senior primary adviser in Leeds and then in Doncaster; monitoring and inspecting schools; training and supporting staff and governors on their road to improvement; celebrating their achievements whenever possible.
I was first involved with Mallard School over ten years ago as an adviser and I have been pleased to share in the many changes, improvements and success in that time.
My other life includes being the granddad to two primary age boys, and this helps to keep me aware of the needs and opinions of parents and children.
Jon Healy - I moved to Doncaster with my family in 1977 and we have two sons, the youngest of which who was born in Doncaster. The roots of my working background is in the electronics technician field, initially at Sheffield University.
I worked for the RAF within the communications sector for a number of years before returning to Yorkshire. I was also employed within the Coal Industry at Carcroft until it's closure in 1986. I then returned to education, obtaining a 2:1 in Social Policy and Administration, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing Administration. The next twenty years were spent within the housing sector in a variety of different roles.
I appreciate the value of educating our children and will endeavor to be a fully participating school governor.
Theresa Siverns - I have had the privilege of being Headteacher at Mallard Primary for the last ten years. Prior to this I worked in a variety of settings across the UK; starting my career in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham I have also taught in Cardiff, Hampshire and Chichester. Throughout this time I have enjoyed working with very different communities with different needs and strengths. However, my time spent here at Mallard has been the most fulfilling as I have come to know and respect the children and families who make up our school family.
As a practicing Christian my faith is important to me and I try each day to follow Christ’s teachings of love, tolerance and understanding. My academic background is in English and I am an avid reader enjoying all fiction but especially poetry.
Kayleigh Cousins - Having grown up in Devon, I moved to Doncaster over 9 years ago. My teaching before Mallard was in schools in Sheffield and I wanted to move to a school closer to home. Joining Mallard as the Deputy Head has meant I have got to know families and children from all year groups across school in the short time I have now been here. I work closely alongside the rest of the committed staff at Mallard to provide exciting learning opportunities for the children to allow every child to reach their potential.
Carol Williams - I am an Associate Governor at Mallard Primary. Previously I was a Teacher-Governor at Nightingale Infant school for over eight years and I thoroughly enjoyed being involved in this important aspect of school life.
I am a mother of two, and my children are both grown up, and I have two grandsons who keep me busy at the weekends and holidays.
I have been teaching a number of years and in my career I have worked at Hexthorpe Middle School and Nightingale Infant School before joining Mallard over ten years ago. I currently work as a class teacher in Year two, although I have gained my experience working across most year groups.
Rachel Tarantiuk - As principal teacher at Arabesque Dance School based on Cedar Road I work closely with lots of the Balby community and the children and parents at Mallard Primary.
My own 2 children attend the school and I feel as both a parent, dance teacher and member of the community I can bring a lot to Mallard and the governing body.
Carol Edwards - I grew up in North Wales and trained to be a teacher at Liverpool, before moving to South Yorkshire.
Since 2005 I have been a dedicated member of the teaching team at Mallard Primary School. Through my teaching career I have taught across Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I am passionate about ensuring all children have the best possibility to reach their full potential and believe that children should have access to high-quality, engaging learning opportunities that allow for children to become inquisitive learners.
John Dougherty - I grew up in Doncaster, before moving to London for 10 years, during my twenties. There I gained my First Class Honours Degree and went on to qualify as a Teacher. I began my teaching career in Early Years, in a school in South London. When I moved back to Doncaster in 2015 I began teaching in Rotherham, going on to lead the Early Years setting there. I have now moved to a school in Doncaster, where I am Assistant Headteacher and now teach Year 4.
Mallard is the first school that I have been a Governor for and I have loved every minute so far. I feel a strong sense of pride to be part of the team, which has welcomed me warmly.
Laura Hartley - I have grown up within Doncaster and lived in the local area for the last 10 years. My work involves working closely with young people and families within the local area and community, giving me some experience of what is expected from me as a governor by putting the children and families first.
My own son attends mallard primary this being the reason I became a parent governor for the school.
I am looking forward to be working as part of the team of governors here at Mallard.
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