In December 2020, I was newly appointed as the Chair of Governors for Mallard Primary School and that ranks amongst the proudest moments of my professional career. Mallard is the first school that I have been a Governor for and I have loved every minute of it. I feel a strong sense of pride to be part of the team, which has welcomed me warmly, and I am proud to follow in the footsteps of the previous Chair for Mallard, Alan Mosley, who both supported and challenged the school during his tenure.
Like Mallard’s Headteacher, Theresa Siverns, I have a firm belief that all children who attend the school should be supported to reach their potential. I am an Assistant Headteacher at a school in Doncaster and my experience there of turning around an Inadequate setting, to make “rapid and sustained” progress has provided invaluable experience for my role as Chair for Mallard.
I look forward to developing my relationship with the school further over the coming years and I am excited by the opportunity to act as a critical friend to the leadership and staff at Mallard Primary school
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 theatre (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.
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.
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 endeavour to be a fully participating school governor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have grown up in Doncaster and I have lived in the local area for over 15 years.
Since leaving school I have worked in the dental industry starting as a trainee and working my way to the lead nurse, I work closely with a wide range of people and their families.
My own daughter attends Mallard and I have a high drive for her education and wellbeing hence becoming involved in the school.
I am looking forward to being part of the governors team at Mallard Primary School.
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