Chair of Governors
Hello, my name is Carole Tompkins. I live in Luton and have done so all my life. I have a grown up son and a grandson. I have now been a governor at Ferrars Academy for several years and was then voted in as Chair of Governors. It has been an interesting time, as my time as chair had covered the period during which we converted to become an academy. I have discovered that being a governor is an interesting, rewarding and worthwhile experience.
Before I retired, I was a senior manager in a college of further education and also an inspector for Ofsted. I think that both of these experiences will continue to help me to be an effective chair of governors. Although the environment I worked in was very different to being in a school, I am sure that there is enough common ground for understanding between me and the staff.
Since I have been a governor, I have found that the Head Teacher and all the staff to be very professional and very caring in their relationships with all the children. I believe that we can be sure that there is a good and supportive team in place who are committed to doing their best for all the children in their care.
The job of a school governor is to be a critical friend to the Head Teacher and staff, to support them and ensure that the statutory responsibilities are met and that the children have the best possible learning experience and environment that can be provided. As you can imagine this is more difficult to provide in the current economic climate, but you can be certain that the governors and the school team will do their best.
The Ferrars Academy school team is excellent and the leadership provided by the Head is of an extremely high standard, I am sure as parents you are aware of that and will continue to support it. However if you need advice or have a question, either in general or about your child's education, the your first port of call is the Head, but I can be available, although not always at short notice, should you wish to speak to me. I am not employed by the school or by the Local Authority.
All governors are expected to undertake training to help them to do their job effectively and this training helps brush up on old skills or acquire new ones. Schools are always looking for new governors, so if you are thinking that this is something you might like to do, please contact the school in the first instance and you will receive good advice about what you should do next.
I am sure that you will join me in wishing that all the children at Ferrars Academy will achieve the best that they can in their time in the school.