CO-OPTED GOVERNOR - YOLANDA
I am very proud to be Chair of Governors at Cranbrook Primary School, a role I have held since 2009. I have been on the Governing Body at Cranbrook Primary School since the school first opened. Before that time, I was on the temporary Governing Body which established the school from the time the building process began. I bring a range of skills to the Cranbrook Governing Body. I have been involved in education for over twenty years, teaching across all settings. Secondary, primary, PRU etc. I am also a Validator for Arts Council of England’s Artsmark scheme, visiting schools to assess if they meet the Artsmark criteria, a role I have carried out since 2001. I have also been an Arts Award National Moderator, Trainer and Adviser since 2006. I am the Arts Co-Ordinator for Chingford Academies Trust, delivering Arts Award and Arts programmes in the schools which form part of the trust and lead on Arts Award in Waltham Forest. I also have been an Examiner for SATS and GCSE’s since 1997. I hold an MA in Education, an Advanced Diploma in Maths Education, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Arts and Education and professional qualifications as a dance teacher through the International Dance Teachers Association.
Background to support the role as a governor
The various roles I have carried out in education during my time as a Class Teacher, Form Tutor, Head of Year/ Year Manager, School Examinations Officer and Arts Co-Ordinator, along with my experience of training teachers and delivering INSET in schools, colleges and universities, has provided me with the knowledge and understanding of the strategies required to create and sustain an “Outstanding” school, which is valued by all its stakeholders and its local community. Through my work I regularly attend training courses and standardisation meetings to ensure I am fully aware of all new developments in the fields of education and school management. I also work with a number of high profile arts organisations such as The Barbican Centre, William Morris Gallery, The English Speaking Board, Trinity College, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and have involvement with various schemes for school partnerships.