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Who's Who on the Governing Board

Mrs Charmaine Smith - Co-opted Governor (Co-Chair)
 
My name is Charmaine and I am a mother of a child within Barleyhurst Park Primary. My previous employment has been in recruitment, managing company contracts for staffing requirements. I have also spent 3 years assisting a childminder at their setting looking after children of different ages from newborns through to teenagers. I have been a Governor since September 2019 and have covered various roles within the board. I am always looking at ways to further my knowledge, which is why I am also the Development Governor and I have been Co-Chair of our governing board since December 2022.  I enjoy visits to the school, accompanying school trips and helping with school events. As both of my children are in full time education, I wanted to use my time to help the school which is why I stepped forward to assist the school in providing a safe and fun learning environment for our children.
 

Mr David Wolfson - Local Authority Governor (Co-Chair)

 

I’m a retired grandfather of six school age children, living and working for the last 45 years in Milton Keynes. I started my working life as a classroom teacher and a media resources officer, and then for many years ran an educational and learning materials business and was an educational consultant to a range of large companies and universities, before ending my working life as a schools inspector. During that time I’ve been a school governor, a Parish councillor and I’ve been the leader of educational and refugee-supporting charities.

What matters most for me as part of this exciting school is our focus on helping our children do the best they can in their learning. That means helping to make sure that everything Barleyhurst Park does is aimed at supporting all the children here, so they can do very well now and in their future lives. I know that we have a strongly focused team of leaders, teachers and staff, and a great group of colleague governors to support the school as a whole. I am delighted to be joining them.

Mr. L. Cunningham - Staff Governor
 
I’m Mr Cunningham, currently Year 6 teacher and PE lead at Barleyhurst Park. I have worked at the school since September 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching the many pupils that I have had the opportunity to have in my class. Within my role as PE lead, I am responsible for arranging extra-curricular competitions and fixtures. I also organise whole-school events such as Sports Day. When the position of staff governor became available, I offered to fill the role so that I could provide the governing board with the viewpoint of a staff member as well as gaining a better understanding of how governors contribute to the overall success of the school. 
Mrs. H. Klewpatinond - Parent Governor
 

I am parent of three children currently attending Barleyhurst Park School and Nursery, so have a vested interest in providing any support I can to its structure and running. As a previous Human Resources professional in corporate roles, I have a clear understanding of employee relations and organisational structure as well as a degree in Business. I now own and run a local business with employed staff in the hair, beauty and wellness sector. I have previously been Treasurer for another local preschool when our children attended there, so I have an understanding of safeguarding and governance at that level. With the exception of my time at university, I have always lived in the Bletchley area and attended what was Wellsmead First school, now the Barleyhurst site. I am passionate about the education of our children and the way in which it is delivered.

Claire Davidson - Co-opted Governor
 

My name is Claire Davidson and I am a co-opted governor. I joined the governing board in October 2018 as a parent governor, at the end of my term I became a co-opted governor. The main reason I volunteered to continue as a  governor is my commitment to, and belief in, the importance of high-quality education for all children. With my background in teaching, I am truly passionate about education and believe that all children should be given the skills and knowledge to enable them to reach their full potential. I am also particularly passionate about early literacy skills, enabling all children to become fluent readers and writers and to encourage a life long love of books. I have previously been a SENDCO  and have qualifications at Masters level  and this is a particular area of interest for me. I  am thoroughly enjoying this role and the challenges it brings. I have completed a variety of training  as well as a number of visits into school to enhance and further my understanding of how Barleyhurst Park is striving to achieve the best for all the pupils. I am enjoying working alongside the other Governors and the senior leadership team  to help ensure that Barleyhurst park is continually working towards its vision.

Mr C Sharp - Parent Governor
Hi my name's Chris I have been a parent to 2 children that have attended / still attending Barleyhurst since 2016
My background is predominantly within the hospitality sector, leading up to the position I am now which is managing a destination dining restaurant and bar for the Mcmanus company in Northampton.
My key roles include being the company wide developmental / training manager alongside the running of the site I am based at. Main focus is on all financial aspects of the business, P+L, Productivity, Quality, Staff skill set and guest interaction and satisfaction.
I am also involved in a local recreational company that provides family skating on a Saturday afternoon to provide a great family hobby as well as a form of fitness and social interaction.
I am hoping with this knowledge and background this could be a good asset to the school in helping with decisions that continue to support the learning of all pupils within Barleyhurst Park Primary school. I am also looking forward to expanding my knowledge more about the curriculum that the pupils and staff have to follow.