I am a Parent Governor with a child in Year 11, I have been a School Governor for 12 years and I joined the Governing Body at Forge Valley in 2013. I am a Librarian by day doing a job I love and was born to do.
Outside of work, I enjoy socialising, music, reading and generally having a good time. As a Governor I am 100% committed to the role. I truly believe all young people should be given every opportunity to develop, aspire and achieve to the best of their ability, so when the time comes to leave us they are ready and equipped with the skills needed to have the best life chances possible. I will support and challenge the school in this endeavour.
I am a governor appointed by the Local Authority. I have been a governor at Forge Valley since September 2013 but have had experience as a school governor for over 13 years having also been the Chair of Governors at a local primary school within the Forge Valley family of schools.
I work within the early years sector ensuring services are available to families that need them most. I am the Safeguarding Governor at Forge Valley appointed to the role due to the experience within my work as I am the safeguarding lead for the centres that I co-ordinate. I attend advanced safeguarding training every two years and regularly attend courses and keep updated on all new guidance around how we can keep our children safe. I regularly meet with the school’s designated safeguarding lead and also ensure that the governing body have a focus on safeguarding in every meeting.
I am committed to supporting and challenging Forge Valley to raise the aspirations of all of the young people within the school and provide the best education possible to ensure they work to their full potential.
I am a solicitor at a large commercial firm in Sheffield. I volunteered to join the Governing Body in July 2014. I have found working as a school Governor an interesting and challenging experience, having never been previously involved with education, but hope to bring some of my own skills from work to my role as a Governor. I have only recently come out of the education system myself and hope that this will help me understand what is needed from me as a Governor. My aim as a Forge Valley Governor is to help ensure the school meets all the standards set for it, and ensure the pupils come out of school with strong career aspirations.
I am a principal lecturer in Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University and live in the local community. I volunteered to join the Governing Body of Forge Valley in 2014. Having previously been a chemistry teacher, and still working in science education, I am keen to maintain and develop my links with schools. Being a governor enables me to work closely with teachers and other school staff to raise the attainment and aspiration of pupils in the school so that they enjoy and value their time in school and go on to achieve the best they can in life.
Mike Garnock Jones
I have worked with 14-19 year olds throughout my career. Originally as a qualified social worker working with adolescents with mental health problems and then as a qualified teacher and education manager. I have implemented several city-wide education initiatives with Sheffield schools and colleges and act as Strategic Lead for Skills and Enterprise at Sheffield City Council. I am passionate about young people developing the right skills and qualities, as well as gaining the best qualifications, to progress effectively into the world of work, which is a rapidly changing place. I'm keen to support the school in establishing sustainable relationships with key employers, developing a culture of enterprise and ensuring that all pupils are fully aware and prepared for post 16/18 options.
I live in the local area and work in the office of a manufacturing business close to the city centre. I have been a Governor in either primary or secondary schools in Sheffield for about 25 years and I am currently the Chair of Governors at Shooters Grove Primary School. I was initially a Parent Governor but found the role so interesting and rewarding that I wanted to continue to make a contribution. I was awarded an MBE in 2012 for services to education. I believe that I can bring a wealth of experience to the Governing Body at Forge Valley.
Although I’ve been a Governor for many years, learning never stops as new initiatives are introduced. I am a hard working and reliable person who gives as much time as I possibly can to support the school in raising attainment and creating a safe, secure and happy environment which allows all pupils to reach their potential.
I wanted to become a governor at Forge Valley to ensure that all of our children have a positive experience of education and get access to the best possible opportunities to prepare them for adult life.
I am a parent of a Y7 student at Forge Valley and hopefully my younger child will also get a place here next year. I have been pleased with how my daughter has settled into the school but there is always room for improvement and, as a governor, I want to contribute to positive changes within the school.
As a Practice Nurse, working in a Sheffield GP practice, I am directly involved with improving the health of children, through immunisation and supporting those with long term conditions such as asthma. As a governor I am committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of all Forge Valley pupils, as this underpins their ability to achieve their very best in all aspects of school life.
The majority of my working life has been spent In the National Health Service. My first sixteen years included working as a nurse in psychiatry,learning disabilities and in the Accident & Emergency setting. The latter sixteen years I worked as a senior manager which included the responsibility for the management of a wide variety of acute hospital services across many specialties. I have spent the last three years working,part time, as an Inspector for the health service regulatory body the Care Quality Commision. I have no experience of education apart from being a honorary lecturer at the University of Sheffield for a number of years. I passionately believe that high quality and accessible education is the key that unlocks the aspirations and ambitions in our young people.
I am committed to supporting the delivery of this crucial goal by working alongside my fellow governors in supporting the head teacher and the dedicated and hard working teachers that work in Forge Valley. I will do this by a being constructive and thoughtful asset to the Academy in the delivery of its strategic goals in ensuring that all pupils, whatever their abilities, are inspired to reach their maximum potential in a happy and positive environment.
'I am a staff governor and have at different times been in this post since the beginning of Forge Valley School. I am Head of Sociology and I also have a role as the school’s Union Officer, representing my colleagues. I am passionate about the progress of our school and believe we have an important role in raising the aspirations of our young people.
Outside of work I am a sociable person; I like to meet friends and eat out, and I enjoy taking my niece and nephew out for the day. I run an inclusive and liberal faith group called Embrace, which meets monthly in a local pub, and I also have responsibility of the entertainment of Sharrow Vale Markets, which is a local enterprise run by Sharrow Vale Community Association.