Chair of Governors Andrew Kinsey
Remits : Full Board
I became a parent governor shortly after my two children started at Cheswick Green in foundation in September 2013. I am passionate about education, and about making learning fun. I am a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham, so I teach students at the other end of the education timeline, but I hope many of my experiences will be relevant to my work as a governor. Aside from teaching, I am also Head of Education for my department at the University, which means I oversee curriculum development, feedback and assessment strategy and student engagement. On top of all that, I am a scientist, and that is where the fun bit comes in! I enjoy running, and generally being active outside. We already know that Cheswick Green is a wonderful School, and I believe that if parents, teachers and governors work together with and for the children, we can help the school thrive. I am a member of the curriculum, health safety and buildings, and extended school committees.
I have resided in the West Midlands since 1965. A qualified primary teacher, I served as deputy head in a Shirley school before being appointed in 1972 to a headship in Warwickshire. I continued to serve as a primary Head in two Solihull schools until my retirement in 1995.
I became a governor at Cheswick Green School in 1997 and have served on the Human Resources and Curriculum committees since that time.
I believe that parents, staff and governors should work together to provide a secure and happy environment in which children can develop and reach their full potential.
I have lived on Cheswick Green since 1970, one of the first people to live here. I taught at St Patricks and for a short time at Cheswick Green. I started 2nd Cheswick Green brownie pack which I ran for over ten years. I was also involved with setting up Cheswick Green Mother and Toddler Group.
After twelve years at home with my two children, I returned to teaching in Birmingham where I became a member of the senior management team with a special interest in mathematics. I was also the staff member of the governors. I have taught every age group in the primary school age group.
Since my retirement, apart from helping with my four grandchildren and being involved with their school, I have been looking for a way to use my skills and keep in touch with education and to help the local community. I have recently been appointed as a co-opted governor and look forward to serving the school to the best of my ability.
I am the staff representative on the Governing Body.
I started working at Cheswick Green Primary School as a Teaching and Learning Assistant in 2000. I have worked in Foundation Key Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and I am currently supporting in Year 3.
I presently sit on the Curriculum Committee and have been on the Governing Body on previous occasions serving on a variety of committees.
I became a governor at Cheswick Green in 1996 as the governor nominated by Hockley Heath Parish Council. Parish Councils no longer have the right to nominate governors but I am now serving as a co-opted governor.
I was privileged to be Chair of the Board from 1997 until September 2011.
My working life (before school governance) was spent in the electricity supply industry where I spent thirty years endeavouring to keep the lights on. When the industry was privatised, those of us over a certain (relatively young) age were encouraged to take early retirement. I accepted the inevitable and complied in 1992.
My involvement with the school began almost forty years ago when my son was enrolled into the then newly opened nursery. Inevitably, I lost touch when he moved on but when my connection was re-established I realised that, although much had changed, the principle of working to provide the best all-round education for the children had not. Although I am no longer Chair of Governors I support the current Chair, as far as I am able, as he leads the team in its continuing work to ensure the best possible outcome for each individual child.
I am Chair of the Resources Committee and also serve on the Strategy Committee.
I have been a governor at Cheswick Green Primary School for many years and when the last of my three boys moved onto secondary school, I couldn't bear to leave too! So changed category from parent to co-opted governor. I really enjoy my role and the challenges it brings and believe it to be a real privilege. I have a true insight into how hard the children, parents, staff and governors work to make Cheswick Green Primary such a great school to belong to.
I am Chair of the People and Buildings Committee and through this role, I am often involved in interviewing new members of staff. I am also a member of the Strategies Committee and link governor for the Foundation Stage.
Outside of governorship, I am a part time teacher in a primary school for children with a wide range of special needs and/or autism, leading Forest Schools across the age range and up-skilling/enthusing staff about the benefits of Forest Schools. I am mum to three boys, one at university, one in sixth form and the youngest at Alderbrook. Any spare time I get, I love to do Pilates, am part of a book club, enjoy baking cakes, cycling and am an avid supporter of (and taxi service to) all my boys' various sporting activities!