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Introducing our new Chair of Governors
I would like to introduce myself, Simon Linforth, as the new Chairperson of Caythorpe Governing Body and inform you that Karen Bradford has decided to step down from this role. Over the last 18 months Karen has worked with great determination and conviction, in partnership with the other Governors, to move the school to a position where the education and care provided to all pupils is moving rapidly towards the highest standards available. The progress towards this aim has recently been recognized by the Local Authority and resulted in Caythorpe being removed from the list of “Schools Causing Concern”. The removal from the list has taken 12 months of hard work, from the staff, governors and pupils.
Karen decided that reaching this significant milestone was an appropriate point, to hand the role of Chairperson over to someone new. The Governors accepted Karen’s resignation at the Governing Body meeting on Thursday the 26th of Jan and elected myself to the role.
Many of you will know me from meetings around and about the village. However, I would like to share a bit more about myself and the experience I will bring to the role. As a father to three young children, Edie, Elsie & Albert, and a husband to Colette, I like many other parents know how important school life is to the family unit. Our eldest two girls both attend Caythorpe Primary School, and our son will start his school journey in 2018. I have been a Governor at Caythorpe School since 2014. I also act as a Trustee and Treasurer for a local charity, Lincolnshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group or LDSSG and held this role since 2012. My interest in this group was sparked following Elsie’s diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome at birth. The change to our lives with her arrival have been both challenging and rewarding in equal measures.
In my professional life, I have worked at a local financial services company for the past twelve years and am currently employed as a Director. I am responsible for a variety of areas including procurement, logistics and postal services, and Management Information reporting.
I hope you share my sentiment, in wishing Karen all the best for the future and join me in thanking her for all her hard work. I would also like to say that I will work with yourselves as parents, the Governors, pupils and staff to continue to make Caythorpe Primary a school the community are proud of during this period of change. On that note I appreciate we have not shared dates for the possible Academy conversion consultation to start. We hope to be able to do so in the next week or so once the staff restructuring process is complete. Thank you for your patience.
Finally, I look forward to meeting many of you in my new role either at formal events or on the playground when I collect my children.