Governor Profiles Karen Shaw – Community Governor, Vice Chair My name is Karen Shaw and I am in my fourth year as a Governor at The Iffley Academy. I am the link governor for special educational needs and I also serve on the Site Development and Teaching & Learning Committees. I became a governor because I wanted to be part of the bigger picture as it were and to help the school wherever I can to achieve the highest standard in all areas not just teaching, but also the welfare of the students in the school. I am a very proud parent of two children, Michael who left the Sixth Form in July 2013 and who is a child with a Speech and Language disability, Cerebral Palsy, moderate learning disabilities and who has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and my other Son, Tom who has recently gained a degree in Business Management and works as a manager for Soll Leisure. I work 25 hours a week as a secretary for a local Independent Estate Agent with whom I have worked for the past 30 years. When I am not working I enjoy reading, walking, swimming, needle craft and spending time with my family. Adrienne Alvers – Staff Governor I became a teacher governor in October 2013 and look forward to contributing to the governing body. I have worked in education for the last twenty-two years as a teacher in both the state and independent sectors and have a wide range of experience at primary and secondary level. My aim is to create a calm but stimulating environment in which students can feel secure and valued, an atmosphere in which they can develop their skills to reach their individual potential. Although I enjoy teaching a range of subjects, my passion is literacy and I am proud to have assisted in establishing our Sound Reading Scheme in the school, which is helping so many students to increase their reading abilities. Before going into teaching I worked in Public Relations and in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which involved postings in the Caribbean and in South America. I have retained my love of travel and languages and, when not working, enjoy seeing the world as well as films and music (IÛªm learning to play the piano). Simon Smith – Parent Governor, Chair of the Finance, Personnel & Audit Committee I was elected to the local governing body of the Iffley Academy in April 2013 and since then I have been invited to serve as a director of the Iffley Academy Trust and to chair the Finance and Personnel Committee. My son, Luke, started at the Iffley Academy in 2011 after attending mainstream school. Having seen how much he has flourished in this unique environment became the basis for volunteering as a parent governor. From a professional perspective I started work in an Oxford accountancy practice and since then have held a variety of senior financial roles. From the benefit of this background I wanted to be able to support the academy as well as looking to broaden my involvement in other areas of the school. Outside of the family my interests are playing cricket for a local team, an avid rugby supporter and a weekend cook. Professor Anne Edwards – Community Governor, Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee I became a Director and Governor in the autumn of 2014. I have worked in education as a teacher and then a researcher and teacher educator for almost 40 years, retiring from the Department of Education at the University of Oxford in September 2014. As well as being the Director of the Department for three years, I have spent the last fifteen years carrying out research on inter-professional collaborations to support children and young people. In addition to national studies, my research has involved working with Oxford City schools and with Oxfordshire County Council. On a personal note I am particularly pleased to be able to serve The Iffley Academy, as one of my grandchildren, Jack, is autistic. I have learnt so much about the pleasures and strains Jack has brought my daughter and her family over the last six years, and only wish that, where they live, they could access the kind of support offered by the Iffley team. Christopher Law – Parent Governor I joined as a parent governor in early 2015. I have a son at the school who has really grown in so many ways since joining The Iffley Academy, through a fine balance of support, challenge and pushing him to do his best. Both a nurse and paramedic, I have worked as a front line clinician and in the education department of a large NHS ambulance service. I was the education lead for Mental Health, Learning Disability and Safeguarding as well as a tutor for new paramedics and other ambulance staff. I currently work for a large UK charity as their clinical governance manager, supporting the delivery of safe health services around the four UK countries. My role includes managing the risk register, planning and delivering the annual audit package, investigations and regulatory compliance. Luckily, my role also means working alongside some great volunteers and staff delivering a wide range of fantastic services all over the UK and sometimes getting stuck in and joining in the fun! Lawrence Patrick Following my appointment in 2015, I truly hope that I can be an asset to the Academy and will commit to help as much as I possibly can. I am the founder and trustee of a charity which for the past 6 years has helped underprivileged children in orphanages and schools in Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. Born in Eastern Europe myself and growing up in a not so fortunate background, I feel it is my duty to give back to the community. I have developed a career in Finance since 2008 and currently work for one of the UKÛªs biggest banks, in Wealth Management. I am a member of the Finance and Personnel and Audit committee. On a personal note, I very much enjoy travelling and so far I have visited nearly 60 countries. I also like reading and listening to music. Claudia Piller – Parent Governor I am convinced that all children learn most effectively in an atmosphere that is safe, secure and fun, and the Iffley Academy provides this special environment for our special children in a very impressive way. My son started at the Academy in September 2015 as the youngest pupil in the school and it was amazing to see how quickly he settled in, thanks to the care and professionalism of the staff and I am impressed by their dedication and warmth to help the children achieve their potential. My background is in advertising and marketing, and now I teach modern languages at a local independent school but I also want to give back to the Iffley Academy what they do on a daily basis for my son. I therefore joined as a Parent Governor in early 2016. I am keen to be involved in helping to shape the future of the Iffley Academy, building on the excellent work that is already in place and hopefully allowing more children to access this wonderful learning environment. Chris Woodward, Staff Governor
I am Chris Woodward, and am proud to serve as Iffley Academy’s Support Staff Governor. I have many years experience working in schools and have worked my way up the ladder to becoming Facilities Manager. I have worked here at the academy since June 2014. As FM, my primary responsibilities surround Health and Safety compliance, reactive and planned maintenance, and management of external contracts such as cleaning and grounds maintenance.
I take enormous pride in ensuring that the academy site and facilities are well presented, welcoming and safe for our children, and foreveryone who comes through the gates.
Outside of work, I am an elected Councillor for Witney, currently serving as Deputy Town Mayor. I have 6 years experience in school governance having served on both primary and secondary governing bodies, one of which I was Chair of the Governing Body for 2 years. I am a keen supporter and trustee of the Witney Educational Foundation.
I am really excited to join the Local Governing Body to see what other ways I can make our students’ lives here as fulfilling as possible.