Armfield Academy Parent Governor Election
The people below have put their names forward for election to the vacant Parent Governor position on the Armfield Academy Council. As a parent at Armfield Academy, you are invited to vote for your preferred candidate.

- Voting closes at 12 noon on Friday 20th November 2020 -
Ian Hopkinson
My step son attends the academy.
Samantha Smith
I am a passionate about children and young people accessing good education and reaching their full potential. I have four children who have attended mainstream and a special educational needs setting so therefore feel I have a varied knowledge of the education system. I have previous experience in childcare and youth services and am now employed at a small charity organisation supporting volunteers to reach their goals.

I am enthusiastic about my community of South Shore and Blackpool as a whole and hope I can play a part in contributing in a positive way by being accepted as a parent governor for Armfield Academy.
Kallan Green
The main reason I would like to become a school governor is to make a difference to under privilege children in our area. Fight for the equality of all children and ensure that every child is listened to and given the best education we could possibly give them.

I was brought up in a mining village in South Yorkshire and I personally struggled with secondary school education, with parents that were not overly enthusiastic about my education. I joined the army when I was 16 and took a keen interest in communications. I attended college and studied an access to higher education course, then moving on to my degree.

I now work as Head of I.T & Development for a worldwide marketing company, with office in Blackpool, America and Australia. I am very analytical with a keen business interest and feel I do have a lot to offer as a school governor.
Spencer Shackleton
I am a transport manager and entrepreneur working in Blackpool and the North West.
I have enrolled at Lancaster University through Blackpool School of Arts for a BA Hons Film Making degree, so I am very keen in the education sector and how our children can progress from High school education to Further Education and then onto Higher Education.

FCAT, have by far the ambition and drive to encourage young learners to aim for these goals for the future of children to go onto Higher education, and break the stigma that surrounds Higher education which puts young people of from becoming undergraduates.

Every child should aspire to become the best that they can be, and by being a parent governor I will be able to champion best practice between high school education to further education for every child to achieve.

Armfield is a new school and to be part of a fledgling school in Blackpool, and I would want it to become renowned in the future as being the best school in Blackpool.

Armfield should be what every other school in Blackpool wants to be, and who every child wants to be with.

If you vote for me, I will work with the school and the trust to ensure Armfield Academy will be that school you want your child to strive in.

Thank you for your support

Spencer D Shackleton
Barbara Graham
1. Help the school shape and achieve its aims and objectives, from academic aims, to attendance, emotional health & wellbeing of pupils and staff to the general well being of the school. Armfield Academy is a popular school with a good reputation and I would like the opportunity to work as part of the governing body cohort that supports the school to attain the best possible outcome in upcoming Ofsted inspections and to demonstrate that Armfield Academy is THE school of choice on the Fylde Coast.

2. Promoting investment in the learning and development of pupils for maximum impact across all pupil groups.

3. Staff - Identifying means to support and recognise the efforts of staff and to nurture their ideas and input positively in order that key aims and objectives are met.

4. Getting involved in the community and making a positive difference

5. Develop my own skills

6. Support the school to function within its budgetary constraints effectively and efficiently whilst still meeting set targets, aims and objectives. Acting as a critical friend in respect of budgetary forecasts and projections and promoting a healthy balance between qualitative and financial objectives.
Alison McEwan
My name is Alison McEwan and I have been a Parent Governor since September 2018 and I am standing for re-election.
My daughter Elizabeth is Year 2, I also have older children who are at 6th Form and University which I feel gives me a greater understanding of school life both inside and outside the classroom.

I have run my own successful business for 4 years now – this gives me the flexibility to be able to give my time to the Academy which I feel has been very important and continues to be as we grow in pupil numbers.
Since becoming Parent Governor I feel I have contributed greatly at the Academy Council Meetings. I have attended many courses and conferences in order for me to fully understand the role of Parent Governor and the Statutory and Strategic responsibilities that come with the role. This has increased my skills and expertise, which enables me to have more input at the Meetings.

I also took on the role of Safeguarding Governor in 2018 which gives me an even greater understanding of our Academy Policies and Procedures and has more responsibilities within the role.
During my time as Parent Governor, I have assisted the PTA with various successful events. I also volunteered and helped on Sports Day and Christmas Lunch.

My role as Safeguarding Governor came to the fore as lockdown began in spring this year; I was able to help assemble and distribute food parcels for students and their families who were unable to get to school.
I would love to continue on what has been an amazing journey so far as Parent Governor at our growing school and continue to support the team by contributing honest and practical solutions when needed as both a parent and Parent Governor.
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